Best Camper Trailers
Camper trailers let you live in comfort wherever you choose to go. When comparing the different camper trailers for sale, there are a few things you should know - this guide will help you figure out what you might want or need from your camper so that you’re well-equipped for your next adventure.
Small and simple to tow with a variety of floor plans to suit different sized travelling groups, Jayco’s Camper Trailers might have what it takes to accompany you on your next adventure.
Easy to tow
Plenty of space
Quality control sometimes inadequate
- Build Quality2.7 (15)
- Value for Money3.1 (15)
- Ease of Use3.8 (15)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 3.9 (13)
- Off-roading Performance4.0 (4)
- Suspension3.9 (7)
- Ease of Towing 4.6 (12)
The GIC Black Series Dominator can tackle tough terrain while offering caravan-like levels of comfort, helping you make anywhere feel like home.
Price (RRP) $15,900
Simple to haul
Straightforward set up
Tackles a variety of terrain
Customer service sometimes unreliable
- Build Quality3.8 (12)
- Value for Money4.1 (12)
- Ease of Use3.8 (12)
- Cleaning & Maintenance 4.0 (12)
- Off-roading Performance3.6 (5)
- Suspension3.9 (9)
- Ease of Towing 4.2 (10)
- Sleeping Capacity4 people
- Dimensions 1600 x 1880 x 5300 mm
- Off-Road CapableYes
With a durable chassis, plenty of storage, and a variety of campers with on-road and off-road capabilities to choose from, Challenge Camper Trailers have the reliability and power to get you where you want to go.
If you’re after an off-road trailer with adjustable suspension, spacious quarters, and a durable construction, then the GIC Black Series Patron might be what you’re after.
Price (RRP) $18,990
Kick off your off-roading adventures with the Leisure Matters Trooper Deluxe Camper Trailer - it’s spacious, hardy, and has all you need to enjoy the great outdoors.
Price (RRP) $6,999
Latest review: We love our Cub Weekender with Transcontinental pack. Glad we opted for two gas bottles and stone guard. I have added two jerrycan holders and there is plenty of room for a single bike rack on the
Price (RRP) $17,990
Latest review: Unhappy with the Poor Quality of materials used. Wheel bearings failed on the first trip. Brisbane - Woolgoolga -Brisbane. Tent is hard to pitch and things like the stitch on straps is of poor
Price (RRP) $8,900
Latest review: Enjoyed our Mars spirit for a couple of years but can see the quality is cheap. Awning was horrible to put up until we made some modifications. Please be careful with the winch as the weld in the
Latest review: Purchased Brand new in July 2017 and picked up August 2017 and took straight for a weekend away. The incompetence of Black Series Campers and their staff at the Liverpool showroom is atrocious...when
Price (RRP) $7,900
Latest review: After looking around at campers for two months a friend suggested i look in at ezytrail Penrith just down the hill from my home. I could have saved a couple of months of agonizing over what features
Latest review: Can take a while to set up being a very large soft floor but build quality is exceptional. All Australian build and highest quality canvas and fittings. Simple and bullet proof suspension. Our is
Latest review: After using a dome tent for years, our family decided to build a camper trailer. The Gordigear Savannah tent was well priced and we liked the size and features. We picked up our trailer tent from the
Price (RRP) $2,400
Latest review: I’ve been camping and exploring Australia for the last 9 years and I’ve owned a number of different caravans. The Tvan has been a great purchase for me and the wife and because it has a number of ext
Latest review: After two caravans , an off road camper (tvan) , two motorhomes Trakka and Sunliner and a hybrid caravan (Jurgens Xcape) we have now arrived at a simple but very comfortable bed on wheels. Yes it
Price (RRP) $18,565
Latest review: The Trailers 2000 8x5 galvanised trailer, available via Bunnings special order, is a decent quality "light duty" trailer. It's certainly not something you'd want to head off-roading with but just
Price (RRP) $1,985
Latest review: 30 Days on the road without one problem. The camper trailer towed like a dream, handled the corrigations & washaways beautifuly. Setting the camper up was so simple it made others envious. The wife
Price (RRP) $31,490
Latest review: I looked around fore twelve months before I bought my Swag camper. The staff at Swag we very helpful and very informative on there campers. I just completed a 5 week road trip with my Sahara camper
Latest review: Bought this Camper Second Hand in Jul 18 from Metro RV in Melb (great to deal with) and have used it a few times now. So far it has lived up to the hype that these Hybrid campers get. I have camped
Latest review: We picked up our Tourer Camping Trailer in February this year. We have used it for weekend camping getaways, overnight trips and in June/July we took it to the Northern Territory. Our trip to the
Latest review: We bought an exodus 16 last year. I read all the reviews good and bad. It has been way better that we expected. The build quaility is fantastic. These units are build with the campers needs in mind
What's the difference between a camper trailer and a caravan?
While a has solid walls and a roof, a camper trailer has canvas walls and an extendable tent section to complete the camper’s outer shell. Most will have a kitchenette, multiple berths, and a lounge area. So how does a camper trailer stack up against a caravan?
- Lighter than caravans, which makes them more fuel efficient and easy to tow.
- More compact than caravans, making them easier to store and park.
- Cheaper than caravans.
- Have less moving parts, so they’re simpler to maintain and repair than caravans.
- Generally have better off-road capabilities and can access more locations due to their smaller size.
