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16 Best Travel Trailers of 2023: Ultimate Buying Guide

Travel trailers offer an incredible way to hit the road and chase adventure. The best travel trailers provide plenty of sleeping space, amenities like kitchen space, and an all-important bathroom. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a full-time traveler, buying the right travel trailer is essential to make the trip as easy as possible.

We’ve compiled a list of 16 great new and used travel trailers to fit various needs, from single campers and couples to whole family options that offer plenty of features and space.

Travel Trailers for Sale at Camping World

Below, you’ll find our picks for the best travel trailers on the market. If you’re thinking about buying a camper to take on outdoor adventures, consider the options below.

Coleman Lantern

The Coleman Company has produced outdoor gear since 1900. Introducing its first camper in 1966, Coleman has been an industry leader with plenty of top travel trailers.

Coleman Lantern LT 17B

Floor plan for Coleman Lantern 17B travel trailer

The Coleman Lantern LT 17B is a 21.5-foot-long travel trailer that sleeps five and weighs just over 3,000 pounds dry. This small package camper offers a queen bed, two bunk beds, and a dinette. The two-burner stove and microwave make for simple cooking, and the fireplace and air conditioner allow you to camp comfortably.

Coleman Lantern 285BH

Floor plan for the Coleman Lantern 285BH travel trailer

For those who need a little more space, the Coleman Lantern 285BH offers just under 33 feet of travel trailer and sleeps up to eight campers. In addition to the queen bed and double bunks, a reclining sofa and booth dinette give your family the convenience of camping without sacrificing living space. Pass-through storage and plenty of cabinet space ensure you won’t forget the necessities, either. 

Heartland Mallard

Heartland’s Mallard concept allows you to camp in style and comfort with various unique floor plans to fit your needs. These popular travel trailers are ultra-light and feature an open concept to marry convenience with function.

Heartland Mallard M335

Floor plan for the Heartland Mallard M335 travel trailer

For those seeking an open, airy floorplan for their travel trailer, the Heartland Mallard M335 provides a comfortable option. The Mallard M335 comfortably sleeps three people, thanks to three slide-outs and a king-size bed. 

The rear living area allows you to entertain a group of friends or family in style. Its kitchen features a large microwave, an eight cubic-foot refrigerator, and a kitchen island with plenty of counterspace and a full-size sink.

Heartland Mallard IDM185

Floor plan for the Heartland Mallard IDM185 travel trailer

Need something a little smaller but with extra sleeping space?

The Heartland Mallard IDM185 offers two single bunks, a queen bed, and a dinette that can fold down for extra sleeping space. Even a small bathtub in the bathroom helps the kiddos stay clean after a long day of outdoor fun.

Forest River Ozark

The Ozark line of travel trailers from Forest River is lightweight and easy to tow, but they don’t sacrifice amenities. Our two picks from this brand pack plenty of features and show why they’re some of the nicest travel trailers you can buy.

Forest River Ozark 1530VBK

Floor plan for the Forest River Ozark 1530VBK travel trailer

The Forest River Ozark 1530VBK is an excellent fit for smaller families who don’t mind getting cozy. This 18-foot-long trailer weighs just under 3,000 pounds, but don’t let its short length deceive you. 

Two flip-down bunks and a queen bed give you the sleeping space you need, while the kitchen countertop and two-burner stove make cooking for your campsite convenient. A relatively roomy bathroom—complete with a 36 in. x 24 in. shower—rounds out the benefits of this top travel trailer.

Forest River Ozark 2800THKX

Floor plan for the Forest River Ozark 2800THKX travel trailer

For those who need a travel trailer with toy-hauling capabilities, the Forest River Ozark 2800THKX is a 33-foot, 7-inch long camper that combines many of the best features of travel trailers with excellent storage for your ATV or bike. This family-friendly toy hauler sleeps six. 

Other features include a full bathroom with linen space, plenty of kitchen counterspace, washer and dryer prep, and a stove with an oven. This model is excellent for families or friends who want to take their toys – and the comforts of home – on the road. 

Heartland Pioneer

Heartland builds many of the top travel trailers, including their Pioneer model. The Pioneer starts at 22’5-3/4” and 3,690 pounds. It provides many unexpected amenities, such as an eight-cubic-foot gas/electric refrigerator. Some floorplans even include fireplaces.

Heartland Pioneer RL250

Floor plan for the Heartland Pioneer RL250 travel trailer

Heartland’s Pioneer RL250 is a rear-living model with a dry weight of 6,134 pounds. This 30.5-foot-long travel trailer sleeps five. Thanks to a slide-out with a sofa and dinette, you can provide plenty of entertaining space for you and your guests. The angled kitchen and double sink make cooking and cleaning easy and convenient. 

Heartland Pioneer RD210

Floor plan for the Heartland Pioneer RD210 travel trailer

The Heartland Pioneer RD210 is a more compact model from Heartland that doesn’t sacrifice comfort. This camper sleeps four thanks to a queen bed in the front and a folding dinette and sofa in the rear. 

