Motorhome Vs. Travel Trailer

Motorhome or travel trailer? If you are venturing out to buy your first RV, or maybe just an
upgrade, you have probably already asked yourself that question. There are many
advantages and some disadvantages to both. Mostly you need to decide what you want to
use your RV to do and where to go and your decision should not be a difficult one.
A motorhome can offer you a little more mobility than a travel trailer. If you travel extensively
or are a “full-timer” a motorhome has more of what you are looking for. In a motorhome you
will always be in your “home” even if traveling down the highway. Passengers always have full
access to beds, kitchen, bathroom, and couch. However, 5th wheelers, when parked, have a
much larger living space because of their slide-outs. Most travel trailers and 5th wheelers
have slide-outs that almost touch when in travel mode. They open to allow a large and
comfortable living space when parked. Motorhomes that have slide-outs are a bit confining
when on the road.
External storage room is another important decision factor. 5th wheelers and Class A
motorhomes generally have large external storage compartments but other trailers and Class
C motorhomes generally lack such large storage areas. Maintenance of your RV is going to
be less with travel trailers and 5th wheelers. Motorhomes have a few more “systems”, which
means more things that could malfunction. Also, if you have engine trouble with a motorhome,
your whole home is stranded. With travel trailers the towing vehicle can be exchanged or
replaced. Another small, yet important, contrast is height of motorhomes vs. travel trailers.
Trailers are closer to the ground, only 1 to 2 stairs, whereas motorhomes are about 3 to 5
steps above the ground.
The comfort levels of motorhomes and travel trailers are tied if comparing them while both
parked. However, while in-motion and during travel a motorhome takes the cake. Travelers
can use all the amenities of the motorhome while in motion. A travel trailer with slide-outs may
not even be accessible while in travel mode.
Price, which is one of the most persuasive decision factors, is not as easily generalized to
motorhomes vs. travel trailers. An average motorhome is generally going to cost more than an
average travel trailer but there are many exceptions. There are so many different amenities,
luxury levels, and sizes to both categories that price is always circumstantial. Of course, the
larger the travel trailer you get the larger the towing vehicle will have to be, a crucial factor to
keep in mind.
Last, but not least; safety factors of motorhomes vs. travel trailers. Due to the fact that drivers
and passengers are protected by the steel frame of a truck around them, travel trailers are
ranked higher in crash protection. However, it is also true that travel trailers are more likely to
be involved in crashes. It is fairly common for travel trailers to jack-knife in the road or become
overturned. Motorhomes are not too often involved in crashes except sometimes problems
with their vehicle in tow.