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Traveling by RV is a resurging trend amid the coronavirus pandemic, with families seeking an escape while maintaining social distancing. A motorhome or travel trailer allows you to see the country without the need to use public lodging, restaurants, or even restrooms.
“We are noticing increased interest in the lifestyle both virtually through online resources and resuming interest in states where dealerships are open when compared to when the pandemic began,” says Sam Jefson, a spokesman for Winnebago Industries, maker of Winnebago and Grand Design motorhomes and travel trailers.
Trailers are the least expensive way to get into the recreational vehicle (RV) lifestyle. That’s because owners often need nothing more than the family SUV or truck to haul them. They’re much cheaper and simpler to get started with than a motorhome , and they come in a wide range of designs, sizes, and prices.
Because a trailer can be removed, the SUV or truck that hauls it can be used year-round rather than serving solely as a vacation coach, as is the case with an all-in-one RV. Plus, the vehicle towing the trailer is likely to have modern safety features that are just now arriving in some RVs, including forward collision warning , automatic emergency braking , blind spot warning , and robust crash protection. Tow vehicles also provide the ability to safely travel with kids and their car seats , an option that's often not available in motorhomes.
Trailers also offer a lot of flexibility when you’re on a campground. You can unhitch the trailer, leave it behind, and use the tow vehicle to explore. This means you don’t have to pack things away inside the camper and disconnect all the power and water lines each time you want to leave the park, like you have to do when traveling in a motorhome. And a tow vehicle will be a lot easier to handle when sightseeing, especially when navigating downtown roads, parking, and getting food at a drive-thru.
Still, there’s a compromise for that flexibility. Towing an RV trailer requires drivers to develop new skills that are very different from those needed to drive a car. A lot of space is needed to park a long tow vehicle and trailer combination. Learning how to reverse the trailer takes patience and practice. You also need to learn how to safely hitch and unhitch the trailer. Of course, you need to own a vehicle that's capable of safely towing the trailer you have in mind.
Approach this aspect with care, as it's very easy to buy more trailer than a vehicle can comfortably handle. (Learn more about what you need to know before you use your pickup to tow .) There are several types of recreational trailers to consider, outlined below.
Safe Practices for Traveling Now
The RV lifestyle has social distancing built in, but there are times when you'll be around other people.
"RVing and boating are great ways for families to get back out and enjoy the enrichment that comes with active outdoor lifestyle activities,” Jefson says. But he adds that campers should follow guidelines from federal and state governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in determining when and how to use an RV.
Traveling in an RV always involves certain logistics, such as scheduled maintenance, park reservations, route planning, and stocking up on provisions. But during this pandemic, you may need to be more methodical and self-sufficient.
Darryl Saunders, a traveler who pulls a 27-foot Airstream Globetrotter, shared several tips with Consumer Reports from his recent experiences on the road:
- Plan your stops. Park closures, restrictions, and crowding are all factors now.
- Double-check your reservations to make sure they are still valid.
- If you're traveling to a destination for a certain attraction, make sure it's open. Saunders mentioned that a place he wanted to see (Sequoia National Park) was closed.
- Plan ahead for food. Many businesses are now reopening, but there are still restrictions. And remember that you won't be able to go through a drive-thru with a large trailer.
Many travelers recommend checking with RV parks about their amenities because some, including restrooms, laundry facilities, and on-site convenience stores, may be closed. Ask about specific rules regarding social distancing, which can have an on impact on pool usage, playgrounds, and campfires.
Restrictions vary by region, and they'll certainly change throughout the year. They may include the need to self-quarantine after traveling in certain states. Check the restrictions for your state and those you plan to travel through, because they could have a significant impact on your plans.
Folding or Pop-Up Trailers
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Sitting only about 4 feet high when towed, pop-up trailers can be raised by hand crank or electrically at a campsite. Most have tentlike sides and extensions that pull out of either end. Some brands, such as Aliner and TrailManor , have hard sides, providing more durability and insulation.
Length: 8 to 20 feet Weight: 1,000 to 4,000 pounds Sleeps: Two to eight people Price: $10,000 to $30,000
- Least expensive type of trailer.
- Can be very lightweight; the smallest ones can be towed by many cars.
- Low aerodynamic profile helps fuel economy.
- Pull-out end extensions, which typically house beds, create large sleeping spaces for what is a relatively short trailer.
- Some hard-sided models can be put up very quickly.
- These often lack the luxuries of larger trailers, such as a private toilet (or any bathroom facility at all).
- There isn’t much insulation from noise or cold.
- Tent-sided models need more maintenance, and the fabric requires replacement eventually.
- Tent-sided models are prohibited in some campgrounds because of the danger posed by bears.
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Travel trailers are the most widely sold and most varied type of towable RV. They have solid walls and often feature a slide—a section of wall that either pulls out or motors out to provide more space inside when camping.
Travel trailers come in a wide variety of sizes and designs:
- Small retro-inspired “teardrop” trailers that are essentially a tent and bed on wheels.
- Small molded fiberglass trailers, such as the Casita and Scamp, have drawn passionate fan bases for their low-maintenance designs.
- Midpriced trailers from companies such as Forest River, Gulf Stream, and Jayco offer a lot of space and features for the money.
- The iconic Airstream has a distinctive aluminum body. Aerodynamic and low to the ground, these are easy to tow but are expensive for their size.
Smaller trailers typically have a single axle; larger trailers can have two (or even three). More axles increase towing stability and let you limp the trailer to safety in case of a single flat tire, but they can also add to tire replacement costs.
Many small trailers can be pulled by a midsized SUV. As trailers increase in size and weight, it is necessary to increase the capability of the tow vehicle. Make sure you pay attention to the key weights: the tongue’s and total trailer’s.
The tongue extends from the trailer and puts direct downward pressure on the hitch, so it’s essentially considered a payload. Then there is the weight of the entire trailer, which is how much the vehicle has to pull. Some vehicles may look appropriate until you factor in the added weight of passengers and cargo, including water in the tanks.
Many SUVs and trucks can be equipped with transmission coolers to ease the strain of a trailer on the drivetrain. Consider adding anti-sway bars or a load-leveling kit for a travel trailer, even a smaller one.
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Length: 8 to 40 feet Weight: 1,000 to 10,000 pounds Sleeps: Two to eight people Price: $10,000 to $150,000
- Rigid walls provide some insulation from cold and noise compared with a pop-up trailer or tent.
- Very little setup time.
- A wide variety of lengths and weights.
- A suitable tow vehicle is required, which may need to be larger and more powerful than you think.
- Towing requires drivers to learn (and practice) different driving skills.
- Larger trailers won’t fit into small campsites.
Hybrid or Expandable Trailers
Hybrid or expandable RV trailers increase sleeping space without the downsides—the added length and weight—that come with getting a bigger trailer. They do that by combining the hard-sided body of a conventional travel trailer with the pullout end extensions typically found on a folding trailer. This design can let you use a smaller tow vehicle while still providing enough sleeping space and amenities for the whole family.
