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Benefits of portable solar panels for your next camping trip

When planning your next camping trip you may wonder how you are going to power some of your essential appliances and accessories?  Camping is a time to get away from it all, but these days there are some valuable accessories; such as fridges, camping lights or even your mobile that can make your camping trip more comfortable. 

Generators have always been a popular choice for camping enthusiasts but that seems to be changing.  Generators require fuel, emit harmful fumes, and often require maintenance.  Plus they can be extremely noisy disrupting the peace and tranquility for anyone near them. In fact generators are not allowed in national parks and even some caravan parks ban their use.

That’s where solar power steps in. Portable solar panels kits are ideal for camping and give you flexibility to camp where you want and for how long, without having to use a generator. If you haven’t considered using portable solar panels while camping, then have a quick read of some of the benefits, they may change your mind.

  • Solar power is a renewable carbon neutral source of clean natural energy, making them environmentally friendly.
  • They are a silent source of power so you and your camping neighbours can continue to enjoy the tranquility while running your appliances.
  • Saves you money as it’s free power from the sun, there are also generally no maintenance costs and you can avoid fees for powered sites.
  • Using solar power can give you greater flexibility when camping as you can camp wherever you want without sacrificing using your appliances.
  • Solar panels are easy to use and convenient solution to power.  They are available in portable kits so you can take them camping with you and set them up easily.
  • Having a power source when you are in the middle of nowhere can help keep you safe.  If you happened to get lost or there was an emergency, solar power will allow you to use a communication device to get help.

It’s important to think about whether you need power when camping and we understand that it can be quite confusing with all the options now available.  We are more than happy to help you work out your energy requirements and find the best solution for you. 

One popular kit we recommend is the 120 Watt Monocrystalline Portable Folding Solar Panel Kit from Kamper King, which we currently have in stock.  Feel free to visit our showroom at 1421 Main North Rd, Para Hills West or call us on 08 8281 6696.  

Posted 29 March 2017
Tags:  Australia, Camping, Camper Trailers, Solar Power, Solar Panel

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Things to consider before buying a trailer

Buying a trailer is quite a big investment so there are many things to consider before making your purchase.  These days there are many manufacturers and plenty to choose from, so we thought we would highlight some things you should consider before making your purchase.

TYPE OF TRAILER

The type and size of trailer you need is determined mainly by how you intend to use it, the type of load and the weight of the load you will be carrying.

Depending on what you will be carrying will determine whether you need a box or cage trailer.  If you only intend to carry sand, garden materials or rubbish a box trailer would be perfect.  A caged one is more suitable if you need to carry taller loads or want to protect the load, such as equipment and furniture. The great thing about buying a cage trailer is you can actually remove the cage, giving you the best of both worlds.

Also consider the weight you intend to carry; light loads only need a single axle trailer and don’t require brakes, they can carry loads up to 750kg. Heavier loads require a tandem axle or a braked single axle.

IS YOUR CAR COMPATIBLE?

Before making your purchase it’s important to find out the towing capacity of your car.  Your car’s maximum towing capacity is set by its manufacturer and you can find this information in the vehicle handbook or online. Using a trailer that exceeds your car’s towing limits or is too big can cause damage, be dangerous and is illegal. There are legal requirements you must follow when towing and all new trailers are required to have a plate listing that shows the ATM, Tare weight and GTM. For more information on these regulations check out the National Towing Guide.

WHAT ABOUT BRAKES?

For safe towing you need to make sure your trailer has adequate braking.  Whether you need to have brakes is once again determined by the weight of the load you will be carrying. Here is an overview of the regulations:

  • Trailers with a GTM (Gross Trailer Mass) of 750kg or less do not need a braking system.
  • Trailers with a GTM that exceeds 750kg and under 2000kg must be fitted with brakes on at least one axle.
  • Trailers over 2000kg GTM must have an electric brake system that operates on all wheels and that can activate if the trailer becomes detached from the car.

WHAT MAKES A QUALITY TRAILER?

There are loads of trailers in the market at the moment so it can be hard to decide which one to buy.  Like anything there are good quality products and ones you should avoid buying. It’s important to buy a quality product as they last longer and are more durable. But how do you know which ones are quality?  Well here are some features that you will find in a quality trailer:

  • Hot dipped galvanised – these coatings are more durable than steel/painted trailers and protects them from rust and Australia’s harsh weather.
  • New light truck tyres  - you will be surprised that many manufacturers use second hand tyres, so make sure you ask if the tyres are new before buying.
  • LED lights – LED’s are better than conventional bulbs as they have a longer life, are more energy efficient and are more resistant to shock and vibration.
  • Jockey wheel and Spare wheel should be included in the price.

When buying a trailer cheaper isn’t always better.  It’s important to do your research beforehand and choose a quality built one that fits your purpose.  Taking your time will to choose the right one will pay off in the long run.

If you would like any further advice feel free to call us and our sales staff will be happy to assist.  You can contact our Adelaide showroom on 08 8281 6696 or our Perth showroom on 0447 901 977.  Eagle Camper Trailers have many years experience in the trailer industry and produce top quality products. We also have the skills and experience needed to build custom trailers to suit your individual needs.

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South Aussie with Cosi Episodes

We were lucky enough to be a part of two South Aussie with Cosi episodes this season.  It's a fantastic show and Cosi does an awesome job promoting South Australia and all that we have to offer.  

