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One of the biggest benefits I love about having a travel trailer is that we have our car with us. When we travel, we set up our trailer at camp, and then use our tow vehicle to go around the vicinity and check out spots and places.
You can rent a travel trailer from many RV rental companies and peer-to-peer platforms like Outdoorsy for an average of $120 a night. The rental cost will be based on the size and amenities of the travel trailer and ranges from $40 to $350 per night.
Renting a travel trailer has many benefits that you can enjoy. Although you have to tow it unlike other RVs, it has almost the same features and amenities. As you keep on reading, I will tell you everything you need to know when renting a travel trailer and some driving tips when you’re towing one.
While you’re at it, you can check out my posts about my travel trailer:
- The Best Length for a Travel Trailer (Size Chart Included)
- Pros and Cons of Owning a Travel Trailer
- 12 Important Questions to Ask Before Renting a Travel Trailer
What is a Travel Trailer?
Before we get to the benefits of renting a travel trailer, let me give you a quick description of what it is and what are the different types of travel trailers you can rent.
A travel trailer is an RV or camper that is towed behind a truck or SUV. It comes in all sizes from 10 feet to 45 feet long. In general travel trailers are bumper-pull box-shaped campers that can be found in many varieties such as Toy Haulers, Teardrop Trailers, Stand-up Trailers, Pop-ups, Camper Trailers, and Airstreams are also considered travel trailers.
But I want you to know that some of these types may not be available for rent and if they are, they might be limited.
Benefits of Renting a Travel Trailer
As I said earlier, there are many benefits when you rent a travel trailer. I own one and rent it out to other people so I am speaking based on my own experience. Thus, here are some benefits you can get from renting a travel trailer:
You Can Rent a Trailer at a Lower Price than a Motorhome
Renting a travel trailer is similar to renting a motorhome at a lower price. You can get almost the same luxuries and amenities as a motorhome with an average cost of $40 to $350 per night. As you know, the price depends on the size and features of the travel trailer you will rent.
(If you’d like to know how much is the rent for each type of trailer, you can check out this blog: 11 RV Rental Types Explained (+ Rental Cost and Length)
You Can Travel With Your Friends and Family
Just like with motorhomes, a travel trailer can accommodate 2 to 12 people because it has an average length of 19 to 45 feet. So it’s still perfect if you are planning to go camping with your friends and families.
You Can Have It Delivered At Your Preferred Campsite
You can have a stress-free vacation because you don’t need to be bothered about the setup and hook up when you arrive at the camping site. You can just go there and have the trailer delivered and set up for you.
You only have to pay a delivery fee that can cost between $50 to $150 for the first 50 to 100 miles. In some companies, they will deliver it for you for an additional $1 to $3 per mile after the flat fee.
(If you want to know more about having RV rental delivery, you can check this related article: RV Rental Delivery and Setup at Your Campsite (Cost, FAQs, Examples)
You Still Have A Vehicle To Use For Easy Transportation
When you rent a travel trailer, you can either tow it with your own truck or SUV or have it delivered to the campsite. Nevertheless, you will have your car to use for easy transport in case you would like to explore, go shopping, need a grocery.
The busy national parks are so much easier to see from a truck or SUV. Trying to navigate a 35-foot motorhome through Arches National Park would be a headache!
How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Travel Trailer?
Here is a table with the cost range of renting a travel trailer around the US.
|Vehicle||Sleeps||Cost Per Night|
|2013 Coachmen Catalina Santara||6||$150 on Outdoorsy|
|2018 Forest River Wildwood||8||$145 on Outdoorsy|
|2021 Keystone Springdale||6||$105 on Outdoorsy|
|2015 Jayco Flight||6||$111 on Outdoorsy|
|2021 Forest River Salem Cruise Lite||6||$85 on Outdoorsy|
5 Driving Tips When Towing A Travel Trailer
Check Which Type of Hitch You Need
The first thing you need to know when you are going to tow a trailer is which type of hitch you need. There are four types of hitches that you must know. The weight-carrying, weight-distributing, gooseneck, and the fifth wheel. Each type has different uses and purposes so it’s a must that you know each of them.
- Weight-Carrying or Non-Weight Distributing Hitch
This type of hitch is mostly being used for small to medium-sized trailers. The important thing you need to know about it is that the weight-carrying hitch should uniformly distribute your trailer tongue loads through the bumper and frame. Furthermore, its weight is being carried on the hitch and the rear of the tow vehicle that’s why it can’t be used on heavier or larger trailers.
- Weight-Distribution Hitch
The second type of hitch you need to know is the weight-distributing hitch. It is being used in a higher class or larger-sized trailers. It transfers the weight across the trailer tongue and to the tow vehicle’s front axles.
This is generally used in combination with a sway bar. The sway bar helps keep the trailer from too much movement behind the tow vehicle.
- Fifth Wheel Hitch
Lastly, the Fifth Wheel Hitch. It is what is mostly used in many rigs. It works by mounting in the pickup bed so it can put more trailer weight directly over the towing vehicle.
Although some renters won’t allow you to hook up, you still need to know and understand which type of hitch you’re using.
- Gooseneck Hitch
The Gooseneck Hitch is recommended to use for heavier loads because of its stability. It works by weighting the tongue rest directly on the truck bed, over the rear axles.
