• [Roadmaster Logo]
  • [Northwood Logo]
  • [RVibrake]
  • [Pleasure Way Logo
  • [Leisure Travel Vans Logo]
  • [Progressive Insurance Logo]
  • [RVT.com Logo]
  • [Lance Camper Logo]
  • [Safe T-Plus Logo]
  • [Coach House Logo]
  • [EEZ RV Products Logo]
  • [Geico Logo]
  • [Heartland RV Logo]
  • [Hensley/McKesh Mirror Logo]
  • [Highland Ridge RV Logo]
  • [Roadtrek Logo]
  • [Newmar Logo]
  • [Hymer Logo]
  • [Thor Motor Coach Logo]
  • [Truma Corp Logo]
  • [Suntrust Logo]
  • [KZ Logo]
  • [ADCO Logo]
  • [Spartan Power Logo]
  • [Winegard Logo]
  • [Icon Direct Logo]
  • [Lippert Components Logo]
  • [AP Products Logo]
  • [Oliver Travel Trailers Logo]
  • [CalMark Logo]
  • [Torklift Logo]
  • [Camco Logo]
  • [Phoenix USA Logo]
  • [Equal-i-zer Logo]
  • [Starcraft RV Logo]
  • [Blue Ox Logo]

Folding Trailer

This is the model that’s often the first RV many people own. It’s seen as a practical step-up vehicle to make that jump from a tent to an RV. A fold-down is lightweight and towable by many smaller family vehicles, and it can be inexpensive to buy and fairly easy to store. Although it may seem complicated at first, once a family has a couple of practice setup-and-breakdown sessions, getting the trailer ready for use can be a fun, painless process.


Camping in a tent trailer is much like camping in a tent in that the fabric sidewalls provide minimal sound or temperature insulation; however, they also let you enjoy the ambiance of the outdoors. You sleep on a mattress, are surrounded by bug screens, and have a modest amount of protection from nosy wildlife. A furnace and/or air conditioner are often available for a fold-down to minimize the effect of the sketchy insulation.


Lower-cost fold-downs are short on amenities, such as a refrigerator, demand water system or built-in toilet, but they’d usually include storage for a portable toilet and a hand-pump faucet at the sink. Higher-end models are fully equipped and may even include fold-down interior hard walls to isolate the shower/bathroom area, for example.