Most historians agree that the first travel trailers appeared in the early 1920s. “Tin can tourists” was the epithet for people who used them – and indeed, it was an apt description. Over the passage of years, they have evolved into something larger and more complex.
What did the earlier travel trailers look like
The first ones did not look like much on the outside, and did not offer many amenities on the inside. They often had only two wheels, and a small door. It was evident that utility trumped beauty in those early prototypes.
Things began to change in the mid 20th century. The travel trailer industry went in two different directions. One way led to what has become the modern “mobile home” while the other branch eventually became known as recreational vehicles.
The varieties of modern travel trailers
Modern travel trailers are classified as recreational vehicles along with motor homes, fifth wheels, pop-up campers, and toy haulers. They may be small with basic amenities, or large luxurious Class A diesel pushers. Many larger trailers are made with full time RV enthusiasts in mind.
If you get bit by the RV bug, you’ll want to take time to study the market, and find something that will suit your own needs. Find an RV rental place, and try out several models until you find the one that works for you. Talk to seasoned travelers, and learn from them. A dependable RV dealer can help you find great used vehicles as well.