7 compelling reasons to buy a camper trailer

Caravan drives down road through middle of forest on sunny day.

Hit the road with a camper trailer in tow.

You can’t beat an upgrade, and if you’re a fan of camping you may have thought about a step up in your holiday accommodation – buying a camper trailer.

Camper trailers make a great home away from home when travelling around the countryside. They are compact yet open up or fold out to create a comfy camping space, as well as allow for the addition of several creature comforts.

Is a camper trailer right for you? Find out, as we explore the positives of camper trailer travel.

1. Campers won’t break the bank

Typically, you won’t have to re-mortgage the house to afford a camper trailer – prices usually begin at several thousand dollars. In addition, a thriving second-hand market of camper trailers means there is ample opportunity to find one to suit your budget.

And if comparing the price of a camper trailer to a caravan, you’ll consistently find that camper trailers are the cheaper option of the two.

2. Campers offer great conveniences

This is where the upgrade is most noticeable – camper trailers allow you to experience the joys of camping but with greater convenience. The addition of amenities such as built-in kitchens, a variety of storage compartments, and the convenience of having ready-made beds ensure camper trailers are an enticing addition to any holiday.

3. Campers are easy to tow

If you’re worried about towing a camper trailer, you should take comfort in knowing this is an easier task than pulling a caravan.

Normally, camper trailers are relatively light and simple to tow. This also means that you don’t need to upgrade your vehicle to be able to pull this extra weight, as is sometimes required when buying a caravan.

Silver ute tows a camper trailer down asphalt road towards green hill.

Towing a camper trailer is easier than towing a caravan.

4. Campers can go off road

Those travellers who are more adventurous will be pleased to know that dedicated 4WD camper trailers are available. These lightweight, durable camper trailers are more than up to the task of handling the tougher terrain.

5. Campers are comfortable

Particularly in the case of hard-floor campers you’ll notice they provide a more comfortable sleeping surface than you’d find when in a tent. Moreover, where hard-floor campers are raised, rain is much less of an issue compared to when sleeping in a tent.

Couple sit at table under annex of camper trailer amidst green ferny surroundings.

Relax in comfort. Location: BIG4 Cairns Coconut Resort, QLD.

6. Campers are easy to store

The compact nature of camper trailers means they won’t take up too much space when not in use. And if you have limited storage space at home, this is likely to be even more important to you. Why? Because unless you are one of the lucky ones who travels frequently, it’s likely that your camper trailer will be spending more time at home than it will be on the road.

7. Campers provide an authentic camping experience

Adopting a camper trailer doesn’t mean you’ve ‘sold out’ – they still allow for an authentic camping experience. Staying in a camper trailer simply provides for a more comfortable and convenient outing.

Camper trailer set up amongst the trees next to an overturned boat on the banks of a river.

Authentic camping. Location: BIG4 Nelligen Holiday Park, NSW.

Where to now?

Just like with many products, there is so much choice available for those considering buying a camper trailer. This includes choosing either a soft-floor or hard-floor camper. Therefore, it’s important to do plenty of research before making the plunge. Start with the following factors, as these will help you to narrow down the camper trailer that is right for you:

  • Your budget.
  • Where you’ll likely travel.
  • How many people you’ll be travelling with.


Top tip

Whether it’s a camper trailer, caravan, motorhome, or other recreational vehicle, we recommend you try before you buy. Hiring a camper trailer and hitting the road is an ideal way to determine whether this product is right for you.


Readers, what are your thoughts?

Do you have a camper trailer or have you travelled in one in the past? What do you like about them? Do you have any tips for people considering buying a camper trailer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


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11 comments on “7 compelling reasons to buy a camper trailer”

  1. Luke Yancey

    8 December 2016 at 2:54 am

    I really like your statement about how campers can go off roading. You are completely right. I live in a state in which most of the campgrounds are on dirt roads in the mountains. If you want to stay there you either have to use a tent or a camper. I have found that a camper is more fun and makes for a more comfortable experience.

  2. Go-kart trailer

    14 December 2016 at 12:12 am

    Yes, It’s practically proved that towing a camper trailer is easier than towing a caravan. Thanks for sharing this great informative article.

  3. siaosi

    22 February 2017 at 6:10 am

    I want a trailer that my 6 cylinder car can carry. I think that one of these smaller trailers would be more reasonable. I want to make sure that it can go off the road.

