Ah, you can
see it now in your mindís eye, the bush camp all set up, the
excited voices of children clambering on the granite
boulders on the bank of the creek, the cool breeze tickling
your face, your chair placed neatly in the creek and your
feet cool, being caressed by its flow, beer in hand Ö. what
more could you want? Well, maybe a camper trailer just to
take all the hard work out of camping and to provide more
convenience and a few appliances.
Camper trailers are compact, generally
quite robust and very popular for off-road use. That is not
to say that lighter weight camper trailers are not available
for on-road (bitumen) use. They vary in size, construction
and come with an array of features from which to choose
depending on how much you are willing to spend.
There are soft top camper trailers with a
waterproof pull on cover, hard top campers and hybrid type
camper trailers. Some come with sewn in heavy duty PVC soft
floor and others with a checker plate heavy duty hard
floor. Most come with a foam or high density mattress but
that can be upgraded to an inner spring mattress. Some are
side opening and others open to the rear of the trailer.
Bear in mind that the addition of the
numerous options available may alter the overall weight of
the camper trailer. This in turn may also have implications
with the towing capacity of your current vehicle.
The units were basically a tent
trailer which is a box trailer incorporating a tent
however, over time there have been vast improvements
and there are now a number of hybrid camper trailers
which have solid walls.
Camper trailers can come with a roof rack
on top on which you can place a small boat (tinnie), canoe,
surf ski, surf board or solar panels. The hard top portion
of the roof may be hinged with heavy duty hinges or gas
struts to allow the top to extend up to access and erect the
tent portion of the camper trailer without the need to
unload the boat or whatever is secured on top.
Whilst some people
like to travel as light as possible and be able to travel
just about everywhere, this is often coupled with the desire
to be self sufficient. So there has been a growing demand
for the RV to include devices for sustainable energy for
lighting and refrigeration. LED lighting is also becoming
more popular due to its low voltage draw.