Advantages of a Small Travel Trailer
My Top 5 Reasons to Own a Small Travel Trailer
I have owned my Casita travel trailer for two years and I love it. We have traveled thousands of miles all around this great country and being able to park almost anywhere we want is a great comfort.
My list is in no particular order: just a few of the benefits I have seen from owning a little travel trailer.
- They are very easy to tow behind any vehicle, and they don't reduce your gas mileage that much. My mileage in a Ford Ranger XLT went from 25 mpg to about 19 mpg.
- Everything you need in a travel trailer is there in one small package.
- The Casita travel trailer holds its resale value better than any other brand.
- Because of the way it is constructed, the trailer is virtually waterproof.
- Because it is small, you can park it in many places other trailers can't. This means that you can park in $10 spots instead of $35 spots.
- OK, here's a 6th reason: you can pull the trailer in the mountains and hardly know that it is behind you.
Plenty of Room for Two
Can You Have Fun in a Small Travel Trailer?
Let me tell you in one simple word:
My wife and I have been traveling in our Casita Travel Trailer for over two years, and we are having a ball.
Last year we made a 6,000-mile trip to the mountains to visit some of our National Forests and Parks. Since we were not in any hurry, it took us six weeks to make the trip. Not once did we feel cramped or that we needed more room. We took our two little dogs along, and all of us enjoyed the experience.
The year before that, we took our trailer to the East Coast in the fall to see the changing of the leaves. This trip was about 5,500 miles long and took five weeks.
Of course, there have been many shorter trips in between, and all have been great times.
Parking Spots Are No Problem
If you have ever owned a large motorhome or travel trailer, you know just how hard it is to find a place to park the vehicle. Most of the time you end up in an RV Park, which means a concrete slab or gravel area. You will find yourself with dozens to hundreds of other trailers or motorhomes — not that much fun.
If you dislike parking your car, you can imagine how much you would dislike parking a big trailer. Go with a small trailer; it's a lot easier.
If you are pulling a small trailer like this Casita, you can park it almost anyplace. I have pulled off the road a few hundred feet in a National Forest and parked under a tree, all by myself. I have been able to pull into that little parking spot that no one else can get into.
A Cute and Small Trailer
No matter where we went, people would stop and look at our Casita and tell us how "cute" it was.
Now, come on, don't you think it is "cute" too?
This little trailer harkens back to the Jellybean-looking trailers of a few years ago.
If you are on the road, you can spot a Casita a mile away. White, jellybean-shaped and being towed with no problem.
What surprises most people is that we have a full bathroom with shower, kitchen with fridge, dining area, cable TV hookups, furnace, A/C and room to sleep three to four people, depending on how big they are.
And they put all this in a 17-foot trailer.
In National Forest campgrounds, I can put my little camper in a spot that is way too small for most other trailers. It is not just "cute," but very user-friendly also.
Talk About Off-Roading
Once when we were in Montana, I decided to take an old forest road off the main road to see what we could find.
After about a mile I felt that we were far enough off the road to make camp.
Lo and behold, the farther back we went, the more little campers we saw. They were little because no big rigs could get that far back.
Finally, we came upon an open meadow with a nice view of the mountains and a flat spot for the trailer.
We spent two wonderful, secluded days in that spot, hiking, sitting, and generally enjoying the mountain views.
Even our dogs enjoyed being all alone out there in the wilds.
And it was all because our little unit was small enough to go where no others could.
You Can Go to All the Wonderful Off-Freeway Places
There are so many wonderful places to visit in this great country; finding them is the problem.
I always carry a couple of good travel and campground guides when I hit the road. These guides can take you places where big rigs can't go and show you some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable.
A road trip with your small trailer is easy, and you can go anywhere cars can go, except into parking garages, of course.
With a small trailer you can really see the heartland of America
Great places are all over the U.S. Finding those out-of-the way places is a real treat and it really helps to have a good book that tells you just where these out-of-the-way places might be.
What People Say About a Small Trailer
- "I love it, because it has everything I need."
- "I can tow it with no problems, even up mountains."
- "You wouldn't believe how much room there is inside."
- "It is so quiet, because the walls are carpeted."
- "I have all the comforts of home in a very small space."
About the Casita
How We Pack for Trips
Being able to take your things along is great, but be careful not to over-pack.
On my trips, I made good use of the bed of the pickup truck I towed my trailer with. I found a bunch of plastic containers that fit into the bed and arranged them in various ways to cover the entire bed. I put in items that might be used along our route, but not necessary right at the moment: lawn chairs, hiking clothes, dog beds, and that sort of thing.
Inside the trailer, we put our day-to-day clothes in shopping bags and put those into the storage compartments. I rolled my underwear, socks, and t-shirts (polo-type shirts) into tight little tubes that I then placed in the bags. I could put a week's worth of clothes into one bag. I folded my pants—usually a pair of jeans and a pair of Dockers—into another bag, along with two pairs of shorts.
Just two bags apiece got us through one or two weeks, and then we would hit a laundry to wash. Over the years we found that we brought way too many clothes, so we really cut back.
We also agreed that when you used something you had to put it back. Nothing was ever left just laying around. This kept clutter to a minimum, and disputes over clutter were rare.
Sometimes You Need a Little Help
When you pull into a spot to park, it is almost impossible to park level. Many of the parking places have ruts, wheel grooves or leaning in one direction or the other.
There are many ways to get your rig level; you just have to have something with you to make it happen. That's why you carry some flat pieces of wood or a few plastic levelers. You can make your own or purchase them from an RV dealer.
A level that attaches to the front of the rig is helpful if you are alone and trying to level out. You can see the level from your truck through the rear-view mirror. This is very helpful even if you have a partner that is helping you park.
When You Hit the Road In Your Travel Trailer, You're Always Going to Need Stuff
One of the most important things you will need is a sewer hose. The holding tanks on your trailer will have to be emptied, and the only way to do it is through a sewer hose. Campgrounds will provide the sewer but you have to have a hose to connect from your trailer to the sewer connector.
There are many types of hoses; some are very long and some are short. Your best bet is one that can be expanded from a short one to about 15 ft.
Paying a little extra will get you a hose that has swivel ends, which makes it easy to hook to the trailer connector and the sewer.
Some items are a necessity in your travels, sewer hoses are one of those items.
There Are Many Productive Ways to Use Your Small Travel Trailer
Working in campgrounds is one of them. You can spend many happy months in your travel trailer working at campgrounds around the country.
Almost all campgrounds need help during the year. You may get your site free, and you may also get a small hourly wage.
I find most of my jobs at Workamper.com.
How Was Your Trip?
Let us know about your adventures in a travel trailer.
Anyone who has ever traveled the country in a small travel trailer has had at least one unique experience. Please tell us about it.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
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