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A travel trailer or caravan is a trailer towed behind a road vehicle (or even a horse) to provide a place to sleep which is more comfortable, sheltered and protected than a tent (although there are fold-down tent trailers [1]) . It provides the means for people to have their own home on a journey or a vacation (holiday), without relying on a hotel, and enables them to stay in places where none are available. Image File history File links Gnome-globe. ... Utility trailer A Trailer is generally an unpowered vehicle pulled by a powered vehicle. ... The Trikke is a Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) This article is about the means of transport. ... Binomial name Equus caballus Linnaeus, 1758 The horse (Equus caballus, sometimes seen as a subspecies of the Wild Horse, Equus ferus caballus) is a large odd-toed ungulate mammal, one of ten modern species of the genus Equus. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Home (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Vacation (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Hotel (disambiguation). ...


Travel trailers and caravans vary from small basic models which may be little more than a tent on wheels to those containing several rooms with all the furniture and furnishings and equipment of a home. They are used principally in North America and Europe and are rare elsewhere, so this article deals mainly with those continents. For the UK band, see Furniture (band). ... Furnishings (aka art objects, decorative arts, knick-knacks, bric-a-brac) are the objects, other than furniture, that occupy an interior space. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...


Note that for safety reasons in North America and Europe it is generally illegal for people to ride in a travel trailer or caravan while it is being towed on a public road. Warning signs, such as this one, can improve safety awareness. ... Illegal, or unlawful, is either prohibitted or not authorized by law. ... Towing is the process of pulling or drawing behind a chain or line. ...

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Caravans (Europe)

Caravan
Caravan

In Europe, the origins of caravans and caravanning can be traced back to travelling Gypsies and showmen who spent most of their lives in horse drawn caravans. The world's first leisure caravan was built by the Bristol Carriage Company in 1880 for Dr. W. Gordon-Stables. It was an 18 ft design, based upon their Bible Wagons, which the Doctor named "Wanderer". Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (813x635, 182 KB) Travel trailer / Caravan Photo from nl:Afbeelding:Caravan. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (813x635, 182 KB) Travel trailer / Caravan Photo from nl:Afbeelding:Caravan. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... The Rroma people (pronounced rahma, singular Rrom) along with the closely related Sinti people are commonly known as Gypsies. ... Showman or Travelling Showmen are people who organise and run fairgrounds. ... This article is about the use and history of doctor as a title. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... All Saints Chapel in the Cathedral Basilica of St. ...


Modern European caravans come in a range of sizes, from tiny two-berth caravans with no toilet and only basic kitchen facilities, to large, twin-axle, six-berth caravans.


In the UK, 2003 saw a huge increase in the popularity of caravans and caravanning. This was due to several factors, including excellent summer weather, fear of travelling abroad due to worries over terrorism and large increases in house prices, which provided people with the ability to raise capital by re-mortgaging their homes. Terrorist redirects here. ... Not to be confused with capitol. ... This article is about the legal mechanism used to secure property in favor of a creditor. ...


The only companies that are producing fifth wheel caravans to European road standards are Calder Leisure based in Central Scotland UK with their Kountry Lite range, and the Fifth Wheel Company based in North Wales UK. They have become renowned within the industry for their luxury, stability and maneuverability. By being using fifth wheel coupling, the units become almost impossible to steal and are therefore receive favourable insurance terms.

Fifth Wheel Caravan and Double Cab Pick Up Truck


The National Caravan Council now estimate that the Caravanning industry which includes Motorhomes, Touring (caravans designed to be hitched to a car and towed to a site) and Static Caravans and Mobile Homes (caravans designed to be transported to a permanent site, where they are anchored to the ground) is now worth over £1bn (€1.5bn/US$1.7bn) to the UK economy alone. The growth in popularity of caravanning has also been enhanced by the improvements in quality and facilities making caravan holidays possible at any time of the year not just summer months. Many of these improvements were suggested and driven by camping guru, Alan Rogers Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 518 pixelsFull resolution (1401 × 907 pixel, file size: 607 KB, MIME type: image/gif) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 518 pixelsFull resolution (1401 × 907 pixel, file size: 607 KB, MIME type: image/gif) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... Alan Rogers was one of the major personalities whose work created the camping, caravanning and motor caravan industry. ...


