5 Things to consider when buying a camper trailer16 November 2018
If your family loves to camp, go visiting during the holidays, or simply take off on an open-ended vacation from time to time, a camper trailer can be the perfect accessory, super-tent, and portable lodging for any extended outing. Ranging from a cozy little box to sleep in to nearly campervan-sized portable homes, there are a lot of choices to make when choosing a camper trailer. While your budget and towing vehicle will ultimately determine the size and features of your camper, when choosing a specific model from your selection of favourites, it’s important to consider a few things about each option before deciding to close a deal.
1) How Will the Weight Affect Your Fuel Efficiency?
The size and weight of your camper matter a great deal, and they’re not always directly related. Depending on the materials used to make it, even a little camper might weight more than is reasonable for your towing vehicle so you’ll want to compare each camper by weight as well as quality, price, and amenities. Of course, towing power isn’t the only issue. The harder your vehicle has to work to haul the camper, the more fuel you’ll use, which can increase the price of every trip you take. Make sure to double-check the potential fuel effect of any camper you’re seriously considering.
2) How Well Will the Camper Age?
Campers can look beautiful and welcoming brand new or in their first few years but you’re also making a long-term investment. While you can’t predict all the little bumps and scrapes on the road, you can see how your camper will age by looking at examples of older units of the same manufacturer and model. Don’t get sucked into what seems like a discount only to find yourself constantly repairing your camper or dealing with fast-deteriorating materials. Make sure you get a new unit in a line that has already proven to last for decades.
3) How Many People Will be Camping With You?
Your options for camper size and amenities are vast, from a glorified tent to a home away from home complete with bathroom and outlets. What you choose will be determined by how you want to camp and how much room you need. If you want to camp with your family, consider how many people will be sleeping in the camper and how much floor/mattress space will need to be dedicated to this. While there are campers with both amenities and clever fold-put bedding spaces, this consideration should be made before, not after, the purchase.
4) What are the Perks?
Every camper comes with a selection of perks and nice features that make the trailer more comfortable than a simple pop-tent. Power outlets, a working sink, a desk for work or children at play, or fold-out furniture are all great additions to any camper. Make a list of things you need from a camper, along with things you want to have and things that would turn you away from an otherwise good model. This will help you choose a camper that will make you happy for years rather than one with too few or the wrong set of perks for your camping style.
5) Is the Cost Within Your Price Range?
Finally, make sure that you’re shopping within your price range. There’s no need to compromise on things you love if you can afford a nicer, larger, or better-configured model. Likewise, if you’d be happy with something simple, don’t risk falling in love with models you can’t afford by forgetting to limit your search scope early. Try setting your budget, then looking at everything available within that range before narrowing down your search.
Buying a camper trailer is a great way to start a family camping tradition, make holiday visiting easier, and open the possibility of camping whenever you want to. The trick is to find the perfect trailer for your home, family, and style of camping. Check out our camper loans to learn more about your finance choices with Ezilend.