A Hybrid Trailer is a type of travel trailer with tent ends. (A cross between a Tent Camper & A Travel Trailer) The advantage is that it is a compact Trailer to tow, (usually around the 16-20 ft. range) but once the tent ends are opened it gives you an estimated extra 10ft of living space. A Hybrid Trailer usually sleeps between 6 -8 people opened with the option to sleep 2-4 without opening the tent ends.

A Tent Camper has many different names. It may be called a  Fold Down Camper, Pop Up Camper or Camping Trailer. A Tent Camper is usually an 8, 10, or 12ft box that cranks up and has tents that fold out both ends.

UVW   “unloaded vehicle weight” I like to think of this as the Unit Vehicle Weight (because it’s what the unit weighs before you put anything into it.) This is the main weight you want to look at when deciding what RV will work for you.

GVWR   “gross vehicle weight rating”   This is the maximum weight that the axels on the trailer are capable of holding, and what the trailer can be loaded up to. You could in theory load the trailer up to this number but in many cases you will never come close. This is the reason why you should use the UVW and add your cargo instead of using the GVWR and subtract.

NCC   “net carrying capacity” The net carrying capacity is figured by subtracting the UVW from the GVWR.  This number will vary greatly from one RV to another and is the reason why you do not want to use the GVWR as the main weight to go by when choosing the right RV.

For instance, if you have an RV with a UVW of 6400LBS.  A GVWR of 9200LBS your NCC will be 2800LBS (2800LBS is a lot of weight to put into a trailer)   In this instance lets say your vehicle is capable of towing 8500LBS.

The average family of four will carry between 800LBS – 1200LBS (Average total is all cargo & occupants)  If we add 1200LBS to our UVW we would come up with 7600LBS  This would make the RV in theory perfectly acceptable to tow with the vehicle we have mentioned.

Hitch Weight   The amount of weight directly on the hitch its self when the trailer is coupled. This is also sometimes referred to as “tongue weight”.

A standard 5th Wheel hitch is a hitch installed into the back of a pickup truck bed (and above the rear axle of the truck) that has an 8ft box and is used when towing a 5th Wheel Trailer instead of a Travel Trailer.

A slider 5th Wheel hitch is recommended anytime a truck bed is less then 8ft. The reason for this is because of the turning radius. If the truck box is smaller than 8ft  your ability to make a 90 degree turn is compromised and the “slider” when activated will allow the hitch to slide back enough to regain the 90 degree radius.

A weight distribution hitch includes an Adjustable Hitch head, Torsion bars, and a sway control bar. (There are variations of this system. I am explaining the most commonly used system)  The purpose of this Hitching system is so that your trailer rides level behind your tow vehicle, removes the excess hitch weight from the rear end of your tow vehicle and also to prevent sway. This is an important safety precaution and should be used at all times.

Class A Motorhome  Class A Motorhome is all one piece and looks like a bus. The door placement will sometimes change and it can be gas or Diesel powered.

Class B Motorhome  Class B Motorhomes are a modified Van with living Quarters. Class B Motorhomes are the one type of RV where the appearance can very greatly depending on the chassis and Manufacture.

Class C Motorhome The class C Motorhome is a van chassis with a cab over bunk and RV body built onto the deck

Financing an RV is very affordable. The most common RV loans are simple interest and the number of years depend on the amount of money and the year of the RV. If you spend $25,000 on a new RV a common term would be a 180 month loan. That would make the payment roughly $185.00 a month. If you spend $15,000 on a new RV a typical loan term would be 120-144 month term. $15,000 at 120 months is roughly $ 155.00 a month. (payments figured at 3.9% WAC)
Insurance on a travel trailer is very affordable. The premium depends on the year and the value of the RV. It typically costs between $180 and $300 a year to insure a tow-able trailer. The RV insurance covers theft, natural disaster and other problems that might arise for the trailer itself. Car insurance covers incidents that occur while you are towing the trailer.

Insurance rates vary widely for motorized RVs. If you were to buy a new travel trailer valued at $25,000 a common yearly premium would be $250 dollars a year.


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