Resources: Camping

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, Campers, Camper Trailers, Holidays

Top reasons to buy a camper trailer.

Camping is the best way to escape our hectic lifestyles and get back in touch with nature. Over the years camper trailers have become a popular choice over traditional tent camping or purchasing an expensive RV because of the many benefits they provide. We have put together our top reasons why you should consider buying a camper trailer for your family.

Value for Money

Purchasing a camper trailer is a cost effective alternative to buying a caravan or motorhome however they still provide the safety and features of these RV’s. Plus they are far more economical on fuel! Camper trailers also hold their value, so when it comes time to selling the camper, your initial purchase will have been a good investment.

After the initial outlay of buying your camper, you will find that you spend less when you are on your camping holiday.  No need to pay for expensive accommodation and camper trailers come equipped with cooking facilities and great storage so you can prepare your own meals.  If you also invest in solar panels, then you will be able to take advantage of the fantastic free campsites around Australia or opt for non-powered camping sites, which are even cheaper!

Take a camper anywhere

Australia has some of the most magical off road destinations to explore and with a camper trailer you can go anywhere your 4WD will take you. Most campers are designed and built to withstand Australia’s rugged off road conditions and being able to safely explore these remote areas is a great reason to buy a camper trailer. 

Saves you time and effort

Most camper trailers are easy to set up, so once you get to your destination there is no time wasted. You can arrive on site, push up the roof, and pull out the beds with minimum fuss and effort. All of your gear and equipment will be safely stored inside, and you can use that extra free time to start enjoying your holiday. Also they are much easier to tow than a caravan and you wont need to upgrade your car.

Comforts of home

Compared to tents with a camper trailer you still get to enjoy the benefits of taking your comforts from home without having to tow a large caravan. Campers are surprisingly spacious, with lots of storage, comfortable beds and convenient cooking facilities. They also provide that additional level of security you don’t get when camping with tents.

Holidays should be a time for relaxing with the minimum amount of effort and the maximum amount of enjoyment, so when planning your next holiday, consider buying a camper trailer to make your travels so much easier.

Questions to ask before buying a camper trailer.

Buying a new camper trailer is a big decision and by doing your research and asking the right questions you can be sure to choose the right one for you.  Whilst your budget is often your starting point when looking to buy a camper trailer, it is also important to take a longer term approach and think about what your needs will be in the coming years. 

You need to look at what your situation will be; will you have a growing family or will your children become adults and you plan to travel with your partner? The type of holidays you plan to take will also depend on whether you want a camper trailer that is easy to pitch and pack away, or if storage is the most important thing.  Once you work out what’s important to you then you are ready to go and look at some campers and find one that suits your family.

As we know it can be quite a daunting process, we have put together some questions to help get you started… 

Camper Trailer Specifications:

It's vital to ensure you can safely tow the camper trailer with the car you will be driving.  So one of the first questions to ask is the weight of the camper and remember to check the weight when fully loaded, as well as the recommended towing capacity of the tow bar.  While you are checking the weight, it’s also a good idea to see if you can easily move the camper trailer by yourself.

 If you plan on heading off road with your camper trailer you need to make sure the camper will handle these conditions and check that it has off road capable suspension.

When you are not using your camper trailer you need to store it well.  Ask for the measurements of the camper to make sure it will fit in your garage or the area you are planning to store it.

Camper Trailer Storage:

Camping trips should be easy and stress free, so having adequate storage is essential. Depending on how many people you are travelling with or the kinds of camping trips you will be taking, you need to check that you have enough storage space.  Is the camper big enough for your requirements and how much can you pack inside it?

Camper Trailer Features:

Spend time exploring the camper trailer to see what features are included and how they work and most importantly ensure that you find it easy to erect and pack up.  Some valuable questions to ask are:

  • Is an on board 12 volt AGM battery included in the price, and if so, how is it recharged and roughly how long will the batteries last?
  • What is the capacity of the water tanks and what are the tanks made of?
  • Are the screens midge proof?
  • Are solar panels a standard feature or are they an additional cost?
  • Can you recharge your batteries with the solar panels and an Anderson plug?
  • Does the camper trailer have all terrain tyres?
  • Is an annexe or an awning included in the price?
  • Does the camper trailer come with the receiver to fit your car?

Warranty and After Sales Service:

The service and support you will receive after buying your camper trailer is another important factor to consider.  If something goes wrong while you are travelling it will be inconvenient if you have to return the camper to the place of purchase for warranty work.  Check what type of warranty is included and ask if the company has representatives in each state authorised to carry out warranty work?

Any professional company will be more than happy to answer your questions and give you time to view the range of camper trailers they have on offer, so that once you decide on the right one for you, you can drive it away feeling confident in your informed choice.

