Buyers Guide for Camper Trailers

Important questions you need to ask.

For starters, whether you are looking at the tent or the trailer ask yourself
these 14 questions:

1. How is it constructed? Is it light weight aluminium? Is it welded the whole
way or gap sealed? Is it galvanized?

2. Is it solid and does it appear to be strong?

3. What material is used (both in the canvas & the trailer)?

4. What is the overall tent size? (Can you get it either bigger or smaller?)

5. What features are included in the price?

6. Is it rigid axle or independent suspension?

7. Does the trailer have brakes? (Do I need brakes?)

8. How comfortable is the bed and can I get to it easily?

9. How long does it take to erect?

10. Can I tow it with my vehicle?

11. Is it MANUFACTURED in Australia. Not Assembled from imported parts?

12. Are other options available for later purchase?

13. Are the window flaps on the outside, inside or both?

14. Is there plenty of ventilation?


Australian MADE, Not Australian ASSEMBLED!

How To Get The Absolute Best Camper For Your Money

What Exactly Do You Need?
When considering the purchase of a camper trailer, you should make yourself a list of the things
you hope to achieve, both tangible and not.

• What features do you want in a tent and trailer? Do you need all the creature comforts?
• Where are you likely to travel with your new camper trailer? Light off-road, Heavy off road or
mainly beach work.
• What on-board facilities would you like? Lighting, fridge hotwater system etc.
• Will you be using standard car, or a four wheel drive?
• How many people do you need to accommodate?
• Do you want on-board water, cooking, storage, or something for a special need?

Where Are You Headed?
For some people it’s the off-road trip of a lifetime across the interior of this great
continent. For others, it’s a weekend at the beach or their favourite national park.
Also allocate an initial budget for the purchase.

We would supply a different camper for different camping situations. If you do a trip
every year and go to one place and stay there for 4 weeks, we would set up the camper
completely different to someone who goes for 4 week but stays a max of 2 or 3 nights
in each place. We will tailor the camper to suit YOU.

Look At Your Options!
Now it’s time to look closely at the various products on offer and consider any, or all, of the
following points.

When making comparisons always try to ensure that you are comparing ‘apples with apples’.
It does get confusing when you look at campers and see the variations offered.
Try and match up, as closely as possible, the important elements of each camper trailer so
you can compare like to like – and see which one offers the best value.
Often an imported camper can look the same as the Australian made counterpart but are the
important bits built to a standard rating? Springs? Bearings? Axles? How would you Know?

The most important aspect to building a Camper Trailer to cope with the corrugations of
Australia's outback and the rugged environmental conditions is to use the best materials - cheap
overseas materials are not the answer, and are in fact the main cause of the problems that are
commonly reported on internet blogs and industry magazines, and not to mention, the
unfortunate and multiple consumer claims with Dept of Fair Trading. Australians are renowned
worldwide for manufacturing extremely durable products, and Camper Trailers are no exception

Cost of ownership
Cost can be a big factor as well and needs to be looked at practically. Say you purchased a
camper for $40,000. If it was used for 6 weekend trips and 2 fortnight trips in one year.
That is 40 nights. If staying at a cabin site in a van park at $120/night, that’s $4800. If you
only kept the trailer for 5 years and sold it for $30,000 you saved $24,000 in
accommodation and lost $10,000 on the camper. Still a saving of $14,000 in that time.
If you stay at powered sites in parks at $50/night it would be $10,000 for the period, still
saving $4,000