For some people, the investment in purchasing the trailer that suits their needs is simply too great. Another interesting point is that with such a high demand for campers, the second hand market has skyrocketed to the ridiculous point that a used trailer may cost little less than a new one! Rather than downgrade the quality of trailer you select and hence downgrade the enjoyment of your holiday, consider hiring a trailer.
Most trailer hire companies stock the popular brand names so this may also be a good opportunity to "try before you buy". Many trailer hire businesses will be able to hire you additional items such as fridges, winches
, air compressors, satphones etc.
Hiring also enables you to offset the cost of buying the trailer just to make your dream trip a reality. If you know that you're only likely to go for one major trip in the next 5 years, then maybe hiring is a better option than buying.
The kid factor also comes into it. Campers are perfect for kids - providing a "living space" that they seem to need no matter where they are. However if your current plan is focussed on one major trip with no idea of what lies ahead for the future, then the kids might have outgrown travelling with you by the time you work out the next trip. When the kids are gone, your needs might be completely different so it might be better to leave building a trailer until you are sure of your needs - you will still have many years of wonderful touring ahead of you.
Approximately How Much?Trailers range in design and construction considerably to suit the range of buyers needs and budgets with anything new from approximately $8,000 - $80,000. Hiring a trailer can cost around $300 for 1 week rental, however you get better deals for longer hire periods.
So, there are no definitive answers - you're going to have to do some homework yourself. We've given you some great tips for what to look for, but the decision making is still up to you. Good luck!