Due to travel trailer popularity, RV manufacturers are incentivized to produce these units on a large scale. If you can believe it, manufacturers assemble these RVs in less than a day. Many of the workers get paid by unit-completion, and not by the hour.
The problem is three-fold: – There Are LOTS of used units for sale – New Units are relatively inexpensive – Travel trailers don’t hold up well
When it comes to towing, a travel trailer has fewer safety features than its 5th wheel older brother. Sure, you can buy sway control, an equalizer hitch, or upgraded trailer brakes. Regardless – it will never be a safe as a 5th wheel.
The fact is, if exterior storage is crucial to you (bikes, kayaks, outdoor gear), you’re better off buying a 5th wheel or Class A RV. 5th wheels have raised interior rooms. This design feature provides ample, long & tall) exterior storage.
The lack of build quality leads to easy degradation. Leaks seem to have more quickly in these units. It’s harder to keep rodents out.