Camper Trailer – For A Perfect Camping Experience!
If you love adventures and trekking, a camper trailer can really add to your pleasures. Considering the advantages offered by camper trailers, the last two decades have witnessed a steady growth in demand of trailers as camping necessities. These trailers now come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. With the help of an expert, one can easily buy or rent out a trailer which meets your requirements.
Before going in for a camper trailer, it is suggested that one hires a camper trailer to get an idea of what features are available, and whether it really fulfills one’s camping requirements. People these days are opting for hiring a trailer rather that buying it. There are several reasons for this trend, some of them are:
- Hiring a camper trailer is the most cost-effective way of camping for people who are not regular travelers.
- Budget constraints are another reason why people are opting for hiring than buying.
- Camper trailers occupy a space as big as a vehicle. Not everybody has spare space to keep a trailer. Thus, hiring one is the best alternative.
- One has the benefit of hiring and then leaving the vehicle once camping is over. One also doesn’t have to bother about cleaning up and maintaining a trailer.
- It is very easy to set up these trailers on your own. If you are planning to stay overnight, then it should not be a concern as it only takes a minute to set up these tents. If you have plans of staying longer than that, then you can easily erect a fully walled annexe. If you are someone who likes to travel light, then you can hire a good quality roof top camper. The airflow in these camper trailer tents is good, and you can, thus enjoy a good sleep on your double bed.
- It is very light to tow. So, you will not face any problem in carrying it wherever you go. Any place where your vehicle can go, you can easily tow your trailer there too. Thus, you will not have to backtrack and then find a camping site. These trailer are very strong, and hence, can handle all sorts of off road situations and dirt roads.
- You can enjoy a good night’s sleep off the ground and not worry about rain when in a trailer tent.
- If you take a normal tent, you will have a tough time blowing it up. It will also be difficult for you to fit your mattress in the tent. But with a trailer, you will not have to face any such problem.
- There many options when it comes to finding a camper trailer which you can choose from. These are available in different sizes and various models with tent tops and other with hard tops. The tent tops also have windows by the bed.
- For a single person, it will not take more than a minute to set up a camper- trailer.
- The trailers with a hard top also have fridge, stove and water over the sink.
- The best part of these trailer top tents is that they are less expensive than the caravan.
- Thus, you can plan a weekend outing and still enjoy the luxury of your home by using one of these camper trailer.
There are two types of camper trailers depending on the type of road one is going to travel on:
- On Road Trailers On road trailers are comparatively lighter to tow and are meant for the holidays where one doesn’t have to travel through rough roads. Its construction is similar to that of a box trailer with a basic set up.
- Off Road Trailers Off road trailers are designed for serious adventure lovers and can handle all sort of conditions like corrugations and deep water crossing. They are heavy in weight as very thick steel is used in their construction. Some of the off road trailers have independent suspension too.
Other types of camper trailer tents are differentiated through their sizes, shapes, flooring etc. Some of them are:
- Side fold campers allow a large family to fit in comfortably. The bigger the side fold, the more space one requires to set up a camp.
- Rear fold trailers are best suited for a couple or a small family with an option of adding an extra room.
- Soft floor use a very thick vinyl. This feature is mostly seen in side fold campers and they allow tent section to expand.
- Hard floor is mostly seen in rear fold trailers. It is appropriate when the ground is rocky and uneven.
- Small and compact trailers are suitable for those who have small cars or low budgets.
- Large and luxurious trailers are best for people who do not want no compromise on their comforts and necessities. These trailers have almost all facilities available in them like kitchens, fridges, shower, lightning etc.
- Teardrop Trailers – small, light camper trailers that come in a variety of sizes. Some are just big enough to carry equipment, others are big enough to sleep six or more people. These trailers have a signature rounded shape, kind of like a teardrop.
- Pop Up Trailers – Pop up camper trailer tents expand and unfold to provide a lot of room. The base of the tent folds out to overhang the trailer base. They’re quick to assemble, very comfortable, and lightweight. When they are collapsed the are only about a foot or so above the trailer base.
- 5th Wheel Trailers – These trailers get their name because they don’t attach to the standard trailer hitch. They actually attach to a purpose fitted hitch that is attached to the bed of a pick-up truck. These are known as called the 5th wheel trailers or a gooseneck hitches and they help to distribute the trailer weight better and prevent the trailer from tipping backwards with the weight. These trailers have lots of space and unlike the other trailers, they do not expand, unfold or collapse.
