The pros and cons of camper trailers

Camper trailers are a simple option for those who don’t want to tow a caravan.
car towing a camper trailer
A camper trailer is basically a tent that pulls out of a trailer and pegs into the ground. The trailer itself is the sleeping space. The trailer can be towed by either a 2WD or a 4WD, but if you’re going off-road use a 4WD. If you’re considering buying a camper-trailer, one of the best ways to learn about them is to rent one. Here are some of the pros and cons by rental company Camplify:


  • Cheaper to hire than a caravan or motorhome.
  • Easier and safer to tow than a conventional caravan.
  • Better fuel consumption than a caravan when towing.
  • Can be a lot easier to pitch than a normal tent of the same size.
  • Easy to increase the size of the living/sleeping space by adding an awning.
  • Beds are ready-made and are raised off the ground.
  • Feels like you’re closer to nature and can take in the smells and sounds.
  • Access more locations with the ability to off-road because of the size and weight.
  • There’s usually some storage where you can keep your camping equipment.
  • Quick to pack up, hitch up and go.


  • Although quicker than a conventional tent, it can still take some time to set up and pack up.
  • There’s less storage space than larger caravans or RVs.
  • Not all versions have a toilet or shower, so be sure to check.
  • Less privacy as the walls are canvas and easy to look/hear through.
  • Not so great in high wind or rain.

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The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.