Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Need To Look For When Purchasing a Camper Trailer
Many people come to us and their questions are varied and wide ranging. However, there are certain things to look for when purchasing your camper trailer.
Firstly, make sure your trailer is Australian made. This is very important. There are some sellers in the marketplace who will tell you that their trailers are made here in Australia when in fact they are imported. They may only be assembled here in Australia. If you can not see the trailers being built at the outlet you attend, then odds on they will be trailers that are being imorted from China
If any components such as jockey wheels, gas bottle rings or jerry can holders are either pop riveted or bolted on, then it is more than likely that the trailer has been imported. No matter what you are told.
Ask if the trailer is constructed of zinc anneal. This material is more expensive, however it more weather resistant than normal 'black' steel, and is not prone to rust as normal steel.
Check the trailer and make sure all the seams are sealed. If the seams are all sealed, this will help prevent water and dirt getting into your trailer, and in turn prevent rust
Is the trailer fitted with LED lights.
If you are planning on purchasing a trailer with a frame and gas struts, make sure the struts are welded to an independent frame and not welded or pop riveted to the steel bed base. It will only take a short period of time for struts welded to the bed base to warp. We use a 50mm x 25mm RHS frame which we then weld the tent to.
Check the draw bar and make sure it goes back almost to the axle. The draw bar should be at least 75mm x 50mm x 3.2mm. Most other manufacturers use 2mm RHS or similar.
Have a look under your trailer and check for the following:-
Make sure it has been painted all over.
Check the axle, make sure it is solid square and not either hollow or round. We use a minimum of 40mm solid square axles.
Check the welding.
Check the size of the chassis. It should be at least 50mm sq. (Our sub frames are constructed of 50mm sq tube. Many other manufacturers will use 40mm or less.
Check how many ribs or stringers are fitted under the trailer. There should be at least 4. We use a minimum of 40mm sq tube. Many other manufacturers use angle or similar.
Some sellers will also tell you that their tents are made in Australia when in fact they are not. Question the retailer where the tent is made. Imported tents can be of very high quality, so if the seller tells you that their tents are imported, this is not a concern. You may find some sellers will state that they send the canvas to China where it is prepared and sewn. Then shipped back to Australia. This will be false.
Ask the seller what weight the tent material is. If you are told that it is 15oz Rip Stop canvas (or higher), they are not telling you the truth. There is no such material. The heaviest Rip Stop canvas on the market at present is 14oz.
Check the stitching on the tents (where the pegs secure the tent to the ground). Make sure the tent is not stitched up the wall of the tent. If so, the stitching can pull and ultimately leak in heavy weather.
Check that the tent and dust cover are secured to the trailer by means of an aluminium track. (Similar to the track fitted to the side of a caravan for annexes). The advantage of the alloy track, is that should you ever damage the tent or dust cover, the tent / dust cover can be easily removed for repair. If the tent and / or dust cover is screwed to the bed base, then you will have major issues should you ever need to remove the item from your trailer.
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