Originally Posted by Dorothy Harman
Hi. My name is Dorothy and I am a new member on this site. My husband and I want to buy a trailer to travel. It would be more correct to say that this is my idea. But since my childhood, I have liked roads and trips.
I hope, thanks to yours, I will find out a lot of interesting and useful information for me.
I offer some general advice. It is important to understand a few things:
With any small trailer there are many trade-offs. It comes with the territory because they are small. You can't have everything in a small trailer. Some will argue that the kind of trailer they have and like is perfect, but it is not perfect for all.
There are many different layouts, and you will find owners who will argue tooth and nail that the one that they have is the very best one -- even when they are very different. A lot of it has to do with personal factors. Size and type of bed is very personal. What one couple likes does not work for others. So do not be convinced by the person who argues the strongest for a certain type of bed. Most want a bed that stays as a bed, and does not have to be made up each night, but a few want the extra seating and living space that temporary beds provide.
Consider how you live while camping. Some spend a lot of time inside their trailer, others only when it is too rainy or cold to be outside.
Also consider what you do when you camp. Some are content to pull into an organized campground, plug into the electrical
, hook up the water and sewer, and sit in the site or trailer all day. Others want to have a natural setting, cook over a campfire, go hiking, biking, fishing or other things. Consider what you want to take along (room for grills, bikes, fishing gear, etc. in your trailer or your vehicle). Small fiberglass trailers have little space to store anything that can't go into your vehicle, but if you are a couch potato while camping, you don't need to take much. Me, I find that I am frustrated by not being able to take my chain saw, ax, generator
, canoe, gas cans, grill, beach umbrella, 6 fishing rods, waders, lawn chairs, extra canopy, fish smoker, etc., etc., but my buddy with a big trailer takes all of that...and all in the compartments of his big trailer.
Also consider how you want to travel. Some are content to tow at 50-55 mph, and they can get by with small wheels and average tires
. If you wan to tow at 70 on the Interstate, you need larger wheels (maybe high-lift option so you can have large wheels), and the very best tires
that you can find.
Again, do not let anyone else tell you what is good or not good. Carefully consider yourselves and what you do while camping.
Hope this helps,