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A Guide to Shopping for New Camper Trailers

With hundreds of makes and models of camper trailers for sale on the market, the buying process can quickly become overwhelming. Sifting through the endless number of options available can be time-consuming, and you also may not have the time to view prospective campers in person at all.

This quick guide will take a look at some strategies you can use to quickly narrow down your options, as well as some general aspects and features to look out for when shopping for new camper trailers.

Narrow Your Options Based On Your Budget

Looking at camper trailers for sale is exciting, but that excitement makes it easy to get carried away imagining all of the outdoor adventures you’ll have in the future instead of focusing on the current realities of your budget and the subsequent limitation it places on your purchase decision.

While this may come across as a little discouraging, thinking with your budget in mind will ground your decision and minimise the chances of a regretful camper purchase. Being able to quickly filter out prospective campers by price will also drastically cut down the time you spend searching for a new camper trailer and ensure you only consider options you can actually afford.

Get Familiar with Your Vehicle’s Towing Capacity

Hopefully, you’re already well aware that you’ll need an appropriate vehicle to tow your new camper trailer. Before looking at camper trailers for sale, getting familiar with your towing vehicle’s maximum towing capacity is crucial, as selecting a camper trailer that is too heavy to be towed will mean you won’t be going anywhere any time soon.

A benefit of knowing your towing vehicle’s towing capacity is that it gives you yet another way to streamline the search process, as you’ll now be able to filter out prospective campers by price and weight. Conversely, towing weight does give you another crucial aspect to consider in the buying process. Even if you buy a camper that can be reliably towed by your towing vehicle, any extra weight on your vehicle will make it work harder. This means you’ll need to take into consideration the impact this will have on your fuel and maintenance costs.

The towing capacity of your vehicle can usually be found in the manufacturer’s manual that came with your car. Failing that, calculating the maximum towing weight can be quite complex, so it’s best to use free towing weight calculators that can be found online. If you’re still stuck, call a dealer that offers camper trailers for sale and they should be able to help point you in the right direction.

Make a List of Must-Have Features

Reflecting back on budget considerations, making a list of “must-have” features and “nice-to-have” features will further optimise your budget as well as take the stress out of choosing a camper trailer. Camper trailers for sale come in a number of configurations and feature sets, some of which will be overkill for your needs and some of which might not meet enough of your criteria.

Before you go looking at campers, take the time to sit down and write a dedicated list of features you and your family simply won’t be able to travel without. Consider the future as your children age. How will your needs change? Are there other types of trips you would like to try other than the standard road trip, and what kind of features would complement this trip? If you’re buying the camper for retirement, what kind of features and appliances would make daily life easier?

Asking yourself these types of questions will quickly put into perspective needs from wants, making looking at camper trailers for sale much easier and efficient.

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