to hire or to
I had the pleasure of hiring a
Deluxe Camper Trailer through Happy Campers. My family which
includes myself, wife and two kids 11 and 8, had planned a trip
around mid western NSW. This was our first experience with a camper
trailer. We rarely have camp holidays together, I camp on my own and
family holidays usually involve a motel.
We picked up the camper from Rod
Pyne who ran us through a fifteen minute demonstration on the camper
set up and inclusions, then we were on our way. The trailer towed
beautifully, my fully loaded 1999 model V6 Prado had no trouble
pulling the weight and the brakes on the trailer were sensational.
It wasn't long before we hit the track where the off road
capabilities of the trailer became apparent. It had plenty of ground
clearance and was very sure footed over some less than perfect
Set up was quick and fairly basic
for anyone with a bit of experience banging in tent pegs. Pack up
was also quick and easy, with the bedding able to be left in place
ready for the next stop.
Overall our experience was very
positive. We had looked at purchasing a camper for ourselves, but
after hiring one we believe that this is the way to go for us. It is
a very affordable way to camp, there is no ongoing maintenance costs
and the trailers are always being upgraded so you can always hire
state of the art gear. We also thought that a new shed would be
required to house the trailer, another additional cost.
The trailer we hired costs approx
$17,000 brand new and after using this one, going back to a lesser
trailer would be a struggle. When you compare that outlay against
the cost of hiring one a couple of times a year for a week or two at
a time, it is a no brainer. All the camping gear you could ever wish
for is also available from most of the companies that hire out the
trailer. I cannot recommend hiring a trailer enough before outlaying
thousands of dollars for your own trailer. At the very least you
will get a first hand experience in towing and setting up a trailer
to see if it is all that you thought it would be.
thanks to Graham
Todd for sharing his thoughts