When it comes to buying a new trailer tent many factors need to be taken into consideration.
Arguably, price is the most important consideration. This generally decides for you whether you would like a new or second hand model but other factors need to be addressed. The main thing is to stick to a budget and then see what is available. Expect to pay £1500 for a very simple, two berth trailer tent from new up to £8000 for a large eight berth model.
What are your storage facilities like? Are they safe and convenient to get too? Most trailer tent models can be stored on their side with the use of wheels and storage brackets. Try to make sure these are included in the price but if not, just make sure you don’t forget them!
Think about how many people you would like to sleep (otherwise known as berth). For extra comfort always get one bigger than you think you need, as having 2 muddy kids with the parents can be a bit of a squash in a four berth when you are all getting cleaned up after a long walk! This can often be the difference in having a wonderfully relaxing time or a cramped time with stroppy kids! A way to get around the ‘berth’ issue is to choose a trailer tent that has additional sleeping compartments below the main bedroom areas.
If you have never owned a Trailer Tent before or indeed even if you have, get the dealer to allow you to erect and dismantle the Trailer Tent in their showroom prior to buying it. This way you will be able to use their expertise in ironing out any problems with the erection and ensure that you can cope with it when away on that first all important holiday. A demonstration at the dealership should not stop you from making sure you get an instruction manual with it as well and studying it hard before you take the trailer tent on its maiden voyage. If there are any problems then any reputable dealer will be happy to offer after sales help to remedy them and give any additional pointers that are needed. Try to also bear in mind how far the dealer is away from you so that any servicing or repairs needed are within easy reach and that additional products and spares can be easily sourced.
When looking to buy a trailer tent, the manufacturers that you need to be aware of are: Conway, Camp-Let, Dandy, Sunncamp, Raclet, Cabanon, Trigano, Pennine, Comanche and Jamet.