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5 Key Reasons To Buy A Camper Trailer For Your Family Holidays

Family holidays allow you to leave everyday stresses behind and create memories to last a lifetime. Camping holidays are the ultimate way to spend valuable time with your family and now more than ever a much easier and safer way to travel. As we said, camping is the ultimate way to holiday, but what if you could make it even more enjoyable? Well we are here to show you that the best way to holiday is in a family camper trailer

Key Reasons To Buy A Family Camper Trailer

Here’s 5 key reasons you should consider buying a camper for your next family holiday.

Affordable Family Holiday

Generally buying a camper trailer won’t break the bank and they represent excellent value for money.  They don’t come with the hefty price tag of some larger caravans and motorhomes, yet still provide the same comfort, features and security.  Once you’ve made your initial investment, you’ll be loving your low cost family holidays, with no expensive accommodation and flights costs. What’s even better there’s no need to eat out every day. With full kitchen facilities you can cook for everyone without the cost. All of this means big savings!

Easy Way To Camp 

Whether you're camping enthusiasts or beginners, you’ll appreciate the convenient and comfortable getaway camper trailers offer. Kids add another dimension to camping, so making the whole experience easier will ensure both the adults and kids get the most out of the trip.  

To start with, the time saved on packing and setting up is incredible! You can store all your equipment securely in the camper and there’s no need to pack and unpack at each location. Plus they are a breeze to set up, which means you’ll have more time to relax and enjoy your surroundings.  Now who wants to spend hours setting up tents? 

Surprisingly, campers are quite spacious and include many creature comforts of home, making them perfect for your next holiday. With comfortable beds, security, storage and convenient kitchen facilities, you’ll never look back. 

Best Holidays For Children

The benefits of camping with the kids are enormous.  Camping provides the ultimate outlet to escape daily routines, spend quality time as a family and unplug from technology. Kids tend to spend a lot of time in front of screens and camping gets them away from these gadgets and enjoying the outdoors. The fresh air and no schedules will do wonders for your family. There really is something magical about camping and you’ll certainly create memories to last a lifetime for your kids.

Authentic Camping Experience

Many of us have fond memories of family holidays with tents and campfires. This is not lost in a camper; you’ll still enjoy the authentic camping experience. Just with the added benefit of comfort and convenience. Campers really do offer the perfect balance between tents and caravans

Freedom To Explore Further

Australia is the ultimate holiday destination! With so many amazing places to explore, you don’t want to miss a thing. Camper trailers, especially off road models, are tough and agile, ready for all adventures. There’s no need to be limited with the places you can explore or be caught off guard by rough weather. You have the freedom to explore further, with the comfort of knowing you have all the essential items you need when travelling with kids. 

Holidays should be a time to relax and enjoy family time. You want minimum amount of effort with maximum amount of fun. Campers are a low cost, convenient way to do this. Start creating lasting memories now and head into Eagle’s, where we have family camper trailers for sale ready for your new adventures.

How To Keep Your Caravan In Tip Top Condition - Caravan Maintenance Guide

It’s a fact that wear and tear on your caravan is inevitable, so regular maintenance is essential. Caravan maintenance needs to be looked at as preventative maintenance that gets done regularly to keep your van in tip top condition. These preventative measures will help avoid any unnecessary breakdowns, expensive repairs, extend the life of your investment and most importantly keep you safer on the roads. 

In between your regular caravan service, follow this easy guide to caravan maintenance for simple checks and tasks you can complete yourself.

Caravan Maintenance

1. Clean Your Van Regularly 

Give your van a thorough clean a few times a year, even when not in use and most importantly at the end of each trip. It’s essential to keep the exterior clean and free from dirt that can lead to surface damage and rust. Cleaning the van and ventilating it regularly will also help prevent mould growing in the interior. While working around the van this is the perfect time to check for any loose or damaged items on your van’s exterior. A word of caution, be sure to use the right chemicals and equipment when cleaning to avoid any damage. Always check the cleaning advice from your manufacturer first.

2. Wheels & Tyres Check

To start with, inspect your tyres and rims for any damage. Tyres older than 6 years should be replaced to prevent any blow-outs. Check the wheel nuts and tighten with a torque wrench to the manufacturer's specifications. Next move to your tyre’s and check their pressure. Maintaining the correct tyre pressure is a must to keep you safe on the road and prevent damage to your van. Not only that but correct tyre pressures will extend the life of your tyres and improve your fuel efficiency. Tyres need to be tested when they are cold and we recommend sticking to your manufacturer’s suggested specifications for the correct tyre pressures.

