What To Look For
When you decide to buy a camping trailer, take some time to learn about the different types. Fifth-wheel campers and pop-up campers pull behind another vehicle, while others have their own engine. You also have to look at the different classes. Class A campers are the largest, Class B are smaller and look like a van, and Class C campers have a cab in the front, with a sleeping space above the cab and the camper behind. You also have the option of a truck camper, which fits right over the existing bed of your pickup truck.
Before you chose a camping trailer, make sure that you're buying something that works for your family and your situation. You might be tempted to buy a larger size camping trailer that pulls behind your truck, only to learn that your family doesn't like camping and your truck isn't capable of pulling that much weight. Ensure that your family, as well as any planned guests, fit inside the camper. For example, if you have two kids and both like to bring a friend on family vacations, buying a camper that only sleeps four isn't a good option. If you decide to buy a used vehicle, make sure you have it checked over carefully by a trained mechanic.
Where To Buy
Buying a camping trailer isn't the same as buying other types of camping gear, because you won't find as many suppliers. One of the best places to look is at the RV companies or businesses that specialize in selling campers. Oftentimes these companies accept trade-ins, which means they have both new and used campers on site. You'll also receive a guarantee and have the option of purchasing an extended warranty, which protects you against any problems with the camper. As these lots have a wide range of campers on hand, you'll have more options. Also, the companies usually have some type of financing, which means you won't have to pay the entire cost right away.
Camping trailers come in a wide range of styles and designs, which also means a wide range of prices. A top-of-the-line, brand new camper trailer similar to those used by professional athletes and celebrities can easily cost over $200,000, based on 2010 prices. At the same time, a smaller used model often costs less than $10,000, and some models sell for less than $5,000. The smaller campers and older campers generally cost less, and those with more features retail for more.