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There is a difference between a travel trailer and a park trailer. Although both are towed behind a vehicle, they are in different classes of RVs and serve very different functions.
Definition of Travel Trailer
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A travel trailer is a recreational vehicle (RV) that is towed behind a car or truck. It is used for temporary vacationing and frequent travel.
Types of Travel Trailers
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Travel trailers range in length from 10 feet to 45 feet. They can be as simple as a pop-up camper or elaborate as a high-end fifth-wheel camper with a washer and dryer.
Definition of a Park Trailer
A park trailer is more like a mobile home than a travel trailer. It is towed behind a large vehicle like a truck or SUV. They are not made to travel often.
Park Trailer Uses
A park trailer is designed to stay in one area for an extended period of time. Many senior citizens use park trailers to go to a warm destination in winter, then pack up and go to a cooler area in the summer.
People who travel often will prefer a travel trailer. Those who like to stay in one area for months at a time will prefer a park trailer. Park trailers usually cost more than travel trailers.
- "The RVer's Bible: Everything You Need to Know About Choosing, Using and Enjoying Your RV", Kim Baker and Sunny Baker, 1997.
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