|$ Tent Trailer: $3,000-$20,000.||$ $ Conventional Travel Trailer: $8,000 to $65,000.||$ $ $ Fifth-Wheel Trailer: $13,000-$100,000.|
Travel trailers are very versatile types of RVs without motor that are meant to be towed by a vehicle or truck.
These RVs are much more convenient than typical motorhomes, and you can always unhitch the vehicle to park the trailer and drive freely.
They are also known as bumper pull trailers as they are towed with a hitch.
These trailers have a length of about 10′-40’ or longer and can include amenities from the most basic living facilities to the most luxurious ones.
Table of Contents
What Types Of Travel Trailers Exist?
According to CamperSmarts.com, there are different types/models of travel trailers:
- Basic Travel Trailer.
- Fifth Wheel.
- Toy Hauler.
- Tent Trailer.
- Hybrid Trailer.
- Truck Camper.
What Affects The Price Of A Travel Trailer?
Some factors that can affect the price of a travel trailer are the manufacturer, the model, size, dealer prices, storage space, floor plan, and amenities and customizations.
In comparison with motorhomes, travel trailers are cheaper, but the price range is broad between them.
A popup tent trailer can cost about $3,000 to $20,000.
A Conventional travel trailer can cost about $8,000 to $65,000.
A fifth-wheel trailer or fiver can cost about $13,000 to $100,000.
Toy hauler trailers can cost about $12,000 to $80,000 or more.
An expandable travel trailer or hybrid travel trailer can cost $13,000 to $25,000 or more.
A hybrid trailer, on average, can cost $30,000.
And a truck camper, on average, can cost $25,000.
It’s important to know that travel trailers start depreciating the moment the trailer leaves the dealers’ lot so that you could find well-maintained travel trailers a few years old for 20% to 30% less than the original purchase price.
Some of the most popular travel trailer manufacturers are Forest River RV, Airstream, Allen Camper Manufacturing, Bigfoot Industries, CrossRoads RV, Dutchmen RV, Eveland’s, Inc, Grand Design RV, Heartland RV, Jayco, Lance Camper, Riverside RV, and Winnebago Industries.
You can also find dealers that offer many options and models of travel trailers in one place; dealers tend to charge about 20% more than the original price, but prices are typically negotiable.
You can also search for travel trailers at online websites like rvtrader.com and rv.campingworld.com.
This example of CamperReport.com shows the price difference between different RV trailer brands and models:
|Brand and Model||Features||Price|
|Coleman CTS17FQWE||21′ trailer with basic bare-bones features, budget construction, and siding with no slide out||$11,000|
|Coleman CTS235QBWE||27′ trailer with basic features, siding, budget construction, and no slide outs||$13,500|
|Jayflight 145RB Baja||14′ with siding and basic features||$14,000|
|Starcraft AR-ONE 20BHLE||24′ bunkhouse plan with fiberglass exterior, decent features||$15,000|
|Coleman CTS262BHWE||32′ with basic features, slide, budget construction, bunkhouse model||$17,000|
|Forest River Gray Wolf 24RK||33′ feet, fiberglass walls, excellent features, well made, sleeps 3||$18,500|
|Shadow Cruiser 195WBS||22′ with a slide, very well made with nice features||$19,000|
|Rockwood Mini Lite 2109S||22′ with a slide, sleeps 4, extremely well built and nice features||$22,000|
|Jayco Jay Flight 23RB||23′ bunkhouse with a slide, and good construction||$23,000|
|Heartland Mallard IDM29||33′ bunkhouse with a slide, very well made||$23,500|
|Rockwood Mini Lite 2504s’||25′ travel trailer with slide, bunks, and lots of upgraded features||$24,000|
|Keystone Cougar 24SABWE||28′ with a slide, very well made and nice features||$25,000|
|Forest River Vibe 268RKS||34′ with a slide and sleeps four, very nicely appointed||$29,000|
|Forest River Wildcat 28RKX||32′ and very well made with excellent features||$32,000|
|Keystone Outback 326RL||53′ with 3 slides and nicely appointed||$35,000|
|Jayco White Hawk 28DSBH||28′ with fiberglass walls, slide out, and very well appointed||$35,000|
Things To Consider
- First, check out the different manufacturers, dealers, and online pages to check the different models and prices of travel trailers there are.
- Select the travel trailer that best fits what you need and your budget.
- Some travel trailers need a specific type of vehicle to be towed, typically a medium or heavy-duty pickup truck or similar vehicle.
- If you want to buy a used travel trailer, NadaGuides.com provides an excellent tool for price estimation. And ChanginGears.com provides checklists for inspecting RVs before buying.
- There are many models of travel trailers, but usually, the minimum includes a bed, a table, a food prep area, and storage.
- You have to keep in mind that the combined weight of the trailer, passengers, cargo, and other gear shouldn’t exceed the vehicle’s towing capacity.
- Adding a hitch for the travel trailer can cost $50 to $700.
- If the trailer is wider than the towing vehicle, you must install extended side-view mirrors. These mirrors can cost $4-$80 for detachable clamp models or $150-$450 for permanent models.
- After buying a travel trailer, it’s essential to get RV insurance.
- Campgrounds or RV parks can charge $10 to $40 per night, depending on the location and the amenities offered.
- RV storage space can cost $20-$450 per month, depending on the type of storage.
- An RV cover can cost about $50 to $1,200 or more.