There are so many beautiful places to see in Australia, we really are spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing holiday destinations. From Adelaide to Alice Springs, Broome to Byron Bay, whether you like the beach or the bush there really is a fun-filled destination for everyone. One of the easiest ways to get around and take in the stunning Australian landscape is to travel in a camper van or caravan. At Safety Dave, we have everything you need to make your camping or caravanning trip safe – reversing cameras, TPMS, a portable AED defibrillator – if it improves safety, we supply it. Let’s take a deeper look at camper trailers and caravans and a few of our top tips to keep you safer on your upcoming summer holiday.
All About Camper Trailers
Camper trailers are a popular choice for many holidaymakers, and there are a few different types available which include a range of different modern conveniences. Similar in size to a normal trailer, a camper trailer attaches to your tow bar and generally has a hard top that flips over to open when you need it, creating a large tent space as your accommodation.
- More affordable than most caravans.
- Lighter to tow, therefore consuming less fuel.
- Can be safer to tow as there is more visibility out the back of your vehicle and less fishtailing.
- More open, so better ventilation.
- They allow the ability to access more off-road locations, due to their smaller size.
- Can be quite time-consuming to set up and pack up.
- Less living space so can feel cramped.
- No air-conditioning or heating.
- No amenities – there’s no in-built toilet or shower.
- Less privacy.
- Less storage space.
Travelling in a Caravan
Caravans come in all shapes, sizes and styles and at a wide range of price points. There’s luxurious models with a full bathroom and all the conveniences you would find at home. There’s also budget models which may not include amenities and all-terrain models which may allow you to head off the beaten track.
- Much less set up and pack up time.
- More storage space so that everything has place. They generally include a full size fridge and a multitude of cupboards.
- You can pull over the side of the road and access the interior.
- There more luxuries included – heating, air-conditioning, TV’s, and a bathroom.
- Less gaps and the inclusion of screen doors to keep bugs and dust out.
- More expensive to purchase.
- Heavier to tow – meaning you may need a bigger and more expensive vehicle
- Increased fuel consumption and may mean you have to travel slower.
- Less access to certain areas, you are generally limited to caravan parks.
- Harder to park and store.
Which is the Better Option for You?
Generally, camper trailers are seen as a great choice for shorter trips and stays where you aren’t frequently on the move. Caravans might be more comfortable for longer trips and for those who enjoy the luxurious of home. At the end of the day, it comes down to personal choice. If you need help deciding, try asking yourself the below questions:
- How many people are you traveling with?
- Will you be travelling with babies or young children?
- What can your vehicle safely tow?
- Will you stick to easy access places or do you prefer to go off-road?
- Do you regularly go on short or long trips?
- What luxuries do you want and need?
Safety Tips for Your Camping or Caravanning Trip
Whichever way you decide to travel, safety must be a priority. Here’s a few of our recommendations to help keep you and your family or travel companions safe.
- Be aware of your surroundings when parking and setting up. There may be overhanging tree branches, creeks and rivers and wildlife around that can pose a danger.
- Have someone guide you when reversing your caravan or trailer. Reversing cameras are a great investment that will help to provide maximum visibility for safer parking.
- Ensure the tyre pressure in your towing vehicle and your caravan or camper trailer is all correct as per manufacturer’s guidelines. The installation of a TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system) will ensure your air pressure is continually monitored.
- Make sure your personal belongings are locked up when leaving your camper trailer or caravan unattended.
- Ensure you carry a fully stocked first aid kit, especially if you intend to stay in remote areas that are far away from medical help. An AED/defibrillator is a handy addition that can you carry with you, especially if travelling with older people or into the outback.
- Be alert and have an exit plan ready if you need to leave the site in a hurry in the event of a bushfire, flood or extreme weather event.
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