Exploring different camper options can be confusing. Being spoilt for choice can also leave you spending hours researching different types of trailers and tents. If you’ve narrowed down your options between a camper trailer and roof tent, you are probably wondering, which one is better? Well, the answer truly depends on what you will be using it for.
Roof tents are a popular choice amongst travellers who are planning to explore Australia’s outback. This simple solution is inexpensive (compared to other options), easy to set up and take down, making it the perfect solution for travellers looking to spend a few nights somewhere before they move onto the next place.
The positives of roof tents
- Safe and secure space to sleep off the ground. This not only means you are safe from wild animals such as crocodiles when camping, but it also allows you to sleep anywhere. You won’t need to find a level site to camp.
- Packing is made easy. With rooftop tents, you can put your doona and pillow inside the roof tent before hooking it up to your car. It serves as a sleeping space, but also a simple way to pack up all your belongings.
The negatives of roof tents
- At times they can be inconvenient. After setting up, you cannot drive your car anywhere until it’s taken down. This means if you must run to the shop quickly or an emergency should occur, you will have to take down your entire set up before driving off.
- Limited in space. They typically only host one room and a small amount of space for bags and gear.
- No toilets. So, if you must use the restroom in the middle of the night you will need to climb down a ladder.
- Not allowed everywhere. Some campgrounds don’t allow roof tents due to bollards which may prevent your vehicle from accessing certain areas.
If you’re searching for a solution that boasts enough space for the whole family, a camper trailer is likely the best choice for you. Camper trailers have come a long way in recent years and host a variety of cutting-edge features which make them the perfect camping solution, especially for families.
- Safer and easier to tow. Unlike caravans, camper trailers are lightweight meaning you won’t have to invest in a large SUV or ute to tow it here and there.
- Perfect for larger families. This self-contained option is equipped with plenty of storage all in one place. There’s no need to carry food, a fridge and all other necessary equipment as it can be easily accessed in seconds.
- Exploring is easier than ever. Upon arriving at your campsite, just unhitch the camper and explore. With the camper trailer you can set up a base camp but still explore using your towing vehicle.
- Higher fuel consumption. Due to their larger size and heavier weight, camper trailers must be towed which means a higher fuel consumption.
- Can be pricey. Depending on the model, camper trailers can be much more expensive than a rooftop tent.
So which is better?
Clearly there are advantages to both options but ultimately, it depends on what kind of setup you are looking to achieve. Tailoring your camping experience to the unique needs of your family is the easiest way to ensure a comfortable trip for all. Whether you are looking to purchase a rooftop tent or a camper trailer, PMX Campers can help pick the perfect solution for you. Contact our team for more information and further assistance.