Camping Equipment Buying Advice

In this section we asses the different camping options available. Your chosen style of camping can affect what vehicle you purchase and what other gear you need.

OFF ROAD CAMPER TRAILER OR A SLIDE-ON CAMPER
OFF ROAD CAMPER TRAILER OR A SLIDE-ON CAMPER
Making the right choice is very important.

At OTA we get many enquiries about camping gear choices. Here’s an edited guide from Trayon Campers, who make camper trailers and slide-ons.

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BUYING THE RIGHT CAMPER TRAILER
BUYING THE RIGHT CAMPER TRAILER
Determine your needs before you put down your hard-earned cash.

A camper trailer is the most versatile bush-travel home-away-from-home you can buy, but there are different types, intended for specific purposes. It’s important to determine your needs before you put down your hard-earned cash.

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CAMPER TRAILER FINANCE
CAMPER TRAILER FINANCE
Some guidance through the financing process.

A financial contract may get you the camper you want, rather than having to settle for a lower-quality or second-hand unit.

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CHECKING OUT A USED CAMPER TRAILER
CHECKING OUT A USED CAMPER TRAILER
Pry before you buy

Some campers have been driven and used carefully and others have been abused, but it’s not always easy to spot the difference. However, there are ways to check out the vehicle’s condition.

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DIFFERENT CAMPER TRAILER SUSPENSIONS ON TEST
DIFFERENT CAMPER TRAILER SUSPENSIONS ON TEST
We checked out the behaviour of leaf-spring and coil-spring camper suspensions.

In the fleet of six camper trailers we evaluated during a Camper Trailer Torture Test we had a selection of independent and leaf sprung designs that gave us an excellent opportunity for comparison under all operating conditions.

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E-Z LUBE LOW-MAINTENANCE TRAILER SPINDLES
E-Z LUBE LOW-MAINTENANCE TRAILER SPINDLES
This design takes the uncertainty out of trailer wheel bearing care

A trailer running gear lubrication system that’s simple to maintain and completely submersible.

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HOW LEGAL IS YOUR CAMPER TRAILER
HOW LEGAL IS YOUR CAMPER TRAILER
Some trailer makers tare weight claims are lies.

Most camper trailers are designed around best practice, with an appropriate braking system, but thousands - thousands - are not, according to the Australian Manufactured Camper Trailer Guild.

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IMPORTED CANVAS FAILS LABORATORY TESTS
IMPORTED CANVAS FAILS LABORATORY TESTS
Tests conducted by RMIT confirm suspicions of poor quality canvas - February 2014

Tests conducted by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology on three different samples of imported camper canvas have shown that these particular products did not meet Australian Standard requirements for waterproofing.

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SWAG, TENT OR CAMPER
SWAG, TENT OR CAMPER
Camping Shelter Options

We’re assuming at the outset that you’re going seriously off road, so a slide-on or camper trailer has replaced a caravan on your potential purchase list. That means your choice is between swags, tents and campers.

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