Length: 8 to 26 feet Weight: 2,500 to 5,500 pounds Sleeps: Four to eight people Price: $10,000 to $40,000
- Extra sleeping space without added length and weight.
- Takes more setup time than a typical travel trailer.
- Tent-sided material needs to be maintained, and the fabric may need replacing eventually.
- Doesn’t do as good a job at blocking sound in noisy campgrounds as fully hard-sided trailers do.
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Fifth-wheel trailers are designed to be towed by pickup trucks. The front of this type of trailer extends over a pickup bed that has a hitch that sits beneath the forward quarters. The trailer slides into place in the pickup truck bed.
Fifth-wheel trailers are generally large and heavy, requiring at least a half-ton truck equipped by the factory to handle a heavy payload. A handful of manufacturers make smaller fifth-wheels that can be easily towed by smaller trucks, such as Escape fiberglass trailers. It's common to use a heavy-duty truck to tow a fifth-wheel. If you're shopping for a trailer and a tow vehicle, consider a pickup truck with dual rear wheels (often referred to as a “dually”) to pull the largest trailers for better stability and payload capacity. Look at the specific capabilities on the truck you own or plan to buy, because truck cargo and towing capacities can vary widely depending on the engine, the cab configuration, and transmission gearing.
Length: 20 to 40 feet Weight: Typically 7,000 pounds and up, excluding a few small models Sleeps: Four to eight people Price: $20,000 to $150,000
- Provide more living space for their towing length.
- Fifth-wheel hitches tend to be very stable for towing.
- Typically has a dedicated bedroom in front.
- Often needs a heavy-duty truck.
- Tall height might not fit under some bridges.
- The truck bed’s use will be limited when you’re towing.
- Not many truly small fifth-wheel trailers are available; “lightweight” ones typically weigh at least 7,000 pounds.
Toy Haulers or 'Sport-Utility Trailers'
Toy haulers or “sport-utility trailers” can come in any travel trailer type. They usually have an enclosed garage in back, designed for carrying motorcycles, ATVs, or other outdoor playthings. A ramp is built in off the back of the trailer, letting you drive these toys out. The ramp itself can often be used as a porch once the toy is unloaded.
Length: 18 to 40 feet Weight: 3,000 to 10,000 pounds Sleeps: Four to eight people Price: $10,000 to $150,000
- Lots of storage space.
- Provides garage space to keep things dry or store tools.
- Garage can be used for additional sleeping space or a room to hang out in.
- Unique porch functionality.
- Shrinks available living space.
- Putting heavy ATVs or motorcycles at the rear can hurt trailer balance and handling.
Truck campers slide into the back of a pickup truck’s bed—no towing needed. Often they stick out over the top of the truck’s cab to increase living space. Lightweight “expedition style” models usually have tentlike fabric sides that pop up to add headroom.
The key for truck-camper owners is having enough payload capacity. Some pop-top lightweight models fit into smaller trucks, but the typical hard-sided truck camper is too heavy for a half-ton truck, unless that truck is carefully optioned to maximize payload. Most owners tend to use heavy-duty trucks.
Length: 6 to 12 feet Weight: 1,000 to 3,000 pounds Sleeps: Two to four people Price: $15,000 to $50,000
- Compact and easy to drive; not much bigger than the truck itself.
- Allows for off-roading adventures.
- Some specialty models fit in midsized trucks, such as the Toyota Tacoma.
- Not much living space.
- It can be a high climb to get in.
- Typical hard-sided truck campers require a heavy-duty truck.
- It can be a hassle to install and remove from truck.
- Often expensive for their size.
No matter which recreational trailer or RV you buy, take time making your decision. A common adage is to “buy your third trailer first” because many people who stick with this hobby go through two or three RVs before they find the right fit. In other words, pace yourself and do your research.
You can accelerate that process (and maybe save grief and money) by renting an RV before you buy. That will help you sort out which kind of floor plan and features are important for your type of camping and your family.
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13 Best Travel Trailers for Road Trips and Camping
Hit the open road and camp in comfort with the best travel trailers.
Elizabeth Rhodes is a special projects editor at Travel + Leisure , covering everything from luxury hotels to theme parks to must-pack travel products. Originally from South Carolina, Elizabeth moved to New York City from London, where she started her career as a travel blogger and writer.
With so many brands, sizes, and amenities to choose from, it can be difficult to know which travel trailer is right for your next adventure in the great outdoors . Paige Bouma, executive vice president of sales and operations of Trader Interactive, knows a thing or two about RV travel. She has been taking RV vacations with her family for years, often traveling for 30 weekends a year. According to Bouma, towable RVs (like travel trailers) are great for camping , and there are a number of choices to consider. "Families looking to experience the great outdoors have several choices when it comes to trailers they can tow behind their car, SUV, or pickup," she said. "The traditional travel trailer comes in a variety of lengths and weights, and provides a multitude of amenities and a sleeping capacity for any size family to go camping."
With this in mind, we've rounded up 13 of the best travel trailers so you can plan your next road trip . Whether you're a first-timer looking for tips to get started or a frequent traveler trying to decide on your next RV rental , this list includes fan favorites like Airstream, Winnebago, and Jayco travel trailers, ranging from luxury vehicles to small and lightweight campers.
1. Airstream Classic Smart Trailer
Airstream travel trailers are among the most luxurious, spacious, and advanced towable RVs. They say not to mess with a good thing, but Airstream's new and improved Classic Travel Trailer is an exception. This elegant and roomy travel trailer is best for long trips, with lots of space and innovative amenities, like a heated bathroom and handcrafted cabinetry. Now, this iconic trailer has smart-control technology, allowing you to adjust the lights, awning, and air-conditioning as well as monitor propane, battery, and tank levels from your phone. This trailer can be between 30 and 33 feet long and can sleep up to five people with four different floor plans. Airstream is currently working on more improvements for future RVs, including off-road capabilities and advanced electric vehicle compatibility.
2. Winnebago Micro Minnie
Winnebago travel trailers are beloved in the RV world, and the Winnebago Micro Minnie is one of their most popular options, even winning the RV News Top Lightweight Towable Trailers Award in 2021. This compact, seven-foot-wide trailer offers a number of floor plans to choose from, with features like a spacious kitchen with a sink, a double-door refrigerator, a microwave, and a cooktop. Each floor plan also has windows designed for cross ventilation. With a starting weight of 3,360 pounds , the Micro Minnie is the perfect tow for electric vehicle owners. It also comes solar-ready, with a spacious, walkable roof. With certain packages, the trailer even includes off-road tires, perfect for the boondock explorer. Once you've settled into your campground, take the fun outside with its patio speakers and a power awning featuring LED lighting.
