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Small Travel Trailer

Updated on December 26, 2017
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I enjoy going to out of the way places, away from the crowds and all the noise. A small trailer was the answer to my travel wants and needs

Here Are My 5 Top Reasons To Own a Small Travel Trailer

I have owned my trailer for 2 years and love it. We have traveled thousands of miles all around this great country and being able to park almost anywhere I want is a great comfort.

My list is in no particlular order, just a few of the benefits I have seen from owning one.

Small trailers and camper trailers are amazing

  1. They are very easy to tow behind any vehicle and the gas mileage isn't reduced that much. Mine went from 25 mpg to about 19 mpg in my Ford Ranger XLT
  2. Everything you need in a travel trailer is here in one small package
  3. This Travel Trailer holds it's resale value better than any other brand
  4. Because of the way they are constructed, each unit is virtually waterproof
  5. Because they are small, you can park in many places other trailers can't. This means that you can park in $10 spots instead of $35 spots
  6. OK here's a 6th reason, you an pull the trailer in the mountains and hardly know that it is behind you

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Plenty of room for two

Off we go in our Casita Travel Trailer
Off we go in our Casita Travel Trailer | Source

Can You Have Fun In A Small Travel Trailer?

Let me tell you in one simple word


My wife and I have been traveling in our Casita Travel Trailer for over 2 years and we are having a ball.

Last year we made a 6,000 mile trip to the mountains to visit some of our National Forests and Parks. Since we were not in any hurry, it took us 6 weeks to make the trip. Not once did we feel cramped or that we needed more room. We took our two little dogs along and all of us enjoyed the experience.

The year before, we took our trailer to the East Coast in the Fall to see the changing of the leaves. This trip was about 5,500 miles long and took 5 weeks.

Of course there have been many shorter trips in between and all have been great times.

Photo from Bob Schroeder

Do you hate parking your car?

If you hate parking your car, you can imagine how much you would hate trying to park a big trailer. Go small, it is a lot easier.

Parking spots are no problem

If you have ever owned a large motorhome or travel trailer, you know just how hard it is to find a place to park the vehicle. Most of the time you end up in an RV Park, which means a concrete slab or gravel area. You will find yourself with dozens or hundreds of other trailers or motorhomes. Not that much fun.

If you are pulling this small trailer you can park it almost anyplace. I have pulled off the road a few hundred feet in a National Forest and parked under a tree, all by myself. I have been able to pull into that little parking spot that no on else can get into.

Finding those out of the way places is a real treat and it really helps to have a good book that tells you just where these out of the way places might be.

How We Pack For Trips

Being able to take your things along is great, but be careful not to over pack.

I used a pickup truck to tow and made good use of the truck bed. I found a bunch of plastic containers that fit into the bed and arranged them in various ways to cover the entire bed. I put items that might be used along our route, but not necessary right at the moment. Lawn chairs, hiking clothes, dog beds and that sort of thing.

On the inside, we put our day to day clothes in shopping bags and put those into the storage compartments. I rolled my underware, sox and t-shirts (polo type shirts) into tight little tubes that were then placed into the bags. I could put a weeks worth of clothes into one bag. My pants were folded and put into another bag, usually one pair of jeans and a pair of Dockers. Two pairs of shorts were also folded and put into that bag. Only 2 bags each got us through one or two weeks and then we would hit a laundry to wash. Over the years we found that we brought way too many clothes, so we really cut back.

We also found that, if you use something, you had to put it back. Nothing was ever left just laying around. This kept clutter to a minimum and disputes over clutter were rare. This really helped to keep problems to a minimum.

Casita Travel Trailer
Casita Travel Trailer

No Matter Where We Went

People Would Stop And Look At Our Casita And Tell Us How "Cute" It Was

Now, come on, don't you think it is "cute" too?

This little trailer harkens back to the Jellybean looking trailers of a few years ago.

If you are on the road you can spot one a mile away. White, jellybean shape and being towed with no problem.

What surprises most people is that we have a full bathroom with shower, kitchen with fridge, dining area, cable TV hookups, furnace, A/C and sleeps three to four people, depending on how big they are.

And they put all this in a 17 foot trailer.

In the National Forest campgrounds, I can put my little camper in a spot that is way too small for most other trailers.

This means that it is not just "cute" but it is very user friendly also.

Photo by Bob Schroeder

Sometimes You Need A Little Help

When you pull into a spot to park, it is almost impossible to be level. Many of the parking places have ruts, wheel grooves or leaning in one direction or the other. There is no way you can get your unit level.

That's why you carry some flat pieces of wood or a few of the plastic levelers. You can make your own or purchase them from an RV dealer.

There are many ways to get your rig level, you just have to have something with you to make it happen.

A level that attaches to the front of the rig is helpful if you are alone and try to level out. You can see the level from your truck through the rear view mirror. This is very helpful even if you have a partner that is helping you park

Talk About Off Roading

Once when we were in Montana I decided to take an old foresting road off the main road to see what we could find.

After about a mile I felt that we were far enough off the road to make camp.

Lo and behold, the farther back we went the more little campers we saw, I say little because no big rigs could get that far back.

Finally we came upon an open meadow with a nice view of the mountains and a flat spot for the trailer.

We spent 2 wonderful, secluded days in that spot; hiking, sitting and generally enjoying the mountain views.

Even our dogs enjoyed being all alone out there in the wilds.

And it was all because our little unit was small enough to go where no others could.

With A Small Travel Trailer - You Can Go To All The Wonderful Off Freeway Places

There are so many wonderful places to visit in this great country, finding them is the problem.

I always carry a couple of good travel and campground guides when I hit the road. These guides can take you places where big rigs can't go and show you some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable.

A road trip with your small trailer is extremely easy and you can go anywhere cars can go, except into parking garges, of course.

When People Talk About A Small Trailer They Usually Say

"I love it, because it has everything I need"

"I can tow it with no problems, even up mountains"

"You Wouldn't Believe How Much Room There Is Inside"

"It Is So Quite, Because The Walls Are Carpeted"

"I have All The Comforts Of Home In A Very Small Space"

Learn About A Good Small Trailer

Note On Small Travel Trailer

Get a small trailer

Park where ever others can't

Go to the mountains and hide away in the forest

Wash my trailer so it looks good on the road

When You Hit The Road In Your Travel Trailer - You're Always Going To Need Stuff

One of the most important things you will need is a sewer hose. The holding tanks on your trailer will have to be emptied and the only way to do it, is through a sewer hose. Campgrounds will provide the sewer but you have to have a hose to connest from your trailer to the sewer connector.

There are many types of hoses, some are very long and some are short. Your best bet is one that can be expanded from a short one to about 15 ft.

Paying a little extra will get you a hose that has swivel ends, which makes it very easy to hook to the trailer connector and the sewer.

casita trailer
casita trailer | Source

There Are Many Productive Ways To Use Your small travel trailer

Working In Campgrounds Is One Of Them

You can spend many happy months in your travel trailer working at campgrounds around the country.

Almost all campgrounds need help during the year. You may get your site free and you may also get a small hourly wage.

I find most of my jobs at

Photo by Bob Schroeder

How Was Your Trip?

Let Us Know About Your Adventures In A Travel Trailer.

Anyone who has ever traveled the country in a small travel trailer has had at least one unique experience. Please tell us about it.

Seeing The Country In A Small Travel Trailer - Is A Great Experience

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