While it doesn’t have a slide-out, there’s still plenty of seating. Campers can also use the three-burner stove, oven, and double sinks.

East to West

East to West makes two different models that made our list of best travel trailers. These campers feature standard features like king-size beds, enclosed underbelly, and plenty of storage.

East to West Silver Lake 27KNS

Floor plan for the East to West Silver Lake 27KNS travel trailer

The Silver Lake 27KNS is a spacious travel trailer that sleeps up to eight people. It’s equipped with modern amenities, including shaker-style cabinets, a booth dinette, oven and stove, microwave, double bunk beds, and a bathroom with plenty of residential-sized shower space. 

East to West Della Terra 29KS2

Floor plan for the Della Terra 29KS2 travel trailer

The East to West Della Terra 29KS2 is 32 feet long and comfortably sleeps four people. It has two slide-outs and an island kitchen with ample counterspace for your cooking and entertaining needs. The Della Terra also provides excellent storage space, with plenty of cabinets.

Explore all East to West Della Terra RVs. 

Coleman Rubicon

Coleman’s Rubicon line of lightweight travel trailers offers flexible floorplans you can tow with most vehicles, making them some of the most recommended travel trailers available.

Coleman Rubicon 1200RK

Floor plan for the Coleman Rubicon 1200RK travel trailer

The Coleman Rubicon 1200RK is relatively affordable, making it great for couples new to RVing who want to take a travel trailer on their journeys. It’s 13’5” long and weighs just over 1,600 pounds. This means you won’t have to invest in a full-size super-duty truck to tow it where you want to go. 

Other convenient features include a fireplace, outdoor camp kitchen, side mount A/C unit, and the ability to park inside a garage.

Coleman Rubicon 1628BH

Floor plan for the Coleman Rubicon 1628BH travel trailer

For those needing more space and features than the Rubicon 1200RK, the Rubicon 1628BH might be for you. This travel trailer sleeps up to five people and comes equipped with a queen bed, a set of bunks, a kitchenette, and a booth dinette. 

Dutchmen Atlas

The Atlas travel trailer from Dutchmen is another well-loved model that can sleep up to eight people, depending on the floor plan. Most Atlas models have slide-outs that expand the space and allow you to entertain with many of the comforts of home.

Dutchmen Atlas 2922BH

Floor plan for the Dutchmen Atlas 2922BH travel trailer

The Dutchmen Atlas 2922BH is a 33’10” trailer that weighs just over 7,000 pounds. This model comfortably sleeps eight, thanks partly to its slide-out sofa sleeper.

In addition, the 2922BH provides two double beds in the bunk room and a queen bed up front. An L-shaped kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, stove, and double sink makes cooking and prep a breeze. The bathroom is relatively roomy for a camper and even offers a mirror medicine cabinet.

Explore all Dutchmen Atlas RV models.

Dutchmen Atlas 3202BH

Floor plan for the Dutchmen Atlast 3202BH travel trailer

At 36’10”, the Dutchmen Atlas 3202BH is another bunkhouse-style model that comfortably sleeps up to 12, making it one of the biggest travel trailers on our list. A double slide-out with home theater seating and a u-shaped dinette gives you plenty of space to entertain, whether cooking meals or catching a movie after a long day outdoors.

Dutchmen Atlas 2202RB

Floor plan for the Dutchmen Atlas 2202RB travel trailer

For those who want a 26’10” option, the Dutchmen Atlas 2202RB comfortably sleeps three people. The 2021 model features a single slide-out that accommodates the sofa with a chaise lounge and refrigerator. 

In addition, a three-burner stove, oven, and microwave give you plenty of cooking options. One of the best features of this Atlas floor plan is the bathroom, with a residential shower and plenty of space to move around.

Starcraft Superlite

The Starcraft Superlite features fiberglass walls to lighten the trailer but keep it going strong for years. Other standard features include low-maintenance roofs, dual liquid propane tanks, and residential vinyl flooring that is easy to clean.

Starcraft Autumn Ridge 26BH

Floor plan for the Starcraft Autumn Ridge 26BH travel trailer

The Starcraft Autumn Ridge 26BH is 29’6” long and weighs 4,640 pounds. It comfortably sleeps eight people and offers a surprisingly roomy camping experience for its size. 

This model offers privacy with two separate sleeping compartments: a queen-sized bed up front and double bunks in the back. The bathroom with tub/shower makes this a perfect unit for those with kids who may need a soak after a long day of hiking outdoors. 

Shop the Best New and Used Travel Trailers

Finding the perfect vehicle for outdoor excursions has never been easier. Simply visit one of Camping World’s RV dealerships where our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help answer any questions and help you find the perfect travel trailers to meet your needs. Visit us today or use the list above as a guide to get started.

Different types of travel trailers make sense for varying needs. For some people, a tiny teardrop camper makes for comfortable camping. Others might require a full-size model with many of the same comforts of home.

