Camping in a camper trailer can really change your overall camping experience. That is why many families have a tendency to opt for a camper trailer for outdoor activities. It allows them to experience the wilderness without having to camp in a tent and have to deal with a lot of the hassles of camping.
Picking the right camper trailer for you and your family can be tricky. They can be quite costly so you want to make sure that you get the best possible one for you and your family. Your hunt for the right camper trailer will be a lot easier if you consider our tips.
Budget for your camper
Whenever you go out to buy something, you need to mentally prepare a budget for how much you can invest in it. So the first thing you need to do when buying a camper trailer is having a rough idea of how much you can spend on it. This will help you narrow down your search. If your budget is on the lower end then you can even consider buying a second hand camper trailer. If you have a higher budget then you can probably get one with state of the art functionalities.
Your budget will pretty much dictate what type of camper trailer you can get. Don’t be disheartened if you have a low budget, there are some great deals you can get on second-hand camper trailers.
If you do decide to purchase a second-hand trailer be sure to inspect it properly. You may also want to see if the owners:
- Made any upgrade to the camper trailer like put in new beds, suspensions, or any other upgrades.
- The condition of the tires, engine, and the mechanical aspects of the car.
This will allow you to determine exactly how much money the camper trailer is actually worth. Chances are if there were plenty of upgrades done then the owner has justified the high asking price.
Find a camper trailer that suits you
Keeping your budget in mind, you can now look for the type of camper trailer you want. You want to consider the functionalities you would like the camper trailer to have. This may include:
- Type of kitchen
- Bathroom facilities
- Type and number of beds
- Type of flooring
- Mechanical aspects of the camper trailer (electrical brakes, suspensions, tires, so on)
And many more
The more functionalities you want the costlier the camper trailer will be. If we take flooring for example, you can find camper trailers with hard floors, soft floors, and tub floored. Camper trailers with soft floors tend to be cheaper than those with hard floors while tub floored tend to be more expensive than hard floored campers. You want to see which add-ons are important to you and those that don’t matter. This will help you figure out what is more important for you to look for in camper trailers.
When taking the functionalities of the camper in mind, you also want to think about how many people will be using the camper. This will allow you to decide how many beds and the overall size of the camper. If you plan on going with a larger family then you will need to get a bigger camper whereas a family of 2-4 individuals can easily fit in a small camper.
Should you buy a new camper or a second-hand camper?
This totally depends on your budget. If you have a lower budget then we recommend you get a second-hand camper. However, if you do not require too many facilities and would be fine with a lower end camper then we recommend you get a new one instead. It is much safer to get a new camper since you will be the first owners. You won’t have to worry about any wear or tear.
When buying a second-hand camper, you need to be vigilant and smart. It is far too easy now for camper owners to conceal accidents and other problems so you have to be sure you know exactly what to look for both inside and out. If you do not have a sharp eye, then you may be getting yourself into trouble buying a second hand camper.
When buying a second-hand camper, be sure to ask the owner the following:
- Where was the camper mainly used, which type of terrain?
- How much mileage has the camper had so far?
- Where did they buy the camper and when was it bought?
- Where was the camper parked, was it covered at all time when not used?
- Did they make any upgrade to the camper?
- Service and maintenance records of the camper.
- Was the camper in any accident?
Keeping these things in mind will help you pick the appropriate camper for your family. Finding the right camper trailer may seem like a tasking job. It really isn’t if you are a fan of camping. You will actually enjoy the whole process and it will help you learn more about camper trailers and the one you purchase.