How to Camp With Tent Trailers

How to Camp With Tent TrailersIf camping in your tent just isn't doing it for you anymore, a tent trailer may be just the ticket. Tent trailers provide a generally safer, quieter, more comfortable environment for a camper. Tent trailers also negate the need to fold, unfold, assemble and disassemble a tent. Unlike tents, tent trailers can come complete with multiple beds, a table, a sink, a stove and even a refrigerator. Camping with a tent trailer is a simple affair--and, potentially, far less stressful than regular tent camping.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tent trailer
  • Towel
Step 1
Select a camping spot that can be reached by car or truck. This is a major difference between tent and tent trailer camping, of course--tent camping has few limitations when it comes to campsites, whereas tent trailers must be driven in and therefore require campsites that allow your car or truck access.
Step 2
Perform an inventory of your tent trailer. This should be done before you leave to go camping. Make sure that everything you need is present within the trailer. Do you have propane for your stove? An extra light bulb? How about a mini-broom for the floor or a rag for the sink? Whatever you plan to use, be sure it's there. Luckily, though, when it comes to a tent trailer, you don't need to worry about forgetting a tent pole.
Step 3
Drive to the campsite. Park your tent trailer away from any fire pit to prevent a fire hazard.
Step 4
Set up the trailer. This is typically far easier than setting up a tent, and usually involves a simple crank to lift up the top, followed by a manual unfolding of the sides. The beds then easily slide in and out of place, as desired.
Step 5
Fold tent trailer back into traveling position when finished camping.
Step 6
Check for moisture. Once you're home, partially reopen the tent trailer and be sure that the trailer canvas is completely dry. You may need to use a towel and leave the trailer out in the sun for a few hours. This is a critical step, as it will prevent the formation of a tent trailer owner's worst enemy: mold.

Article Written By William Jackson

William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.

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