New to RVing? Wondering what kind of rig is right for your family and lifestyle?
In this article we’ll take a look at two types of RVs: the travel trailer and bunkhouse. You’ve probably heard these terms before but were maybe confused what they meant. Keep reading to find out if one suits you better.
First of all, what is a travel trailer?
The term travel trailer is a rather general one, and it pertains to a classic recreational vehicle that connects to a towing vehicle with a traditional hitch connection. Though they are comfortable to live in, they are small enough that any vehicle with the proper towing capacity can move them around.
Travel trailers will vary by model, but most will offer basic amenities like living quarters, bathroom, stove and sinks. Of course, the bigger your budget, the more bells and whistles you can get like big-screen televisions, refrigerators and washer/dryer sets.
What Size Do Travel Trailers Come In?
On the small end, you can get a travel trailer that measures 16 feet long and sleeps two or three people comfortably. Larger models come as big as 36 feet long and can comfortably sleep up to 12 people. Your average travel trailer will measure 18-25 feet in length and have an interior square footage of about 400 sq. feet, which is larger than some New York City apartments!
Do People Live in Travel Trailers Year-Round?
That all depends on local regulations. In many places in the country, it is legal to live in a travel trailer full-time. If you’re interested in this lifestyle, you will have to do some research to figure out where it is legal for you to set down roots for a while.
If you’re looking for an RV that is lightweight and easy to tow, comfortable and affordable at the same time, a travel trailer fits the bill. It’s a good idea to rent a few different trailers to see what size and layout serves your family best.
Okay, so just what is a bunkhouse?
Well now, some travel trailers are actually bunkhouses. In fact, bunkhouse travel trailers are the most commonly purchased RVs for families. This is because their sleeping spaces are versatile and accommodate large groups.
Bunkhouses get their name from the fact these models are equipped with multiple bunkbeds. You can accommodate more sleepers when those sleepers are sleeping on top of one another, so to speak.
Some bunkhouse models have an integrated bunk area that sits right off of the main living room. Other floorplans offer entirely separate bunkhouse rooms so kids can have their own area to whisper and giggle in all night.
Some Questions to Help You Decide
If you’re still uncertain about whether or not a regular travel trailer or a bunkhouse model is right for you, here are some questions to help you decide:
Can You Tow Your Rig?
If you already own a vehicle that can tow a trailer, then a towable travel trailer, as opposed to a large motorized RV, may be the best option for you.
How Much Sleeping Capacity Do You Require?
A retired couple won’t need a bunkhouse, but a large family with kids most likely will to fit everyone comfortably.
Where Will You Camp?
Sometimes you will find that RV parks have restrictions on the size of rig. You will run into a sizing issue also in some of the older state and national parks. If you want to be able to travel and park anywhere, you may find that a travel trailer, as opposed to a motorized home, will be your best option. Though many trailers are large, you will be able to find smaller models that still offer good amenities.
As we mentioned before, it’s always a good idea to rent different types and sizes of models before going out and buying one. This will help you decide what you absolutely need to be comfortable.