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Basic Tips For Camper Trailer Users – Making life easier

Some may seem a little common sense (that’s because they are). But I remember when we first bought our camper trailer it took a while to get use to it and find out what works. These may be a little help! CT

  • Practice setting up and packing down your new camper trailer at home before embarking on any camping trips. Get familiar with the correct order to fold the canvas and don’t rush. Practice makes perfect. This will save YOU from being the campsite entertainment on your next camping trip. Label annexe poles to make it easy to identify where they belong.
  • Try to ensure the canvas on your camper trailer is dry before folding up. If that’s unavoidable make sure you set it up when you get home as a matter of priority. Damp canvas can bring on mould which is a nightmare to get rid of.
  • If you aren’t in a hurry to pack up and leave your campsite, let the warm sun heat up your canvas. This will make folding it away easier and will take less “squashing down” to get the cover on. Leave the door zipper open a little when folding up to prevent air being trapped inside.
  • When packing the inside of your camper trailer, distribute the weight evenly and try to put the heavier items over the axle. Be mindful of your tow ball weight and ensure you don’t exceed your towbars rating.
  • Add a large tarp to your camping kit to throw over your camper trailer when it’s set up. This will help keep the top clean from bird droppings and will provide a cooler tent on hot days.
  • Never under estimate the importance of the spare tyre for the camper trailer. Keep your spare in good condition and if possible use a wheel cover to keep if out of the constant sun to prevent it deteriorating.
  • Use large plastic boxes with secure lids to store loose items and kitchenware. This will minimise damage during your travels and help keep them water and dust free.
  • Don’t over-pack your camper with items you probably will never need. Space is valuable and so is weight. The lighter your camper trailer is the better it will tow and the less fuel you will use. Only pack the essentials.
  • Take a large vinyl bag or canvas sack to put in wet or dirty groundsheets or tarps when packing up so the rest of your gear stays clean and dry.
  • ALWAYS take extra ropes and spare tent pegs. Invest in a good quality steel mallet and keep a few sand pegs in your kit too in case you need them.

Basic Tips For Camper Trailer Users

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