Camper trailer tents

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Hi All

My husband and I are looking at the moment at getting a camper made. Have seen the local trailer maker in town (Mount Gambier, SA) and they look the goods, but now we are wondering the best option for the tent. Has anyone had experience with buying a tent? A local company make a good tent, with good quality canvas etc, but are a little bit dearer than we were hoping!! A friend of a friend bought one on Ebay and they love it... anyone else had any experience with Ebay??? Have scoured the internet and have seen a few different options but just thought I'd ask here if anyone has any recommendations!!!


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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 07:11

Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 07:11
G'day Allens,

Its pretty hard to give best options. That is why there is so many varieties of camper trailers around. Each have their own features and most include various options.

My recommendation would be to check out some purpose made camper trailers that are complete, rather than try to build one from the ground up.
Probably the first decision would be whether you want an on-road or off-road camper and go from there.
A soft top verses a hard top is another consideration worth looking at. A hard top is much quicker to set up for a brief stopover, although most hard tops come with a premium price.

You may be surprised how many basic campers are available second hand too.

Rather than Ebay, check the trader section of this site for some ideas on prices.



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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 07:38

Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 07:38
Are you looking at making your own because you want to use the trailer as a trailer sometimes and want a unit where you can remove the tent easily? If so, you need to look at the system that will connect the tent to the trailer and also the system you will need to get the tent off (and store it) easily. If this is what is behind the post, let me know and I will contact you with my experience in this area. It gets a bit unweildy to try to explain it here.
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 08:22

Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 08:22
G'day, I took the same option as you & bought a trailer that suited me & added
a camper top. I used an Oztrail 9 & bought it off Ebay. Cost around $2k in 07.
The trailer about the same. Chinese ,of course, but we have done about 25k of
outback touring without a problem. I looked at the complete units & thought
them overpriced. It is a basic set up but works well. I built a slide in kitchen
for less than $100 & away we went...set up, registered & insured for under $5k.
The unit came with the usual side lift option but I preferred to hard bolt it to the
trailer. The rear access is fine..........oldbaz.
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