5 Camper Trailer Accessories You Shouldn’t Skimp On
Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:19 November 2016
Furnishing a camper trailer and outfitting it with the full range of accessories can be a challenging exercise. It can also put a significant dent in your savings. Which is why most people who’ve just purchased a trailer prefer to go light on parts and accessories for their first few trips, preferring to add these over time. It is all very well to only purchase the bare minimum camper trailer parts, or to pick up the cheapest options available at your nearest camper trailer accessories store. But there are some components and accessories that you absolutely shouldn’t skimp on, unless you’re willing to risk both safety and basic functionality during your camping trip.
Purchasing premium quality versions of the following camper trailer parts and accessories can save you a great deal of time, effort and even money in the long run.
- Water tanks: Camper trailer water tanks are indispensable during long periods of time spent on the road without a caravan park in sight. Invest in a good quality grey water tank to make sure that your toilet remains usable. Camper trailer water tanks come in various sizes; you can purchase a separate tank for storing fresh water as well.
- Trailer hitch locks: You wouldn’t want to leave your trailer parked for a few hours and come back to find it missing. Burglary and petty theft are common risks that campers have to face, and as such, good quality locks are a wise investment for your new trailer. Besides a hard-to-pick lock for your trailer’s door, invest in a full coverage trailer hitch lock to prevent an external party from towing it away in your absence.
- Weight distribution hitches: With a basic set of camper trailer parts and accessories in place, you’re likely to be towing at least a few tons of weight. Purchase a good quality weight distribution hitch with a matching load rating, and preferably some sway control, to make your driving experience smoother and safer.
- Repair and maintenance tools: The need for an emergency repair job can crop up any time during your camping trip, and you wouldn’t want to be caught unprepared. Buy a basic set of tools and hardware, and stock up on electrical and plumbing tape. And since you’ll be out on the road, make sure your camper trailer has a spare tyre, and that you’re carrying a good quality tongue jack for minor repositioning without hitching your towing vehicle.
- Camper trailer covers: A cover might not seem like the most important accessory to purchase for your new trailer, but it can save you a world of trouble. From preventing water damage, mould growth and scratches from appearing on your trailer’s exterior, to preventing its furnishings from fading in the harsh sunlight, camper trailer covers serve multiple purposes during the off-season. A good quality cover is a one-time investment, and will most likely come with the additional perks of being easy to install and remove.
As long as you’re buying good quality camper trailer accessories, you won’t have to replace them in a long time. So even if your purchases are setting you back by more than what you’d estimated, remember that you’re making a long-term investment, and protecting your new trailer to boot.