3. Take a Look Under The Van

Checking the drawbar and chassis is part of your regular service, but we recommend regularly having a look underneath the van for any signs of fatigue. In between your service and especially when travelling for lengthy periods, check the chassis and drawbar for any signs of damage or rust. Plus this gives you the chance to find any loose hoses or wiring. If you’re not sure what to look for, ask your service centre to show you when you’re booked in next.

4. Brakes, Wheel Bearings and Jockey Wheel

Brakes and wheel bearings should be checked and serviced yearly by an authorised service centre. Your at home maintenance simply involves checking the handbrake engages and releases properly and looking for any rust or damage. The same goes for your jockey wheel, simply check that the handle and wheel can manoeuvre easily and once again look for any signs of rust or damage.

5. Lights, Power, Gas & Water

It’s important to inspect your battery, lights, gas and water storage regularly.

  • Check all batteries are working and holding charge. If your van is not in use for extended periods, keep the batteries plugged into a charger or management system. This will avoid draining the house batteries and causing permanent damage.
  • Gas leaks are dangerous! If you suspect you have a gas leak, call a licensed professional to take a look. Test all gas appliances, such as fridges, cooktops, hot water service, making sure they are in working order with no leaks. If the flame colour from these gas appliances is yellow, once again call a licensed professional. Make sure the gas hoses and regulators are in good working condition as well.
  • Check that all lights on the van are working and replace any broken bulbs. It’s best to keep spare bulbs while traveling too. Any other electrical checks and repairs need to be completed by a licensed repairer.
  • To keep your water safe and fresh, empty any stale water and flush the tanks frequently. After being stored for extended periods or if you’ve faced water contamination, it may be time to give your tanks a clean. Chat with your favourite service centre for the best advice on this.

6. Avoid Water Leaks And Check All Seals

Many ignore this preventative check, but you’ll be thankful that you don’t! Water leaks can cause extensive damage, so it’s best to regularly look for any signs of leaks and check all the seals on the van. Seals can deteriorate over time, to preserve them for longer, keep your van clean and try to store your caravan undercover. 

You’ve invested a lot of money, so it’s essential to protect your van by looking after it and complete regular maintenance. These simple tips should help extend the life of your van and avoid any unnecessary damage and cost. Happy Towing!

Are you due for a caravan service in Adelaide? Our expert tradesman can get the job done right and help with any caravan maintenance advice. Book today on 08 8281 6696.

Posted 20 August 2020
Tags:  caravan maintenance, caravan repairs, caravan service

Vacationer Caravans Have Arrived At Eagle Trailers & Campers

Now you can find Vacationer Caravans most popular model, the Rough Rider in South Australia at Eagle Trailers & Campers. Vacationer Caravans are designed and built to the highest standard right here in Australia and we are thrilled to be their SA dealer. 

Vacationer Caravans Adelaide | Rough Rider, Luxury Semi Off Roader

The first van to arrive, the Rough Rider, a luxury semi off road van, fully capable of handling both on and off road conditions. Quite simply we are absolutely impressed with the toughness and extravagance of this van, which is exactly what Vacationer are renowned for. With top of the line appliances, luxury features and cutting edge build technology, the Rough Rider ticks all the boxes for adventure enthusiasts.

The Alko Enduro cross country suspension prepares this van for adventure and it’s certainly ready to be put through its paces. What’s more, add in the increased ground clearance, supergal chassis, tough checkerplate, 15 inch mud-terrain tyres and you are set to explore off the beaten track. The Rough Rider participated in the ALKO Tough Tow Test, demonstrating its toughness and agility.  

Wanting to head off grid? Then the Rough Rider is the van for you, with 2 roof top solar panels, dual batteries, grey water tank and plenty of water storage.  Not only that, but it comes with an internal ensuite and outside shower, with the luxury of  endless gas hot water. Did we mention a washing machine is included! What more could you want?

Boasting a luxurious interior, the Rough Rider has been designed to deliver the ultimate level of comfort when travelling in Australia’s toughest conditions. 

Start your new adventures today with this ultimate semi off roader.  Available in many layouts and colour schemes, so you can pick the perfect van for you. 

We are now excited to have the Rough Rider 226C in our showroom. This family caravan has it all and is designed to go anywhere.

Celebrating 10 Years in Caravan & Camping

What a 10 years it has been! Eagle Trailers & Campers are proud to be celebrating 10 years in business. Established in 2010 by Brent & Kay Boardman, we have become a leading dealer in Australia for trailers, campers and off road caravans. A family owned business with our head office in SA, our team works hard  to deliver quality products to the Australian market. 

