If you’re getting into camping, campers are a great way to start. You’ll find an abundant inventory of campers on the market due to the economy. Here’s what to look for in a camper.
Two kinds of campers. You’ll be looking at two kinds of campers these days, truck campers and tow-behinds which are now generally called pop up campers because the top pops up when you expand it. The pop up camper is very practical and economical. And don’t think that pop up means primitive. Increasingly, you can look for hard-sided walls, a larger refrigerator, and dining inside and out. And you can tow them, and store them, just about anywhere. Something you can’t say for most RVs. Most truck campers fit on the back of three-quarter to one-ton truck. They vary in price depending on size, accessories, and construction, though generally, you’ll pay far less than you would for other RVs because you won’t be buying an engine or chassis. And many truck campers have equipment similar to that you would find in a moderately priced motor home.
Accoutrements. You’ll want the camper to sleep at least 4, include a dinette table (and you should expect it to convert to a bed), an overhead bunk, and a queen-size bed over the cab. Also look for a double sink, a toilet in the rear, and a shower. The shower will be interior in higher priced models and exterior on lower priced.
Slide Outs. The latest rage in RVs of all kinds is the slide out. Slide outs allow travelers to expand the size of the camper quickly and easily, often turning a “hallway” into a nook. Slide outs are very controversial. Everyone wants one; no one wants to do the maintenance to keep it from leaking around the seals. If you want a camper with slide outs, make sure you look into awnings for more protection.
Often overlooked. If you’re buying used campers for sale, making your good deal great, make sure you get service records. They should have at least receipts for repairs, service work, and possibly routine maintenance.
Inspect anyway. Even if the records are impeccable, don’t part with your money without an inspection. You’ll save yourself time, money, and heartache by passing on lemons rather than fixing them.