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Have you ever said to yourself you’ll never go camping again?

Maybe it was because you were squeezed in a tiny space or you missed the at-home basics. Perhaps it was just too much taking the kids for a week-long escape. Family camping trips can be hectic, but with the right gear and planning, your next one can be the perfect escape. Kids and all!

Camping provides the ultimate excuse to escape our hectic lifestyles and be at one with nature. Getting outdoors keeps your kids active and encourages some quality family time away from schedules and technology. The best part about it is – we can all do with an excuse to get away for a few days too.

If you’re thinking about stepping up your holiday accommodation, you can’t beat a camper trailer. Here’s why they’re a top recommendation for family trips or camping holidays:

Off road, with the comforts of home

Australia is a magical place. There’s so much exploring to be done and if you thrive on outdoor adventures, it pays to invest in something that ticks all the boxes. The biggest advantage about camper trailers is you can go off road with the essential at-home comforts. They’re very robust and far smaller version of a caravan, with most of the same comforts as a motor home.

Camper trailers can go anywhere your 4WD is prepared to take you. Good campers are designed to withstand Australia’s off road conditions which means you and your family can safely explore the remote wilderness. And there’s some pretty mind blowing places to see!

As opposed to packing up the 4WD drive with tents for you and the kids, camper trailers offer a comfortable travelling and sleeping solution for all. This makes them popular for families because you can store all your camping gear in the one secure location, without needing to pack and unpack at every stop.

You’ll have access to comfortable beds, cooking facilities, lock and key security you can’t get with a tent and a more reliable layer of shelter.

Added convenience

The initial expense of upgrading holiday accommodation from tents to a camper trailer can feel big at first, but the extra convenience that comes with it pays off. You still get all the joys of camping but with the handy features that lifts just any old trip to a comfortable getaway.

Quality camper trailers will come with a swing out kitchen and real beds, but there’s other features to consider too. Additions like stone guards, soft floors, hard floors or hybrid (which can even include air conditioning) can make for a smoother trip.

Even the larger campers are compact and designed to open and fold/wind out so it’s an easier setup than pitching tents. If you’re planning on a big road trip with lots of stops along the way, the amount of time and effort saved here is priceless – especially when you have the kids! No effort is wasted setting things up which means more holiday and relaxation time.

Compared to a large caravan to lug around the outback, camper trailers are lighter and easier to tow too. Because they’re not motorised, there’s less risk of mechanical deficiencies requiring repairs to worry about either.

Value for money

Camper trailers are an investment. Unlike caravans and motorhomes which require a lot of maintenance, these camping babies still provide the RV essentials without the hefty price tag. Because they don’t have an engine, you won’t be forking out extra for fuel and operating costs and if repairs do need to be made they can be done so on the road easily.

Out of the camping accommodation options, camper trailers are by far the most cost effective. Before purchasing one it’s best to determine exactly what you’ll be using it for though. Consider what features are essential for you and your family, whether it’ll be used for extended trips and where you plan on taking it. This will ensure you get the best camping accommodation for your needs.

Have you got a camper trailer? Share your tips in the comments.

  • Like another Mum who posted below we also opted for a pop top caravan. Best decision we ever made. I disagree with the fuel aspect. No matter if you tow a camper trailer or a caravan you still have increased fuel costs and we have limited maintenance on our caravan. As someone who has camped in the past, a camper trailer is just a trailer with a tent attached with a heftier price tag. I know people that have them and love them as they like camping — horses for courses.

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  • For convenience and timelines as well as scalability to the size of our family we just use swags. Add them to the trailer with kayaks or bikes and we are good to go!

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  • We bypassed the camper trailer and went for a pop top caravan. Only thing it is missing, is the loo/bathroom. We put up a pop-up ensuite outside with the loo and 12 volt shower.

    I used to camp a lot when a kid, so always loved it. Don’t know how my parents managed with 6 kids in a tent though

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  • No we don’t have a camper trailer. I’ve been overnight camping twice in my life, one night each trip. I enjoyed it, had fun. But not sure I could go for any longer.

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  • Only if it has a toilet inside!!..lol

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  • We’ve been looking at buying one for a while. The plan is to buy one next year and travel Oz.

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  • We bought a camper trailer months ago and have only had the opportunity to use it once !
    We are going away for 10 days in a couple of weeks time and can’t wait !
    It will feel like the first time again… I hope we remember what to do !! :-)

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  • Would love to be able to afford one but tents for us it is and we still love it.

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  • We have had camper trailers and enjoyed our adventures with them. Recently upgraded to a caravan as hubby was sick of all the set up of a trailer.

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  • No, we don’t have a camper trailer or a 4WD. Think I would prefer to rent one first before investing in one, Both my husband and I aren’t big on camping. I’m the worst sleeper ever and love a quality bed and my memory foam mattress too much. We’re happy rent every now and then a cabin somewhere.

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  • With these you have to be as careful towing one of them as an ordinary trailer especially if you are going over sheep or cattle grids. If your axles aren’t really sturdy you could find you damage one quite easily.

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  • I would love a camper trailer,l would go down the coast on the week-ends!

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  • Oh! I don’t have one, but I wish we bought it when our daughter was younger!! :-)

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  • We love camping in tents!


    • I agree – it is so good for everyone to spend some time away from it all and enjoy this beautiful country.

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  • Love camping in tents, trailers and vans. Spending time outdoors is a little slice of heaven.

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