3. Jayco Jay Flight
The Jayco Jay Flight has been a family favorite for years. This travel trailer has a large range of floor plans, offering options with luxurious kitchens featuring stainless steel appliances, comfortable seating, spacious lounge areas, and more. Jayco's elite package offers solar prep, which, depending on your rig, comes with corresponding batteries, inverters, and Go Power! kits for sidewall and roof-mount prep. It's important to keep in mind that certain floor plans may exceed an electric vehicle's towable weight limit. Jayco prides itself on its craftsmanship and construction so you know this trailer can handle any adventure you embark upon.
4. TAB Teardrop Camper
If you're looking for a small travel trailer, the TAB Teardrop Trailer might be the best choice for you. This nuCamp RV is perfect if you're traveling alone or with a partner. It is compact, but still has amenities such as a wet bath, a kitchen, and a dining area that converts to beds. Available with the TAB Teardrop Trailer is the Boondock Package, which includes everything for your off-roading needs, including the Boondock Aluminum Platform, aggressive off-road tires, heady duty entry door step, and much more. The Convenience Package comes with a solar roof package, perfect for electric vehicles.
5. Happier Camper Traveler
The new, lightweight Traveler trailer from Happier Camper has vintage vibes and flexible, modular seating to accommodate the needs of anyone hitting the road. This travel trailer has a floor grid and Adaptiv components so you can customize your space with areas for sleeping, dining, lounging, and more. Plus, it's towable by standard cars so you don't need a large SUV. The Happier Camper Traveler is 17 feet long with 85 square feet of walkable floor space — the layout is up to you, thanks to the modular design.
6. KZ Durango Half-Ton
The KZ Durango Half-Ton RV is a fifth wheel trailer that offers eight unique floor plans, complete with a washer and dryer, maple-glazed farmhouse-style carpentry, an electric fireplace, a double-door refrigerator, and so much more. KZ offers an "Off The Grid" package, which includes solar panels for their already solar-ready roof. The Durango Half-Ton is perfect for full-time traveling or a weekend getaway with the whole family.
7. Casita Spirit
As far as lightweight travel trailers go, the Casita Spirit is a great option for families on the go. This trailer can sleep three to five people, with dinettes that convert into double and single beds. The Spirit comes in two 17-foot models, while add-on options include roller shades, a furnace, and more. Casita offers a plethora of internal and external add-ons, including — but not limited to — solar panels, a surge protector, and an Anderson "No Sway" Distribution Hitch, as well as a maintenance tool kit to be used inside or outside the trailer.
8. Keystone Hideout
Keystone touts the Hideout as a perfect travel trailer for first-timers. The Hideout has several sizes and floor plans, and it comes with a three-year limited structural warranty, LTE and Wi-Fi antenna, tinted windows, high-quality kitchen appliances, and more. Most floorplans are towable by standard cars, however, the model's heft makes it durable to sustain off-road bumps and swerves. The Hideout features a walkable roof and multiple options for SolarFlex™ solar panels, providing high-quality energy great for electric vehicles.
9. Forest River Alpha Wolf
The lightweight Alpha Wolf trailer from Forest River's Cherokee line was named "Best in Show" by RV News in 2018. According to the Forest River site, the Cherokee Alpha Wolf "offers the best mix of floor plan diversity and top-shelf amenities while at the same time creating a tougher, lighter, better insulated shell." The interiors of this travel trailer look beautiful and modern while providing areas to cook, relax, and dine. Alpha offers multiple packages to personalize your trailer experience, including the Juice Package for all your solar needs.
10. Grand Design Reflection
If you're looking for a towable luxury RV with great value, the Reflection by Grand Design might be right for you. This trailer offers a beautifully designed kitchen, a spacious shower with a glass door, and more. The RV comes with a mandatory Solar Package, 4-Season Protection Package, Peace of Mind Package, and the Ultimate Power Package, with additional add-on packages available to make your Reflections RV experiences as comfortable as possible. This RV is great for owners of electric SUVs and for those who wish to go off-road.
11. Opus OP 15 Hybrid
Looking for a spacious, lightweight, off-road trailer? Then look no further than the Opus OP 15. This hybrid, family-friendly trailer comes fully loaded with a king-size bed, twin bunk beds, an indoor bathroom, a four-burner stove, off-road and alloy tires, and solar panels. The interior is decorated with bamboo cabinetry and features 6'6'' of headroom. The Opus OP 15 was designed specifically to be an off-road, off-grid getaway while remaining easy to use for families and first-timers.
12. Alto Series F2414
Alto's Series F2414 travel trailer is designed to make hitch traveling with an electric vehicle easier than ever before. The trailer comes packed with four beds that can be converted to dining/lounge areas, a full kitchen, a small bathroom, and furniture that can be moved for outdoor fun. It sleeps five comfortably, six with the purchase of an additional electric bed. The interior design takes some inspiration from European trailers while maintaining an all-American flair. Solar panels can be purchased for an additional cost. The F2414 is towable by most SUVs.
13. Polydrops P17A
If you're looking to travel in something high-tech that will undoubtedly turn heads, look no further than Polydrop's P17A1 trailer. This California-made vehicle is specifically engineered to be the most aerodynamic travel trailer on the market. Its unique design and lightweight frame lend it to unlimited possibilities. The P17A's minimalist design comes fully insulated with built-in solar panels, storage, built-in speakers, a kitchenette, an awning, a control panel (for LEDs, air conditioning, chargers, and more), and a full-size mattress. This trailer was made to work hand-in-hand with electric vehicles, with its design specifically created to use less electricity, allowing for more travel and less charging time. Though one of the smaller trailers on this list, the P17A1 is sure to impress even the most traditional trailer travelers.
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Of all RVs – motorhomes, travel trailers, popup campers, truck campers, fifth wheels – travel trailers are by far the most popular.
More than half of all RVs sold are travel trailers. And this isn’t surprising. Travel trailers provide some great advantages for both new RVers and experienced fulltimers.
Seven Reasons Why Many Prefer Travel Trailers
1. They’re affordable. The least expensive RVs are travel trailers. This isn’t to say that all travel trailers are inexpensive: you can pay $150,000 for a large luxury model.
But if you’re on a limited budget, you won’t find a better deal than a basic travel trailer. (Plus, if you understand how the RV industry works, you can get a travel trailer for much less than asking price, making them very affordable indeed. More on that in a moment.)
2. You don’t (necessarily) need a specialized tow vehicle. If you buy a fifth wheel, you’ll need a heavy-duty pickup truck, with a tow package and a gooseneck hitch installed in its bed. On the other hand, a small travel trailer can be pulled by an ordinary car. You’ll need a trailer hitch, of course, but that’s about it.
3. You can use your entire tow vehicle for storage. A fifth wheel gooseneck will fill your truck bed. Conversely, a hitch for your travel trailer will not use up any usable space at all. You can still use your truck bed for storage, or the back of your SUV for passengers.
5. They’re less of a commitment. Casual RVers usually don’t need a full-size Class A motorhome. After all, when you’re not using it, you need to store the thing somewhere. And most of us don’t have a spare parking lot in our backyards.