Lifetime Warranty Caravans Campers

Eagle Off Road Caravans & Campers

Our caravans and campers are easily recognised with their eagle logo and renowned for toughness and quality.  Designed and built to withstand Australia’s toughest conditions, our off road caravans and camper trailers are ready to take on all terrains. Not only are they tough, there’s no need to rough it on your off road adventures, as our range also delivers on comfort. 

Lifetime Warranty

To celebrate 10 years in business, we are now offering a LIFETIME WARRANTY on drawbar & Chassis for all caravans and campers*. At Eagle Trailers & Campers, we want our customers to have peace of mind when purchasing one of our products. Word of mouth is everything to us and you can see by our customer reviews that we work hard to deliver outstanding products. 

Now our complete confidence in our products is backed by our lifetime warranty.  Plus our Australia wide warranty still stands, so you can get your caravan or camper repaired wherever you are in Australia.

Visit Us Today

Start creating memories out on the road today. Call us up on (08) 8281 6696 or visit one of our RV dealers to see our quality products first hand. 

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* Chassis & Drawbar carries a Lifetime warranty. For caravans and camper trailers sold from July 2020. See full warranty terms.

What Is The Difference Between Single Axle & Tandem Trailers?

You know you want to buy a new trailer, but not sure which one? You probably have started your research and now realise there are different types, sizes and models to choose. One of the first questions you might come across is should you invest in a single axle or a tandem? 

Difference Single Axle & Tandem Trailers

The construction and axles dictate their performance, so knowing how you will use your trailer will determine which to choose. Put simply a single axle trailer has one axle and one set of wheels, where a tandem has two axles with two sets of wheels. Let’s explore further so you can choose the right one for you.

Single Axle

As mentioned, single axles have one axle and one set of wheels and are therefore lighter and smaller than tandems. If you are solely looking to transport smaller to medium loads, then these are ideal. Mostly purchased for home use, they tow easily behind smaller cars.

Benefits:

  • Smaller and easier to manoeuvre in tight spaces.  .
  • Lighter weight so they are easier to tow and more economical on fuel.
  • Generally cheaper to purchase due to smaller size and straight forward construction.
  • Less maintenance needed with only two wheels, tyres, bearings and brakes.

Disadvantages:

  • Limited by payload. Not suitable to tow heavy loads.
  • More wear and tear on tyres as the weight of the load is distributed over two tyres compared to four.
  • Not required to have a braking system which can present some safety issues.

Tandem Trailers

Tandem trailers are suited to those needing to carry heavier loads and you can easily spot one by its two set of wheels. These models come with two axles close together, along with extra tyres that help disperse the weight of the load. They are perfect for handling heavier loads and offer a higher payload than singles.

Benefits:

  • Most often have better suspension.
  • Generally larger, so you can carry larger loads.
  • Tandems disperse the weight across both axles and set of wheels.
  • More stable at highway speeds and conditions. 
  • Safer as the brakes will help you stop, especially important when carrying a heavy load. By law if trailers are rated 750kg to 2000kg it’s a requirement to include brakes.
  • Heavy duty built to regularly transport heavy loads
  • Better stability and sturdiness on the road with less bounce and sway
  • Flat tyres wont completely stop you in your tracks as they are simple to change, even without using a jack.

Disadvantages:

  • More expensive as they are generally bigger in size and require more complicated construction.
  • Weigh more than single axles, so not as fuel efficient.
  • Increase maintenance with the double axles and 4 wheels and tyres to maintain.
  • Potentially more difficult to manoeuvre in driveways or smaller spaces.

Let’s Get Started

When it comes to choosing between single or tandem, the first step is to work out how you’ll be using it and what you be hauling. If you are towing lighter loads here and there, a single axle is ideal. If you need to carry heavier loads and worry about safety, then a tandem is for you. 

Why not head into our showroom and have a chat. One of our team will be happy to walk you through the different options available and help you choose the right one for your needs. We offer a large range of designs suited for personal use through to industrial tippers. Plus a major advantage of buying with us is we offer you choice. Choice to select either a fully galvanised imported or painted Australian made trailer. Not only that, but our fabricators can custom build any type for you. With over 10 years’ experience in fabrication, you can feel 100% confident with your purchase.

Find us at 1421 Main North Rd, Para Hills West or alternatively give us a call on 08 8281 6696 for further information.

Australian Made Trailers Built Right Here in SA

Whether you are looking to buy an Australian made trailer for home or work, we have you covered. With over a decade in this industry we have the knowledge and experience to manufacture trailers that are built to last. Eagle Trailers and Campers have worked hard becoming industry leaders and have a strong reputation for producing the best trailers.

