Tuesday, May 7, 2013

How travel trailers are made

How travel trailer is made ?
Ultra light, the Alto is entirely constructed from composite materials and aluminium.
The walls and roof are a sandwich construction of a honeycomb core laminated with an aluminium skin on one side and an Alufiber skin on the other. Alufiber combines the light weight properties of aluminium with the resistance of fiberglass. The Alto is built exclusively from materials that are water resistant such as aluminium, Alufiber, plastic, Formica and glass.
On the road: With its Flexiride independent suspension system and its very low centre of gravity the Alto is very stable. Its aluminium frame is constructed without any welding, and it supports stream-lined holding tanks designed to optimize the aerodynamics. Equipped standard with electric brakes, it can also be outfitted with an optional intelligent brake control system.
  • Aluminium frame and floor
  • Alufiber exterior and aluminium interior on the walls and roof
  • Aluminium roof without any joints
  • Cabinets made of aluminium and composite materials
  • Ultra light sandwich construction panels integrated in the bed cushions
  • Bed structure entirely constructed from aluminium extrusions
  • Powerful electric brakes standard
  • Optional intelligent brake controller can be installed inside the Alto
  • Electric folding rear cushion
  • Feather weight of 1 635lbs (741kg)
  • Towable by most compact cars or small SUVs
  • Electric retractable roof lowers aerodynamic drag and centre of gravity
  • Fits inside most garages with its height of 83" with the roof closed
  • Sides of the electric retractable roof are completely covered in tinted tempered glass
  • Aerodynamic shape developed in a virtual wind tunnel
  • Aerodynamic drag coeffcient is 75% lower than that of a traditional 16" travel trailer
  • Aerodynamic holding tanks built into the frame
  • Optional flexible solar panels available in either 68 or 136 watts
  • A very low centre of gravity ensures optimal stability

Sunday, April 28, 2013

US rv trailers

In the United States, the term is sometimes used interchangeably with travel trailer and mobile home, varieties of trailers and manufactured housing designed for human habitation. Their origins lay in utility trailers built in a similar fashion to horse-drawn wagons. A trailer park is an area where mobile homes are placed for habitation. In the United States trailers ranging in size from single-axle dollies to 6-axle, 13 ft 6 in (4,115 mm) high, 53 ft 0 in (16,154 mm) long semi-trailers are commonplace. The latter, when towed as part of a tractor-trailer or "18-wheeler", carries a large percentage of the freight that travels over land in North America.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Motorhomes and towable vehicles

Motorhomes

Let’s start with motorhomes. Motorhomes are further divided into classes.

Class A Motorhomes
Class A motorhomes are the largest. They are the RVs most people think of when you use the term RV. Although different than Class A motorhomes, Bus Conversions are also large (and can be luxurious) and they are the rigs most often associated with stars and athletes that travel over the road from city to city.


Class B Motorhomes
Class B motorhomes are the smallest and are built on a van chassis. Although there are full-timers in Class Bs, they are generally too small to live in for long periods of time.


Class C Motorhomes
Class C motorhomes are also built on a van chassis and are often referred to as mini-motorhomes although they can be as long as many of the Class As. They are distinguished by an extended section over the cab which usually contains an extra bed.

Travel Trailers (Towables)

Towables include true travel trailers, fifth wheels, pop-up campers, and all others that are towed. Though there are full-timers in all shapes and sizes of towable RVs, only travel trailers and fifth wheels are practical for long-term living for the majority of people.

Travel Trailers
Travel trailers are large trailers towed completely behind the tow vehicle. They are hitched to the back of the tow vehicle which can be anything that has enough power and torque to pull the trailer.

Fifth Wheels
Fifth wheels are trailers that have a gooseneck front section that extends over the bed of the pick-up truck (usually) tow vehicle. The hitch is located in the center of the truck bed, so fifth wheels can only be towed by pick-up or flat bed trucks.
NOTE: Many full-timers choose to pull their trailers with, large, semi-looking Medium Duty Trucks (MDTs) or Heavy Duty Trucks (HDTs). For very heavy trailers, MDTs & HDTs provide more saftey in going down long, steep inclines and in stopping emergencies, but the trade-off is having to use them for store runs and exploring.

Travel Trailers vs. Fifth Wheels
Between travel trailers and fifth wheels, travel trailers are generally less expensive. Fifth wheels tend to have more living space and are easier to tow.
With fifth wheels having much of their weight positioned over the tow vehicle, they are less susceptible to jack-knifing or fish-tailing. At least one source I have read stated that fifth wheels are the most popular among full-timers, but it seems to us to be about 50/50 between fifth wheels and motorhomes.


Motorhomes vs. Towables

Again, the type of RV you choose is largely personal preference. However, there are some basic differences that may help you decide.