Travel trailers, on the other hand, are easier to store. Many RVers are content to have their trailers tucked away on their property somewhere, out of the way but easily pulled out for a spur-of-the-moment weekend trip. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the last time you changed the oil or topped off the antifreeze. So travel trailers are easier to use for casual trips.
6. They provide more usable space. A 30-foot travel trailer will have more living space inside than a 30-foot motorhome. How can this be? It’s because a motorhome has to use some of its interior space for the cockpit (the driver seat, passenger seat, and controls). Travel trailers don’t have to waste any inside space at all.
7. They’re more convenient once you’ve arrived. Unlike motorhomes, travel trailers require you to tow them to your destination, and this can be a hassle. However, once you’ve arrived and dropped your trailer, your tow vehicle is now available for you and your family to run around on side trips. Many RVers think travel trailers are the superior choice just for this reason alone.
How to Buy a Travel Trailer
The hardest part of buying a travel trailer is choosing the right unit.
Motorhomes generally have a limited set of floorplans (driver in front, master bedroom in the back). Fifth wheels have a little more variety, but the master bedroom is usually in the front.
But travel trailers can have a bewildering variety of internal layouts. It’s not unusual for a single trailer model to have 10 or even 20 floorplans available.
Want a huge galley (kitchen)? There are models available. Want sleeping quarters for 4, or 6, or 8? There are models available. Want the sleeping quarters in back, or in front, or even both? There are models available.
You can approach this problem several ways. First, go to one or more RV shows , or to an RV dealer’s lot. (Be prepared to fend off the salesmen who will swoop down upon you.) Look at lots of different models, and see what you like the best.
Then, pick up an RV buyer’s guide. These come out each spring, and can be found in the magazine racks at your favorite bookstore. Every major model of travel trailer is described. Each listing shows a sample floorplan, lists the various options, and gives a price range. They’re great for flipping through and comparing the various models side-by-side.
Once you know what you want, it’s time to buy.
How to Save Thousands When You Buy a Travel Trailer
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RV shopping 101: A simple, yet complete guide for first-time RV, camper, and travel trailer buyers
Shopping rvs and travel trailers isn't easy. here's everything to consider to find the right one for you.
If you’re among the majority of prospective first-time RV buyers, welcome to the not-so-secret club. For decades, that club consisted of retirees and crunchy, outdoor-loving travelers who’d rather spend their vacation time relaxing in nature than drunk on yet another Caribbean cruise . These days, however, more Americans than ever are itching to create their own Great American Road Trip , and that often begins with buying their own RV or travel trailer.
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Shopping for RVs, in general, and travel trailers, in particular, can be a challenge, especially if you’re new to the game. It’s not unlike buying a new car, so it pays to know what to look for before you head to the dealership or to meet that random seller you found on Facebook Marketplace. If you’re ready to take the plunge into trailer travel, we’re here to make the process a bit less confusing with a simple yet complete beginner’s guide to RV travel trailer buying.
Drivable motorhomes (known as “Class A” and “Class B” RVs) are one option, but these tend to be more expensive and only suitable for one purpose (e.g., you’re unlikely to take a 27-foot Winnebago on a grocery run to Target). For well-heeled and full-timing RVers, this can be the best option. These days, the living quarters of most drivable models are comparable to those of most modern, upscale apartments. For those who can afford it and plan to spend considerable time on the road, this is almost certainly the way to go.
The more versatile and less expensive alternative, however, is typically a towable RV travel trailer. This category includes everything from tent-sized teardrop trailers to slightly larger, lightweight travel trailers to full-featured, ultra luxe Airstreams. It’s a solution that allows for hitching up when you’re ready to travel and unhitching to use your SUV or truck like normal once you’re set up at camp.
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This is great when you’re at home and not traveling, but also after arriving at your destination. It’s far more convenient to detach the trailer and take just your tow vehicle into town for errands or to explore the surrounding area.
If you’re shopping for RV trailers for the first time, the process can feel intimidating. It’s not quite as difficult as buying a new house, but it’s harder than shopping for a new car. The most obvious things to consider include:
- What’s my budget?
- What style of RV travel trailer is right for me?
- What size trailer should I buy?
- Where can I store my RV when I’m not traveling?
The list of questions doesn’t — or shouldn’t — end there, though. If this is your first time towing anything, you also need to think about:
- Is my current vehicle capable of safely towing the trailer I’m considering?
- If not, should I buy a new vehicle or shop for a different trailer?
- Will I need any new equipment (like a sway bar, a weight distribution hitch, an electronic brake controller, etc.) to tow a trailer safely?
- Do I feel confident towing a trailer?
- What do I need to know to set up and break down my trailer once I get where I’m going?
The answers to many of these questions are unique to you and your situation. First, let’s explore the different types of RV trailers and the pros and cons of each. Once you zero in on the right kind of trailer, the answer to every other question will quickly fall into place.
Like most things related to travel and the outdoors, there is no “best” RV trailer. The model that works best for you depends on the size of your family, the type of camping you prefer, where you’ll be taking it, and the capabilities of you and your tow vehicle. While some defy categorization, most RV travel trailers fall into one of five categories. From the smallest and most basic to the largest and most luxurious, those are:
Pop-up and folding RV trailers
Folding trailers are generally the lightest, most compact, and most basic of all RV trailers. As the name implies, they collapse or “fold” down as short as four feet high. Coupled with sides that typically consist of a soft, tent-like material, they make for easy towing, in some cases, by a mid-sized sedan. Some brands, like , add rigid walls, so they’re better suited for more extreme climates that require heat or air conditioning.
- Inexpensive (some used models can be had for a few thousand dollars)
- Extremely lightweight and agile for easy pulling, even for first-time RVers
- Aerodynamic profile with negligible effect on your vehicle’s fuel economy
- Available hard-sided models are almost as versatile as a traditional travel trailer
- Soft-sided versions offer limited insulation from noise or extreme temperatures
- Most don’t have a private bathroom or any bathroom at all
- The tent fabric is not as durable and requires more maintenance than hard-sided alternatives
- Soft sides offer limited security from break-ins or wildlife (especially hungry bears)
Traditional , hard-sided travel trailers are the most popular RV trailers on the road. The main reason is that this category varies widely in size, versatility, and design. They range from teardrop trailers to tiny, ultra-light trailers (like the fiberglass models from and ) to middle-of-the-road general-purpose models (think Winnebago) to swanky, luxurious alternatives like those offered by Airstream and Bowlus . All but the lightest models typically require at least a larger sedan or mid-sized SUV with increased towing capacity.
