Motorhome Vs. Trailer?

Like many others who get the vintage RV bug, Fred and I have owned not one, but two different vintage motorhomes: a 1985 Airstream 345 and our current 1977 Argosy 20. Before purchasing our units, however, we had lengthy discussions over whether or not we should purchase a motorhome or a travel trailer. I thought that I would share with you the pros that we came up with for both. Keep in mind that there is no wrong or right answer to the question; it basically comes down to what your circumstances are at the time. Here is my list.

What do you think? Let me know your thoughts!


Pros for Travel Trailers Pros for Motorhomes
  • The entire space is livable (no space is used for the cockpit)
  • Low cost for maintenance due to the absence of an engine and drive train
  • Fewer tires which means less tire expense
  • Lower insurance costs
  • Ability to change your tow vehicle
  • Your whole home doesn’t need to go to the shop for mechanical maintenance
  • No¬†odometer to rack up high mileage
  • Generator creates entirely self contained living
  • When pulling over to rest or use the bathroom you do not need to brave the elements and leave your vehicle to walk to your living quarters
  • Ability to drive away quickly in an emergency (when boondocking)
  • Allows for travel without a toad or the ability to purchase an inexpensive toad
  • “Honey, can you make me a sandwich” – this may not be a pro to some!!
  • Generally has lots of extra storage
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