Fri 10 November and Sun 12 November 2017!
You can find out more about the show here: http://perth.4wdshow.com.au/index.phtml
Find out more about PMX Campers at: https://www.pmxcampers.com.au/
Find out more about PMX Campers at: https://www.pmxcampers.com.au/
Australia is a magical place with pockets of wilderness and adventures to be had. And one of the best ways to explore it all is with a quality camper trailer. As opposed to bulky caravans or the hassle of putting tents up, camper trailers make a good investment for anyone that loves to go outback. Designed to go off-road with almost all the comforts of home, they’re a practical and robust solution for tackling the country’s beaten tracks.
Weighing up the features and different types of camper trailers can be hard work though. There are multiple styles and sizes on the market and budget considerations to cater for. Aside from the usual features which range from kitchen and cooking facilities to furnishings and hot water on demand, consider what flooring type is better based on your needs and priorities. Hard floor and soft floor camper trailers have a few key differences to weigh up. Here are the essentials to get you started:
One of the biggest deterrents from camping around the country is the lack of homely comforts many travellers miss. It’s these comforts that make caravans or booking a hotel appealing. But what if you can have the at-home essentials in a smaller, compact trailer? Camper trailers go wherever your 4WD drive can go!
Hard floor camper trailers are designed with the hearty off-road traveller in mind. Because the base of these are solid instead of soft, they tend to be more durable and suited to all terrain. Typically, they’re created to flip-over or wind up to set up. Hardfloors are a common and popular camper trailer type due to their sturdiness and better protection, but they still come with their own set of pros and cons.
Quick Set Up: These camper trailers are much easier and quicker to set up and pack down that soft floor campers. The trailer has a hardtop and when it’s time to unfold and use, it’s as simple as flipping over the top to reveal the roof and sides. The hardtop on the camper trailer then forms the floor. One of the downfalls of camping is constantly setting up – especially if you’re planning on staying at multiple places. If your trip involves a new location every night, hardfloors are a better option.
Easy to Clean: With camping comes mud, dirt, dust and debris. Hard floor campers have a solid floor which makes it easier to keep the sleeping/living area clean. This leaves you and your family with more exploring time and less worry about tidying.
Creates a Suspended, Safe and Self-Contained Unit: The hard floor is suspended off the floor on legs which encourages a more comfortable camping unit. This elevated flooring keeps your living/sleeping area protected against water and dirt coming into the unit and is handy with rough or uneven grounds. Because of the elevated flooring, the unit has better protection against the elements, animals and pests. For extra protection consider the flip-over style campers.
Cost: Hard floor campers may be tougher but that means the price goes up too. Because the range of camper trailers are plentiful, they are becoming competitively priced across the market though. If you’re looking specifically for an off-road camper, these will be more expensive than camper trailers designed for sealed roads.
Towing Capacity: The solid floor makes these camping units heavier than their counterparts which affect towing capacity. Before purchasing a camper trailer, always check the desired product doesn’t exceed the towing capacity of your vehicle. If you can only tow a small size, soft floor campers may be better suited.
Lack of Room: Internal living space is kept to a minimum with hard floor campers. Whilst they still have cooking, dining and sleeping facilities there’s still less space than soft floor campers. Consider how many occupants will use the camper trailer and whether you have enough space for equipment storage.
On the flip side, soft floor trailers don’t have solid flooring but PVC covering which is similar to tent floor. Whilst they’re not as robust as the hard floor units, their lightweight properties create an easier load for country adventures. Soft floor camper trailers are perfect for travellers that don’t mind spending a little more time setting up camp, but need the extra storage space or weight benefits as primary preference.
Room to Move: One of the biggest benefits of soft floor camper trailers is the extra space. The internal living area is incomparable, with extensive options to cater for families and groups of friends. There are so many different sizes on the market with soft floor units so it’s very easy to find one within budget. If you wanted to add extra space, it’s simple to create additional rooms making them perfect for taking the kids or larger groups. Campers with soft floors have better and more flexible storage capability too.
Cost: Soft floor units tend to be the most economic options because of the materials used and lightweight properties.
Easy to Haul: Generally, these units weigh a lot less without the solid flooring making them easier to haul along the outback. The towing capacity is lower and because of the material flexibility they can manoeuvre into tight spaces better.
Maintenance: When you’re on holiday it’s easy to forget about the daily campsite maintenance but after a few days on the road, the evidence starts to show. Soft floor camper trailers require preparation and upkeep. You won’t be able to get away with leaving the floor unswept unless you want the dirt to funnel into the sleeping area when packed away.
Setting Up/Packing Away: For travellers on the go, these units are much more time consuming to set up and pack away than hard floor trailers. The effort can be a challenge. Even more so if you’re having to prep your camper home at every pit stop.
