could you be an average
CamperTrailers Group member
The following has been compiled from a number of polls which have been
held within the group.
The average member of the
Australian CamperTrailers Group
lives in Queensland, NSW or Victoria & has a fulltime job. They are
members of a 4wd club & have been camper trailering for around one to
five years, buying new after upgrading from a number of years camping
with a tent. They prefer to bush camp all year round with minimum
Most prefer holidaying/touring in QLD & think bollards in national park
camping areas are a nuisance, restricting the freedom of camping with
their much loved camper trailers.
They feel the fact a locally manufactured camper trailer doesn't really
matter for possible future warrantee claims or backup service, as they
would prefer the camper of their choice. Cheapness wasnít a factor &
they would rather buy a camper fully optioned, rather than buying a
standard camper trailer & doing a DIY fit out themselves.
The majority have not crossed the Simpson Desert, however they do feel
that they would take the advice of the South Australian Dept of
Environment & Heritage about not taking their camper trailers across the
The average member owns an off road soft floor camper trailer with eye
to eye leaf suspension, electric brakes, Treg off road hitch & have the
same wheel/tyre combination all round. They have an onboard battery &
carry a fire extinguisher in their campers. They travel with their
awning zipped to the tent ready for quick one night stops & cannot lift
the front of their camper trailers owning to the heavy ball weight.
The majority own a 6 cylinder diesel 4wd vehicle which is set up for
touring holidays with a tirfor handwinch or electric winch, Hella or IPF
driving lights & a dual battery system. Tyre size is either original or
slightly larger with BFG ATís being the most popular.
They travel with their 2way 12/240volt camping fridge in the rear of
their vehicle to keep the beer, ah I mean milk, butter & steaks cold.
Some also own both a 2way & a 3way camping fridge.
Most travel with their headlights on during a dull overcast day or in
rainy weather & prefer to drive within two to three hours to their
favourite weekend camping spot.
Most have never had a flat tyre on their camper trailers & carry a spare
for the camper as well as a tyre repair kit. Most have never had to
recover their camper in an off road situation, although those who have,
had used a snatch strap.
While out & about they take pictures with both digital & an SLR camera.
Members in the group travel to remote locations & have installed UHF
radios for communication between vehicles & also as a safety measure.
They hold a first aid certificate & know the correct procedure in case
of snake bite.
A solar bag, 12volt turbo (Dick Smith, Jaycar) or heat exchanger (Glind
type) is the most popular type bush shower arrangement they use when
bush camping. A third of the group uses a 90 watt solar panel on
average, mounted on the A frame or just leant against something, in
conjunction with an intelligent 2 or 3 stage charging system
They do not know anyone personally who has had a camper stolen. It is
noted that of any camper trailers stolen, none have ever been
you rate yourself as an average camper trailer owner???