Posted 19 August 2015
Tags:  Warranty, Camping Trailers, Camping, Camper trailer, Campers

CAMPER TRAILER SERVICE & REPAIR

Get your camper trailer ready for your next camping trip!

Servicing your camper trailer regularly is essential to keeping it in tip top condition and will prevent unnecessary breakdowns during your holiday.  Camping trips should be relaxing and worry free; the last thing you want to think about is repairing your camper trailer.  Prevention is always better than the cure!

In general you should service your camper trailer every year, however if you don’t use your camper often we recommend every 6 months. We now have workshops in Adelaide and Perth to service and repair all makes and models of camper trailers.

Book in your service today and get your camper trailer ready for your next camping trip.  Our pre-trip service and Inspection starts from $160 and includes*:

  • General condition and inspection
  • Inspect and service wheel bearings
  • Adjust brakes
  • Check condition and pressure of tyres
  • Check and service suspension
  • Check all lights are working
  • *Not including parts

If you need any repairs completed on your camper trailer, visit one of our showrooms and we can provide a detailed quote.

For more information on servicing or repairing your camper, you can call us on - Adelaide 08 8281 6696 or Perth 08 6109 0349.

Posted 15 June 2015
Tags:  Repairs, Servicing, Camper Trailer, Camping, Campers

Our new TV ad; featuring the Cheyenne Camper Trailer

Have a look at our new TV ad featuring the Cheyenne Hard Floor Camper Trailer.  This camper is our most popular model and is ideal for families or larger groups.  It includes all the features you need to travel comfortably, all at an affordable price.

Features of Cheyenne Camper Trailer:

  • Sleeps 6 giving you room to move with the whole family
  • Abundance of storage space
  • Full off road capabilities
  • Quick and easy to set up
  • Free annexe with every NEW camper trailer - watch the TV ad to see how much extra space that gives you!
  • Australia wide warranty for peace of mind when travelling

CAMPING ETIQUETTE: OUR TOP CAMPING RULES

Camping is a great way to unwind and by simply following a few basic unwritten rules you can make sure camping is enjoyable for everyone.  There’s nothing worse than finally taking the time out of your busy life to go camping and end up arguing with others. We’ve all been there – had a camping trip ruined by the people next to us!

So we’ve decided to share some of our top rules for camping, in hope to spread the word and make you a better camper.  Whether it’s your first time camping or you are a seasoned camper, have a quick read and make your holiday more enjoyable for yourself and others.

Keep noise to a minimum

Camping is about having fun and enjoying yourself, but be respectful of other campers and make sure your fun isn’t disrupting them.  It’s an unwritten rule that around 10pm you should start winding down and mimimise your noise. The same can be said for early morning.  If you enjoy waking up early be mindful that others wont enjoy being woken up from your noise.

Minimise Generator use

When people go camping they enjoy the peace and quiet. Generators are noisy, so be mindful of your neighbours and minimise their use.  The best times to use generators are during the day, not before 8am or after 10pm.  If you need to run the generator throughout the night for medical reasons try to camp away from others. Many campgrounds don’t allow generator use, but if they do it’s a good idea to follow these guidelines.

Don’t set up camp too close to others

People love to camp and get away from the world and enjoy the outdoors.  It’s good camping etiquette to make sure you don’t choose a campsite too close to others.  Also respecting other campers privacy is a must!

Keep dogs under control

If a campsite allows dogs there are a few things you need to remember.  Not everyone is a dog lover, so make sure you keep the dog on a leash and always clean up after them. You will also need to be cautious around children. Be mindful throughout your holiday to try and keep your dog quiet, constant barking will definitely put off other campers.  Follow these simple guidelines and your much loved dog can enjoy the family holiday too.

Leave campsite and facilities clean

Leave your campsite clean, remove all rubbish and don’t leave it to the next camper to clean up after you. You should leave no trace that you were there.  If the campsite has showers, toilets or bbq facilities, clean them after each use and respect the premises.  The next camper will appreciate it!

Keep an eye on your children

We all want our children to have fun on their camping holiday.  However, it’s important for you to teach them good camping etiquette, so they don’t annoy other campers.  A big one is making sure your children don’t become unwanted guests at other campsites.  Even if they have become friends with their children, it’s not up to the parents to babysit them.

Don’t walk through other people’s campsite

Walking through someone else’s campsite is considered rude.  Make sure you and your children walk around all campsites and not through them.

These are just some of the top camping rules that we have selected, but there are many more. Generally if you use your common sense you will have a fun-filled camping trip and your fellow campers will thank you for it!

Posted 20 May 2015
Tags:  campers, camper trailers, Camping

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