If you and your family are ready to set out on a new adventure, but your budget simply won’t allow it, it might be time to look at things another way. While a tight budget might limit your options a bit, it is absolutely not a reason to set aside your family’s adventurous spirit. Instead, look at your budget as a fun added challenge, and figure out ways to work within it while still getting out on the road and having a blast!
One way a family might be able to save some money on their camping adventures involves looking into various models of RVs to see if there is one that might fit their budget a bit better while still offering them all the comforts they require. Two RV types that spring to mind are the pop-up trailers and the less common A frame trailers. Of those two, the A-Frame Trailer is actually the winner for one reason we will cover later in this piece.
You may be wondering what an A-frame trailer is. In case you’re unfamiliar, it’s a type of trailer that folds flat when being towed or stored, much like a pop-up trailer. However, when the camper is in use, the folded-down panels come together into a peak to create a roof. The trailer gets its name from the “A” shape created by the panels coming together.
Here is a list of the various ways an A frame travel trailer could save your family big bucks on your next camping adventure.
Lower Rental Price
Because they are smaller in size, A-frame trailers are less expensive to purchase. However, even if you plan to rent rather than purchase, these same savings are almost always passed down to the renter. After all, most renters are aware that RVs with a lower value will rent for less, and this means savings for you.
There are a couple of ways lightweight travel trailers can save you money. The biggest one is the ability to tow with a smaller car. This means that even if you don’t own a truck, you may still be able find an A frame trailer to tow behind your current vehicle, saving you money you might otherwise spend on buying or renting a large truck.
Additionally, lighter trailers are much easier for a vehicle to pull. This in turn leads to less gas being used by the towing vehicle, and that translates to savings for you and your family.
Fits Small Sites
Many national parks and state parks are not built to accommodate big rigs. Because of this, larger RVs are sometimes forced to stay in the generally more expensive private parks in the area. On top of that, a smaller rig may even save you money when staying in a private campground, as many of these parks charge extra for the longer sites or for 50-amp electric hook-ups.
As you can see, a smaller trailer is often much easier on the wallet when it comes to site rentals.
So far, all of the benefits we have listed also apply to pop-up trailers. However, this particular benefit is where the A-frame wins out.
Because an A-frame trailer is hard on all sides, it offers perfectly comfortable camping year-round, no matter what the weather decides to do. Meanwhile, pop-up campers–and even hybrid ones–are notorious for both getting chilly in the winter months and staying annoyingly toasty on hot summer days. This is because pop-up trailers have canvas walls, which do not offer any sort of insulation, making temperature regulation next to impossible when the weather is extreme in any way.
We hope this article has helped you understand what an A-frame trailer is and why it might be a good option for your family. Of course, it is always best to explore all of your options before making a final selection, but if you are looking for a low-cost option, the A frame trailer is a definite must-see.