Two tips for those using a camper trailer for their camping trip

If you intend to use a camper trailer for an upcoming camping trip, here are a few tips which should help to ensure that your trip goes smoothly:

Practice setting up the trailer tent

The tents in camper trailers tend to be a lot more challenging to set up than standard tents. As such, if it's been a long time since you last camped and you can't quite recall how to assemble the tent, then it's worth practising the set-up process in your garden a few days before you're due to head off on your camping trip.

If you don't do this, you could end up spending most of the first day of the trip struggling to put up the trailer tent and feeling frustrated by your own inability to complete this task. This could leave you in a bad mood for the rest of the holiday and could spoil the experience for both you and your camping companions.

Before you begin to do a test-run of the set-up process in your garden, remember to check the weather forecast; if you don't do this, you and the half-assembled tent could get drenched during an unexpected downpour.

Should the canvas of your tent get rained on during this practice session, make sure to let it air dry before folding it up, as it could develop mould if you pack it away into the trailer while it is still damp.

Check the condition of the spare tyre

It's a common misconception that if a spare tyre has never been used, it will remain in perfect condition. This, unfortunately, is not the case, as rubber will gradually degrade over the course of several years, particularly if it is exposed to the heat of the sun on a regular basis.

As such, it's important to check the condition of your camper trailer's spare tyre and to replace if necessary before you head off on your trip. This will ensure that if one of the trailer's tyres develops a puncture during the drive to the campsite, you will be able to change the tyre and continue your journey. 

When examining the spare, look for bulges and indentations; these could indicate that the rubber has thinned and weakened in these areas. A tyre in this state is not safe to use, as it is more susceptible to blowouts.

During your inspection, you should also lay the tyre on the ground and place your foot firmly on it; if it sinks underneath the weight of your foot or if you hear a hissing noise, this could mean that the tyre has developed tears which are allowing air to escape.

Contact a company like Austrack Campers for more information and assistance.