Travel Trailer Guide for Beginners

Travel Trailer Guide for Beginners

Keen on taking that trip across the country this year – but aboard a travel trailer instead of a car, a van, or a truck? We feel your preference. As a beginner, there are some things you should know before making that final choice of a travel trailer.

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Make that Decision on Size – and Quick!

Off the top of your head, it could be easy to say “I want a travel trailer of this size” but it doesn’t really work that way. Or does it? We do not think so.

You have to make a list of what you will be traveling with and what size of travel trailer will fit all those baggage and cargoes, and bits and pieces – and think really hard about it. When you have made that list, you can search on the internet to see the different sizes of travel trailers the internet throws back at you.

Rent Different Travel Trailers for a Short Time

With the information above, it is now time to move to the next step: physically seeking out a travel trailer best suited for you. You have to go all rent-a-travel-trailer here because let’s face it, you need to check out the following:

  • The bathroom size.
  • The floor plan.
  • The shower size and type.
  • The chassis and cabin.
  • The haulage/towing capability (if your car, van or truck can actually pull the travel trailer you eventually choose).

Beyond size, you will have the opportunity to decide the style of travel trailer for you and your travel partners.

Check for Damages: Inspect. Inspect. Inspect.

If you are intent on going for a brand new travel trailer, skip to the next section. Read this (most people go for a used travel trailer in order to save money and we assume you are one of the money-savers).

When you must have decided on a travel trailer, have an inspection done on the exterior and the interior. This inspection is best done by a professional (such as the Patriot RV of Prestonsburg team) and should cover mechanical damage check, cabin damage check, storage damage check, water, and drainage system check, chassis check, doors check, and a host of other checks. An inspection budget should cover the cost of getting all these checks done in return for peace of mind while traveling.

How Does the Drainage System Work?

You ought to have ample knowledge of how the drainage system works. Figure out how the RV septic system functions i.e. the fresh water tank, the grey water tank, and the black water tank.

Towing Capacity Check

Last but not least, conduct a towing capacity check to see if your vehicle can sufficiently tow your intended RV trailer plus the additional weight that you will load into it as baggage and cargoes.

We hope you found our travel trailer beginner’s guide helpful.

If you still need further clarification or need to purchase a travel trailer, visit our Patriot RV dealership at 2771 US RT 23 South Prestonsburg, KY, 41653 or call us at 606-506-4300. We are available Monday-Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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