  4. Dave Anderson

    28 February 2017 at 5:16 am

    I like that campers can be attached and detached from a car easily.  Like you said, they are very cheap and convenient.  My family has always been active campers and a camper would make camping that much easier.  If I were to have one every weekend I would be in the forest with my family.  It is always a fun time to go exploring with the family.

  5. Chris Klitzing

    6 May 2017 at 3:56 pm

    We bought a Soft Floor Offroad Camper Trailer when we moved to the Pilbara in 2012. That camper traveled along many Outback Tracks incl. The Gunbarrel Hwy, Heather Hwy, Great Central Hwy, Gibb River Road incl Mitchell River Falls, intl Kalimilli National park and many other outback destinations and apart from greasing the shackles and some other minor thing the trailer was great. Back in Vic now and left the Camper Trailer in WA, we found we were finding it hard to assemble and pack back up at ages 60+. Now happy with a Caravan but not able to tackle outback Highways smile

  6. Donna Linnett

    7 July 2017 at 5:35 pm

    My hubby and I had a beautiful Jurgens Caravan, when he passed away suddenly I had to sell because I wasn’t confident in towing it. I still wanted to trip Aaron’s and a friend suggested I look at the Jayco Penguin, what a little beauty, I can tow it easy, set up is simple and I still have a little kitchen and dinette, for me being now a single traveller I can still go anywhere any time with my little penguin in tow….

  7. Big Pete

    12 February 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Camper trailers are great. We’ve jumped into a full van now as we do a lot of short stays and our camper trailer still had a longer setup than we were looking for. We had a Jayco Swift and it was a dream to tow with the electric brakes. Our van is also easy to tow but moves around more on the road. If we had a camper which was big enough for the whole family we may not have changed. One of us always slept in the annex. Even with our van though we try to get as much of the camping experience as possible and cook on the BBQ and use the facilities when they are available. Our daughter started camping in our tent when she was less than 12 months old so she’s seen all versions from roughing it to ‘glamping’ smile #justgetoutthere

  8. Rod

    12 February 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Hi I have a Kimberley Kamper,easy tow comfortable and you can see all of Australia…not all caravans can! We have everything in the KK Platinum…its lots of fun and it brings you back to where life really is…

  9. Ian Paterson

    25 March 2018 at 4:59 pm

    I recently bought a Platinum “Chase” hard floor camper trailer. I am so pleased I did. Mostly because of the reasons in your article. The hard floor is soo good and When I was on my first trip it rained. Didn’t occur to me like you said that I was off the ground and high and dry. (The tent next to me wasn’t). I was sleeping on a queen size mattress, not a stretcher or air bed. It was very windy, but the camper had a solid base to resist it, better. I have a Triton ute so didn’t have to upgrade suspension or anything. Had to put electric brakes on the car though. I can see over the top of it when driving. I can put my Kayak on top of it easily and I didn’t need extended mirrors either. Everything you said in your article is exactly correct except one Item. I made friends there on that first trip. It was very, very, windy. When I was packing up I said to them, “I thought you were leaving today.” They said. “can’t tow the van in this wind, it’s too dangerous”. I finished packing up and left. Another thing I noticed, is after they set up. They all still put out an awning to get outside the van. My camper is the best thing I’ve ever bought.

  10. Carolanne

    9 August 2018 at 10:13 pm

    One grandmother, 3 granddaughters, 2 grandsons and a 6 cylinder Commodore = wonderful adventures in my Jayco Jpod Lite and Big4 parks.

  11. Diana Hayward

    20 December 2018 at 12:55 pm

    We are in our early 70s and have a newel soft floor made in Melbourne by Out Back Campers. So easy and light to tow and still gives you the outdoor feeling. We laugh at some of those we meet on the road when they start complaining about fuel consumption and the cost of caravan parks. We tow with a Honda CR-V diesel and generally get under 7.5 llts to 100kms.

    We book grassed sites which are cheaper and usually nicer than slabs. Have a porta loo so treks to the loo in the middle of the night are not in our sphere of thinking. Ok, it took us a few trips to learn that setting up and taking down isn’t a race, and hey we are on holiday, so when others come over to ask about the camper or we are the parks arvo entertainment, we embrace it and suggest they come back later for a tour. Most can’t believe the amount of space nor the comfy bed we have.

    Another thing we love is having birds doing acrobatic moves on the guy ropes while we are eating a meal. A few years ago at Omeo we were even visited by a couple of donkeys and a horse. To those who are unsure about campers I say buy a base model and get out there. By the way, my partner loves doing various type of modifications to make life even easier.

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