My advice.....look at as many as you can, you will soon see the differences in quality and equipment levels.
If your going to pay out $8k+ for a Camper Trailer, you'd be be best understanding everything about what makes up different types of camper before shelling out the cash.
Learn up on;
- Different types of suspension setup's. Different spring types, axle profiles and sizes (square / round / 40mm / 45mm).
- Braking types (hydraualic, electric, override).
- Coupling types (standard 50mm ball, hyland, tregg).
- Chassis, be able to spot the difference between a SHS/RHS tubing chassis (Square Hollow Section/ Rectualangular Hollow Section) and just plain angle chassis. If you intend on heading off-road, then definately lean towards the full tubing chassis.
- Different camptop designs and the different materials different manufacturers use.
- All the added extra's that all the manufacturers want to push onto you, some handy whilst others just a complete waist of money.
for your own needs. You will have feedback from different people, alot of the time with opposing views, so it's wise to be able to spot a good camper from a bad one yourself and there are lots of suspect ones on the market, so it should be a pretty steep learning curve, just look at as many as possible (and don't always trust the salesman's word...after all, their main goal is to sell the trailer after all)
For what we decided was a fair amount of money to shell out for a Camper Trailer, we opted to make our own as we couldn't find one with the quality and equipment levels that we needed. In the end, we were able to make one that exceeded most others in quality and equipment for half the ticked price. and most of all, it fits our needs perfectly.