In the UK, The Association of Chief Police Officers estimates that some 4,000 touring caravans are stolen each year, nearly a quarter of all new caravans sold annually. As a result many caravan insurers request additional security features to be purchased, as a general rule at least one wheel lock and one hitch lock. The cost of insurance from specialist caravan insurers remains relatively low especially compared with other vehicle insurance premiums. The CRIS registration service has also helped track theft. The system operates much the same as the Vehicle Registration Service by the DVLA, but is currently voluntary and subject to a fee.


Caravans are used by people in all walks of life, although common traits are the love of outdoor life and a willingness to help other caravanners. Some make use of their caravans only during their annual holidays (vacations), whilst others take regular breaks at the thousands of caravan and camping sites around the world.


Jeremy Clarkson, host of popular BBC motoring programme Top Gear, has publicly expressed deep loathing for caravans and has destroyed over a dozen of them on the show. This culminated in the team going on a 'caravan holiday' with a Kia Cerato in 2006; during which they crashed and set fire to their Elddis Shamal XL caravan, apparently by accident. A caravan is also blown up (by various means) in most episodes of Brainiac: Science Abuse (this is usually supported by Host/Presenter Richard Hammond, also a co-host of Top Gear). This dislike generally arises because touring caravans travel slower than and so hold up other traffic; a common sight on UK holiday routes is a single caravan followed by a long queue of cars. Caravans are particularly resented, more than other slow vehicles, because unlike tractors or lorries -- with which they share legal limitations on speed compared to cars -- they are perceived as lacking any necessary economic purpose. This attitude in car drivers can lead to potentially dangerous attempts to overtake a caravan in an unsuitable part of the road, or in the face of oncoming traffic. A modern well maintained towcar (with the correct ratio of weight of caravan to weight of towcar) will have little problem with keeping up with the flow of traffic. Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster and writer who specialises in motoring. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... The current format of Top Gear is a BAFTA[1] and Emmy Award-winning BBC television series about motor vehicles, mainly cars. ... The Kia Cerato also known as the Kia Spectra is a small car made by the South Korean company Kia Motors. ... One of the largest hauliage companies in britain, based in Consett. ... Brainiac: Science Abuse is a television programme showing in the UK on Sky One (and repeated on Sky Mix). ... Richard Mark Hammond (born December 19, 1969 in Birmingham), nicknamed Hamster, is an English television and radio presenter best known for co-presenting the television programme Top Gear along with James May and Jeremy Clarkson from 2002 onwards, and co-hosting the live annual motoring show, MPH, in Earls Court... The current format of Top Gear is a BAFTA[1] and Emmy Award-winning BBC television series about motor vehicles, mainly cars. ... Lorry Look up Lorry in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Can mean: A truck, in the sense of a commercial large goods vehicle. ...


Travel trailers (North America)

A teardrop trailer is so named for its resemblance to a teardrop.
A teardrop trailer is so named for its resemblance to a teardrop.

In the United States and Canada, caravans are called "travel trailers". Their history can be traced back to the early 1920s, when those who enjoyed their use were often referred to as Tin Can Tourists. As time progressed, trailers became more livable and earned a new name in the 1930s and 1940s which was the House Trailer.[1] In the 1950s and 1960s, the industry seemed to split, creating the two distinctly different entities that we see today, that of the recreational vehicle (RV) industry and mobile home industry. Today travel trailers are classified as a type of RV along with motorhomes, fifth wheel trailers, pop-up trailers, and truck campers. Teardrop trailer (Columbia River, Washington State) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Teardrop trailer (Columbia River, Washington State) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Teardrop may refer to tears, a liquid produced in the eyes for cleaning and lubricating, or: Tear tattoo, a tattoo in the sign of a teardrop used by various gang members Teardrop (basketball), a basketball move Teardrop (computing) is a remote denial-of-service attack (DoS) Teardrop (song), a song... The 1920s is a decade that is sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... “RV” redirects here. ... A modern double-wide manufactured home. ... Recreational Vehicle (RV) is a broad term used to describe a large enclosed piece of equipment with wheels designed to be moved from place to place for people to temporarily live in and be protected from the elements while away from their permanent domicile. ... “Lorry” redirects here. ... Camper can be one of several things: an automobile used for camping, see recreational vehicle. ...