- Fully enclosed living space with hard-sided walls offers better insulation from sound and outside temperatures
- More secure than traditional camping tents or pop-up trailers
- Minimal setup time (compared to pop-up RV trailers)
- Available in a wide variety of sizes, designs, and prices
- Many models offer private bathrooms with showers
- Require proper vehicle to tow
- Larger models can significantly impact fuel economy
- Safe towing practices require a learning curve for new RV owners
- The most luxurious models can cost more than a single-family home
Fifth-wheel RV trailers
One option available exclusively to pickup truck owners is to buy a fifth-wheel RV trailer. The unique design of these extends over the truck bed, making better use of the trailer’s overall space than most traditional travel trailers. They’re often larger and heavier than conventional towable RVs and require a special mount inside the truck bed to tow. Typically, this means having at least a half-ton pickup to accommodate the payload. The largest fifth-wheel RV trailers require a pickup with dual rear wheels (a.k.a. a “dually”).
- More spacious floor plans to accommodate a whole family — some offer a dedicated bedroom
- Much more closet and storage space than traditional RV trailers
- Usually more luxurious with residential fixtures, finishes, and amenities
- Fifth-wheel hitches make for more stable towing than typical travel trailers
- Requires special equipment, including a heavy-duty pickup truck with a proper towing setup
- Taller form factor can be tricky to tow under bridges and other tight spaces
- Limits the use of the truck bed with the trailer attached
Toy haulers, sometimes called sport-utility trailers, are among the most unique and versatile RVs on the road. They’re essentially traditional trailers with a fold-down ramp that leads to an open, garage-like space for storing outdoor “toys” like ATVs, motorcycles , or just about anything, really. The front half houses living amenities like a kitchenette, a fold-down bed, a dining area, or a bathroom with a shower.
- More versatile, usable storage space than any other type of trailer
- Garage space can be used as a “porch” for festivals and other outdoor events
- Living space is limited when toting outdoor toys
- Heavier toys can severely affect balance and handling when towing
- Can require a special tow vehicle, depending on what you’re planning to haul
Though not technically RV “trailers,” modern truck campers are one alternative for buyers seeking a non-drivable RV. Because they slot neatly into the bed of a pickup truck, they’re among the most compact RV models. That smaller size, however, also makes for significantly smaller living quarters that are usually only suitable for two to three people.
- In-bed design eliminates the need for traditional “towing”
- Less of an impact on fuel economy than a towable trailer
- Allows for more extreme offroading or overlanding opportunities
- Some purpose-built models fit perfectly inside factory pickup beds, like the Toyota Tacoma
- Tight living quarters
- Height can make it difficult for children and those with mobility issues to get in
- Semi-permanent installation can be a pain to remove
- Often as expensive as a traditional travel trailer
So you’ve done your research, figured out what type of travel trailer is best for you, and found a few available models to scope out. Now what? As with any big purchase — cars and homes come to mind — it’s critical to perform a thorough inspection before making the deal. Here are the key points to pay attention to:
- Check the condition of the trailer’s overall structure, looking for any signs of damage, including cracks or leaks.
- Inspect the seams and seals around windows, doors, and other openings for noticeable deterioration or wear.
- Check the condition of the roof, paying careful attention to sagging, water damage, or loose seams.
- Examine the tires for wear and ensure they are in good condition, properly inflated, and have adequate tread depth.
- Look for signs of rust or corrosion on the frame and undercarriage.
- Inspect the cleanliness and condition of the interior for odors, stains, or signs of water damage. This is often your best indication of how well (or not) the current owner maintained the trailer.
- Test all the appliances, including the refrigerator, microwave, oven, stove, and air conditioning/heating units, to ensure they are in good working order.
- Check the plumbing system by running the faucets, flushing the toilet, and checking for leaks or water pressure issues.
- Test the electrical system by turning on lights, fans, and other electrical components.
- Examine the flooring, walls, and ceiling for signs of damage or serious wear.
Of course, the best option is to hire a professional, like an RV mechanic, to do the inspection for you. Paying a few hundred dollars for their time could save you thousands in future repairs down the road.
Most first-time RV buyers can only guess how they’ll use their first travel trailer. The only way to know for sure is to spend time traveling in and living with it, which is why your first RV probably won’t be your last. Recreational trailer owners notoriously joke about how many models they had to go through before finding “The One.”
Once you’ve narrowed your search, consider renting each RV model on your shortlist. Sites like Outdoorsy make it possible to rent the exact travel trailer you’re shopping for — right down to the size and exact model year — before committing to buy. So, you can take your significant other, family, friends, and pets along for a weekend away to be sure the trailer you’re shopping for is the right one for you.
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Life on the road: waking up to the sunrise, enjoying a coffee with the morning dew tickling your toes and driving for hours with nothing but nature all around you.
Conjuring up nostalgic memories of old-time Americana and singing your favorite songs around the campfire, guitar in hand, an RV-based holiday is definitely a memorable one.
Even those who wouldn’t typically consider a camping trailer for their next trip are now reconsidering, thanks to the rise in high-tech, seriously luxurious camping trailers akin to stylish apartments…but with the benefit of having wheels attached.
Some of the best luxury travel trailers nowadays come complete with digital nomad-approved offices, second-story bedrooms, indoor bathrooms, and all of the connectivity you could ever need.
Life off the grid doesn’t have to be in tents — pun fully intended — but it can open a window into a refreshing contrast; one where your biggest problem is selecting which spectacular location to drive to next in your luxury camper.
The 15 best travel trailers
Check our special travel trailers buyers’ guide after the list to see exactly what you should pay attention to before purchasing a trailer. You can also check our round-up of the best off-road camping trailers , best camper van brands and best RVs depending on your preferred travel style.
Bowlus: Best overall travel trailer
Step into your Bowlus travel trailer for the first time and prepare to feel a little overwhelmed by all of the possibilities running through your mind. The Terra Firma travel trailer is the creme de la creme in the world of living on the go, with all of the facilities necessary to make you genuinely consider switching to this way of living full time. Kitted out with beautifully neutral interiors, a separate hotel-style shower and plenty of space for relaxing, sleeping and planning your next venture, Terra Firma has it all.
Wake up in the Zen Master Bedroom and make a coffee using the two-stage water filtration system. You can even bring a furry friend along, thanks to this camping trailer’s seamless features: remote temperature monitoring, bowls that slide out seamlessly from a drawer and a coordinated pet bed. When you head out on foot for the day, make use of the Find My Bowlus GPS tracking.
Best for: Almost preferring living here to your own house back home.
Living Vehicle: Best luxury camper
“Roughing it” doesn’t exactly sum up your experience camping in a Living Vehicle camping trailer. Probably the closest thing you could find to staying in a hotel but with the added benefit of being able to follow your every move, Living Vehicle’s Max model truly maximizes the best of outdoor living, indoors. This fully customizable unit is a dream for anyone who’s serious about camping trailers.
Equipped with everything from air conditioning to solar power, it’s spacious and comfortable, filled to the brim with technology like huge TV screens, stocked-up chef’s kitchens, and luxury amenities. You’ll find a washing machine, Hi-Fi stereo system and mobile connectivity. It’s life off-grid, but with the ability to get connected right back on the grid whenever you need. Better yet, it comes complete with a state-of-the-art security system. So you’ll never feel concerned about leaving your mobile house for the day to do some exploring.
