Travel trailers are the most popular type of RV. They come in a huge range of sizes with many different features – and generally cost less than other types of RVs.
There are a lot of travel trailer options and it can be overwhelming trying to choose your trailer. Here at Bish’s RV, customers looking to narrow their search often ask us: What are the best-selling travel trailers?
As RV experts, we love to answer your RV questions! So here are the 10 most popular travel trailers in the last year (as of March 2023). With this information you can decide if one of these campers is right for you or something different would be better for your future adventures!
What is a Travel Trailer?
A travel trailer is a towable recreational vehicle (RV) that you can hitch to a car or truck and take with you on road trips, vacations, or even use as a temporary or permanent home.
In the early 1900s, adventure seekers called “tin can tourists” created their own travel trailers by building tents or small structures to the backs of their vehicles.
Travel trailers became more popular in the 1930s when the first mass produced travel trailers became available. Many even used their small travel trailers as housing to get them through difficult times during The Great Depression.
Travel trailers have come a long way in the last hundred years. Now you’ll often find a bathroom, full indoor and/or outdoor kitchens, slide outs for extra room, bunk beds, etc.
The innards of a travel trailer have changed and the technology used to build them has improved, but travel trailers continue to give adventurers an affordable way to get out and enjoy nature with their loved ones.
Top-Selling 2023 Travel Trailers
According to data from Statistical Survey, these are the 10 most registered travel trailer brands in the USA over the last 12 months.
Cherokee Specs at a Glance:
|$14,500 – $84,000|
|19′ – 40′|
|2,884 lbs – 7,200 lbs.|
Jay Flight Specs at a Glance
|Travel Trailer:||$15,785 – $68,200|
|Bungalow:||$60,000 – $108,000|
|18′ – 41’5″|
|2,810 lbs. – 12,075 lbs.|
Read about the quality of Jayco RVs
Find out more about what a Jay Flight travel trailer costs and why
Coleman Specs at a Glance:
|$21,000 – $38,000|
|13’5″ – 37’11”|
|1,682 lbs. – 8,548 lbs.|
Imagine Travel Trailers Specs at a Glance:
|$23,900 – $75,000|
|19’11” – 36’11”|
|3,560 lbs – 8,394 lbs.|
Read about the quality of Grand Design travel trailers
Salem Specs at a Glance:
|$13,600 – $100,000|
|20’1” – 45’|
|2,899 lbs. – 13,144 lbs.|
Wildwood Travel Trailer Specs at a Glance:
|$12,200 – $96,200|
|20’1” – 45’|
|2,899 lbs. – 13,144 lbs.|
Rockwood travel trailers include Rockwood Extreme Sports Package, Rockwood Geo Pro, Rockwood Hard Side Pop-Up, Rockwood Mini Lite, Rockwood Roo, Rockwood Signature Travel Trailers, Rockwood Tent, Rockwood Ultra Lite Travel Trailers.
Rockwood Travel Trailer Specs at a Glance
|$21,000 – $92,000|
|11’9″ – 36’8″|
|1,465 lbs. – 9,669 lbs.|
Springdale Travel Trailer Specs at a Glance:
|$18,500 – $63,000|
|21’5″ – 38’11”|
|3,396 lbs. – 8,994 lbs.|
Hideout Travel Trailer Specs at a Glance
|$15,400 – $78,000|
|21’5″ – 39’11”|
|3,351 lbs. – 9,246 lbs.|
10- Grand Design Transcend
The 2023 Transcend Xplor has 15 floor plan options.
Transcend Xplor Specs at a Glance:
|$33,075 – $44,048|
|24’11” – 36’11”|
|4,915 lbs. – 7,980 lbs.|
Read about the quality of Grand Design RVs
What Should I Look for When I Buy a Travel Trailer
How much space do you need? If you’re traveling with a family, you’ll need a larger trailer than if you’re traveling solo.
What’s important to you? Some trailers have full kitchens and bathrooms, while others are mostly a bed on wheels with access to a sink and outdoor kitchen.
Travel trailers can range from $12,000 thousand dollars to $100,000. You’ll want to set your budget before you begin looking so you can decide which features are important to you and worth paying for. Learn more here about what a travel trailer costs and why.
Some trailers have features like slide-outs, which increase the amount of living space. Others have features like bunk beds, which can make them more family friendly.
Travel trailers can be made of different materials. There are conventional (or “stick and tin”) and fiberglass options. Learn more about the different types of RV construction to decide which is best for you.
Travel trailers have a weight limit, so you’ll need to make sure your vehicle can tow it. This video on safe towing from Josh the RV Nerd can help you understand towing.
Tips to Find the Right Travel Trailer for You!
Read and Watch Reviews
Talk to other RVers and read or watch online reviews to help you find your travel trailer. This can help you get an idea of what other people think of different trailers and RV dealers.
Josh the RV Nerd, as you’ve seen here, is known for his honest RV video reviews. With thousands of RV reviews, he can help you narrow down your search.
Learn About Model Names
There are many different models within RV brands. This handy guide can help you understand the different model names so you can understand what’s available and find what you’re looking for faster.
Find Your RV Dealer
Take your time and shop around to get a feel for what’s available and what’s the best fit for you. No dealership is perfect for every RVer. Call and visit different RV dealerships to see which has the best options for you.
Learn About Dealer Pricing and Protect Yourself from Surprise Fees
Dealers have different pricing strategies. You can learn more about why dealers have different prices on the same RVs to help you decide what type of dealership is best for you.
Some dealerships price their RVs very low and then tack on extra fees at closing time – sometimes thousands of dollars more. Learn how to avoid hidden RV dealer fees so you don’t get trapped paying more than you budgeted.
Understand Salesperson Commission
You may also want to ask how the sales commission is paid. Commission based on how much you pay for your RV can influence a salesperson to push you into a trailer that is more expensive than what you want to pay or can really afford.
Some dealers pay commission based on how many RVs a salesperson sells. This can free the salesperson to find the best RV for you without worrying what they’ll make.
Next Steps for Choosing the Best Travel Trailer For You
Now that you know the top 10 travel trailer brands from the last 12 months, you can decide if one of them is right for you.
We’ve been selling RVs for more than 30 years at Bish’s RV. We provide information like this to educate RVers because we love RVing and love to see you find your perfect RV – even if it’s not always from us! If we do have what you’re looking for, we’d love to work with you to get you on the road, making memories in your new camper.
If you’re interested in an RV you’ve seen here or have more questions – reach out anytime! Our RV outfitters are experts at matching you with your perfect RV, so if none of the RVs you’ve seen here feel right, we’ll help you find a better match!
Not sure a travel trailer is right for you? Read the differences between a travel trailer and a fifth wheel to learn if a fifth wheel is better for you.
You can also read what a new RV costs in 2023 to see if another type of RV would be better for you and your budget.
Bish’s RV Content Writer & Editor
Thinks nature is great. Thinks it’s greater with a comfortable bed and working bathroom.