Buying a camper can prove a serious aide when venturing into the outdoors. Campers can provide a host of different features, including a place to sleep, a place to cook, and a place for storage. Campers can easily be attached to a vehicle, and they provide convenient access to camping facilities. Campers come in numerous shapes and sizes and vary greatly in quality. Buyers should take consideration when purchasing to allow for an informed decision.
When considering purchasing a camper, one of the primary qualities a buyer should consider is how versatile they wish the camper to be. Consider what would be on your itinerary when using your camper, and look for campers with sufficient space for storage. Take note that a hard floor camper will not provide anywhere near the amount of storage that a soft floor camper would. Consideration should be taken in regards to a campsite or location's available facilities; does your camper need to be able to provide you with hot water? Do you require refrigeration or cooking facilities? Advanced built-in features like this might make life easier, but if you plan to mainly use your camper in places with more facilities, then these features may just add to the cost.
Mentioned before, there are hard floor campers, and soft floor campers. Both types offer a number of benefits and disadvantages. A soft floor camper starts at a much lower price point and is the more versatile of the two. They can be set up on uneven surfaces, and usually provide room for storage. However, soft floor campers can prove to be time consuming to construct and deconstruct, and they require daily maintenance and cleaning. Hard floor campers are less versatile, as most components are built in, but they are much easier to clean due to the fixed structure, and they allow for a much faster set up time. Hard floor campers are typically elevated from the ground, which will prevent dirt, water, insects, and other undesirable intrusions.
Buyers should also take note of their vehicle's towing capabilities, as heavier campers will demand more from your vehicle. Even if your vehicle is capable of towing the weight of the camper, buyers should note that it will consume more fuel, thus increasing costs.
In conclusion, buyers must consider the following—what activities they plan to engage in, where they plan to use the camper, how much are they willing to spend, what built-in amenities they wish for their camper to have and how versatile they wish their camper to be.