Towing Light Weight Travel Trailers

Most of the time RV’s are pulled by larger vehicles like a diesel truck or a big V8 SUV or pick up truck. At least this is what most people associate with camping trailers and travel trailers. The truth is that if the trailer is a heavy load then this would certainly be the case but if using a light weight travel trailer then today it’s a different story.

A light weight trailer is thought to be around four thousand pounds or less and in actuality can be hauled by a 6 cylinder SUV, crossover or mini type van that families normally use. Even a light duty truck can be the primary hitched rig. Having a lighter camper makes the vacation cheaper to go on. It’s simple, because the less weight that must be towed the less that has to be spent on fuel. And less fuel can add up to big savings with the current price of gasoline around three fifty to four dollars a gallon.

Before going out and buying a traveling trailer go and look at the vehicle you plan to use as the towing vehicle. Find the maximum capacity for hauling and this will tell you what the total weight of your travel trailer will need to be. The manufacturer will set the towing rating. Don’t take it for granted, it’s best to not exceed this poundage level. If this is not strictly followed it can cause very serious damage to your vehicle. Either the rear axel, which will take on the tongue weight of the trailer, the transmission, the brakes, engine, or wheels could be ruined. If a camper that is over the vehicle’s towing rating is actually hauled then this may void the warranty on the vehicle and cause a lot of problems.

Since people are becoming more and more interested in fuel economy and efficiency over money, RV makers are taking another look at creating lighter trailers and have created a great supply of a lighter and yet very strong class of travel trailers for buyers to choose from. The materials used are top notch and the designs have really been superb. Framed from wood trailers are in the past and now lighter materials like fiberglass or aluminum are replacing these older and heavier models.

The use of newer manufacturing tools like computer run saws and material routers along with stronger adhesives and welding have allowed the trailers to produced in a very accurate and efficient way that cuts down the weight and creates more room in a smaller space. These new design and production methods are making the lightweight and ultra lite travel trailer a great option for travelers.

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