February 25, 2013
Important Facts about Camping trailers
Camping trailers are an American tradition that goes back to the early 1920s when they were known as ‘tin can’ tourists. However, we’ve come a long way from that less comfortable version of trailers, so that many people find them comfortable enough to live in for many months of the year – if not year round. Camping trailers range widely in size and cost, from the small pop-up trailers that look like a box being towed behind a vehicle until they are set up, to the largest trailers that can be 65 feet in length or more.
However, there are some important things to consider if you are interested in purchasing a camping trailer. In the United States, camping trailers are classified as recreational vehicles, and are subject to the same kind of laws as the rest of the vehicles in that group. These laws include things such as the type of hitch that is used to attach the vehicle to the car or truck that is hauling it, the lights that must be in operation at the back of the vehicle, and the weight limits that are allowed on the vehicle. These things vary from state to state, so it’s important to check on the regulations.
But there are a number of regulations that are standard in the United States. First, it is not allowed for anyone to ride in camping trailers while the towing vehicle is in motion. If the camping trailer weighs more than 10,000 lbs, then the drive is required to have a “class A” driver’s license. And although living space varies considerably in camping trailers, the maximum allowable by law is 400 square feet.
Another consideration is the kind of automobile that you currently drive. If you only have a compact vehicle now, then in order to move into the world of camping trailers, you’d need to change your car as well. The smallest camping trailers are less than 3,000 lbs and 18ft long, but they still require a larger car at the least. These trailers are usually meant for short-term travelling, but it all depends on your personal requirements. If you need more amenities or space, you can move to camping trailers that can be towed by V-8 vehicles, ranging up to 5,000 lbs and 25 ft long. For even more space, or for those who want to spend a greater deal of time in their camping trailers, then the largest ones can reach 40 ft in length and weight upwards of 12,000 lbs. Of course, this means that a heavy duty truck.
Remember as well that if you aren’t sure that you’re ready to make the financial commitment of your own camping trailer, it is possible to rent one. When you reach the point where you’re renting a trailer enough that it makes sense financially, then you will know it’s time to buy your own.
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