Sunday, April 4, 2010

Bumper Pull Travel Trailer Basics




The most obvious question that comes to mind is, "What is the difference between a bumper pull travel trailer and other travel trailers?" As the name describes, a bumper pull is pulled on the bumper. This can be any number of travel trailers, toy haulers, and pop ups. The only travel trailer that does not qualify is a 5th wheel.


5th Wheel and Bumper Pull Differences in Hitch


The bumper pull is based on the location of the hitch, which is located on the bumper. However, a 5th wheel's hitch is located in the bed of a truck. You must own a truck in order to pull a 5th wheel. If you do not have a truck, then you must get a bumper pull.


The Difference in Size


The bigger the floor plan, the more likely it will be a 5th wheel. The location of the hitch allows for bigger trailers and easier pulling. Don't be discouraged by this though. Toy haulers, pop ups and other travel trailers have plenty of room. They just aren't as big as the 5th wheel, which can accommodate more floor space.


Benefits of a Bumper Pull


What most people like most about the bumper pull is the versatility. Sedans, trucks and SUVs can all tow a bumper pull. However, you must have a truck if you want to tow a 5th wheel.


The only limitation on a bumper pull is your current car. All cars, trucks and SUVs have a maximum towing limit. Therefore, you need to check this before you start shopping for a trailer. The only limit to your next RV is how much your car can pull.


Limits of a Bumper Pull


Any type of RV that is pulled behind a car will inevitably be smaller than the fifth wheel. The bumper cannot tow as much weight with the ease of a gooseneck. The very fact that fifth wheels hook into the bed of the truck gives more towing power and more maneuverability. Therefore, the bumper has to be smaller to accommodate the towing ability of the car.


The Advantage of Price

For many people, it really all boils down to price, which gives the distinct advantage to the bumper. They are cheaper than fifth wheels. It is probably safe to assume that the reason is square footage.


For example, take a 30-foot bumper pull and a 30-foot 5th wheel. About five feet of the length goes to the hitch, meaning you lose five feet of living space. However, the neck on a 5th wheel is not counted. Therefore, a 30-foot 5th wheel has 30 feet of living space.


Choosing between the two is more of a personal decision based on your price range, towing ability, and your desired living space.

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