Is the Tiny House Movement Rekindling America’s Love for Travel Trailers?

At South Main RV Park, we’ve seen them all—from 13 feet to 40 feet. It sure seems that more people are choosing compact, micro travel trailers. One reason could be that people want to tow their home on the road using a small pickup truck or even an SUV.

Those who prefer a lightweight travel trailer (under 3,000 lbs) have many options from which to choose. In fact, a small floor plan can still feel spacious and offer the creature comforts of your relative’s Winnebago in a more portable way.

If you are considering a micro model (20 feet in length or less), be sure you don’t overlook the basic modern conveniences and necessities. You’ll be glad you considered our feature checklist on your first week-long getaway.

Feature checklist:

  • USB ports
  • Cable hook-up and digital TV antenna
  • Flat-screen TV
  • 12V converter with charger
  • A/C & furnace
  • Electric water pump
  • Detachable power cord
  • 2-burner cooktop with range hood exhaust
  • Microwave
  • LP/Electric refrigerator
  • Water heater
  • Kitchen sink and food prep space
  • Shower and toilet (an indoor shower doesn’t always come standard, it’s worth the upgrade)
  • Freshwater, black and gray tanks
  • Dinette, which converts to a double-bed

Because most small trailers only have one exit, be sure your travel trailer is equipped with essential safety equipment, including smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide and LP detectors.

Another factor to consider is making sure you have ample storage. We all have “stuff.” Manufacturers have become really clever with compact storage options.

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