What is a Caravan
Fifth Wheeler, 5th Wheeler or Travel Trailer
is a trailer towed behind a road vehicle
to provide a place to sleep which is more
comfortable and protected than a tent (although
there are fold-down tent trailers). 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 is available.
and Travel Trailers vary from 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.
North America and Europe it is generally
illegal for people to ride in a caravan or
travel trailer while it is being towed on
a public road.
Europe, the origins of trailer trailers and
caravanning can be traced back to traveling
Gypsies and showmen who spent most of their
lives in horse drawn trailers. The worlds
first leisure trailer 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.
travel trailers come in a range of sizes,
from tiny two-berth trailers with no toilet
and only basic kitchen facilities, to large,
twin-axle, six-berth types.
the UK ( Caravan )
growth in popularity of caravanning has been
enhanced by improvements in caravan quality
and caravan site 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 expert,
WohnwagenIn 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 (require
additional security features to be purchased,
as a general rule at least one wheel lock
and one hitch lock example. The cost of insurance
from specialist caravan insurance providers
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 voluntary and subject
to a fee.
people 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.
Australia ( Camper Trailer )
Australia, camper trailers are common alongside
the traditional caravan. Camper trailers
differentiate themselves from similar products
due to their ability to go off road. They
feature large water holding tanks, batteries
for electricity and off-road suspension.
have already sourced and placed a great variety
of helpful information that will hopefully
assist you with the planning of your future
Caravanning Holidays. Please see our Static / Touring Caravan Hire pages below:
the United States (USA) & Canada
history of travel trailers can be traced back
the early 1920s, when those who enjoyed their
were often referred to as Tin Can Tourists.
As time progressed, trailers became more
livable and earned a new name in the 1930s
which was the House Trailer. In the 1950s
and 1960s, the industry seemed to split,
creating the two types that we see today, that
recreational vehicle (RV) industry and mobile
home industry. Today travel trailers are
classified as a type of RV along with motorhomes,
wheel trailers, pop-up trailers, and truck
Fifth wheel caravan and double cab pickup truckA
'fifth-wheel' is a travel trailer supported
by a hitch in the center of the bed of a pickup
truck instead of a hitch at the back of a vehicle.
The special hitch used for fifth-wheels is
a smaller version of the one used on 18-wheeler
trucks and can be connected by simply driving
the tow vehicle under the trailer. Fifth wheel
trailers are popular with full-time recreational
vehicle enthusiasts, who often live in them
for several months in one place, using their
pickup truck tow vehicle for local errands.
A fifth wheel trailer tows more securely than
a traditional travel trailer. Because of the
greater room available on the roads in North
America, these vehicles are more popular in
the United States and Canada than in Europe
or other parts of the world.
of Fifth Wheels
main advantage of a fifth wheel caravan is
its towing ease and stability. In the
case of a standard caravan resting on a common
tow ball, there’s considerable distance
between the tow ball and the rear axle of
the tow vehicle. There’s close to 10%
of the caravan weight resting at the extreme
end of the tow vehicle and unfortunately
this may cause a levering effect by placing
more weight on the tow vehicle’s rear
wheels, whilst taking weight off the front
wheels. In some cases, devices such as stabilisers
and weight distribution bars may be needed
to provide more stability.
fifth wheel caravan however doesn’t need these
devices because the coupling and weight distribution
is already adequate. Around 20% of the weight
of the caravan is placed directly above or
slightly forward of the rear axle of the
tow vehicle, while the rest of the weight
is supported by the caravan itself. This
setup leads to better traction, handling
and stability. It also increases safety and
eliminates pitching and swaying.
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