You’ve just purchased your new camper trailer and now you may be faced with the tedious task of choosing the accessories to best fit it out. A number of people may test the waters first by adding their accessories over a period of time and as they realise what they need. However, there are a few accessories that should be at the top of the list when looking at what to include. It is also important to note that though there are some accessories that though they may seem costly at first, will save you money, time and your sanity in the long run without compromising on safety and functionality.
Let’s take a look at 5 accessories that you will want to have as part of your arsenal.
- Water Tanks: A good fresh and grey water tank are indispensable during those periods of time spent on the road, especially if you plan to visit national parks and make use of the ever-increasing number of free camps. Fresh water tanks will supply you with the water needed for your day to day living whilst your grey water tanks, will store the water waste that can be disposed of at a later date, including using it in a more environmentally sustainable way.
- Trailer Locks: When you consider the money you’ve spent on your trailer and your vehicle, the last thing you want is to come back from a day of exploring to find your camper has been broken into, or worse, totally gone. Burglary and theft can happen anywhere and at anytime, so be sure that you do not become complacent or think that it won’t happen to you. There are a number of products on the market that can help you to minimise the chances of theft. The most popular style locks include wheel clamps and trailer locks. View our range of trailer locks including the WULI anti theft device which is a combined lock, alarm and a brake system designed specifically for trailers.
- Weight Distribution Hitches: regardless of what you are towing, utilising a weight distribution hitch will improve your stability, handling and control, thus minimising sway and ultimately improving your safety whilst on the road. You will certainly notice the difference as you drive when you invest in a good quality weight distribution hitch that matches your load rating. See our range of weight distribution hitches.
- Repair & Maintenance Tools- don’t get caught unprepared, as the need for an emergency repair can occur at anytime and anywhere, whether you are a newbie or a seasoned camper. Start with a basic set of tools and hardware including hammer, spanner, screw drivers, pliers and snips. It is also a good idea to include a selection of electrical, plumbing and duct tape. And though it may seem obvious, by default we carry a spare tyre for your car, but you would be surprised at how many people forget a spare for their trailer. It is also important that when you are checking the tyre pressure in your tyres, that you also check the pressure in your spare as this does diminish over time. In the event that you do need to change a tyre on your camper trailer, ensure that you have a good quality jack on board as this can make the process much easier. We recommend the Trail-A-Mate hydraulic jockey wheel & jack.
- Camper Trailer Cover- While many people may gawk at the cost of a cover and consider it irrelevant, a camper trailer cover is more important than you may realise. When your camper is not in use, you should opt to protect it with a camper trailer cover. Whether it be a week or 6 months, a camper trailer cover will offer protection most importantly from sun damage to not only your exterior but also in helping prevent the interior of your trailers furnishings from fading. A cover will also offer protection against external water damage from excessive rain and storms as well as inhibiting the growth of mould and mildew, so your camper won’t have an awful smell the next time you decide to head off. When looking at a camper trailer cover, look for a cover that has a good warranty period. Checkout the Adco and Camec range of camper trailer covers, of which both have a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty.
When it comes to deciding on your accessories, look for quality and remember these are a long term investment, just like your camper trailer. Quality will save you money in the long run as well as protecting your trailer from any damage that may otherwise result from poor quality and functioning products.
DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.