What You Need to Know for a Trailer Camping Adventure

Fifth-Wheel Trailer: These are much larger than a standard trailer, and the front extends up over the top of the towing vehicle; there is often extra sleeping space here. Though significantly larger than others, this trailer type is more stable and easy to maneuver. This is the ultimate in luxury trailer camping options.

  • Look for: You need to purchase a gooseneck hitch for a trailer of this size. Get more details at the time of purchase or rental.

Folding Camping Trailer: The base is made of a hard material while the sides and top are made of tent material, making it one of the lightest trailer options. When you drive, everything stays folded, which also makes it easy to travel with.

  • Look for: Space. While this trailer opens up to create more living space, you want to have enough below-deck room to keep your basics so you don't have to pack and unpack entirely every time.

Pop-Up Camping Trailer: Similar to a folding camper, this expands for more room inside. However, it has a hard top, which makes it larger to tow and store.

  • Look for: Pop-out location; some trailers have one on each end, while some have it just in the middle, and others offer both middle and side pop-outs.

There are a number of smaller trailers that are best for one or two people at most. These offer a minimalistic camping experience, with a small amount of living space, outside of beds and storage. Small trailer types include A-frame and teardrop.

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Trailer Packing 101

Storage in trailer camping is much more abundant and easier to manage, especially on multiple stops. Many of your basic items can stay in the trailer year-round so you are less likely to forget the most important gear. However, some things should be packed on a trip by trip basis.

  • Basic items: You should keep these in the camper year round: flashlights, matches, blankets, pillows, first-aid kit, cooking gear, camping chairs, sunscreen, paper products, mats and tarps.
  • Trip-specific items: These should be packed and unpacked with each trip: clothing, food, drinks, and extra towels, blankets, pillows and drinks.

Don't forget to tie down heavy items in the trailer to avoid movement while you drive to and from your destination.

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