Qual­ity con­sid­er­a­tions

Caravan, Camping and Holiday Parks with Kids - - Bush Camping, Hiking & Boating -

The next con­sid­er­a­tion (across all types of campers) is the qual­ity of the can­vas. Search on­line fo­rums and you’ll soon re­alise that there are a lot of vary­ing opin­ions on what is the best, and in par­tic­u­lar, what to stay away from, with many cheaper camper trail­ers (of­ten im­ports from China) cop­ping a lot of flak about the qual­ity of their can­vas (i.e. how well they stand up to the sun and rain in the tough Aussie con­di­tions). Be­fore buy­ing, do your re­search on where the can­vas is made and, most im­por­tantly, its wa­ter­proof­ing. The cheaper can­vases will have a spray- on coat­ing, whereas a qual­ity can­vas will have been im­mersed in the wa­ter­proof­ing agent un­til it is fully em­bed­ded in the fab­ric. For more in­for­ma­tion on can­vas see the Aus­tralian Man­u­fac­tured Camper Trail­ers Guild web­site (de­tails be­low).

Other im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions in­clude a 12-volt power set-up (es­pe­cially if you are mostly bush camp­ing), although you can usu­ally up­grade this down the track and as re­quired, and a ba­sic kitchen set-up in­clud­ing stove, bench space for food prepa­ra­tion and stor­age, as well as a wa­ter tank with plumb­ing to a pump (elec­tric or hand) for easy wa­ter ac­cess. Many campers have a built-in kitchen ei­ther at­tached to the tailgate or a slide in-model. Both have their ben­e­fits and as long as you have room to cook and pre­pare food you’ll have the ba­sics cov­ered.

Fi­nally, con­sider how much ex­tra stor­age you’ll need to make your camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence a com­fort­able one. You’ll want space for chairs, ta­ble, fridge or esky, toys and games, fish­ing gear, cricket bats, kids’ bikes… and for ad­e­quate food and re­fresh­ments, of course. All these things take up room, yet are manda­tory for a great fam­ily hol­i­day.

Which­ever way you go, the most im­por­tant thing is that you are get­ting out there, so if your bud­get doesn’t stretch to cover ex­actly what you re­ally want straight away, con­sider what you can add at a later stage. Also have a good look around at sec­ond-hand mod­els, as there is a lot around that’ll have all the ex­tras al­ready added by a previous owner.

To find out more, con­sider join­ing up with one of the camper trailer fo­rums on­line and talk to the peo­ple who are out there do­ing it right now. Ev­ery­one was a be­gin­ner once upon a time, and campers are usu­ally very happy to share what has worked for them.

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