Tent trailers - from a simple tent attached to a trailer with few features (like our first simple trailer) to a well designed, fully functioning home away from home with slide out kitchens, fridges and even the kitchen sink!
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In writing these pages on camping trailers, one thing is certain - we're not that great at defining camping trailers. You have folding trailers, popup trailers, camping trailers, tent trailers! What do they all mean?
In this page, I tried to differentiate between the camping trailers and define them, perhaps not 'correctly', but please forgive me for trying to work out the maze.
In any case, a tent-trailer in my mind, is a trailer with a tent attached - in a simple format, easy to open up, perhaps even with a wind up feature, OR, an elaborate setup of tent, poles, annexes, kitchens that slide out as well as the kitchen sink!
Due to the huge scope of tent trailers, I have divided the page further into:
It is different in my mind to a popup camper - which is more like a 'caravan' base - with slide out bed features and often have a hard top. (more like the Jayco campers)
Tent trailers are a big business in Australia and more and more designs are being built. Each tent trailer has its good features often closely related to their related price. Be sure to research the specifics of the model to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth. Look for details in the structure and materials that point towards high quality and durability.
As well as a number of secondhand dealers, you can also find tent trailers on Ebay, Gumtree, the Trading Post, Caravan Parks as well as your local newspaper's classifieds.
Southern Cross Canvas Bush Boss, Bush Man and Bush Mate pop up campers feature pull out kitchens with a 4-burner gas stove and grill, and lots of added space once you attach the extended walls. These are Australian made, with good quality canvas tenting the trailer and keeping you out of the elements.
If you’re looking for a real off-road tent trailer, Outback Campers makes sturdy models that also feature stainless steel kitchens, tons of storage and options with added rooms and annexes. These pop up campers are built to last with welded steel frames and good shock systems to keep your gear safely in tow when you’re hitting the track. More off-road campers here.
Tent trailers certainly aren’t as easy to set up as a popup camper or even the roof top tent on your 4wd, but they’re excellent options for those who don’t want the added weight of a big trailer or caravan, or those driving cars. Some trailer tents are fairly light (check out the page on small camping trailers), so even a sedan can pull it, and some models are even made for off-road driving should you want something sturdy for the outback. It’s wonderful getting to your campsite and, with a fairly quick assembly, have your backcountry home set up and ready to go.