Smaller travel trailers and pop-ups are still made with touring in mind. These generally are less than 18 ft (5.5 m) long and contain simple amenities. By design, they are lightweight and quick to set up or prepare for travel. Most weigh less than 3,000 lb (1,350 kg) and can be towed with a large car or small truck depending upon its towing capacity. Lightweight pop-up trailers weighing less than 700 lbs, such as the Combi-camper and Kamparoo can even be towed by small economy cars and small SUVs. Some exceptionally light travel trailers can be pulled by motorcycle. A vehicle specification setting the upper limit to the weight of a trailer it can tow. ...


Mid-range travel trailers are 18 – 25 ft (5.5 – 7.6 m) long can weigh 5,000 lb (2,250 kg) or more, and are generally towed with compact V-8 powered pickup trucks and SUVs. They have most of the amenities of the larger travel trailers, but sleep fewer people.

Airstream travel trailer
Airstream travel trailer

Larger travel trailers are made with the seasonal or full-time user in mind. These generally range from 25 – 40 ft (7.5 m – 12 m) long and contain all the comforts of a luxury condominium. Because they require a purpose built tow vehicle, highway tractor or large truck or SUV, these amenity-laden homes can reach 12,000 lb (5,500 kg) or more. While trailers may weigh in even above that, most long-box pickups have a maximum tow-weight of 15,500 lbs, and towing over 10,000 lbs. requires a 'class A' driver's license. Multiple televisions and air conditioners are common in units of this size. Slide-out rooms and screen porches add to livability. By law, travel trailers are limited to 400 ft2 (37 m²) of living area, and many models offer exactly that plus any optional slide-outs. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 313 KB) Airstream recreational vehicle. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 313 KB) Airstream recreational vehicle. ... 1966 Airstream Overlander International Airstream is a brand of recreational vehicle manufactured in Jackson Center, Ohio. ... This article or section may be confusing or unclear for some readers, and should be edited to rectify this. ... The well-being or quality of life of a population is an important concern in economics and political science. ...


With all of the disincentives inherent in municipal zoning bylaws and building codes to affordable, ecological (off-grid) and compact housing solutions, travel-trailers offer a legitimate and unique possibility for those considering an ecological full-time home or seasonal cottage. Travel-trailers are often acceptable (flood-plains, areas outside of urban growth limits, etc.) - where regular buildings may not tread. One of the great virtues of a trailer park, is its very light infrastructure, low ecological footprint, minimal land disturbance, abundant permeable surfaces (for stormwater drainage) and relative ease of site-restoration.


Some specialized brands of trailer, such as the Hi-lo trailer, have an upper half (slightly larger than the lower half) that can be folded down over the lower half to a total height of about five feet for reduced wind resistance during travel; these otherwise contain everything other travel trailers have (except for a full-height closet). Wind resistance is overall drag on a body due to its interaction with the atmosphere. ...


A recent innovation in the Travel Trailer typology is the "toy box" or "toy hauler." Half living area and half garage, these trailers allow 'toys' to be brought to the countryside. A folding rear ramp give access for motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, even racecars. A built-in generator provides power for A/C, TV, and microwave.


Another innovation is the hybrid travel trailer, combining the features of a pop-up trailer and a hard-sided trailer. In its camping configuration, one or more bunks fold down from the side with canvas tent covers. When in travel, the bunks fold up into the side of the trailer leaving four hard sides. Larger models allow the hybrid travel trailer to be used while "turtled", that is with the sides up. The primary advantage of a hybrid travel trailer is that it offers a greater space-to-weight ratio. A disadvantage is that the tent ends are not insulated and subject to heat loss and condensation build-up.


In the U.S., it is generally illegal for passengers to ride in a travel trailer, while in motion,[2][3][4][5][6] unlike horse-drawn trailers and coaches. Triple towing is not allowed in some states, such as California,[2] Alabama,[5] Florida,[6] or New York;[4] however, triple towing is permitted in Texas if the combined length does not exceed 65 feet (21 m).[3] For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami metropolitan area Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... “NY” redirects here. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... For other uses, see M (disambiguation). ...