We hope you enjoyed the episodes as much as we did.  If you have any questions about our camper trailers, call us on 08 8281 6696 or click to see our range of camper trailers

Our top camping destinations in South Australia

In South Australia, we are lucky to have such beautiful camping spots right at our doorstep.  No matter what kind of camping you enjoy, you will be sure to find a perfect camp spot.  Whether you want to set your camp up under the stars in the outback, on a beach or in a caravan park, you will be pleased with the choice South Australia has on offer.  We are sharing some of our favourite camping destinations, and hopefully this will give you some inspiration to get out and experience more.

Picture of Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island

Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges

Wilpena Pound is located about 5 hours from Adelaide in the Flinders Ranges.  This campsite is the perfect place to camp if you are looking to explore the natural rock formation of Wilpena Pound and experience the breathtaking scenery of the Flinders Ranges outback.  If you enjoy bushwalking then Wilpena Pound is for you, there are many bushwalking trails available and you will be sure to find one to suit all fitness levels.  The Flinders Ranges is the starting point of the Heysen Trail, which is one of the world’s greatest walking tracks. Discover the spectacular Flinders Ranges and visit Wilpena Pound Campsite. For further information:  www.wilpenapound.com.au

Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula

Marion Bay is a small town 300km from Adelaide and is located at the Southern foot of Yorke Peninsula.  It is a beautiful location that is surrounded by beaches and cliffs and is the gateway to Innes National Park.  Marion Bay has some of the best beaches in Australia and is a popular destination for people who love to fish.  You will find many activities to do in Marion Bay; with miles of beautiful beaches and reefs there is something for everyone to do.  For further information on Marion Bay http://marionbay.com.au

Kangaroo Island, SA

Kangaroo Island is the third largest island in Australia and you can get there by ferry from Kingscote, which is about 1.5 hours from Adelaide.  Kangaroo Island has so much to offer, with pristine beaches, native bushland, wildlife and an abundance of tourist attractions, there are activities for the whole family to enjoy. This island remains relatively untouched and there are many unspoilt places for the keen camper to experience.  There really is so much to do on this island, you wont be disappointed.  For further information on Kangaroo Island - www.tourkangarooisland.com.au

Mannum, River Murray

Mannum is located only a short drive from Adelaide, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes away.  Mannum is located on the Murray River and you can enjoy some of the best cruising waters the Murray has to offer.  Mannum is a popular location because it is a short distance from Adelaide with plenty of watersports and native walks to enjoy and experience. Mannum is set on a picturesque river setting with water sports, houseboats, fishing, exploring and dining on offer. It also makes a great base to discover other regions that are close by such as Barossa Valley or Adelaide Hills.  For further information on Mannum or the Murray River www.murrayriver.com.au/mannum/

Streaky Bay, Eyre Peninsula

Streaky Bay is located on the western side of the Eyre Peninsula and is 720 kilometers from Adelaide.  It is a small picturesque town and is one of South Australia’s most scenic ones. There is more than 360km of spectacular coastline on the Great Australian Bight to explore, and is a great place to camp and discover the hinterland region. You will find spectacular beaches, great beach camping sites, surfing, plus an abundance of fishing spots.  You are also close to Baird Bay, where you can enjoy an Eco Experience and swim with sea lions and dolphins in their natural environment.  Streaky Bay is a must see destination. For further information www.streakybay.sa.gov.au

Posted 10 February 2016
Tags:  Camping, South Australia

Tips to help keep you cool while camping this summer

We all know that Australia can turn the heat up over summer, making camping unbearable at times.  Whether you are camping in a caravan, camper trailer or tent, we have put together some tips to help keep you cool while camping this summer.

Find the best position for your campsite         

When the temperature is soaring choosing the right campsite is important, as there is a big difference in temperature between direct sun or under shade. Setting your campsite up where it will see the most shade in the afternoon is the best way to keep your tent or camper cool. If you happen to be near water, set your camp up to make the most of the cool breezes coming off the water.

Keep hydrated…Bring plenty of water

When it’s hot, you lose fluid quicker than you would in cooler weather through sweating.  So it’s important to keep yourself hydrated and drink plenty of water. This is especially vital if you are camping with kids as they can dehydrate very quickly.  If you know the temperature is going to be high during your camping trip pack extra water and consider taking electrolyte drinks or sports drinks.  These drinks contain electrolytes, glucose and water, which will rehydrate you quickly.

Wear the right clothing

Wearing the right clothing for hot conditions will help keep you cooler and protect you from the harsh sun.  Clothing should be loose fitting so your body heat isn’t trapped and light coloured to reflect the heat. Plus invest in a wide brim hat if you will be spending time directly in the sun.

Ventilation and circulation

Lack of ventilation and air circulation can make the heat seem even more unbearable.  Keep the windows open in your tent or camper to keep it ventilated and consider purchasing a 12-volt fan to keep the air circulating.  These fans are an inexpensive way to keep you cooler while camping. 

You could also splurge and buy yourself a 12-volt portable air conditioner.  We recommend a Transcool EC3 portable evaporative air conditioner.

Cool yourself down

There are plenty of ways to help keep yourself and the kids cool in hot weather. If you are lucky enough to be camping near water, take a swim regularly to cool off.  You could also set up a blow up pool for the kids under shade to keep them amused and cool throughout the day.  We like to keep damp towels either in the esky or freezer, which are then perfect to drape over yourself. 

Not being able to sleep at night because of the heat is the worst!  So make sure there is plenty of ventilation and sleep with a cold towel across your body.  Fans particularly come in handy at night to help you get a good night's sleep. 

Staying cool while camping during summer can be a little challenging, but don’t put your camping trip on hold.  All it takes is a little planning to help you stay cool and hydrated.

Posted 16 December 2015
Tags:  Australia, Summer, Camping, Camper Trailers, Campers, Holidays

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