Travel Trailers

The most common type of RV is the travel trailer, a hard-sided recreational vehicle that connects to the back of its tow vehicle by way of a ball-type hitch.

element travel trailer
Element by EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC1

Providing living quarters for recreational travel, travel trailers are available in a wide range of weights and lengths. Innovations in construction materials make possible lightweight trailers that can be towed by smaller tow vehicles.

Kenskill travel Trailers 1966
1966 Kenskill Travel Trailer ad2

Travel trailer models range from compact units that have few amenities through those with basic features – usually, but not always,  including bathroom and shower, kitchen, heating, cooling, fresh and waste water tanks, and sleeping areas – up to large trailers with multiple slide-outs, two bedrooms and most of the comforts of home.  While most of the travel trailer market is for weekend and vacation use, some models are built for long-term living. Bunkhouse floorplans are popular with families.

There are a lot of travel trailer design variations, including

  • Hybrid models are a kind of crossover between hard side travel trailers and tent trailers, having hard walled or fabric extensions that slide or fold out on one or both ends.
  • Toy haulers have ramps that lower in the back and interior carrying space to accommodate large “toys” such as motorcycles or ATVs.
  • Telescoping trailers, such as TrailManor, that are raise upwards when camping and lowered for travel.

When backing, travel trailers are much more difficult to park than fifth wheel campers and motorhomes.

Because of where the trailer is hitched the tow vehicle, often several feet behind the rear axle, travel trailers and other ball hitch trailers are susceptible to trailer sway.  This connection allows side to side motion of the trailer, caused by external forces, to move the rear of the tow vehicle and influence steering.  This combination can go into an oscillating back and forth movement known as fishtailing or sway.  Sway can result in poor driving experience and, sometimes, accidents.  Sway can be reduced and almost eliminated by proper trailer weight distribution, hitch adjustment, use of effective sway control equipment and anticipation of adverse driving conditions.3

Travel Trailer manufacturers

(with listings of current models)

Airstream – models: Classic, Eddie Bauer, Flying Cloud, International Serenity, International Signature, International Sterling

Bigfoot – model: 2500;

Casita – models: 13′, 16′, 17′

Carson Trailer, Inc – models: (toy haulers): Carson Rebel, Fun-Runner, Fun Runner Xtreme, Titan

Chalet RV – model: Takena

Coachmen RVs: – models: Apex Ultra-Lite, Catalina, Catalina Destination Series, Clipper Ultra-Lite, Freedom Express (conventional, hybrid, and toy hauler models), Viking Ultra-Lite

Coleman –models: Expedition, Expedition LT, Explorer

Crossroads – models: Cruiser Aire, Hampton, Rezerve, Sunset Trail,  Zinger, Z-1

Cruiser RV LLC. – models: Enterra, Fun Finder, Fun Finder Xtra (toy hauler), Radiance, Shadow Cruiser, Viewfinder Signature

DubBux USA – small travel trailers with the look and feel of a VW camper bus.

Dutchmen – models: Aerolite, Aspen Trail, Coleman, Denali, Dutchmen, Kodiak (incl. toy hauler floorplan), Komfort, Razorback (toy hauler), Rubicon (toy hauler), Voltage (toy hauler)

Eclipse Recreational Vehicles Inc. – models: Attitude, Evolution X, Iconic, Stellar; Milan

Eggcamper

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles – models: Amped (toy hauler), Ascend, Element, Ever-Lite, i-Go, Sun Valley

Extreme Warrior – models (all toy haulers): Wide Body, Superlite

Forest River – standard models: Aviator, Cherokee, Flagstaff Classic Super Lite, Grey Wolf, Hemisphere, Heritage Glenn, Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite, Salem, Sandpiper Select, Surveyor, V-Cross Classic, V-Cross Platinum, Vibe, V-Lite, Wildcat Maxx, Wildwood, Windjammer

Lite travel trailer models: Cherokee, Cruise Lite, Evo, Flagstaff Super Lite, Grey Wolf  Hemisphere, Heritage Glenn, Micro Lite, Mini Lite, Rockwood Ultra Lite, Roo, r-pod, Salem, Salem Ice Cabin, Shamrock, Surveyor, True North Ice Lodge, V-Cross Classic, V-Cross Platinum, Vibe, V-Lite, Wildcat Maxx, Wildwood, Windjammer, Wolf Pup, X-Lite