This type of hitch is eternally used for horse trailers and commercial loads. Some people will switch out the fifth wheel hitch for a gooseneck, but the trailer will not be made with a gooseneck. You are unlikely to see a trailer renting with a gooseneck – but it’s worth knowing the terminology.
Practice Driving With The Trailer Before Hitting The Road
The second tip is to go practice first. If it’s your first time driving on a road with a trailer hitched behind your car, you need to train yourself first. Especially if you’re going to rent a large type of trailer as it may be challenging. You can try practicing in an empty car park and the most important thing to practice is your turns and backups.
Get An Extended Side Mirror
Another tip that you need to know is when you tow a trailer, you won’t see everything. Most especially behind your RV. You won’t see it properly if you are using a regular side mirror. That’s why you must get an extended side mirror so you can have a wider view. while you’re on the road.
Plan Which Route You Will Take
When you plan your route before hitting the road, things will be much easier and you’ll get stress and trouble-free driving because you will choose a route that a trailer can perfectly fit.
Leave Unnecessary Things Behind
When you go traveling in a trailer, you want to have it as light as possible. So, make sure that you only bring the necessary things for your RVing. A heavy trailer will give you a hard time when you drive it on the road.
3 Thing You Need To Know Before Renting a Travel Trailer
Know Which Size of Trailer You Will Need
Travel trailers come in all sizes. So no matter how big or small you need, there’s one that will be available. But when choosing which size of trailer to choose, you need to consider how many are you going to travel.
To help decide better here are the details of each type, size, and how many people can sleep on each trailer:
- 5th Wheel
The Fifth Wheel is 19-45 feet so 2 to 12 people can fit here. If you’re going to rent one, it will cost around $90 to $350 per night.
- Toy Hauler
Just like the 5th Wheel, Toy Hauler is 19-45 feet however, only 2 to 9 people can fit because of its style. Renting this one though can be cheaper as the average cost per night is $90 to $300 per night.
- Pop-up Trailer
The pop-up trailer can accommodate 2 to 8 people with its average length of 15 to 25 feet. It is the cheapest type of trailer that you can rent with an average cost of $40 to $150 per night.
Rent a Trailer That Will Match To Your Towing Vehicle
Another thing that you have to look into before renting a trailer is to check if it will be fit for the towing vehicle you will use. Because some cars can’t pull a large and heavy trailer. On your car’s user manual guide, you will see the weight limit that your car can tow.
You Should Know How Drainage System Works
Once you’ve already decided which type. of trailer you’re going to rent, this time, check how the drainage system works. It is one of the most important things to know before renting an RV.
Important Related Questions When Renting a Travel Trailer
What Is The Towing Limit of An SUV?
SUVs towing limit varies on its make and model. But in general, SUVs can tow an average weight of 7,000 to 10,000 pounds. It’s always worth checking your car’s user’s manual guide.
Can You Increase Your Car’s Towing Capacity?
There are many ways to increase your car’s towing capacity. Here are some things that you can do.
- Choose The Right Hitch
Choosing the right hitch to use when towing a trailer can help you increase your towing capacity. By doing this you can properly distribute the trailer’s weight throughout more of your tow vehicle’s frame instead of just the hitch receiver area.
- Replace Your Vehicle’s Axles
Replacing your vehicle’s axles into a heavy-duty version can make a big difference with your towing capacity. But you also have to make sure that you change out the differential to the correct heavy-duty parts too.
- Use a Vehicle Programmer and Upgrade Your Braking System
By adjusting your vehicle’s settings using a programmer you will be able to tow a heavier trailer. Whereas, having an upgraded braking system can help you a lot when you are stopping while towing a large trailer. Also, if it’s possible, you can rent a trailer that also has a braking system to make sure that it’s stopping and not pushing you forward.
Does a Travel Trailer Have a Generator?
Travel trailers don’t have built-in generators. So that campers can have a source of electricity, they are using shore power from the campsites or they have their portable generator.
What Is The Best Travel Trailer In The Market?
The best travel trailer in the market right now is the Airstream Flying Cloud Travel Trailer. It isn’t just a mobile home but a moving office too. It’s perfect for those who would like to travel while working. If you’re planning to purchase one, it costs between $78,000 to $92,000. If you’d like to rent, it will cost around $200 a day.
Which Type of Travel Trailer Has The Lower Rental Price?
The cheapest type of travel trailer that you can rent is the Pop-up Camper. It’s the smallest type of trailer and renting one cost between $40 to $150 per night. It transforms your trailer from 4 feet tall to 7-8 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet long so it can accommodate 2 to 8 people.
Final Thoughts On Renting a Travel Trailer
To sum it all up, renting a travel trailer is best for you if you already have a towing vehicle to use. It’s even better since you will have a car to use when you need to go to a place that only regular vehicles can fit. Moreover, there are types of travel trailers that have the same luxury as the motorhome. So, it’s a great option if you’re on a budget but still want to experience the luxury of a motorhome.
But the most important thing to keep in mind is that you will need to be physically and mentally prepared before hitting the road with a trailer being pulled by your car. Make sure to take note of the driving tips I have shared above.
Nevertheless, travel trailers can give you various options that will fit whichever kind of traveler you are.
Hi, I’m Shauna – Welcome to Family Travel Fever. We are a large family, that was bitten by the travel bug! We travel with kids and extended family. I take the kids by myself sometimes because I don’t mind flying or driving solo with my crew to discover the coolest places.
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