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Explore further with an on-road camper trailer

Camper trailers are changing the way Australians explore the countryside. They are lightweight, compact and continue to be an extremely flexible way of exploring the great outdoors. Camper trailers are unique as they require complete folding out before they can be used. Some camper trailers have roofs that raise up and compartments that extend out like pop top caravans, while others fold out behind or to the side of the trailer similar to a 4WD rooftop tent.

What’s the difference?

There are a few characteristics of the camper trailer that sets it apart from other types of caravans. They weigh far less, so much so that most models can even be pulled by the family sedan. Their low profile on the road leads to fuel savings and a high level of wind resistance compared to other types of RVs.

Every little detail of a camper trailer has been designed to maximise space. Storage is abundant with every available nook and cranny used to house something. To save on internal space, amenities such as portable showers and toilets can be connected to the outside of the trailer. Sliding kitchens can also be found externally on space-conscious camper trailers. However, larger camper trailers will include a small, basic kitchen inside instead. Typically, freezers and fridges are also located in the external storage of the trailer.

Much like when buying a new tent, it is a great idea to practice setting up your new camper trailer before heading out on your adventures. This will show you how long it takes to set up and how much room the constructed shelter will take up.

Hard floor vs. soft floor

Camper trailers come in two main types, hard floor or soft floor. They both have their benefits when out adventuring and choosing the right type for you can be a tricky decision.

Soft floor camper trailers feature a fold out design, where a tent-like structure unpacks from the trailer. They provide travellers with more room than a hard floor camper but take longer to set up since it has to be constructed like a tent. Soft floor campers weight far less than hard floor campers. This leads to increased fuel efficiency but a more bouncy ride when being towed along rocky unsealed roads.

Hard floor camper trailers are similar to a pop top caravan. The roof of the vehicle raises up to create the ceiling while the front and back areas also extend out to create room for a bedroom and an additional living space. Hard floor campers are easier to clean and typically feature a kitchen inside the trailer, while soft floor campers have a slide-out, outdoor kitchen. Setup times are far quicker in a hard floor camper trailer and offer more wind resistance on the road due to their added weight.

If you need a vehicle that can keep up with your all-terrain adventures, have a look at our range of new and lightly used off-road camper trailers, perfect for travelling to those far off, remote campsites many travellers don’t get to experience.

If you’re still in need of more advice about purchasing your next camper trailer, head over to our buyers guide for camper trailers!

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