Choosing an RV is a big decision! With so many different vehicle types, towing weights, a wide range of amenities and features, and a slew of manufacturers to choose from, it can seem overwhelming when you're trying to find the perfect vehicle for your vacation. Don't worry, KITSAP RV is here to help. We've put together a quick comparison to help you decide whether a trailer or a motorhome will best fit your needs on the road. KITSAP RV is proud to serve the areas of Bremerton, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Port Orchard, Port Angeles, Olympia, Tacoma, and the surrounding areas.
Trailers - Pros
Whether you're travelling in a fifth wheel or a travel trailer, there are some significant perks to travelling with a trailer in tow. First and foremost: you always have a vehicle. After you've set up at your campsite, a tow vehicle becomes your commuter car so you can swing into town for groceries, or head out to see some out of the way attractions.
Because they don't have to sacrifice space for an engine, or any of the mechanical components of a motorhome, many trailers feature large storage spaces that allow you to bring more gear along for the ride. This obviously depends on the trailer you're towing, as teardrop trailers still won't have as much storage as a Class C RV.
Caring for and maintaining a trailer takes some time and effort. If you're shopping for a motorhome you should keep in mind that the maintenance time (and in some cases cost) can be compounded because your RV is a car and a home. If you're looking for a lower maintenance RV, a trailer may be the right choice for you.
Trailers - Cons
Despite all of the benefits, there are several drawbacks to trailers. The first of which is that unlike a motorhome, you are not able to take advantage of the RVs amenities and living space while the trailer is on the road. This could be important if you're travelling with a family that does better when everyone has their own space.
Trailers can also be challenging to maneuver for those who aren't familiar with the mechanics of backing up with a trailer in tow. While this can prove to be a barrier initially, a little practice in an empty parking lot and you feel much more comfortable.
Motorhomes - Pros
The first, and most significant advantage that a Motorhome presents, is that your travel experience is entirely self contained. If you need to take a break, grab a drink, or put a snack together, you can do so without having to leave your vehicle.
If you're driving a Class B or Class C motorhome, you'll often find these vehicles easier to maneuver and back into a site compared to a trailer. Like towing a trailer, the ease of handling depends largely on the type of RV you're travelling in, and your familiarity with a larger vehicle but it's safe to say that if you've driven a box truck you'll feel pretty good about getting behind the wheel of a Class C, and if you're comfortable driving a large truck or van, a Class B will make you feel right at home.
Motorhomes - Cons
Motorhomes aren't without some drawbacks. First of all, is that you'll need to tow an extra vehicle if you want a car for errands or short trips. This is easily managed in most larger vehicles like Class A and Class C motorhomes, which typically have high tow ratings and power to spare, but if you're not keen on towing a car behind your RV, then a motorhome may not be the right choice.
One minor setback for some motorhomes is that they sacrifice a small amount of living space to accommodate the cab area, however more and more manufacturers have begun to create designs which allow you to take advantage of this lost space when you've parked with cab over bunks and modular cockpit seating, so depending on the model of motorhome you're driving, this could easily be a non issue.
Motorhomes and Travel Trailers for sale in Washington
Whether you're looking for a big Class A motorhome, or a compact travel trailer, we've got you covered here at KITSAP RV! We're proud to serve the areas of Bremerton, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Port Orchard, Port Angeles, Olympia, Tacoma, and the surrounding areas, so come in and see us and our friendly staff will be happy to answer any of your questions about our awesome selection of Motorhome and travel trailers, and fifth wheels for sale!