Our team is excited to offer Australian made trailers that are built using high quality 100% Australia steel. Manufacturing Australian made offers our customers choice when it comes to their purchase. Our mission has always been to produce quality, robust products at an affordable price and that hasn’t changed. 

Australian Made Trailers

Australian Made Trailers, Built To Last

Eagle Australian made trailers are built to last, using only the best materials and will withstand Australia’s harsh conditions. Built using high quality Australian materials, they are fabricated from the ground up in our Para Hills West workshop.  Even more importantly they are manufactured to meet Australia’s strict standards, so you can rest easy knowing you have purchased a quality Australian made product.

Backed by our 12 month warranty, our heavy duty Australian made trailers all come with:

  • Rocker Roller suspension (Tandem Axle Only)
  • Cable Disc Brakes
  • Swing up Jockey Wheel
  • Front & rear tailboards
  • Tie rails all around 
  • Checker plate steps between front & rear of mudguards
  • Rubber mud flaps rear of mudguards
  • Spare Wheel
  • LED tail lights
  • Sunraysia rims
  • NEW Light Truck Tyres

Custom Build Your Trailer To The Highest Standard

Whatever type of trailer you require we can design and build one to suit. Over the years we have built a solid reputation on delivering quality custom trailers for personal use, business, government, charities and more. The last 10 years our team have been fabricating custom builds such as BBQ trailers, food vans, motorbike trailers and the list goes on. You name it and we can build it!

Let’s Get Started

When purchasing from us, you can feel secure knowing we are a family owned business and we pride ourselves on producing quality products with exceptional customer service.  Word of mouth is everything to us! 

Contact us today by visiting our Para Hills West showroom or giving us a call on (08) 8281 6696 – our team would love to give you the help and advice that you need. No job is too big or small!

Posted 7 May 2020
Tags:  Australian Made Trailers

5 Reasons You Need To Go On A Caravan or Camping Trip This Year

Have you been extra stressed lately or finding it hard to sleep? Getting away on a much needed camping trip could be the solution. Whether you are camping in a tent, camper or caravan you can benefit from the break to your everyday routine.  

It’s no secret that camping is fun! From spending time outdoors to escaping your daily routine you’ll have a blast. Not to mention the positive benefits to your health and well being. The benefits of camping are endless, but we have picked our top 5 reasons you NEED to camp to improve your wellbeing, health and happiness.

1. Camping is great for your health

People who camp regularly enjoy loads of health benefits that come with this fun activity. Generally they are healthier, happier and live longer. From the fresh air to increased exercise and less stress there are numerous health benefits to caravan and camping. The latest research from the Caravan Industry Association of Australia has shown that those who regularly go caravan and camping are not only happier, but also more satisfied, optimistic and energised than those who don’t. Ignoring stress in your life can be detrimental to your mental, physical, and emotional health. So why not take a break and give caravan and camping a go this year.

2. Reconnect with loved ones

We live in a time where work life balance is often out of whack, making us time poor and struggling to find time to connect with our loved ones. Camping is the perfect way to spend quality time with family and friends in a relaxed environment and away from all the modern distractions.

3. Electronics Detox

Technology clearly has its benefits, but do you ever feel you or your family need a break from electronics? For most people we don’t go anywhere without our phones, tablets or laptops. With camping you can ditch the screens, unplug from all electronics and chill out. Excessive screen time can lead to many health issues for both adults and kids, so a digital detox every now and then will have great benefits on your wellbeing. It might also be a surprise that you and the kids can survive without electronics and actually enjoy it!

4. Improve your sleep

Trouble sleeping? Camping could be the answer! Spending less time in natural light and more time in front of screens has affected our circadian rhythm. Which means that many of us are suffering sleep disorders or simply not getting enough sleep daily. The good news is that research from the University of Colorado-Boulder shows that a weekend camping trip can reset your circadian rhythm and return your bodies normal sleeping patterns.

5. Holiday Safely

There’s no doubt that travelling around this amazing country is going to be a much easier and safer holiday. Not to mention Australia has some of the best destinations and experiences, which rival anywhere overseas. With no currency change over, long flights, airports, culture shock, you can spend more time enjoying the sights. Plus travelling with a hybrid caravan or camper allows you the freedom to enjoy more of Australia. Also Medicare covers you while travelling around Australia, so any medical care during your holiday is free. More importantly with today’s state of play, from terrorism to viruses you are much safer travelling right here in Australia.

Today more that ever we are time poor, stressed and out of balance. Being outdoors is great for you health! You get more vitamin D, an increase in endorphins, plus you will burn extra calories without even realising. You can’t lose, why not give caravan or camping a go this year.

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