Homes on Wheels

Couple cooking at kitchen island in travel trailer
Photo by Camping World

When people picture the absolute nicest travel trailers, they probably imagine the “homes on wheels” concept. These fully equipped models come with bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, and — in some cases — home theaters and fireplaces. While these travel trailers can put you in the lap of luxury, they’re often the most expensive options.


Teardrop travel trailer parked at a campsite in the woods with awning and trunk open

Teardrop campers get their name from their distinctive shape. These small, lightweight travel trailers usually have enough space for two people to sleep and a few basic amenities like a small kitchenette, storage space, and maybe even a toilet or shower.

Teardrop campers are popular because of their size, ease of towing, and affordability. They’re great for people who want to camp in remote locations or places where traditional RVs might not fit or be allowed.

Toy Haulers

Toy hauler travel trailer with couple and dog walking
Photo by Camping World

Toy hauler campers are travel trailers that carry recreational “toys” like ATVs, bicycles, and motorcycles. The rear part of the trailer resembles a garage area with a ramp for loading and unloading. Toy haulers, including those that mid-size SUVs can tow, can come in different sizes. Some are fifth wheel models with multiple slide-outs and other amenities, including sleeping areas, kitchenettes, and bathrooms.

The combined living space and garage functions make toy haulers great for outdoor enthusiasts who want to travel to participate in activities like off-roading or motocross. Toy haulers are often heavier than other travel trailers due to the added weight of the garage. Make sure your vehicle can safely tow the trailer and your equipment.


A pop-up travel trailer parked at a grassy campsite with its slide-outs extended

Pop-up campers are travel trailers that are lightweight and easy to tow. They usually feature collapsible walls and roofs that can be raised to provide headroom and living space. A collapsed pop-up camper is much smaller than a traditional travel trailer. This makes them easier to tow and store than other types of popular travel trailers.

Pop-up campers are an excellent fit for budget-conscious campers who want convenience without the expense or weight of larger models. They’re a perfect fit for off-road adventures, too. If there’s a downside, it’s that they don’t provide much insulation or protection from the elements compared to other models.

Pros and Cons of Travel Trailers

Like any camping equipment, owning a travel trailer has pros and cons. Before you buy one of the popular travel trailers on our list, consider the following:

Pros of Travel Trailer Ownership

  • Lots of space: Travel trailers can offer lots of living space. This makes them an excellent choice for families or friend groups who want to travel together.
  • Great amenities: The best travel trailers typically have features like full-size beds, kitchenettes with sinks and stove top burners, microwaves, refrigerators, A/C and heating systems, and slide-outs that can expand the living area.
  • Flexibility for traveling: Unlike motorhomes, you can unhitch your travel trailer from the tow vehicle once you reach your destination. This lets you explore the surrounding area without taking the whole camp along for the ride.
  • Affordability: Compared to drivable motorhomes, travel trailers tend to be more affordable in both purchase price and maintenance costs.

Cons of Travel Trailer Ownership

  • Towing challenges: A travel trailer requires the right tow vehicle with enough power to pull the weight. Inexperienced drivers may find maneuvering on the road or backing up into tight spaces challenging. For more information on determining if your vehicle will work, check out our tow guide.
  • Storage space: Larger travel trailers require a lot of space. In most cases, HOA or municipal regulations prohibit storing them on your property. That means finding and paying for a permanent storage location.
  • Maintenance costs: Travel trailer maintenance costs can add up quickly, like any vehicle or home on wheels.

Frequently Asked Questions About Travel Trailers

Before we wrap up, let’s address some common questions about travel trailers:

What is the most reliable brand of travel trailers?

While all the travel trailers on our list are great options, reading reviews and talking to people who know the products well is important. Jayco, Thor, Coleman, and Winnebago have spent decades building their reputation for quality travel trailers.

Is it worth it to own a travel trailer?

Whether or not you view the travel trailer as a good investment depends on your unique situation. Every family is different. If you want to explore the great outdoors regularly but not at the expense of home comforts, a travel trailer can offer the right balance of amenities and flexibility.

Travel trailers do require maintenance and a suitable vehicle to tow them around. If you don’t like the idea of dealing with a trailer, other RV options—including Class C RVs and camper vans—may be a better fit.

What is the average lifespan of a travel trailer?

Travel trailer lifespans depend on many factors, mainly usage, maintenance, and storage conditions. You can enjoy your travel trailer anywhere from 10 to 20 years with proper care and maintenance. If you don’t maintain it or frequently expose it to harsh weather or neglect, it can severely limit your use time.

How much should I spend on a travel trailer?

How much you spend on a travel trailer depends on what you think is essential. You can find used, lower-end models for under $10,000. Larger travel trailers with luxury amenities can cost upwards of $100,000. Consider your budget and what features are essential, and don’t forget to factor in storage fees.

If you’re curious about the affordability of a travel trailer or payment plans, ask about RV financing.

What questions do you have about some of the best travel trailers? Let us know in the comments below.

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Published Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2023 08:00:00 +0000