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Motorhomes vs Travel Trailers

Motorhomes vs Travel Trailers California

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If you’re in the market for an RV in California, there’s plenty to think about before buying. The first thing you’ll need to decide is whether buying motorized or non-motorized is best for you. We’re taking a closer look at that debate in this space, as we compare motorhomes vs. travel trailers.

Just like anything in life, there are pros and cons with both. Let Trailer Hitch RV give you the breakdown when it comes to RVs.

Motorhomes vs Travel Trailers Versatility

There’s one major difference right up front when it comes to motorhomes and travel trailers: a trailer won’t cost you when it comes to an engine. Since travel trailers won’t have the cost of an engine, they’re typically going to cost less than a motorhome. Now, of course, you’ll have to factor in whether or not a new SUV or truck will be needed to tow your trailer, but if you already have one, it can make the decision that much easier.

The versatility you’ll have with a travel trailer is also second to none. It’s always possible to unhitch and have a vehicle you can go out and explore in. If you’re the owner of a motorhome, you’ll need to a tow a car or motorcycles along if you want to go out and explore without the bulkiness of a large motorhome potentially holding you back.

RV Ownership

With a travel trailer, if you already own a vehicle that can tow it, you don’t have to think about another vehicle to service and care for. If you own a motorhome, it might be sitting around for long periods of time. It can require extensive maintenance, at times more maintenance than a vehicle that’s driven every day.

Insurance is also something to take into consideration. Insurance costs will be lower on a travel trailer, because it’s not a motorized vehicle, and doesn’t have an engine. If you do need to buy or lease a new car for the purpose of towing, it can be a secondary car, so it’s useful even if you aren’t out exploring in an RV. A motorhome, at times, isn’t exactly a practical choice.

Transporting the Family? Space Matters

Plenty of motorhomes may say there’s space for more than two people, but living quarters for more than two can be cramped. If you go past the first two bucket seats, there may only be cushions to sit on, not a comfortable bed as you’ll find in a travel trailer. A trailer can provide a queen or even a king size bed, and then bunk space for the kids, too.

Many class C motorhomes will only carry about 150 sq. ft. of livable space, while even a mid-size travel trailer can be 28 feet long and have 275 sq. ft. of space, with a kitchen, dining area, and beds. If you’re out on the road for long periods of time, there’s no doubt that a trailer is the better choice.

Motorhomes vs Travel Trailers: A Final Word

There are pros to owning either a motorhome or travel trailer for your California adventures. While both have their advantages, travel trailers provide a certain flexibility a motorhome may not bring.

Contact us today or visit Trailer Hitch RV to see our entire selection of travel trailers and explore the versatility they offer drivers across the state.

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