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Different Types Of Trailers & How To Pick The One For Your Specific Needs

Author: Jimmy Barron
Published:February 16, 2023
5 mins 2 secs

Spending time in nature and in the outdoors is a perfect way to improve mental health.

Nature is known for reducing depression symptoms, improving sleep, and boosting the immune system, among its many benefits.

If you are looking into buying a trailer to get out in nature more often, but don’t know where to begin, we are here to help.

We have put together this guide to share the different types of trailers so, that you can choose the best one for your needs. 

Read on to learn more and choose wisely. 

Pop-Up Trailers

For those on a tighter budget, a pop-up trailer might be the best option because they start in the $10,000 range for a brand-new one.

Usually, the sides are made out of canvas material but if you prefer hard sides, there are some brands that have a hard side option. 

A bonus of pop-up trailers is that they can be very lightweight. This means that most vehicles can tow it, so you don’t have to invest in a heavy-duty pickup truck or SUV to tow this type of trailer.

Normally you have the bare basic amenities such as a small sitting area, a dining area, a tiny cooking area, and sometimes you also have a toilet.

A con to keep in mind is that it will take you longer to set up and break down.

When you break it down you also have to give yourself extra time to dry the canvas before packing it to avoid dealing with a mold disaster in the future. 

Travel Trailers

One of the most popular types of RVs is travel trailers because of all the options available.

There is a style and type to fit every need, from custom enclosed trailers to luxury lightweight trailers and everything in between.

The tow vehicle needed depends on the size and weight of the travel trailer you choose. 

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Weight can range anywhere between 1,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds. Their size can range between 10 feet to 35 feet in length. 

Most modern travel trailers have slides to give you more room once you park your trailer. 

Teardrop Trailers

These are tiny travel trailers that almost any vehicle can tow because they are very light (usually less than 1,000 lbs).

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Because they are so tiny you normally only have a comfortable bed to sleep in and sometimes a tiny kitchen that you can access from the outside.

Normally the back of the teardrop will flip open and will have a countertop for food prep, drawers for your utensils, a tiny fridge or cooler, and an outdoor stove.

If having a table is important to you, there are a few models that have a smaller bed and a tiny table.

Teardrop trailers are a good option if you are looking for an upgrade to tent camping but don’t want a huge trailer to haul around.

Plus, you also have the convenience of electricity, air conditioning, and heat. 

Toy Haulers

These trailers are for super adventurous people that need to bring their toys with them on their outdoor outings.

A toy hauler allows you to carry four wheels, ATVs, UTVs, motorcycles, dirt bikes, golf carts, kayaks, etc.

The back area of this style is a garage that turns into additional living space once you arrive at your destination and pull out your toys. 

Keep in mind that toy haulers are a heavier trailer option especially when you are carrying toys.

This means that you might need to upgrade your tow vehicle if it can’t handle the weight of the trailer along with the toys you put in the garage. 

5th Wheels

Fifth wheels are the largest of all the trailer options. They have the most living area and the tallest ceilings.

For those traveling with kids and pets, the 5th wheels make a great option.

Because of their large size most will come with the luxuries from home such as a king-sized bed, a large kitchen with an island, a full-size pantry, a full-size bathtub or shower, a washer, and dryer, etc. 

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There are also 5th-wheel toy haulers which have a deck or patio that you can use as added living space. 

The main con of opting for this trailer type is that they are large and more often than not will require a heavy-duty, one-ton truck to pull it safely.

Another con is that because of their size, they usually can’t fit comfortably or at all in national campgrounds and in smaller campgrounds. 

There are lighter 5th wheels popping up on the market because of their popularity, but you have to be mindful when you pack, to not add too much weight. 

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Hybrid Trailers

Although these are not as popular they are still an option. Hybrid trailers are a mix of a travel trailer and a pop-up trailer.

If you love the feeling of camping in a tent, then you will still have the feeling of sleeping under canvas with a hybrid trailer option. 

You will have a full bathroom, living area, dining area, and kitchen with a hybrid trailer. They might also have bedrooms and bunks to accommodate everyone at your party. 

A con is that they require more time to set up than a travel trailer because you have to set up the pop-up side when you arrive.

Also, you always have to allow the canvas to dry well before you pack it up. 

Ready To Shop for Your Trailer?

With so many choices, we hope you are feeling more confident about your decision. Thankfully, there is a style to suit everyone’s adventure needs. 

Once you buy the perfect trailer for you, it is time to enjoy it and spend time with those that matter most.

Your RV can truly offer you the freedom to go where you want and when you want, as long as you choose the right one for your travel style. 

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