Best for: Making camping trailer holidays Vogue-worthy.
Winnebago: Best value travel trailer
It’s hard to beat a Winnebago if you’re looking to travel true Americana style and the Winnebago Micro Minnie is definitely the best option if you’re looking for a budget-friendly trip. Because the Micro Minnie brings together everything you need for a compact trip without waving goodbye to necessities.
Just like the name suggests, it’s one that focuses on quality rather than quantity, but it still manages to squeeze in ample galley space, a sink, double door refrigerator, microwave and even a cooktop. A spacious mattress and windows designed for cross ventilation mean you’ll never wake up in the middle of the night feeling too hot or too cold, and the breathtaking surroundings will always be ready and waiting as the first touches of light come through the windows. Patio speakers and a power awning with LED lighting make the outdoors just as cozy as indoors.
Best for: Saving money to put towards decorating instead.
Airstream: Most versatile travel trailer for remote work
Fulfill all of your digital nomad dreams by waving goodbye to a life surrounded by bricks and instead pursuing one surrounded by nature and woodland. Or cityscapes, or beaches, or whatever your heart desires. The beauty of Airstream’s Flying Cloud is that you’re free to do all of the above and more, never needing to remember a set of house keys again in favor of life on the road.
This is a camping trailer designed to make life easy, with varying floor plans no matter how many you’re traveling with and even the option of a miniature office. Stylish and practical, it’s decked out in neutral tones with comfortable elements for a stress-free experience. As well as all of the essentials, Airstream’s Flying Cloud comes complete with multiple USB ports and a pop-up USB/AC outlet supported by the onboard 1000-watt power inverter. The office area even has a swivel chair.
Best for: Trying to get your beach/mountain/river view into the background of your Zoom meetings.
Timberleaf Trailers: Best teardrop trailer
Timberleaf’s vibrant orange camping trailer is a talking point of your travels, even when your surrounding landscapes come with enough picturesque stories. This teardrop trailer is charming and playful, created from quality craftsmanship and fine woodworking. It’s a camping trailer that takes camping back to its base: forgoing non-essentials in favor of keeping itself small and sturdy.
The Classic Teardrop Trailer is with you no matter where you’re heading next and comes in three different varieties; Standard, All-Road, and Off-Road. Each comes with its own specific details, like wheels designed for rugged terrain and a fully insulated cabin to keep the wind, heat, and cold at bay. Despite its cute nature, this is a camping trailer that doesn’t mess around: it’s got plenty of space for cooking facilities and relaxation with spacious skylight, all kitted out in tonal wooden shades. The trailer itself comes in a variety of vibrant colors, if orange isn’t to your choosing.
Best for: Feeling like you’re starring in your own vintage holiday movie.
Homegrown Trailers: Best teardrop camper with bathroom
Camping trailer life seems like all fun and games until you wake up in the middle of the night unwilling to step outside the trailer to use or find the bathroom. Enter: Homegrown Trailers. Fusing together all of the best parts of camping trailers along with all of the essentials for comfort and then some, it’s the best teardrop trailer out there for those that want comfort and style.
The Timberline trailer does it all and a bit more on top of that. Either plug it into a grid or make use of its solar-powered energy to enjoy all of the facilities it has to offer: hot water from the indoor shower, freshwater from the sink and shower and a large kitchen for cooking up a storm. It’s also made mostly from sustainable materials and makes use of energy-efficient methods. It’s a camping trailer designed for the energy conscious.
Best for: Authentic camping with 21st-century improvements.
Land Ark RV: Best high-ceiling travel trailer
Not sure whether you’d rather stay in a house or a luxury camper? Choose both. Land Ark RV’s Drake model aims to cover all of the above, in a sleek and stylish camping trailer that elevates camping to a whole new level. Efficiently built as a high-design house, you could feasibly wake up in the morning here and forget you’re not actually in a hotel. It’s one that welcomes in both comfort and style, with its neutral, light wood interiors and two-story design.
This is a camping trailer just crying out to be personalized, preferably with Instagram-friendly cushions, large cozy throws and adventure around every corner. It’s a trailer looking for stories. A tankless hot water system, heating and AC, custom cellular shades for privacy and energy-saving insulation, and high ceilings make this one of the most covetable camping trailers on the market.
Best for: Not stressing about hitting your head when you wake up in the morning.
Happier Camper: Best lightweight travel trailer
Happier Camper sets the tone for exactly how you’ll be feeling on your next adventure: over the moon, filled to the brim with excitement and fully aware that everything you could need and more are tucked away in its unique spot around you. Fully equipped for the road, Happier Camper’s Traveler camping trailer is optimized for all kinds of adventures, regardless of whether you’re sightseeing or working, sleeping or cooking.
Two dedicated living spaces and an integrated bathroom and kitchenette make this lightweight travel trailer under 5,000 lbs seem far more spacious than many others on the market. Its curated space uses the brand’s Adaptiv technology to quickly switch living spaces into an office, dining area, bedroom or lounge space in minutes. Fibreglass shells, a honeycomb floor grid, custom hardware and durable components ensure your Traveler is ready to go no matter how long the journey.
Best for: Smaller towing vehicles and not worrying about maximum weight capacity.
Bruder X: Best off-road camping trailer
There are camping trailers designed for whimsical journeys through the forests and countryside paths winding their way down to the seafront. And then there are expedition trailers designed with a little more durability in mind, suitable for all of those off-road adventures that you’d previously disregarded. Bruder X’s EXP-6 is the latter. This is a camping trailer with a difference: a large, sturdy and all-around impressive beast of a trailer that confidently heads off the beaten track into paths unknown without really lifting a finger.
This off-road trailer is sleek and grey, looking perfectly at home with any kind of backdrop. It’s also sufficiently convertible, with the ability to level out and adjust its height to suit the terrain at the press of a button. A state-of-the-art cabin management system means you can even control the EXP-6 from your smartphone. Out the back, you’ll find courtesy lights, storage lockers, a clothes washer and even an external hot and cold shower.
Best for: Adventures without limitations.
E-RV: Best all-electric travel trailer
There’s off-the-grid living and then there’s E-RV off-the-grid living. The world’s first fully-electric camping trailer, it’s one that almost blends in with the environment from the outside, while remaining spacious and hyper-modern on the inside. This energy-efficient RV trailer doesn’t do things by halves, either. It’s able to charge all of your electronics, keep you suitably warm and save you money and gas refills all at the same time.
It uses clean, solar energy that allows you to camp out in the middle of nowhere without struggling to find electricity. It’s also better for the environment in the fact that it waves goodbye to the need for gas fumes. If you’re staying somewhere where open flames are banned, you’ll love the E-RV’s efficiency even more. A range of solar panels on the rooftop means your E-RV continues charging even when you’re out exploring.
