Types of Camper Trailers

This introduction will hopefully help you to better understand the different types of camper trailers available and what facilities you can expect from each. Like everything, camper trailers’ quality and value for money will vary so it is worth doing some research and investigation if you’re planning to buy. After all, there is no point getting a trailer with a large kitchen unit but not enough room to bed everyone for the night.

To start with I want to mention about 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 the following types of campers.

The Compact Teardrop Camper

When you look for small camping trailers, there is a lot of choice available in the market. A teardrop camper is one that is literally shaped like a teardrop and will have just two wheels. This allows it to be easily pulled through a tow bar attached to any vehicle, which can even be a small car. The streamlined shape allows for easier driving. Kitchen areas can be designed so that they are accessible from the outside of the camper, thus making it very easy to use. They weigh very little and are hardly a strain for the vehicle to which they are hooked. Such campers can accommodate two to three people quite easily, and carry enough kitchen supplies to allow for a week’s holiday.

The Pop-Up Camper

The pop-up camper is one that is quite popular because of its low price. This type of small camping trailers come with trailer frames, a hard roof, pull out bunks and soft walls that come in a box. There may also be provision for folded tables and benches. A water tank is a must, while some pop-up campers come with a stove, a refrigerator, and other gadgets that make for comfortable camping. The trailer that carries the pop up camper can be hitched on to any vehicle and towed to the camp site. The disadvantage with such campers is that they need to be properly set out once you reach your destination, and then taken down again when you are ready to leave.

The Slide-on Campers

A slide-on camper is one that slides onto the body of a vehicle and is secured there during travel. Some of these campers can be demounted and placed on firm bases so that the vehicle can be used to move around, while the camper is stationed at any camp site. Such campers are designed to fit onto particular vehicles and can contain the same amount of conveniences that most trailer campers have.

Small camping trailers can also be small caravans, which contain almost every convenience available in a home. The development in the use of fibre glass, has led to such caravans and various forms of camping trailers being designed. This material has very low weight, while it still has a lot of strength. An added advantage is the ease of moulding it to any desired shape. Fibreglass is used for almost all camping equipment. As most camping trailers nowadays come with a lot of conveniences, you can just hook on to the power supply on a camping site and can switch on the air conditioner, the television, the computer and almost any device that you want. Some campers can even carry their own generators to provide the power.