Life can be stressful and having the ability to escape the pressures of the daily grind for a while is well worth the investment. For many people, the best place to relax and unwind is in the great outdoors. One of the more convenient methods of enjoying this time is by purchasing a camper trailer.
This is a generalized term that can encompass a number of different types and styles of trailers that are designed to enhance a camping experience. They are created to provide anything from the bare minimum of amenities for the sense of "roughing it", to very sophisticated comforts that are not much different from being at home. Since each person has a unique idea of what they desire from their outdoor excursions, there are several things they should consider before making their choice.
The most obvious consideration in making this decision is price. However there are several other things that could help make the choice a bit easier. For instance, a person should think about how often they will be camping and for how long each time. Where the trips will most likely be may also make a difference. Weekends at the beach versus long trips to the mountains might influence some of the preferences one may have.
The cream of the crop in this genre of mobile homes is the behemoth known as the travel trailer. These are rather large campers that are constructed and towed at full size. The only type of expanding they might do would be a side panel that comes out about a foot to allow for extra sleeping space, or perhaps a roll-out awning for sitting outside. In many cases they have all the comforts of home such as kitchens and bathrooms.
There are a few models of this type that are small enough to be towed by a strong car, however for the most part, they are much too large and heavy to be pulled by anything less than a heavy duty vehicle. The majority of styles will use a standard trailer hitch connection. Fifth wheels, which are the largest options, use a hook-up known as a goose-neck and require the services of a full-sized pick-up truck.
The next option down is the style known as the expandable camper. They are often referred to as the "folding" type because from an enclosed and easy to tow case, an entire full-sized elevated tent will literally be folded out to provide room enough for sleeping, cooking, dining and socializing. This economical choice will still offer bathroom amenities in most models.
The most economical sub-type is the pop-up camper which is extremely easy to tow and maneuver. They are aptly named since the low-profile trailer has a top that can be unlatched and literally pops up to form the roof of the camper. Complete set up can be achieved in under an hour, and though they come with fewer amenities, they offer a classic experience.
Though very similar in a lot of ways, the folding and pop-up models basically vary in terms of how they expand. The former is usually extending more lengthwise while the latter reaches more vertically. There are many different models of each type of travel home that can be customized to personal preferences. The right camper trailer can greatly increase the outdoors experience.