The most popular RVs are travel trailers, and not just because FEMA ordered so many last year. Travel trailers are hard-sided, and ready to inhabit as soon as you arrive at your destination. They come in a wide variety of sizes, many of which can be pulled by ordinary cars, SUVs, minivans or pickup trucks - the kind that you may already have in the driveway. So called "lightweight" travel trailers weigh between 2,000 and 4,000 lbs., have a length as small as 12 feet, or up to 24 feet, with prices starting around $8,000. Of course, accommodations will be tight in a compact trailer, although perfectly suitable for short trips.
For more room, look to a medium or large travel trailer, with lengths up to 40 feet and overall weight up to 9,000 lbs. A V8-powered SUV or pickup truck with higher towing rating will be needed to pull these larger trailers. Amenities inside vary from plain and utilitarian to downright luxurious. Some manufacturers are extremely creative in designing compact features, convertible beds and ingenious floorplans for maximum living space. Slideouts are a popular option for adding even more room without adding length to the trailer. Most larger models include a bathroom, galley and storage cabinets.