This page will hopefully help you to better understand the different types of campers there are and what facilities you can expect to get from each. Like everything, camper trailers quality and value for money will vary, so it’s worth investigating if you’re in the market to buy. After all, there’s no point getting a trailer with a large kitchen unit but not enough room to bed everyone for the night.
Just to kick off, I wanted to mention used vintage trailers. There is a roaring trade in second hand and renovated vintage trailers, and these will look the part behind a classic car or truck. They are super-retro and usually have wooden interiors, and that classic 1950′s metallic exterior. Probably not for the first time buyer, but a dream for the purist enthusiast!
Besides the vintage trailer, there are pretty much just three different campers. These are the fifth-wheel trailers, folding trailers and travel trailers. They are built with much the same materials, including plastic, steel, aluminium, fibreglass and so on. Obviously the materials used in a campers construction will depend on how robust it needs to be. For example, a fifth-wheel camper trailer will have a whole lot more steel in it’s structure than the fold out campers.
Three main types of campers are discussed below:
Fifth wheel camper trailers have a special goose-neck hitch to help balance the weight of the trailer and maintain it’s stability. They can be fitted out with additional features that put them in the luxury end of the trailer market.
Features can include entertainment systems – flat screen TV’s sound systems and so on. High-tech cooking and environmental control systems are also optional. Basically it’s a house on wheels. Why you’d want all those features when you’re out ‘camping’ is beyond me, but each to their own I guess. So if you enjoy the outdoors but still want many of your home comforts, this is the type of trailer for you.
Travel trailers are built into tow vehicles, and are opened out on the trailer base, with the sides folding out and the top extending upwards. They’re like a big tent which is held off the ground by the trailer base, and the largest of them can comfortably sleep eight adults. They’re much lighter in weight than the fifth-wheelers and more affordable too. These are great for family vacations and retain that excitement of camping out without roughing too much.
Folding trailers are like Travel Trailers, but smaller and more light weight. Again, these trailers fold out, are easy to deploy and great for a couple or young family travelling around on a camping vacation. A standard car will easily pull one of these trailers. They material they are made with is more flexible than the other options but is tough, waterproof and tends to weather very well. The larger options will bed five to six comfortably.
Hopefully that brief introduction will help you identify the kind of trailer that will suit your needs. There’s plenty more information about all these trailer types, the different types of hitches and other camping gear on this site, so check them out.