What is a camper trailer?
A camper trailer is a trailer that is towed behind your car. The trailer contains a fold out tent along with shelter, room for storage, and living areas. Camper trailers provide greater comfort than the typical tent and allow you greater flexibility in your travels.
Why buy a camper trailer?
Camper trailers provide you with greater freedom; you only need to attach the trailer to your car and you are on your way.
They offer greater comforts than camping in a tent, with built-in bedding, kitchen, living space, and shelter that are easy to set up and pack away. Camper trailers can go off-road, allowing you greater flexibility in your holiday destinations.
Can my car tow a camper trailer?
Camper trailers are lightweight and easy for towing.However, the weight of the trailer will depend on the style, size and if any alterations or variations have been made.
4WD vehicles will have no issues towing any model of camper, including hard floor trailers which are built for off-road and are heavier than soft floor trailers. Sedans may have problems with towing the weight of camper trailers.
Before purchasing a camper trailer, it is important to look at your car’s service manual for towing weights and specifications.
If you’re not sure whether your car is caravan ready – we created a short guide available as a free download from our site.
What is the difference between on and off-road camper trailers?
The main difference between on and off-road camper trailers is their design. Off road camper trailers can go anywhere you like, they are heavier and have more features allowing them to travel and withstand any road or track.
What is the difference between soft and hard floor trailers?
Soft floor trailers are lighter, have more internal storage, and provide a larger living area. They do take longer to set up but are suited well for large groups or families.
Hard floor camper trailers are more like a pop-up caravan where the sides extend and a roof folds out. They are easy to set up and can handle all types of weather. They are heavier and have less storage. They are best suited to either couples or small families.
Is it better to buy a new or second-hand camper trailer?
There are obvious benefits of buying new; you have the reassurance that it will be in perfect condition. Dealers will tend to provide extended warranties.
Purchasing a second hand camper trailer can be beneficial, as they are typically a lot cheaper. Previous owners can make the necessary modifications, saving you time and money. Buying secondhand costs less money, which is beneficial if you are only going to be using your camper trailer a few times a year.
How long does a camper trailer take to set up?
While setup time can vary depending on the type of camper trailer, it takes around 5 minutes to set up your basic camper trailer. It will take another 10-15 minutes to set up the awnings and annex properly. Forward-folding camper trailers are known for their quick and easy setup.
If you are sick of spending time setting up and packing away, check out these quick camping setup tips.
Do you need a particular licence to tow a Camper Trailer?
No, a standard driver’s licence is sufficient.
Is it better to buy or rent a camper trailer?
This depends on how much money you are willing to spend and how often you will use your camper trailer.
If it is your first time using a camper trailer it is recommended to rent; this allows you to experience camping with the trailer and see if it suits your needs.
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