- Usually don’t come equipped with all the features that a caravan has, such as a toilet and shower - however there are some that do.
- Needs to be set up and pack it away every time you want to camp or use it.
- Canvas walls can get noisy in windy or rainy weather, which may make getting some shut eye a bit difficult.
- Offers less storage space than a caravan.
- Less private, as the walls are easier to look and hear through.
One option isn’t necessarily superior to another - the right choice for you will largely depend on where you want to travel, how you like to travel, and your personal situation (such as your budget).
Camper trailers are generally less luxurious than caravans, but it all boils down to what you prefer - some people love having the extra comfort of a solid roof and walls, while others feel closer to nature’s sights and sounds in their trailer.
Types of camper trailers
When you look at campers for sale, you’ll generally have the option to choose between the following:
- Soft floor camper trailers fold out like a cabin tent, and are generally better suited for families and large travelling groups who don’t mind the longer set up and pack down process.
- Hard floor camper trailers have a roof that can be raised and lowered, as well as front and rear sections that expand out to offer more internal storage. They’re generally great for couples or small travelling groups, and those who don’t want to exert much physical effort setting up a tent.
Soft floor campers
Hard floor campers
You can also find hybrid campers that are a mix of a caravan and a camper trailer. They have the hard walls and roof of a caravan, but have the width of a camper trailer - this compact size means the cooking is generally done outside.
They’re usually more expensive than both hard floor and soft floor models, but offer better insulation and more comfort than regular camper trailers.
What about off-road camper trailers?
A well-maintained gravel road doesn’t call for a heavy duty camper, but if you think you’ll be tackling trails tougher than dirt roads, then an off-roader may be a good option.
will usually have features like stone guards, a chequer-plate finish, more ground clearance, and dual-shock, airbag suspension. They’re more pricey than their on-road counterparts, so don’t fork out more for the extra specs unless you really think you’ll need them.
Factors to consider when choosing a camper trailer
Weight and towing capacity
Those with a 4WD should generally find that towing a trailer is easy enough, even in more difficult weather and terrain, while those with an SUV or 2WD may have to be a bit more careful, and will probably have a much smaller range of campers that they can safely tow.
Regardless of your towing vehicle, you should check a camper trailer’s weight - both the tare weight (the weight of an empty trailer) and the Aggregate Trailer Mass (the total weight your trailer can weigh when loaded) - against your vehicle’s maximum towing capacity. You should also check your vehicle’s ball weight, which is the maximum pressure that can be placed on your vehicle’s towball.
A high-quality design and build is important, even if you have no intention to take your camper trailer on rough trails. Steel can rust in certain conditions, which is why you should ideally go for a hot dip galvanised chassis.
You should also look out for where the cables, switches, and plumbing are. These should be tucked away and well-protected, particularly those along the undercarriage, as they’re more vulnerable to flying rocks, dust, and debris.
Dust can also be a nightmare when you don’t have a properly sealed trailer - look for well-sealed gaps that will keep the interior looking spick and span even in dusty, windy, or rainy weather.
Check that a camper trailer has enough storage space for your needs. Cargo like water tanks (you should aim to have at least 100L with you), jerry cans, a generator, and gas bottles can take up a lot more room than you think.
You should also consider the number of sleeping arrangements you need, as well as how easy the beds are to reach. Someone in your travelling group who has limited leg mobility, for example, might not be able to climb a ladder to get into a raised bed.
Some trailers also offer the option of awnings and extra rooms, letting them sleep more people and offering more living space.
The last thing you want at the end of a long day driving is having to fiddle with a difficult camper when trying to set it up. See how easy it is to set up and pack down a trailer - if you can try it out for yourself at a dealership, then do so.
Camper trailers are a lot less specced-out than caravans, but they should still have some basic amenities - such as beds and cooking facilities - that can help you be comfortable wherever you are. Some campers will have extra features, so consider some of the following and decide for yourself whether each is a dealbreaker or not - it’s all down to personal preference.
- Fridge and freezer
- Heating system
- Toilet facilities
- Solar power panels
- LED lighting
You might not need all of the above features, but having some can help you be more self-reliant in even the most remote places.
How much do camper trailers cost?
You can find a range of camper trailers costing anywhere from $6000 to $40,000. Spending under $10,000 can get you a camper with a few basic features and amenities, but you’ll find many more specced-out second hand camper trails at this price point too.
Generally speaking, the more you spend, the better build quality you can expect - sometimes forking out a bit extra for a sturdier build can also save you more money in repairs in the long run. You’ll also quickly start to see the costs add up the more features you choose to include in your camper.
You should also consider the warranty when comparing prices - many camper trailers have five years of structural warranty, and a lifetime warranty for a winch.
What is the best month to buy a travel trailer?
Because many caravan shoppers try to buy in time for their summer plans, sales tend to start nosediving in October, which is why you should at least hold off until then. Ideally, you should wait until December or January when everyone’s on holiday and are itching to make a sale.
If you’re looking for an even better deal, try shop on a weekday when dealerships are less busy and you can get a salesperson’s full attention.
Read reviews! They’ll give you a better idea of a camper trailer manufacturer’s after sales service and the durability of their campers.
It’s likely you’ll have questions about your camper after you buy it, and you might even run into issues down the road that call for repairs, so hearing from other campers about their trailer experience is a useful place to start.