Best for: Taking ‘off the grid’ to a whole new level.
Polydrops: Best small travel trailer
Small but mighty, Polydrops’ P17A camping trailer packs a punch when it comes to fitting a lot into a small space. The P17A is one of the best small camping trailers for anyone new to the industry who wants to get to grips with owning a trailer before committing to a larger size. It is highly engineered and all-electric, bringing together all of the essentials. Its futuristic style sets it ahead of the game in the world of both camping trailers and electric vehicles —something you’ll understand even more when you’ve read the full list of energy-efficient measures this camping trailer comes with.
These small campers come equipped with solar panels, LiFePO4 batteries and air conditioning for ultimate comfort without waving goodbye to sustainable travel. Its aerodynamic design also ensures it’s straightforward to tow, even for a lesser-experienced driver. It’s home to a modular system incorporating a kitchenette, micro closet, toilet and sleeping compartment and editable depending on your preferences.
Best for: Proving good things come in small packages.
Jayco: Best mid-priced camping trailer
Dipped your toe into the world of vacation trailers but not quite ready to go all out with a huge model? Jayco is the answer for the best mid-sized trailer. Our favorite —and not just our favorite, as it’s consistently voted America’s best-selling RV too —is Jayco’s Jay Flight 2021. These are the best travel trailers for anyone with a desire to head out for a trip without worrying about anything along the way. Fully equipped with not just the essentials but also the would-be-amazing-ifs.
Superior construction, weatherproofing and plenty of editable floor plan designs mean the Jay Flight 2021 is perfectly suited to just about any kind of traveler. Looking for more beds? They can be included in the middle. Would prefer more storage and foldaway sleeping compartments? Not a problem either. The included LED TV, smartphone-controllable system and fully equipped interiors complete with an oven make this camping trailer a win-win for just about everyone.
Best for: Premium quality essentials with some luxury thrown in, too.
Grand Design RV: Best travel trailer for families
A family camping trip can go one of two ways: either it’s one that goes down in the memory book full of hilarious anecdotes, nostalgia-filled activities and the promise to do it all again next year, or it goes horribly wrong and you promise never to speak of it again. The best way to ensure your family holiday is the former rather than the latter? Do it in a camping trailer designed for families to take the stress out of camping trips.
Grand Design RV’s Reflection Travel Trailer is luxurious yet sensible: a trailer that’s sturdy and dependable while still remaining stylish and comfortable. It’s a spacious RV camper, almost a mini apartment rather than a simple bed and sink pull-along trailer. Home to plenty of electronics including a Bluetooth sound system, LED TV, motion sensor lighting and more, you’ll never feel anything less than refreshed and satisfied staying in one of these travel trailers.
Best for: Those picture-book perfect family holidays.
Taxa Outdoors: Best pop-up camper
Go back to basics with small travel trailers in the best way possible with a Taxa Outdoors Mantis pop-up camper. Sure, there are high-tech, futuristic trailers out there, but the Mantis is the perfect option if you’re looking for laid-back, authentic, small camping trailers. While it might not be stuffed to the brim with electronics, the Mantis still comes with everything you could need for a relaxing few days of getting up close and personal with nature.
Known as the brand’s most spacious pop-up trailer to date, it’s home to adaptive spaces like a large cafe breakfast table in the morning, a mini-conference room in the afternoon and even a board game set up in the evening. The pop-up nature of this camper also means it comes with its own outdoor seating area, where you’ll likely spend evenings listening to the sounds of nature and catching up with your family or friends on everything under the sun.
Best for: Last minute, easygoing journeys without too much preparation needed.
Tiny Camper: Best DIY camping trailer
Rent or buy a camping trailer and spend your days leading up to the trip figuring out what to pack or what may or may not be included. Build your own camping trailer and replace those conversations with everything else: how to design the interiors, which features you do and don’t need, and how best to personalize your new temporary home?
Half of the fun of a DIY camping trailer comes from its unforgettable building period—something that’s made incredibly easy with Tiny Camper’s DIY camping trailers . They’re also just as customizable as you’d like, depending on your dreams and realistic abilities at putting together a trailer. Design from the ground up with a variety of different frameworks, electrics, plumbing or cabinets, or start from the next step with a fully prepared package. Then, the fun part: color schemes, extra features and unique touches.
Best for: Crafting that’s just as much fun as the traveling part.
Buyers guide to travel trailers
There’s plenty to take into consideration before choosing your next camping trailer, like how often you’ll use it, the sort of terrain you’ll cover, the features you may need and the capacity for you and your camping companions. Read on for everything you need to know before selecting your new camping trailer.
Generally speaking, the more high-tech your camping trailer and the larger its capacity, the more it’ll weigh. Before you buy your trailer, you need to ensure that the vehicle you’ll be towing it with is strong enough to do so. Always check the camper trailer’s weight against your tow vehicle’s towing capacity and aim to leave a little leeway rather than choosing something that hits the maximum weight limit.
If you’re simply going to use your camping trailer as a portal for exploring the outside world, you only really need a comfortable bed and some kind of living space. If you’re planning on going digital nomad style, you’ll want to look for more features, like a dedicated office or working space or at least a separate living space, as well as plenty of storage space.
Depending on how long you’re on the road for, you may also want to choose a camping trailer with a kitchenette. And, depending on where you’re taking your trailer, you might want to look for a trailer with an indoor toilet or entire bathroom. There’s nothing worse than having to brave freezing temperatures in the middle of the night if nature calls.
Most camping trailers are designed for around three or four people, although some have more space for up to seven. While this maximum might be impressive, it’s important to remember that just because seven people can fit, doesn’t mean it’ll be an especially comfortable fit once everyone’s stuff is included. It’s so important to check whether all of your belongings will fit inside.
How big is your water tank? Does it come with fresh water and grey water tanks? Is there hot water available, or just cold? These are all questions you’ll want to know the answer to beforehand. Choosing a travel trailer with too small of a water tank means lots of refilling.
If you’ll mostly be sticking to standard roads, this isn’t something you’ll need to worry about particularly. But if you’re heading off to explore pastures new with off-road adventures, you’ll want to look for a camping trailer with more durable, sturdy materials and wheels to match. There are plenty of trailers designed for off-road trips, which can put your mind at rest for future exploring.
Batteries and charging
You’ll want to thoroughly check how to power your camping trailer to avoid getting caught out at the worst times. Many trailers nowadays include solar-powered or other energy-efficient methods but can also be hooked up to a grid. The larger the trailer, the bigger the battery. Some trailers also have space for external batteries to be added.
This varies hugely depending on your tow vehicle but, generally, you should check whether your trailer comes with a standard 50mm tow ball or whether it has an articulating hitch. And, finally, before you head off for the first time, ensure the brake lights and indicators function when connected.
Frequently asked questions about travel trailers
Some of the best quality travel trailers include Bowlus’ Terra Firma , Living Vehicle’s Max model , and Airstream’s Flying Cloud . Read our full guide to discover all of the best travel trailers .
