Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby sienna » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:29 am

Congrats on your purchase!
Now the real fun begins....Trying to figure out what you need, how it will all fit into the trailer....
A couple hints...
Raid your kitchen or go to a cheapo shop and buy some cutlery and crockery, plates, cups, bowls etc and a nice plastic box with lid to put it all in. Include the egg flip, tongs, matches, tea towels, paper towels, sharp knife, peeler etc that can stay permanently in the camping gear. This will save so much time and worry when it comes to packing for trips away cos you know everything you need in the kitchen is already in the trailer.

With regards to pegs, not sure what size or quality you have been given but it's always good to have spares from your local camping shop. Get some big ones and a few sand pegs (the plastic yellow ones) just in case.

Now you will need to find camping chairs and a folding table etc. Again, if it can stay permanently in your trailer, then less hassle when packing.
Then there's the lighting, bedding, what you plan to cook on, the list goes on....!
This part is just as much fun as buying your ct! Especially if you love shopping. :***

PS on your first trip take some paper and a pen so you can write down all the things you'd like to add to your collection.
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby Titch » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:57 am

Pack toilet paper :#
And baby wipes.
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby MacLister » Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:16 pm

OK.. just got a few things.

2 x kids chairs
1 x bench and table set for kids to eat at
1 x 4kg gas bottle
1 x gas pole thing that attached to the gas bottle, and you put a light on the top.
1 x gas powered light that sits on top of said pole
1 x adaptor for pole to attach to gas bottle, and allow for a pipe to be added for gas cooker (Which we didn't get)
1 x LED lantern thingie
1 x sleeping blanket for 5 year old
1 x cooking plate that goes on our butaine cooking thing.

We've got chairs... a table, a OzTrail 5 shelf shelf thing, a kitchen thing, sleeping bags, an inflatable bed, a pump (bought today), kitchen cutlary and plates and stuff.

We didn't get the water bottel. There was a large one, but .. do we just fill it with tap water? We'll need to get one, I guess. We have a large coleman eskie thing...

No first aid kit. :( Looking for one. Any recommendations?

We have a kettle.. which we normally use on our butaine cookers (The single plated things that use the canisters).

No mallet...
Can source toilet paper...
Got camper trailer... pegs poles etc etc...

Booked camp site...

Oh, and found the site of the original maker of my CT!
http://marlincampers.com.au/marlin-explorer/

That's the exact one. :)
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby Titch » Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:29 pm

No first aid kit. Looking for one. Any recommendations?RACV shop or equivalent,or St Johns Ambulance, there is a camping kit around.
Do not buy one from just anywhere,as most of the stuff may be past its use by date.
Also information on how to do CPR.St Johns have a booklet on burns and splints etc.
Get an adult size fire blanket and practice how to use it.
Now if you do all that the odds are you won't need to use it. :armsup
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby sienna » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:21 pm

I always take my own drinking water even when going to a caravan park. I'm fussy that way. I don't like drinking town water from anywhere and when you have kids, you might need to be a bit more careful with the water they drink. But it depends on where the water is coming from and how fussy you want to be. Just a thought.
You'll need some sort of implement to bang in pegs. Mallets are usually the way to go. I do have a hammer, mostly cos I haven't got a mallet and haven't gotten round to getting one. Actually I have two hammers cos the 4yo likes to help bang the pegs in. The mallet is on my to get list.
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby MacLister » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:28 pm

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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby xmasbaby67 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:49 pm

::) ::) ::) HOW EXCITING FOR ALL YOU MCLISTER'S!!!! ::) ::) ::)

The kids look really excited.....now all the fun stuff starts!!!!!

Probably the reason the trailer bounced around a bit on the way home was because it was empty and once you get some stuff in it it will stop.....

Sienna is on the right track there by raiding your kitchen stuff so that you always have the kitchen ready to go!!!! When we had our old CT without a kitchen I used two of these large drawers to store all the kitchen and pantry stuff in and they were easily accessible from the tailgate.

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Have fun with all the shopping......that's the best bit.....then getting to use it all :+ :+ :+
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby xmasbaby67 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:58 pm

Not sure why that pic didn't work>>>> I kept one of these drawers in the new CT and I use it as a pantry, which I usually keep stocked up ready to go also...

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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby stevo. » Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:21 pm

xmasbaby67 wrote:Not sure why that pic didn't work>>>>


you left out a bracket ] . Lucky i am here to help you out all the time XB :cheers
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby MacLister » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:46 pm

Just doing the registration papers, and I am stumped.

Querstion 7: Caravan/Camper Trailer requirements says that if there is no fire extinguisher, registration will be refused! Is a fire extinguisher a requirement? Does everyone have one?

Then, tire size... I see a 235/80R or something. Is the size 235?
What does 'Ply rating' look like?
Load rating?
Rim Profile?
Recommended cool type pressure?
Axle rating?
Tow ball coupling rating?

Anyone know how I can answer these?
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby stevo. » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:51 pm

There's a bit of that info on the side wall of the tyre.

You may have a plate riveted to the drawbar with some info aswell :cheers
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby Titch » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:52 pm

Should be all on a silver plate on your drawbar,
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby GypsyLady » Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:44 pm

Mac

In answer to your question re fire extinguisher......YES, YES, YES and a Fire Blanket as well is IMO mandatory.
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby MacLister » Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:01 pm

Got all the answers, except Axel Rating...
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Re: Looking to buy a Camper Trailer

Postby stevo. » Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:10 pm

Does the manufacturers website have that info?

yeah get a fire extinguisher for the trailer and one for the car too!, those little ones are crap and run out very quick! :-bang You may never have a fire in your car but you may need to help someone else one day.
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