Towable RVs Corpus Christi TX
When you’re ready to get on the road in an RV, you’ll need to make some decisions as to the space you’ll need and the weight you want to haul. If you’ve got a vehicle with a decent towing package, you can pull nearly any type of RV. The towable RV options will work with most any vehicle, unless you have a pickup with a 5th wheel plate.
Fifth Wheel Trailer
Pulling a 5th wheel RV will require a heavy duty truck and the 5th wheel plate, installed in the bed of the truck. These are generally the largest RVs on the market and offer many luxuries. The benefits of a 5th wheel trailer and towing vehicle include a tighter turning radius and easier towing process.
If you’ve never towed anything before, you will need to practice. Make an appointment with us to hook up your 5th wheel and get the feel of it before you make your purchase. You should also be aware that a 5th wheel hitch plate in the bed of your truck means you have no other storage options in that space.
Bumper Pulls or Travel Trailers
Bumper pulls are just what they sound like; they attach to the bumper of the towing vehicle. If you have a large SUV with a sizable towing package, you can enjoy both the space of an RV and storage inside the SUV.
Carefully review the weight data about your bumper pull or travel trailer. Some travel trailers are considered to be ultra lights, and can be pulled with less effort. However, the weight class information only refers to the weight when leaving the factory; your belongings and the contents of your clean, gray and black water tanks may not be included in this number, so load your vehicle with care.
dealer can show you the wide variety of toy haulers available, but let’s get the definition right. A toy hauler is a small trailer, or a separate section of an existing trailer, that’s designed to haul your vacation toys. Motorcycles, dirt bikes, jet skis and the like can be loaded into your toy hauler. Often, if the toy hauler is a separate section of an existing bumper pull or 5th wheel, there will be a bed or bunkhouse fold-down unit that can make the toy hauler especially versatile.
While the interior of your RV may be quite plush, the toy hauler section or unit will be more utilitarian. Access to bare walls will give you the chance to strap down the toys and secure any tools or fuel containers you need to bring with. Many toy haulers also have a fold down back door that serves as a ramp for easy loading.
A truck camper is a camper that sits in the bed of your pickup. These are ideal for just one or two people and, though compact, are quite versatile. You can haul your truck camper to your campsite, put down the supports, and drive out from under it for day trips.
These campers generally have an extension that hangs over the roof of the cab of the truck. This extension includes the bed or sleeping area. Many trucks can hold many different types of campers, but if you’re planning on this type of camper and don’t have the truck yet, talk to the camper dealer about the best truck options for the trailer you want. Once it’s loaded, the weight of the trailer may impact your choice of truck.
Pop-Ups are the most lightweight campers on the market and can be towed by many different vehicles; there are even pop-ups that are designed to be towed by motorcycles. These units fold down small and offer a lot of flexibility. Functionally, they’re a rolling screen house or tent that offer comforts you won’t find in more primitive camping, such as a mattress. If you’re a first time tow-er, take a pop-up for a drive.
Life on the road reminds us that connection and experience are what it’s all about. Invest in the RV that gives you comfort and fits your budget. Practice towing or hauling your RV until you’re confident. Most importantly, give yourself plenty of time to get to your next campsite. Towing is a bit slower than other forms of travel.
If you would like to learn more about towable RVs and motorhomes, check out our Intro to RVs.
Towable Rigs Corpus Christi
Towable RVs require a sizable vehicle, often a truck, van or SUV, to haul them. If you want a 5th wheel, you’ll need a pickup with a specialized tow plate. While 5th wheels do mean that you won’t be able to use the bed of the pickup for storage, it will make towing easier.
If you already own a truck with a decent tow package, the addition of the 5th wheel shouldn’t cost more than $350.00 for the installation; the price of the hitch will vary considerably. If you are a skilled metal technician and have the right tools and know-how, this could be a great DIY project. However, unless you’re pretty sure of what you’re doing, that $350.00 could be a real bargain. The loss or failure of a 5th wheel plate while you’re on the road would be catastrophic.
A bumper pull RV trailer would just hook up to the hitch on your back bumper. If you already own a decent-sized SUV with a tow package for your in-town driving, the addition of a bumper pull travel trailer is a simple add-on.
One of the nice things about pulling a bumper pull travel trailer is that your tow vehicle can serve as a storage unit. If you feel the need to lock up your outdoor gear, such as your campfire chairs and your table, you can stash those in the SUV overnight and get them out when the coffee is ready in the morning. This can also be a nice place for any child who’s not a happy camper to settle down just a bit.
Pop-up campers are quite a bit lighter than a hard-sided SUV, but they may not be a great choice for your vacation on the Texas coast. The inside of a pop-up will be extremely warm at midday, and the sun will be tough on the screens and any sections of the construction that are nylon. However, for the spring and fall, a pop-up could be a lot of fun. Make sure you bring your screen repair kit, and take care not to overload the camper. Be ready to run and buy water and other heavy items once you’re settled in your spot to reduce wear and tear on the camper.
No matter what style you get, make sure you practice driving, turning, and (especially) backing up so you can get into your campsite easily. Do your best to arrive in the daylight so you can get your RV straightened out and level in your campsite.