Bought One Already? Here Are Towing Tips You Need To Know
Camper trailer towing is not difficult but if you are new to towing, it may be a little intimidating at first. It is important to practice in a large parking lot or area where you won’t damage your trailer, camper or any other vehicles. Use these tips to make trailer towing easier and safe.
Before you tow, review your tow vehicles owners manual. Be sure that you are not towing a camper or trailer that weighs more than what your tow vehicle is rated to pull. Check to see if the owners manual offers any special notes related to towing with your vehicle.
Your tow vehicle should be equipped with a hitch package. This will include a frame mounted hitch with a receiver area to put your hitch and a plug-in to connect your camper or trailer to the tow vehicles power. Make sure that your camper trailer hitch is rated for the camper you want to haul. It is also imperative that your tow vehicle has a brake control. The brake control will assist your tow vehicle in stopping by engaging the brakes of the camper through your tow vehicles braking system.
When connecting your camper trailer to the tow vehicle, it is recommended that you do a pre-trip inspection before departing. This inspection should include:
· Checking tire pressure and condition of both the tow vehicle and the camper trailer
· Check to ensure that you have a good wiring connection from the tow vehicle to the camper trailer. Check that all of the lights are in working order including brake lights and turn signals. Also be sure that the electrical brake system is working as it should.
· If your camper or trailer is equipped with equalizer and stabilizer hitching, hook it up.
· Be sure that your camper trailer is riding in a level position. This makes towing easier and improves fuel mileage.
· Before pulling away, double check that your camper trailer tongue is locked or latched down securely on the hitch ball and that your safety chain are hooked on.
· Be sure that you have allowed enough length on your wiring connection to make turns without pulling the wiring out.
· If the camper trailer is equipped with electric brakes, hook the break-away cable to an area on the trucks hitch so that in the event that your trailer and tow vehicle become separated, that the emergency trailer brakes will engage and bring it to a stop. This mechanism requires a battery that should be included on the trailer. Check to see that the battery is charged before towing.
· You will want to be sure to have a good visual of the camper trailer from the inside of the tow vehicle. If the tow vehicle is not equipped with adjustable mirrors for towing, you may need to invest in some mirror extensions. This will allow you a better side view of the camper or trailer. It is important that in your side view mirrors that you can see approaching vehicles and that you can easily see the tires of the camper trailer. This will assist in making proper and safe turns and watching to be sure that your trailer is staying in your driving lane. If you can’t see past the trailer, you need to adjust your mirrors.
· Secure all items inside of the camper trailer to avoid shifting or breaking. Lock all doors and windows on the camper.
When towing a camper trailer, you will have to adjust your driving. Always allow yourself plenty of time to stop and extra time to accelerate. Quick braking with a camper could cause a jackknife situation or abrupt steering changes could cause the trailer to sway and go out of control. Always look as far ahead as possible so you can prepare for any problems and make steady changes in your driving. Keep extra distance between you and the car in front of you and be proactive with your driving by keeping these tips in mind:
NEVER PULL A HEAVY OR LARGE TRAILER OVER 55MPH
ALWAYS DRIVE WITH THE TOW / HAUL FEATURE ON (if the tow vehicle is equipped)
KEEP PLENTY OF DISTANCE FROM THE CARS IN FRONT OF YOU
ALWAYS ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR STOPPING
IF YOUR TRAILER STARTS TO SWAY -PUSH IN ON YOUR BRAKE CONTROL TO ENGAGE THE TRAILER BRAKES. NEVER SLAM ON THE TOW VEHICLE BRAKES
NEVER BE IN A HURRY – this only leads to stress and frustration
ONLY PASS ON STRAIGHTAWAYS – and allow enough space to safely pull in front of the car you are passing
MAKE WIDER TURNS – Trailer wheels do not follow in the same tracks as the tow vehicle. They generally track a little tighter. This means that if you are bearing left around a corner and your tow vehicles drivers side front wheels are just right of the center line, the trailer wheels will actually be on or left of the center line going into the on-coming traffic lane.
NEVER GO DOWN HILL TOO FAST – Instead of keeping your foot on the brake pedal, you can downshift to help slow the camper down. You can also engage the tow/haul feature if your tow vehicle is equipped with it.
MOVE SLOWLY WHEN BACKING UP -Don’t over steer as the slightest movements of the steering wheel will make sudden changes. Use your side mirrors to watch the movement of your trailer.
Practice makes perfect! It takes lots of practice and patience to get comfortable towing a camper but you will be surprised how quickly you will catch on. Then you will be towing like a pro!
In conclusion, with a wide variety and range of camper trailers in the market, and the option of hiring rather than buying available, it is easier for people to opt for these trailers and enjoy a trip outdoors.
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