Toy hauler models: Grey Wolf, Hyperlite, Nitro, Sandstorm, Shockwave, Stealth, Vengeance, Wolf Pack, Wolf Pup, Work and Play

Forks RV Continental Coach

Global Caravan Technologies – model: CR-1 Carbon

Gulf Stream – models: Amerilite, Conquest, Conquest Lite, Gulf Breeze Champagne, Gulf Breeze Ultra Lite, Ice Haven, Innsbruck, Innsbruck Lite, Kingsport, Matrix, Northern Express, Streamlite, Champagne, Streamlite Ultra Lite, Trailmaster, Vista Cruiser

Heartland – model: North Trail, Prowler, Prowler Lynx, Sundance, Torque (toy hauler), Trailrunner, Wilderness

Holiday Rambler – models: Aluma-Lite TT, Aluma-Lite Ultra

Hy-Line – model: Bridgeview, Harbor View (handicap accessible), Hy-Line (park model), Georgian Bay (Park Model)

Jayco – models: Jay Feather SLX, Jay Feather Ultra Lite, Jay Flight, Jay Flight Bungalow, Jay Fight DST, Jay Flight Swift SLX, Jay Flight Swift, Octane ZX (toy hauler), Octane ZX Superlite (toy hauler), White Hawk

K-Z Recreational Vehicles – models: MXT (toy hauler), Sportsmen, Sportsmen Classic, Sportsmen Classic (toy hauler), Sportsmen Show Stopper, Sportsmen Show Stopper LE, Sportsmen Sportster (toy hauler), Spree, Spree Connect, Spree Escape, Spree Escape (toy hauler)

Keystone RVs – models: Bullet, Carbon, Cougar Half-Ton, Cougar High Country, Cougar XLite, Energy (toy hauler), Fireside, Hideout, Impact, Laredo, Outback (includes toy hauler model), Outback Terrain, Passport, Residence (destination trailer), Retreat (destination trailer), Premier,  Springdale, Sprinter, Sprinter Wide Body, Summerland, Vantage

Lance Trailers

Livin Lite –models: Bearcat (11FK, 13BHP, 16FK [toyhauler]), Camplite (11FDB, 11FK, 13RDB, 13QBB, 13BHB, 14DB, 14DBS, 16DB, 16DBS, 16BHB, 16TBS, 21RBS, 21BHS, 28BHS) Quicksilver (toy hauler; several models)

MVP RV – models: Coast, EnvY (toy hauler), Impact (toy hauler), Sonoma, Summit, Vortex (toy hauler)

Northwood Manufacturing – models: Arctic Fox, Desert Fox (toy hauler), Nash, Snow River

Oliver Travel Trailers – models: Legacy Elite IIS, Legacy Elite IITB

Open Range RV – models: Light, Journeyer, Mesa Ridge, Open Range

Outdoors RV Manufacturing – models: Black Rock, Black Stone, Creek Side, Timber Ridge, Wind River

Pacific Coachworks – models: Econ, Mighty Lite, Panther, Powerlite (toy hauler), Rage’n (toy hauler), Sandsport (toy hauler), Tango

Palomino – models: Canyon Cat, Palomini, Puma, Sabre, Solaire 7, Solaire eXpandables, Solaire Ultra Lite

Play-Mor Trailers, Inc. – models (toy-haulers): Motorsport; Motorsport Deluxe

Prime Time Manufacturing – models: Avenger, LaCrosse, Tracer Ultra Light

R-Vision – models: Silver Creek, Trail-Lite Crossover, Trail-Lite Sport, Trail-Lite Trek

Riverside Travel Trailer, Inc. – custom built travel trailers

Scamp – models: 13′; 16′

Shasta – models: Flyte, Oasis, Revere

Skyline RVs – models: Aljo, Aluma Sky, Ecocamp, Koala, Layton, Nomad, Skycat, Walkabout, Weekender

Space Craft Mfg. (custom built)

Starcraft – models: AR-ONE, Autumn Ridge, Launch, Launch Ulta Lite, Travel Star, Travel Star Galaxy

Sunny Brook – models: Remington, Sunset Creek

TrailManor Travel Trailers – folding hardwall trailers

Utilitoy

Warrior Lifestyles

Winnebago –models: Minnie, One, Ultralite


1Image from RVIA News Room Image Gallery – Conventional Travel Trailer
2 Image  License Attribution Some rights reserved by 1950sUnlimited
3 Roy’s RVing in the USA – Controlling Sway

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