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More and more people have sought to “get off the grid” and travel to new places more frequently. For those who may not want to invest in an entire RV, but aren’t the type that wants to completely leave the conveniences of home behind, a travel trailer may be a great option for road trip accommodations. Learn more about what travel trailer RVs are, what advantages they provide, and some models that may work for you and your family. 

What are travel trailers?

Unlike motorized RVs or motorhomes that have their own engine and are driven on their own, travel trailers attach to the back of your current vehicle. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and weights, and some travel trailers are little more than a space to eat and sleep on wheels, while others are like a full home, complete with luxurious amenities. 

Travel trailers are a popular way to travel and enjoy the outdoors as they tend to cost much less than RVs, and they incredibly easy to set up. Most people with a travel trailer use it as their “home” just while they go on outdoor adventures and visit campsites, but other people have converted their travel trailer into their full-time home. 

What are the benefits of owning a travel trailer?

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Many people opt for a travel trailer because they can be hauled by the car or truck they already own, eliminating the need to spend much more money on a motorized RV. Travel trailers are also helpful for travelers and campers as once the trailers are parked and unhitched, your vehicle is free for other uses.

This makes it easier to go sightseeing, shopping, or out to eat, and you can later return to your own travel trailer “home”. Renting space at a campsite is often much cheaper than renting a hotel room too, so investing in a travel trailer will likely save you money on accommodations if you travel a lot. 

Finally, travel trailers are a popular choice for road trips as they are available in all kinds of layouts with a wide range of amenities. You can truly choose whichever floor plan suits your needs, and there are numerous models to choose from in nearly every budget range. 

Thor Industries RVs are worth a look


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Thor Industries has dozens of travel trailers to choose from, giving individuals and families a vast array of options. For individuals or small families, a small travel trailer, like the KZ RV Classic that sleeps one to six people, or the super sleek Airstream Flying Cloud that can sleep up to eight. Both models feature a queen bed, kitchen, and dining area, and fully equipped bathrooms. 

For those who have larger families or want to bring friends along on their adventures, Thor Industries also has some larger models with more amenities and sleeping space. The Dutchman Kodiak can sleep up to 10 people and has layouts available that give those inside separate sleeping spaces. The model with the most beds offers bunk beds tucked away on the opposite end of the master bedroom, as well as an entertainment center and fireplace. 

If a capacity of 10 just isn’t enough, the Jayco Jay Flight SLX 8 might be the best choice for you. This massive travel trailer can sleep up to 14 people, and it has a full-size kitchen, dining area, and couch. There is an abundance of storage, and it even houses a tub in the bathroom! 

Travel trailers are amazing for the adventurous, and there are numerous options available that can suit both your wants and needs.