If you want to get away from the maddening big-city life for a weekend or two but also control your destiny, then you will want to buy a vehicle that is purpose-made for the job. You will want to travel to some far-flung places without too many restrictions, so you have to choose something that is relatively easy to manoeuvre and can still do the job. In this case, you definitely want to look at a camper trailer that is designed for off-road capability. Then, you will need to make sure that it is kitted out correctly and that you buy the right accessories to launch your new life of independence, so what are some of the must-have accessories?
Making Your Choice
As you may know, campers come in a variety of different configurations, with the "slide-on" version an option that can be attached to the back of your ute. However, you might have decided to get a trailer that you can tow to your destination, as this gives you a lot more flexibility.
Still, you need to ensure that you can take cooking, sleeping and living accessories with you while also loading up the SUV with family members. In this case, one of the first accessories for your trailer should be a roof rack. So long as you have an appropriately reinforced ceiling, this is a great way to carry some of those bulky items and give yourself more room in the towing vehicle.
Even if your camper trailer is relatively small and compact, you should take steps to ensure that you can control your rig in the challenging driving conditions that you're likely to encounter. Think about adding a brake controller to augment the braking power provided by your towing vehicle. This will make it easier when you are descending a steep, loose surface track out in the bush.
When you get to your destination, you'll want to unhitch the trailer and set everything up as quickly as possible. Make sure that you find a level and ideally dry area first, however, and carry some accessories to make this task easier. You will need levelling blocks unless you are unusually lucky and find a completely flat patch of land. These will take a lot of the guesswork out of installation and help you to get things squared up in no time at all.
Before you deploy the stabiliser legs, however, place some jack pads that you should also procure from your accessory supplier. If you do this, you will find it much easier when it comes time to decamp, as the support legs will be accessible and not below ground.
Just the Beginning
Draw up your shopping list with accessories to make your life under the stars more palatable. Contact a company that sells off-road campers to get some additional ideas.