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The Rebirth of Lightweight Travel Trailers

February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 191

It seems as though that every RV manufacturer has built a lightweight travel trailer. The problem is that many of them were not really lightweight. Many travel trailers bore the insignia or lettered graphics that called them lightweight. They were however, not really much different in weight than a regular one.

Lately, there seems there is a resurgence in manufacturing a true lightweight unit. A rebirth of the true meaning of the word. The new units that are being made have found their way back to the thirteen to nineteen feet range. While they are still well equipped, a lot of the things are not forced on you as a standard option.

Many people wanted a small unit, light in weight, and basic. It seems for a long time no one was listening. Today, manufacturers have listened and started producing small trailers the way people wanted them. A diversion from building them the way they wanted to build them.

Recently, while at a RV dealers show, I saw the introduction of several new models. This was not just at one manufacturer's booth, but at several. There must have been a meeting about it, because it is one of the largest moves in this direction in a long time. One I believe, will be a positive thing.

One unit in particular I found intriguing was a fourteen foot model. Its model number indicated it was a fourteen foot model, but it was seventeen feet. The fourteen was indicating the length of the floor, not bumper to tongue. it weighed less than twenty-seven hundred pounds. A true light weight.

It did not have air conditioning, and it did not have an awning. There was no microwave either. What a surprise to find a travel trailer without these things. They could be added, but they were not on it as standard features. I see this as a good thing. This gives a buyer the opportunity to buy a small trailer, at a great price, and add what they wanted. This keeps them from having to take a unit with items they did not want. It also let them have a unit on a smaller budget.

The trend continues, because now I have attended two retail shows, and see many of these small units being offered by dealers. I spoke to several consumers, and they were happy to see these smaller trailers being built. They have more of a selection to choose from, and that is always a good thing.

Roger Dale Lee is the mgr of Lee's Country RV that sells Dutchmen Travel Trailers and Dutchmen 315BHDS's and can be contacted at

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