Extensive Campsite Preparation: More campsite prep is required, especially if you’re in the middle of the bush or camping on uneven grounds. Like with pitching a tent, you’ll need to plan where the canvas will fall and then prep the ground. This can take a lot of time if you’re in the bush, clearing away rocks and levelling the ground.
Determining which camper trailer is right for you should be done on a case-by-case basis. Consider budget, how many people will most likely be travelling and the towing capacity of your 4WD. Weigh up your preferences and must have features and find which unit fits with your wants and needs best. For more information about what camper trailer is better suited for you, contact one of our staff today.
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Run out of newspaper to start a camp fire？
Place a hand full of Doritos in the fire ring and get cooking in no time.
Share your best camping hack on the PMX facebook page and the TOP 10 with most likes will receive a complimentary ticket to the RAC Perth Caravan & Camping show, which runs from 22nd March to 26th March 2017 at the Claremont showground.
pmx facebook link:https://www.facebook.com/PmxTrailers/
PMX Campers would like to give 10 lucky customers a chance to take home a one day complimentary ticket to the 2017 RAC caravan & camping show.
Come in store at either our Canning Vale or Wangara showrooms get a quote on a new camper or caravan and we will give you a free one day ticket to the show.
Present the quote at site 600, and PMX will give you deal. You cannot go past.
For more details, please contact : (08) 9455 1454.
The annual RAC Perth Caravan & Camping Show is back in 2017, bigger and better than ever!
From the 22nd March to 26th March 2017 at the Claremont Showground, the Show will feature over 400 caravans, 130 camper trailers and more gadgets, gizmos and accessories than you could poke a tent pole at.
Find PMX Campers at SITE#600!
We will be displaying a range of Caravans plus Camper trailers at this year’s Perth Caravan & Camping Show.
See more info: http://caravanandcampingshow.com.au/visitor-info/.
Darwin – Why You Need to Visit With Your Camper Trailer
If you’ve never been to the capital of the Northern Territory, then maybe it’s time to put it on your list as your next destination? For lovers of natural landscapes and the outdoors, there are few better destinations. Darwin and its surrounding areas are literally teeming with natural beauty and untouched wilderness. And the best way to explore this breathtaking environment is by staying right in the thick of it, in your camper trailer.
Why you should go
Aside from the natural beauty, Australia’s top end enjoys warm weather all year round, making it the perfect destination for campers. There’s so much to see and do up there, from national parks to wetlands, to fishing and lots of great hikes. Taking a camper trailer allows you to get the most out of your trip. You can see more attractions and move between different bases as you explore.
Where you should stay
There are many different sites around Darwin to choose from, depending on your budget, needs and what you want to see. But here’s a small selection of camp grounds in different locations to help you decide.
The site is located on expansive bushland, near local wetlands and rivers systems, approximately halfway between Kakadu and Darwin. A big selling point of this campground is its proximity to the Adelaide and Mary river systems and the on site tavern. Rumour has it that they serve up a great pub meal and a nice cold beer.
If you’ve spent any time researching natural attractions in Darwin, then you’ll have heard mention of the Litchfield National Park. This camp is a great base for exploring the national park, located just a few kilometres from the Wangi Falls on the western edge of Litchfield National Park.
Fancy waking up to river views, surrounded by fantastic bushland? Then Mount Bundy Station is the place to be. Its slogan is ‘where the tropics meet the outback’ and is either nearby or en-route to attractions like Kakadu National Park, Nitmiluk at Katherine and Daly River.
If you want to check out the sights in Darwin itself then this caravan park is one of the best rated in Australia. It’s only 20 minutes from the Darwin CBD but features beautiful tropical gardens and shady trees, perfect for nature lovers.
What you should see and do
There are loads of great attractions in Darwin and its surrounding areas, for the whole family. Take a hike in the Litchfield or Kakadu National Parks and check out the waterfalls. Go bird watching in the mangroves and wetlands. For any keen fishermen out there, Darwin has a world class reputation for fishing in the rivers, wetlands, and ocean. Take a day to cruise around the iconic Katherine Gorge or visit the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. You’ll find it hard to fit everything you want to do in. The best part about visiting Darwin with a camper trailer is that you can move your base every few nights to get the most out of the whole area.
Take a camper trailer
There’s really no better way to appreciate the incredible natural beauty of Darwin and the Top End, than by sitting out under the stars in a national park. Taking a camper trailer with you as you travel, allows you to get the most out of the experience. If you don’t own a camper trailer already, then there are some great options available for first timers. Make sure you find a company that is just as passionate about the outdoors as you are, like PMX Campers.