So, Why Are You Exploring Travel Trailers?

We started exploring travel trailers early in our marriage.  We had taken a vacation down to Florida and our expenses were through the roof.  We both knew there is a better way to travel.  This is CRAZY!!   

Our reasoning came out of a highly expensive vacation, that for no rhyme or reason should we have ever spent that much for what we did. So we started thinking, and these are the reasons we came up with that helped us then and now in our travels.

  1. Vacations
  2. High hotel prices
  3. High airline tickets or don't like flying
  4. Rental car at the airport
  5. Control over finances, especially when you retire
  6. You sleep in your own bed
  7. The great outdoors
  8. Piece of mind
  9. Relaxation
  10. A place to call "home"
  11. You can take your pets with you 
  • Tidbit: Did you know that this is the number one reason why pet owners purchase travel trailers?

We love our travel trailer!  We've learned so much about it and would like to share our experiences with those who are interested in the RV world.

Owning an RV is like having your own hotel on wheels!

  • You have the freedom of going where you want to go.
  •  The versatility of which kind fits your needs
  • The choices how you use it are endless.  

The best part is, you are in control!

Vacationing With Your RV

Have you ever considered vacationing with your RV before?  I never once thought about it until I was introduced to the RV industry.  I always thought they were used just for camping, boy was I ever wrong!!

The thing about RVing is everything from your budget to where you sleep is in your control.  Isn't that such a nice thought? 

"Home is where you park it."

Hotels can be exciting at times, but they can also be very expensive on the budget.  Vacations are meant for relaxation and family time, not thinking about how your going to pay for everything when you return.  So here is one place where travel trailers are an asset.  We have taken ours on many different vacations and we'd like to share those destinations with you.

We're also going to highlight some of the different campgrounds that we have visited.  These include some that we have traveled to on vacation or just for a short weekend camping trip.

On the road again...passing another RV on the left side

You can also get involved with many different RV Memberships that will help save money while you are traveling.  Depending on which membership you purchase depends on the level of different services that are provided by that particular dealer and plan.  There are many different memberships to fit an array of different lifestyles.  It really just depends on what you need.

Camping in the Great Outdoors

Camping is one of our favorite activities.  Just being outside, taking in the fresh air, and enjoying Gods gorgeous scenery is enough for us! We love to sit back and explore travel trailers when we are camping.   It is enjoyable to watch the different styles as they pull in around you.

You certainly can learn a lot about your family during this time as well.  Camping is now one of the most valued family vacations.  This turn around has happened in the past several years.

You'll find a variety of different people and RV's at you local campgrounds year round.  People go camping from the early Spring to the late Fall.  Some even live at the campgrounds, and get paid to do this.  You'll run into retirees, families having some Summer fun, and even some full timers who are taking in the retirement life.  There are even some who have been blessed to retire early...and congratulations!

Others may "shop" for a camper while camping, and some people may even let you take a look inside to see if  that's something that would fit your lifestyle.  You see, that's the joy of the RV industry.  Most people are very helpful, nice, and friendly, and it's rare to find a camper that isn't.

State parks are always good for a long weekendTry to get in early in the busy months and Summer Holidays, they fill up quickly.  Especially if you would like full hookups, or what they call three point.  

Some people purchase travel trailers for the enjoyment of the travel trailer itself.  Some want to enjoy both the outdoors and the inside.  No matter your desire, it's YOUR choice!

Beginners to Advanced

My husband, Scott, grew up with towable RV'S and he knows a lot about them.  He used to travel all the time with his family growing up, and has owned several himself.  In fact, at the age of 16 his dad gave him the keys to tow theirs home after camping at a local camp ground.  If that isn’t intimidating, I don’t know what is! 

My name is Melissa, and I grew up tent camping and knew absolutely nothing about travel trailers.  So our experience is a story that we will never forget.

We have certainly had some fun and interesting trips in our hybrid! We are going to share  some good advice as well as some tips that we have learned.

Travel Trailers in a Nut Shell

For those of you beginning your journey into Exploring Travel Trailers, below is some basic information on the different types of trailers you can research.

Everyone must have a favorite, if you don't I'm sure you will shortly soon after you have done your research.  This depends on what type and style fits your needs.

Expandable or Hybrid-Our First RV
Traditional or Conventional
Fifth Wheel
Pop Up
Toy Hauler
  • A travel trailer includes bumper hitches; pop-ups, expandables or hybrid, traditional or conventional, fifth wheels, and toy haulers.  They can offer all the amenities of home, no matter how BIG or small.

Considering buying your first RV?  Here are some things to think about and look into before the BIG purchase.

  • Rent before you buy?
  • New or used?
  • Learning to tow and appropriate tow vehicles
  • Initial cost and setup
  • Financing
  • Insurance
  • Storage offsite or home?

Maintaining your RV

Maintaining your RV is just as important as maintaining your vehicle. 

Be sure to do the correct maintenance each year, as each RV requires different maintenance. We'll show you how to maintain and keep up with your year to year updates and necessary items.  This will benefit your towable and keep it around much longer.

Here are some things to consider...

  1. Furnace and Air Conditioning
  2. Lighting
  3. Refrigerators
  4. Roof
  5.  Tires
  6.  Water Heaters
  7. Winterizing for those cold months

The History of Travel Trailers

Calling All History Buffs!

If you're interested in RV history, then you have come to the right place!  We love history and together we'll explore from the early days to the present days.  Here are just a few of the many interesting  facts that we have found.  We hope you enjoy these historical facts with more to come!

  • The oldest RV in the world is on display at The RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart Indiana.  This is a 1913 Earl pulled by a 1913 Ford Model T.
  • The first Airstream plans were sold by the manufacture in the 1930's for a dollar each.
  • The Teardrop travel trailer first became popular in the 1930's when the plans were published in "Mechanix Illustrated".  (Believe it or not, this is how they spelled it in the 1930's.) 
Home made Tear Drop

Let's Travel Together!

We'd love for you to take us along as we all enjoy the life of RV ownership.  If you love to explore new things, then feel free to join us on our journey! 

Our names are Melissa and Scott and we love to write about our journey and Exploring Travel Trailers!  We both write the pages and share the responsibility of keeping our site up to date, and clean.  

  • Scott writes more about the technicality of our pages.  This includes, but not limited to, the units, towing, safety, and many other items.  You can rest assure the information that is posted here is accurate, current, and up to date to the standards of travel trailers today.
  • Melissa, writes more of the "fun" pages about vacations, storage, and many other things.  She also takes care of the site in general. 

Meet Melissa...

Meet Scott...

We want to thank you for taking your valuable time and looking at our site.  Our hope for you is to receive the valuable information that you are looking for as you explore the joy of travel trailers. See you on the other side, and happy exploring to all of our RV friends!

Written By:

Scott & Melissa