Hybrid Camper Trailer Buyers Guide
In recent years, the hybrid camper trailer market has boomed, with their hard shell designs earning favour within the buyer community. With so much to choose from, we’ve put together a Hybrid Camper Trailer Buyers Guide with some key tips to help narrow the field.
Size Does Matter
The old adage, bigger is better, does not always translate to the real world. Take off road caravans for instance. Being wider than your tow vehicle, they create extra drag and reduce your ability to navigate challenging terrain. Larger dimensions and weight also increase the cost of travel, put more strain on your vehicle and ultimately you, requiring more concentration to make it through each day.
A hybrid camper trailer in comparison, is the same width as your tow vehicle and generally more compact in all respects. With the outdoor lifestyle inherent in camping – you spend most of your time outdoors – do you really need that big van?
Hybrids such as the Rhinomax Scorpion and Discovery minimise the travelling length by using a pop-up ensuite at the rear. The toilet can still be accessed from inside during the night leaving showering outdoors. The new Outback Defender has a full size internal ensuite, increased water storage and a grey water tank.
Ease of Use
Arguably the biggest driver to hybrid camper trailer ownership, many buyers are seeking a better solution with a quick and easy setup. Using a hard walls and roof design, setup is limited to dropping the stabilisers, popping the roof and rear ensuite, and rolling out the awning before reaching for your chair. Rain, hail or shine, it’s a quick and easy process.
The wedge shaped Pioneer Mitchell are a real surprise package. They combine a hard walls and roof combo over the bed to maintain isolation from the elements. Yet the extra living area afforded by the expanding hard floor adds a real sense of space, improving livability while providing an area to dine away from the insects or kick back and watch a movie. An optional kids’ room with floor provides an additional sleeping area and play room.
Quality of Build
It goes without saying that you get what you pay for. Australian products, that is, hybrid camper trailers that are wholly manufactured and assembled in Australia (as opposed to assembled with imported components), have proven themselves times over, with premium materials, quality construction methods and high resale returns.
In the off road market, this means you’ll get good reliable use from your camper, getting you there and back in safety. Premium Aussie products have an enviable return on investment. The materials last longer and continue to look good well into the future with a longer service life. And with prices regularly increasing, you end up retaining excellent resale returns.
In comparison, cheap imports lose value more quickly. Constructed from cheaper raw materials, they have a shorter service life which is reflected at sale time.