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 and want to spend on it. This will help you narrow down your search. If your budget is on the lower end, you can even consider buying a secondhand 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, for there are some great deals you can get on secondhand camper trailers.
If you do decide to purchase a secondhand 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)
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 floors. Camper trailers with soft floors tend to be cheaper than those with hard floors while tub floors tend to be more expensive than hard floors. 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 may also want to think about how many people will be using the camper. This will allow you to decide how many beds you’d like 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 secondhand 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 secondhand 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 on the inside and on the outside. If you do not have a sharp eye, then you may be getting yourself into trouble by buying a secondhand camper.
When buying a secondhand 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 times when not used?
- Did they install any upgrades 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 daunting job, but it really isn’t, though, if you are a fan of camping. You will actually enjoy the whole process and it will help you learn more about camper trailers, especially about the one you’ll purchase.