Before you invest thousands of dollars into the purchase of a Camper Trailer why not consider renting a camper trailer. Renting a camper trailer is a low-risk option and will give you and your family valuable insight into the market.
Too many times we see consumers purchase a camper trailer, only to sell it months later. Why? Simply because it did not meet their expectations. We’ve compiled a list of criteria we feel every buyer should ask themselves before they make a heavy commitment.
What kind of camper are you?
Do you like caravan parks with power, toilets, fresh water, and amenities for the kids? If this is you then you don’t need a heavy-duty off-road camper trailer. A leaf spring on-road camper trailer will suffice. On average, you’ll spend a few thousand dollars more for an off-road model. Save that money and focus on making your living quarters more comfortable.
Perhaps you like to get your 4×4 dirty and find a secluded remorse camping spot. If this is you, then you’ll need to invest in a camper trailer made for the off-road. Look at ground clearance, entry and departure angles, hitch type, suspension, and build quality. You pay for what you get in this market, so choose wisely.
What gear do you really need?
If you are a family of four and have young children, then it is likely they’ll want to bring their scooters or bikes along for the journey. Think about what you need to take and buy your camper based on your needs. Consider whether you need to invest in an expensive off-grid battery system, hot and cold water, and other gadgets. Maybe all you need is a trailer, tent, some roof racks, and storage.
The good thing about a camper trailer is you can add these items later if required. Here are some items I take with me when I camp with my kids:
Know your weights
A holiday can be ruined by choosing, loading, and towing a camper trailer that is not compatible with your tow vehicle. Try and understand what the ATM, Tare, GVM, GCM, and Tow Ball weights are before your holiday begins. It could save you and your family’s life.
Do you holiday for a few days or a few weeks at a time?
The biggest bug-bear with most camper trailer owners is the setup and pack down times. There are many different types of camper trailers on the market. You’ll hear terms like forward fold, rear fold, soft floor, hard floor, and other variants. Each has a plus and minus in terms of setup time, and usable living space.
If you usually like to camp in one location for a week or so, then a camper trailer is ideal for you. Alternately, if you want a camper trailer for overnight stops, you’ll likely get frustrated when setting up and packing down.
Before you Rent a Camper Trailer
Once you have established how, where, and how often you intend to camp, then you should consider making a list of the needs vs wants. The needs are what you must have in order to fulfill your camping trip. The wants are your extras to make your life easier. Write this down – it will guide onto the next step before you rent a camper trailer.
Renting a Camper Trailer
There are a few online tools you can use to find a camper trailer to rent. Keep your list handy and tick off each of the needs as the listings become available.
The first place to visit is Camplify. Camplify is a dedicated website that connects RV owners with RV hirers across Australia. This allows RV owners the opportunity to make extra income from their RV’s in the off-season. The rates are very fair and there are a few different RV’s to hire in each state.
Another location to visit is Google. Just Google camper trailer hire, or rent a camper trailer, and you’ll find a list of local companies offering a rental service.
Finally, you can also try your local camper trailer dealers. Sometimes they may hire out used/demo camper trailers if you show intent to purchase one.
How much does it cost to rent a camper trailer?
According to Camplify, the average fee is around $70-$80 per day. I would suggest you rent for at least 3-5 days to give yourself time to set up, enjoy, and review the camper trailer you have hired.
Where possible, try different camper trailer formats. For example, a soft floor camper, hard floor camper, wind-up camper, or dual-fold.
Ask yourself the following questions.
How much does a basic camper trailer cost in Australia?
In general terms, an on-road soft floor camper will be at the lowest point of the purchase range. You’ll find imported models from approx $7,000 upwards. An off-road model will be closer to $10,000, while an Aussie built off-road model with all the fruit could be in the tens of thousands.
The average Camper Trailer lifespan
On average, most families will keep a camper trailer for 2-5 years. Of course, many people buy once and keep theirs for a lifetime but this is rare. A camper trailer is a stepping stone for most people. They are ideal for young families, couples, and adventure seekers.
Many people trade up from their camper trailers to a hybrid camper or full caravan. Balance your expenditure with your long term vision. Whichever way you go, enjoy the great outdoors. If you need further advice, contact us.