Light-weight Travel Trailers The Rv Of Choice For Todays Road Warriors

When most people think of towing an RV travel trailer, they think that a heavy duty truck or eight cylinders SUV is a requirement. Certainly to tow a mid to heavy weight travel trailer does require a vehicle with a towing capacity that can handle the load. But a lightweight trailer which is generally considered to weight under 4000 pounds can be towed by the average 6-cylinder family mini-van, SUV, crossover, or light duty truck. The good news is that lighter is cheaper. The less weight the less money you will spend on gas.

Before purchasing a travel trailer, check your vehicle's maximum towing capacity to determine what is considered a safe and legal towing weight by the manufacturer of your vehicle. Exceeding the towing capacity of your vehicle can result in damage to your engine, transmission, rear axel, brakes and wheel bearings and in most cases void the manufacturer's warranty.

Because of the increased concern in recent years by consumers over fuel efficiency and rising gas prices, RV manufacturers have employed the use of lightweight and stronger materials to construct a new breed of lightweight travel trailers. Wood framing has been replaced by aluminum or fiberglass and space age insulation materials have been put to use to both lower trailer weight while not compromising on comfort. Use of modern computerized manufacturing saws and routers together with better, stronger welding and adhesives allow the production of more precise, accurate RV frames and components that saves space and reduces weight.

Consequently, these newer lightweight travel trailers which range in weight from 2000 to 4200 pounds and are up to 30 feet in length sacrifice very little when it comes to having the space and convenience of your home away from home. Most lightweight travel trailers have full bathrooms and the same types of quality appliances found in larger recreational vehicles. These RVs are ideal with plenty of space for the retired couple seeking fun and adventure on the open road while making the occasional visit to friends and family along the way.

If you are looking for something even lighter, there is a new ultra-lightweight category of travel trailer available from many well know RV manufacturers that weight less than 2000 pounds. These ultra-lite travel trailers are ideal for use with smaller towing vehicles. For instance, Forest River makes three different types of lightweight fifth wheel and standard travel trailers. The company's Flagstaff, Rockwood, and Surveyor models are each available in a fifth wheel and standard style. Each is classified as "super lightweight" and rated as appropriate for use with light duty towing vehicles.

If you've looking for the adventures of the open road and getting up-close with nature, while keeping on eye on the cost of gas without having to purchase a vehicle made for heavy duty towing then lightweight travel trailers are right up your alley.

By: Kevin Keppel (