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Message posted by sharonrfin on 17/2/2016 at 11:17am
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Hi. We went on our first big camping trip in July 2015 when we travelled from near Glasgow to Cornwall for two weeks. I had done a huge amount of research & bought masses of camping gear...looking for a home-from-home style camping.

Let's say we learned a lot the hard way! We took way too much stuff to fit into our Zafira and roof box so looking for advice on trailers please...they seem quite expensive plus we don't presently have a tow-bar. Thanks.

(I don't want to take less stuff...love it all!)


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That's a long journey!

If I had the money spare to buy one and the space to store one I would have a trailer tomorrow.

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For such long journeys I would invest in a good quality trailer with good sized wheels, the cheapo trailers have such small wheels they are liable to blow out. You would expect to use more fuel when towing. You will be restricted to 60 mph on motorways so you're journey will take longer. Being an old flatulent I would take at least two stops enroute and there could be a risk of theft if unattended. As in everything there are pros and cons but if it were me I'd reduce the equipment carried....towbar 200 quid....quality trailer minimum of 800 quid. Would it be worth it ? AND it's illegal to use the third lane on a motorway.

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We got back into camping in 2008, just the two of us, and tried it without a Trailer, for our fortnight camping in the South of France.

Needless to say, in 2009 I bought the largest Trailer that I could afford, 800 new, and boy was that money well spent.

Space in the car was always going to be at a premium for us, I drive a firms car, we can have any car we wan't so long as it is a Silver VW Golf Hatch!

Even now, when we go to France, I still remove the rear seating from the car, for our 3 week trek to France, just to eak out a little more space.

Check out RedCap Garage at Blackburn, main UK importer for the French made Lider Trailers.

The Lider Saragos with Side Extensions and ABS Lid, can be had for just over 1k, and would be as much Trailer as most folk would ever need.

One of the most expensive camping mistakes you can make, is to buy a Trailer that turns out to be to small.

Remember the old saying "What Will Do More, Will Also Do Less".

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If you're going to tow something - why not get a secondhand trailer tent or folding camper they'll give you a really good home from experience - you'll end up spending a fortune on a trailer anyway.

Towing will take you forever and your fuel economy will be horrendous

We have 2 kids a dog and a huge polycotton tent and the luxuries and still manage with an s-max and roof-box. I would take a serious look at what you're taking - do you really need it or do you just wanting to take it because you've bought it?

There are lots of posts on here about maximising packing space - using bags rather than boxes, compression sacks, camping towels, etc, etc.

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As the OP mentions, they would also have get a towbar fitted, even a fixed towbar these days is going to be around 400 fitted, if a proper job is done using dedicated wiring and coded to the car ECU system.

Going cheap on the towbar, can lead to untold warranty issues on some cars.

And I have to confess forking out the thick end of 400 every two years when the firm swops out my car, is no laughing matter I can tell you.

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I would heartily recommend you try K trailers. The company are based out of a farm near Kinross. I got my trailer from them plus the extensions and Robert, who runs the company is a gentleman to deal with.

Being in Glasgow, you will have few problems selling it on afterwards. If you do buy second hand watch out for cheap trailers that have been treated like 'sh-t'.

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I got a new trailer from CLH Trailers near me in Swansea, not so handy if you are in Glasgow. I measured up the driveway and garage and got the biggest trailer I could squeeze in, I could now move a circus. Also make sure you get one with a lockable hard top. Not cheap but a good investment.


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Evening all
I've got a trailer for camping and the odd trip to the tip and all I can say is I wouldn't be with out one ,you don't have to spend that much if you know what you want try looking on ebay or local sale papers you will get a bargain
Petrol increases will be small,I get probably 4 or 5 mile per gallon less with it fully loaded and don't even notice it empty!
I wouldn't leave it while I went into service stations alone but then I wouldn't leave a full car either so doesn't change anything I just sent the wife and kids In and I stay with the dog lol
Go for as big as you feel comfortable towing as the more space you have the better but you don't have to use it all
I'd stay way from those Halfords ones as the seem cheap and nasty and won't last
Hope this helps
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That is probably the perfect camping Trailer that scotsgordon has, but what you have to think about when going for such a big Trailer, is that you may need the braked version, which I don't think it is, although I may stand corrected on that point.

At 7 x 4 x 4, and unbraked I would guess the Trailer weighs around 300kg, that just leaves 450kg for kit, which could be a limiting factor for such a large Trailer.

Our total kit weight is about 450kg, and would only fill half of that CLH Trailer, and that's the rub.

Add Brakes to such a Trailer, and the payload could easily be 1000kg over the top maybe for camping kit, but something to consider.

The price of that CLH Trailer is around 1500, which is extremely good value, of course a Braked version would no doubt push the price upto around 2000, which is on the way to a half decent used caravan.

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I built one 30 years ago and it is still going strong. Got the bits from Honey field trailers, step dad welded it for me, mini wheels from the scrap yard. I have replaced the timber cladding once only.

I can't imagine life without it. Trips to the tip, collecting fire wood, moving furniture, garden jobs, building work the list is endless.

Fuel consumption will probably be unchanged or maybe even better. With a 60 limit your car will be much more economical.

Mine is 5ft x 3ft x 18in deep and is perfect. I built it with a lift out rear panel and just use a trailer board for electrics. The rear panel meant I could get our son's nifty fifty scooter in it when it broke down.

I wouldn't leave it unattended hitched to the car in a services but wouldn't leave the dog either. We go to the toilet separately.


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I would not be able to camp the way I wanted to in the past 4 years without my trailer.

Yes it was expensive, and I needed to fit a tow bar on my car too, however, it was definitely worth it, IMHO.

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I have a Brenderup 1150s...Lockable / removeable lid ...great little unbraked trailer..

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I find it is not so much the weight of my kit that is the problem, just that it is very bulky. But you do have to do your homework and make sure that whatever you go with will suit your style of camping and your existing / potential kit.

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Thank you everyone...good advice for me to consider.

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Quote: Originally posted by Francais on 17/2/201
Our total kit weight is about 450kg,



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