Normally, Saturday mornings are spent having lazy coffees on the deck reading the newspaper. NOT TODAY! Up and at it, google maps in hand we ventured into the land of camper trailers!
First off the rank was Mars Campers. The sign very appropriately says it all!!! Like two little kids in a lolly shop, off we ventured inside to see what was happening on Mars! Now I just have to say, we spent a good 40 minutes in here talking to the fella and looking at options and had a feeling that today was going to be one of those days where our heads would explode by the afternoon with options! WE WERE RIGHT!
Since we made the decision to go, we have been swaying up our options for hard floors or soft floors, rear or front folds. They all look amazing on the computer but the whole idea of today was to get out and actually jump into them to see what fits us best. If we have to spend a year living in it, then it needs to be comfortable. It doesn’t have to have all the creature comforts but there are some things that we need to make our lives livable. For Phil, its two spare tyres and for me, its a shower and toilet.:-)
The first thing we walked into was the hardfloor rear fold and knew right away, that it’s not what we wanted. Not that there is anything seriously wrong with it but it seems a better fit with small monthly trips away than long extended times like we are planning. Space wise, we needed something a little more.
The other version on our hit list is the step up ( forward or rear fold). Look at me! I sound all knowing already! I LOVE THIS STYLE….just saying. The step up gives you ample space n the bedroom but also gives you the option of a dining area, lounge area type of function. The whole annex set up is included and provides for a huge footprint outside for the kitchen and all the sliding little doors and storage.
Not a bad price either at under $$20k…. this was a little beauty…
With a hi-ho and firm handshake we were off to the next stop Ezytrail Campers
Sooooo…..I didn’t take any photos here. I was a little excited and super impressed with this model. The Stirling Off Road Forward-Folding Camper is bloody fantastic. They had one set up with the full annex including the ensuite ( YES!) and we could both really picture ourselves being very cosy in this one. Like Phil said, its a little heavier and bigger but the comforts it offers is pretty damn good.
Images courtesy of Ezytrail Campers website
We were both a little awe struck with this baby. Did I mention we really liked it? You can check it out for yourself via the 3D view
If we had to buy one right away…. we both agree it would be this one but we couldn’t stop looking just in the case the next best things was just around the corner…which it actually was! Not the next best thing but Cub Campers.
To tell you the truth, I wasn’t that impressed with Cub Campers. The lady was really great and actually took the time to show us how to actually put one up but in comparison to the Blue Baby, I didn’t think it matched it. It was bit more expensive yet you didn’t get the comforts and additional extras that the other two offered. The one good thing was a five year warranty on both the camper and the canvas. Learning what things matter when you are going to be on the road out near whoop whoop and the canvas rips or the suspension breaks – who you gonna call?
They weren’t our cup of tea but I can see how their campers fit most families needing a bit more room and space. They are very spacious and amazingly easy to put up in less than 10 minutes!
So, we ventured on and found ourselves out Rocklea way checking out Swag campers. These guys had a huge assortment of campers from the very basic through to a huge fancy one with all kinds of things that popped out, popped up and went Whiz Bang! The fella also told us they are working on a new model of camper trailer that can be erected in less than 15 seconds!
The days of packing two trailers, 3 tents, 1 fridge, generator, bags, pots and pans, pop up kitchen sicks, 44 gallon drum fire kit, hammocks, chairs, tables, toilet, shower, tarps and more tarps, poles and more poles – are long gone! The massive variety of campers does actually bamboozle you….well, it did me!
The Voyager Deluxe was probably the closest to the blue baby and it was a pretty decent price. Standard set up, layout and lots of little extras including the ensuite which Phil tested for size!
Even though he looks like he is on the telephone, you can see how good the ensuite set up is.
Though, if you are one of those people that doesn’t like to shower where you poo, that might be a problem!!
The one thing that impressed me with all the camper trailers we saw today was the space you have to actually move around. In the main cabin, there is more than enough height so you don’t feel closed in. The amount of light that you can get into the space is great and having so many windows and clear panels provides you with the feeling of openness.
Having a separate cabin to the main annex is also a better option. The cabin provides you with a sitting and sleeping area if you are only staying overnight and a short set up and pack down time. If you are planning on staying longer, that it gives you the freedom to set up house with everything you need around you.
We still want to look at some more options in the coming weeks and Phil has been searching online for secondhand options. There is something to be said for camper trailers that have a bit of age to them. There are also some that have had the tweaks and work done on them which could be a good thing though we have already started talking about what we could do with the vans to make them more livable!
A great day out on the road! It makes it a little more real now and I truly can’t wait to get trekking! So much so, we have our little countdown to remind us!!!