For the highly mobile angler wanting to see and enjoy as many fishing locations as possible, fishing and camping will often go hand in hand.
There is a huge range of camping options from roughing it sleeping in the back of the car through to towing a caravan or camper trailer for the best possible comfort during down time.
These varied options all come down to individual requirements: the degree of comfort desired plus the type of fishing that is being undertaken.
In this article we are going to look at the benefits that a camper trailer offers to give readers an insight into the world of camper trailer fishing. The concept of a small home on wheels is growing in popularity as more and more people get on the move and warm to the idea of being highly mobile and fishing as they go along.
Camper trailers can also pack a small boat which is a major benefit straight off. A small boat on a rack or stowed elsewhere on the camper trailer is also a lot easier to manhandle that one on a car top rack.
Camper trailers come in all sizes and shapes. There are the large camper trailers designed for people who have large towing vehicles and who like to set up camp in style or there are the smaller units that can be towed with a four-cylinder sedan. The different range of sizes also offers a huge variety of choice.
There are plenty of really good camper trailers on the market each suited to different people with different needs. Rather than nominating any particular units, I think it’s better to focus on the overall benefits for anglers who use a camper trailer.
The camper trailer is virtually a trailer with a tent structure of some form or other incorporated within.
The tent folds down into a compact trailer like unit for towing then extends and expands in several directions when being used for camping. Numerous metal bows or frames are used to maintain the shape of the fabric section of the tent when it’s in use.
The fabrics used for camper trailers are generally very strong and offer plenty of protection against rain intrusion. I've been in really bad weather conditions in several makes of camper trailers and not experienced any of the drama I'd anticipate if I was in a tent.
As well as protection from the elements, comfort is a big benefit to using a camper trailer.
No matter who makes the camper trailer there is at least one bed and some units have more. There is also generally plenty of living space when the unit is set up in camping mode.
Sometimes it’s surprising just how much canvas comes out from within or on top of the trailer once it's set up. In a lot of cases entire rooms can also be added and awnings can be extended by using velcro or zip fasteners; it all comes down to specifications, options and how much you want to pay.
Units also range from strictly bed and tent area to some very serious set ups with a lot of creature comforts provided to really make a home away from home.
There are camper trailers on the market that include a full kitchen unit with a gas stove, sink, water pump (most camper trailers have water tanks slung under their main bodies) and even an oven. I've even seen microwaves in campers as even the most basic units have a 240V connection built in.
Power options are also a major benefit. Just about every camper has provision to carry a gas cylinder for the stove or fridge. So if you are on the beach or out in the bush you can rely on gas for cooking. Then in camping grounds next to a power outlet the lead is run out to set up a fry pan for some pancakes after a daylight crack at the fish.
Manufacturers go to great lengths to make their products as quick as possible to set up. In fact manufacturers rely on this as a major selling point. Some are more set ups are involved than others, but usually once the unit is in it's chosen location it won't take long for the tent or folding section to be set up for occupation. The same goes for packing the unit away; speed and lack of complexity are the essence.
Camper trailers are renowned for the fact that they sit lower than their tow vehicle. Consequently because they don't create much drag they won’t knock the fuel bill around to the extent a full sized caravan might.
A lighter weight than their full sized counterpart is another bonus to consider. Campers are far less work for the tow vehicle and they don’t obstruct rear vision to any great extent either.
As mentioned earlier most come with racks (or have the provision to set up racks) or another area on which a smaller tinny, Porta Boat, kayak or other small water craft can be tied on for the trip.
The off road capability of the camper trailer is another handy benefit. Ground clearance is a big plus with every unit I've seen and the accepted rule is if the car will make it so too will the camper.
Reduced weight, plenty of ground clearance and easy towing also make camper trailers great for a run up the beach. Sticking with a trailer that has the same wheel base as the tow vehicle ensures the wheels all stay on the same track.
For my money the really big plus with the camper trailer is the storage factor. With a bed and tent set up on a trailer there is usually lots of handy space for storing equipment within the trailer. Whether you want to store extra camping gear, fishing tackle or even the kids’ toys the extra space is a huge plus.
Manufacturers usually dust proof their storage sections as well so you can pack in the gear and unload it later in a clean condition even if you’re traveling along a bush track.
Most of all I would nominate the sheer convenience of a camper trailer as the major advantage to anglers. Combined with good weather protection, plenty of storage space, ample off road capability and the ability to bring a boat along for the trip it’s a winning set up.Reads: 4226