Camper trailers (Australia)

In Australia, camper trailers are common along side the traditional caravan. Camper trailers differentiate themselves from similar products due to their ability to go off road, in to places such as the outback. They feature large water holding tanks, batteries for electricity and suspension to enable the trailer to go off road. They are gaining popularity throughout the country.


Amenities

A typical mid-range, modern travel trailer will contain the following features:

Travel trailers (especially American ones) may also contain the following: For other uses, see Gas (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Electricity (disambiguation). ... “Freezer” redirects here. ... A stove is a heat-producing device. ... Oven depicted in a painting by Millet An oven is an enclosed compartment for heating, baking or drying. ... It has been suggested that Gas grill parts be merged into this article or section. ... Symbols representing a single Cell (top) and Battery (bottom), used in circuit diagrams. ... For other uses, see Toilet (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Steam shower be merged into this article or section. ... A Yagi-Uda beam antenna Short Wave Curtain Antenna (Moosbrunn, Austria) A building rooftop supporting numerous dish and sectored mobile telecommunications antennas (Doncaster, Victoria, Australia) An antenna is a transducer designed to transmit or receive radio waves which are a class of electromagnetic waves. ... Sky Digital mini-dish Astros mini-dish. Special dish for up to 16 satellite positions (Ku-band) Satellite dish antenna for C-Band Satellite Dishes installed on an apartment complex A satellite dish is a type of parabolic antenna designed with the specific purpose of transmitting signals to and...

  • Air conditioning
  • External barbecue points
  • Tow hitch stabilizers
  • Separate wastewater tanks for "gray water" (wash water) and "black water" (sewage)
  • CD players
  • Awning or screen room
  • Clothes washer and dryer
  • Microwave
  • Slide-out rooms (such as a 4 x 7 ft dinette or bedroom extension)

Note: in the broadest sense, air conditioning can refer to any form of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. ... A barbecue in a public park in Australia A barbecue on a trailer at a block party in Kansas City Pans on the top shelf hold hamburgers and hot dogs that were grilled earlier when the coals were hot. ... The various pieces of a tow hitch (also known as a tow bar) are as follows (as seen on cars and non-industrial trucks). ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s...

See also

A double decker is a bus, airplane, train, tram, ferry, or any public transit vehicle that has two levels for passengers, one deck above the other. ... Jackknifing means the accidental folding of an articulated vehicle (i. ... Caravan Parks are privately-owned locations which provide a stopping point - overnight or for weekly stays - for people traveling in a caravan, also known as a trailer or motorhome. ... A RV park (sometimes referred to as a Recreational Vehicle park or Caravan park) is the equivalent of a hotel for people with recreational vehicles. ... A vehicle specification setting the upper limit to the weight of a trailer it can tow. ...

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.gorving.ca/foldingcamping.asp
  2. ^ a b "California: RV Road Laws" (and for travel trailers and campers), Liz Curtis, RV Advice, 2005, RVadvice.com webpage: RVadvice-CA-RoadLaws.
  3. ^ a b "Texas: RV Road Laws" (and for travel trailers and campers), Liz Curtis, RV Advice, 2005, RVadvice.com webpage: RVadvice-TX-RoadLaws: passengers allowed only in camper (not travel trailer).
  4. ^ a b "New York: RV Road Laws" (and for travel trailers and campers), Liz Curtis, RV Advice, 2005, RVadvice.com webpage: RVadvice-NY-RoadLaws: passengers allowed only in camper (not travel trailer).
  5. ^ a b "Alabama: RV Road Laws" (and for travel trailers and campers), Liz Curtis, RV Advice, 2005, RVadvice.com webpage: RVadvice-AL-RoadLaws: passengers allowed only in camper (not travel trailer).
  6. ^ a b "Florida: RV Road Laws" (and for travel trailers and campers), Liz Curtis, RV Advice, 2005, RVadvice.com webpage: RVadvice-FL-RoadLaws: passengers allowed only in camper (not travel trailer).

Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... “NY” redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami metropolitan area Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ...

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