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Trailer Tent Quality

Trailer tent step by step set up
Trailer tent step by step set up
Trailer tent step by step set up
Trailer tent step by step set up
Trailer tent step by step set up


Don't be fooled into thinking that all trailer tents and folding campers are the same, despite similarities in their layout, the quality and design of the final product will vary according to the manufacturer. Come along to Camperlands and see for yourself just how different they can be. Our sales staff are happy to discuss and demonstrate (where possible) the pro's and con's of all the leading manufacturers and highlight the good and bad points of each design.


Unlike many trailer tent dealers who find demonstrating their products impractical or simply too tiresome, at Camperlands we have a strict policy that encourages daily demonstrations of the latest trailer tent designs. Our indoor trailer tent displays have dedicated areas, where demonstrations take place rain or shine. We are able to demonstrate and explain the differences between Camp-let,CabanonSunnCampTriganoCampMasterJamet, raclet and many more.


Prior to purchase we are able to demonstrate the vast majority of our second hand stock (some exceptions may apply). On collection ALL second hand units are demonstrated in detail.


The demonstration process will give you a good understanding of the set-up and packing away processes. Our sales team will be able to answer any of your questions and put your mind at ease regarding any concerns you may have. With over 100 years of combined sales experience we are confident that we can pass on our experience so you make the right choice to purchase the correct trailer tentfolding camper or Camp-let with confidence. It's important to make the right choice 1st time so you are welcome to spend as much time as you require and have a list of questions as long as your arm, to make sure, you make the right choice.


Some manufacturers use low cost M.D.F board, which is not very well suited to outdoor use. Other manufacturers use good quality ply board and slatted beds, which offer greater comfort and prevent mattresses from becoming damp by encouraging ventilation. It is very probable that M.D.F is used by manufacturers in order to control costs, visit Camperlands to learn more about these and other features.


Manufacturers designs differ greatly, some designs provide greater stability than others. Features to look out for include cabin webbing straps, reinforced guying points and cabin bracing poles . These features and more are designed to improve usability, comfort and increase strength and resistance to wind and rain during the rough of camping. See in-store for more details.


All manufacturers claim to use quality canvas without mentioning the thickness of the canvas. Canvas thickness or weight varies from around 250 grams to over 300 grams. Canvas thickness can determine the life span of the product, with varying resistance to UV degradation and overall performance in adverse weather conditions. See in-store for more details. Acrylic material is now used on trailer tents +folding campers which has its "pros and cons". Acrylic material dries quicker and is easier to clean. In general acrylic made trailer tents / folding campers usually have a plastic coated roof, again, making the removal of tree sap and bird lime easier to remove. The down side to acrylic V cotton canvas is cotton is more breathable meaning in hot weather cotton canvas is a cooler climate. Both cotton and acrylic can last up to 30 years,with average usage, and therefore the quality is the same in that respect.


Window designs are very important. The window designs of awnings are in general very similar between manufacturers. However the window designs on the cabin sections differ greatly. Window designs are made up of panels i.e. mesh panels to provide ventilation and keep out the bugs, clear plastic panels which provide light and solid panels for total privacy and light seclusion for a good night's sleep. It's very easy for a potential buyer to overlook these features, which could lead to disappointment once a purchase has been made. Also bare in mind that some manufacturer's window designs have small windows with only 2 panels. Some window designs are twice the size with 3 roll-up or unzipping panels, which allow twice as much light and ventilation to filter into the cabin and allow for good privacy and weather protection. See in-store for more details.


If you compare trailer sizes between manufacturers you will find that some are wider than others, however in general all trailer tents are still narrower than the average family car. Be aware that the length and width of a trailer tent will probably determine the size of the beds you sleep on. So if you decide to purchase a narrow trailer tent, be prepared to find yourself sleeping on a smaller bed than if you had purchased a wider trailer. Remember in general a larger trailer provides larger beds, more comfortable seating and increased luggage capacity.. The depth of a trailer may also vary and as a rule the greater the depth the greater the capacity to store luggage.


Most trailer chassis are now galvanized, which protects the chassis from environmental and road degradation. Chassis strength and load baring capabilities vary according to the size and configuration of the chassis. Some chassis are equipped with an automatic braking system, which incorporates a handbrake mechanism but this will depend upon the overall weight of the trailer design. Lightweight trailers are easily and safely operated by hand without the need for braking devices. For stability and horizontal leveling purposes some trailers are fitted with vertical drop-down corner legs, which require the user to physically lift the trailer in order to adjust the trailer level. Most models from Trigano, Jamet and Camp-let all fit caravan style corner steadies that are less strenuous and more easily operated.


Some trailer tents have hard tops whilst other manufacturers offer luggage racks as an optional fitting. A trailer tent fitted with a luggage rack is capable of carrying kayaks, bikes and other camping necessities, while inside there is the potential to transport portable fridges and coolboxes, chemical toilets, bedding, furniture and cooking equipment. Prior to loading you should make sure you do not exceed the maximum gross weight and nose weight. Sensible loading is easily achieved with a little common sense but you won't go far wrong with the following pointers:

a) Ensure even and correct tyre pressures.
b) Load evenly throughout the trailer.
c) Observe the maximum permitted nose weight of the towing vehicle and trailer.
d) Do not exceed the maximum loading weight of the trailer.

Trailer tent loading capacities vary but can be as much as 250 kg, camping equipment may only weigh 60 kg, which is well within the permitted amount (more information available in FAQ section). See in-store for more details regarding loading.


The method of erecting a trailer tent cabin area can vary greatly, however some models from Conway, Cabanon and SunnCamp use basically the same process. This design has been in use for over 30-years and needs 2-people to comfortably cope with the erection process. With a little practice this particular method of erecting the cabin section is soon mastered. Once the cabin framework has been opened a spring button inside the telescopic poles is used to tension the canvas, however it can be difficult to get the spring button to locate into the receiving hole.

At Camperlands there is an easier way to erect a trailer tent with models in stock from Trigano, which can be erected by a single person in around 60 seconds, using an action similar to that of a pram hood. The polework and bed boards are connected together with webbing straps, so as you open the bed boards the framework deploys at the same time, creating a very stable structure. But don't take our word for it - visit Camperlands and have a go for yourself!


Be wary of basing your purchase decision purely on cosmetics or the promise of a glossy brochure, take a closer look at some of the finer details. Build quality, function, usability, practicality, comfort, longevity, innovative design and the peace of mind that comes from extended guarantee periods should be a primary consideration and take precedence over pure aesthetics, in order to avoid potential disappointment later on.

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