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Motorhome vs Travel Trailer: Which Home on Wheels Should You Choose?

 When it comes down to making a decision between an RV motorhome vs. travel trailer, there’s much to consider. 

First of all- how big is your family, how often do you travel and what kind of towing capacity does your vehicle have? 

Secondly, what kind of budget is on the table and do you see a motorhome or travel trailer is a long-term investment? 

Here are a few stand-out benefits of each to help you make your decision… 

Motorhome Vs. Travel Trailer: Weighing Up the Pros 

When it comes to trailers for sale or rent, one thing’s for sure is that price will always win over that of a motorhome. 

No doubt a motorhome is a more costly, but it all boils down to how well either home-on-wheels fits into your life and accommodates your needs. 

Let’s compare the benefits of both travel trailers and motorhomes. 

Travel Trailer Benefits  

Small and compact, travel trailers need to be towed behind a vehicle with adequate towing capacity and accessories. Some of the benefits include:

1. Price 

Travel trailers do not have the expense of an engine or fuel costs, as such, they cost far less than most motorhomes of an equivalent size. 

If you combine the costs of a new travel trailer and a new tow vehicle, this adds up to approximately the same price point of a motorhome. 

2. Up-and-Go Convenience

If you want to day trip and explore at your next pit stop, you can easily do so when traveling with a trailer. Simply unhook the trailer from your vehicle and off you go.

With a motorhome, you will need to pack up and break camp for a day of exploring away from your rest stop. 

3. Ownership Savings 

If the vehicle your currently own is capable of towing a trailer, then the good news is that you only have the cost of servicing one vehicle to worry about!

Owning a motorhome requires regular maintenance and not-to-mention, pricey insurance. With a travel trailer, you can save on these costs. 

4. Better Variety 

If you take a walk around any motorhome show, you may notice the dozens upon dozens of travel trailer options. 

The bottom line is that if you want a large range of choice, price point selection, and functionality, travel trailers are the way to go. 

Motorhome Benefits 

The number one thing that puts people off travel trailers is the fact that they have to be towed. With a motorhome, you don’t have to sweat it. Some of the top benefits include: 

1. Convenient Holidaying

Convenience is key when it comes to owning a motorhome. All you need to do is throw down a couple of leveling blocks, pull out the slide, and that’s about it. 

A trailer requires a little more time and effort, including unhitching, camp setup etc. If you’re looking to make a quick and efficient exit from camp, a motorhome is your answer too!  

2. Safety of Contents 

Ever opened up a trailer to an utter mess as its contents have jiggled and moved around during your travels? Well, with a motorhome, you won’t be arriving at your camp spot with any messy surprises. 

The safety of your motorhome contents is guaranteed as you travel with things being safely tucked away in sturdy latched cabinets. 

3. Increased Privacy 

Of course, the interior of a motorhome is far larger and more spacious. This offers up a level of privacy that most travel trailers don’t. 

If you want to pull up and park on a quiet street or even in a parking lot, a motorhome allows you to do so with enough privacy and space. 

4. An Off-the-Grid Escape  

Most motorhomes are equipped with in-house batteries which charge off the engine’s alternator while driving. This allows you to remain off-the-grid for longer periods of time if you’re traveling through sparse, outlying areas. 

With a travel trailer, the battery charge and lifespan is a whole lot shorter, so extended off-the-grid travel is not always an option.   

Find Automotive Maintenance With Motor Era 

Now that you know the benefits of a motorhome vs. travel trailer, it’s time to find the best maintenance service for your choice of home-on-wheels. 

Motor Era offers DIY auto repair tips and motor manuals to equip you with the right knowledge for your travels!

Check out our extensive range of auto repair manuals here.