A trailer is considered an RV. RV, or Recreational Vehicle, is the generic word for a motor vehicle or trailer which includes living quarters. See our list of the best RVs of the year for some inspiration.
Some of the best luxury travel trailers include Living Vehicle, Land Ark RV, Bowlus, Bruder X. Our full guide details all of the best high-end travel trailers for all kinds of adventures.
Some of the most expensive travel trailers come from brands like Living Vehicle and Bowlus. Check out our full guide for all of the best camping trailers .
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Travel trailers are the most popular type of non-motorized RV. They come in all sizes, including tiny jelly bean-shaped models with a chuckwagon kitchen in the rear to a complete house-on-wheels with multiple slideouts and residential-sized appliances. Sometimes called a “bumper-pull” (when they first became popular in the early ‘50s, they were attached to the bumper of the tow car), the modern travel trailer employs a hitch secured to the frame of your tow vehicle, along with specialized hardware to make towing safe and easy..
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All it takes is one glance to see that the Mio Space is different. Except for retro-styled models from Airstream and Bowlus , most trailers tend to be clunky monstrosities that could have been built at any point over the past several decades. Kworks’s vehicle, though, features a clean and minimalist look that stands out. The bottom half of the trailer is lined with wood panels while the top is painted meta, broken up only by its door and two panoramic windows.
There’s one downside to the Mio Space right now and that is that it’s currently unclear if it will be available outside Japan . Kwork plans to open pre-orders for the RV, which does not have a price yet, next summer, but it seems like they will only be taken domestically . Here’s hoping that changes if there proves to be enough demand.
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Posted: October 26, 2023 | Last updated: October 26, 2023
Prepare for a glimpse into the future of RV life. A company called Pebble has unveiled its all-electric travel trailer called Pebble Flow, and it’s pretty impressive. Like many things in today’s digital world, you can even control it using your smart phone.
Pebble Flow runs on solar energy and EV batteries, and it’s got enough capacity for seven days off the grid. It also has as much computing power as an autonomous vehicle. For instance, pop it into remote-control mode and the thing will hitch and/or park itself at the touch of button. (That’s right, no more blindly backing your trailer up into campsites, although we’re sure you’re great at it.)
There’s even a setting called “InstaCamp,” which will get you set up and ready to relax in record time. While there aren’t a lot of details yet on InstaCamp, we have high hopes.
There are other benefits of having a connected travel trailer, like the ability to control the lights and monitor tank levels, energy levels, solar charge, and more from the Pebble app.
Pebble Flow is now available for pre-order in the U.S., starting at USD $109,000. The company estimates it will be shipping units before the end of 2024.
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A great listing of public lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences happening in Moscow is available on Theory and Practice portal – www.tandp.ru – even though it's in Russian you can find really interesting talks on Russian cinema, software development, literary studies and anything else you want on there.
Among the Russian listings, Afisha (www. afisha.ru ) magazine is the most popular one. While being slightly pretentious, it provides a lot of information and has good nightlife and art listings.
Another interesting newspaper is Bolshoy Gorod – www.bg.ru – which is distributed for free and has extensive listings. They also have a blog for each area of Moscow (in Russian).
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After avoiding the topic in the previous three prequels, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' new trailer gives credence to the time travel theories.
- The synopsis and trailer for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes suggest that the apes will be searching for hidden human-made technology, possibly related to space travel or time travel.
- The trailer includes visual hints at the human technology, such as an abandoned scientific laboratory that resembles a space shuttle launch facility and an observatory with a large telescope.
- Time travel has been a recurring theme in the original Planet of the Apes franchise, and introducing it in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes would connect the prequel reboot to the original films and tie the entire franchise together.
Based on the movie's trailer, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes may finally feature time travel, a popular franchise theory. In 2011, theaters released a soft reboot and prequel to the Planet of the Apes film series, showing how the world got to where it is in the original films. Thus far, the movies haven't connected back to the original franchise, but that's expected to change with Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes . While Disney and 20th Century have remained tight-lipped about the characters and plot of Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes , the synopsis and new trailer provide some insights into its narrative direction.
The synopsis provided for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes reveals that the apes will look for hidden technology made by humans, not specifying what the technology does. This bolstered popular online theories about the newest franchise installation using time travel – an element that appears repeatedly in the original movies. While nothing corroborated the theories at first, the Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes trailer released on November 2 ties back to the original Planet of the Apes and boosts the possibility that the time travel theories are correct.
Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes' Trailer Teases The Story's Human Technology
The trailer for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes includes multiple visual hints at the human-technology the apes look for. Apes find an underground facility that looks like an abandoned scientific laboratory. The apes throw a torch down a cavern in the facility, revealing a hollow cavity that looks like it could be used for a space shuttle launch. A couple of shots later, Noa finds an observatory in the underground facility with a large telescope pointed toward the sky. Combining these elements, the preview seemingly references the Planet of the Apes spaceship nicknamed the Icarus which carries the humans in the 1968 movie.
The disappearance of the Icarus is included as an Easter egg in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
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The most obvious interpretation of the Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes trailer is that the apes are searching for space travel technology. The underground facility that they explore seems like it's set up for astronomy. Given the fact that ape society works very similarly to human society, they may hope to find life on another planet. They could also look for a planet with more resources. However, there's one massive flaw in this interpretation. Humans wouldn't likely hide space travel since it was accessible to multiple nations before the ape takeover. The biggest way to get around that is if they're looking for a very technologically advanced spaceship.
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Alternatively, they could search for a theoretical technology closely related to astronomy – time machines. Theoretical physics and astronomy are heavily interlinked subjects, centering on many of the same scientific principles. Moreover, wormholes are the most popular idea for time travel used in sci-fi movies. With the rising tension between ape communities and dwindling resources, Noa and his comrades may think time travel would allow them to correct mistakes. In that case, it would be reasonable for them to search an astronomy laboratory to find time travel technology in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes .
Kingdom Introducing Time Travel Would Restore A Planet Of The Apes Tradition
Since the prequels have moved on from Caesar as their protagonist, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes to can start incorporating themes and storylines from the original Planet of the Apes movies. Time travel is the simplest choice with the widest audience appeal. The ending of Planet of the Apes (1968) reveals Captain Taylor and the other passengers of the Icarus aren't on another planet. They traveled into the future, landing on Earth after apes took over the planet. The later movies of the original Planet of the Apes pentalogy also show the apes traveling back in time to the 1970s when the original Caesar led the ape uprising.
Even Tim Burton's 2001 reboot of Planet of the Apes , which was a massive failure with both fans and film critics, incorporated time travel with Davidson traveling to the year 5021 via an electromagnetic storm. Ultimately, incorporating time travel into Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes would tie the entire franchise together. Moreover, it offers a world in which the prequel reboot directly ties into the original Planet of the Apes . All they would need to do is introduce different timelines as well.