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12 Best Questions to Ask When Buying a New Camper

Navigating the Camper Trailer Landscape: A Comprehensive Guide to Making the Right Choice

Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Camper Trailer

Embarking on the journey of buying a new camper trailer is exciting but can also be daunting. With so many options and considerations, it’s crucial to know what questions to ask to ensure you make the right choice. Platinum Campers brings you a comprehensive guide to help you navigate through this important decision.

1. Can My Tow Vehicle Handle This Camper?

Understanding your vehicle’s towing capacity is crucial when selecting a camper trailer. It’s not just about whether your vehicle can tow the camper, but also about ensuring safety and compliance with legal requirements.

  • Small to Medium Cars: For those with smaller vehicles, it’s important to look for lightweight campers like the Hard Floor Camper Trailers, which are easier to tow and manage.
  • Large SUVs and Trucks: Owners of larger vehicles can consider a wider range of campers, including heavier models with more amenities, without worrying about exceeding towing limits.

2. How Many People Will I Travel With?

The size of your travel group significantly influences the type of camper trailer you should choose. Platinum Campers offers a variety of options to suit different group sizes.

  • Solo Travelers or Couples: For those who travel alone or as a couple, compact and efficient rear folds are an excellent choice, offering convenience and comfort.
  • Small Families (1-2 Children): Small families might consider rear folds, forward folds, and smaller soft floor models, which provide a balance of space and manageability.
  • Large Families with Kids: For larger families, the Soft Floor Camper Trailers or the dual fold chariot offer ample space and versatility, ensuring everyone has enough room to enjoy the trip.
  • Huge Families: If you have a large family, a soft floor camper is ideal for its expansive space and the ability to add kids’ rooms, making it a home away from home.

3. What's More Important: Space and Storage or Speed and Comfort?

Your preference between space and storage versus speed and comfort will guide your choice. This decision impacts the ease of setup and the amount of living space in the camper.

  • Space and Storage Seekers: Those who prioritize space and storage should opt for larger soft floor models with extensive storage options, perfect for long trips or large families.
  • Speed and Comfort Prioritisers: If quick setup and a comfortable living space are more important, choose models that are easy to set up and offer comfortable living spaces. Our hard floor campers are the way to go. 
Commander Hybrid Camper Trailer on Beach

4. What Type of Camper Are You? Where Do You Camp?

Your camping style and preferred locations play a significant role in selecting the right camper. Whether you’re an off-road adventurer or a casual camper, Platinum Campers has a model to suit your needs.

  • Off-Road Enthusiasts: For those who love to explore rugged terrains and remote areas, the Commander Hybrid Camper Trailer is designed to handle challenging environments.
  • Casual Campers: If you prefer established campsites with amenities, a more traditional model may suit your needs, offering comfort and convenience in a variety of settings.

5. What's Your Budget?

Your budget is a key factor in determining which camper trailer you can afford. Platinum Campers offers a range of options to suit various budgets.

  • Budget-Conscious Campers: For those looking to spend less, consider our more basic models, which offer essential features without the high price tag.
  • Mid-Range Budgets: If you have a bit more to spend, explore our mid-range options, which include additional comforts and features.
  • Luxury Seekers: For those where budget is less of a concern, our high-end models provide luxury and state-of-the-art features for the ultimate camping experience.

6. What Features Are Must-Haves for You?

Identify the features that are non-negotiable for your camping experience. This could range from basic necessities to luxury amenities.

  • Essentials: If you need just the basics, focus on models that offer essential features like a good bed and basic kitchen setup.
  • Comfort Seekers: For added comfort, look for trailers with enhanced sleeping arrangements, indoor kitchens, and additional living space.
  • Luxury Features: If you desire luxury, consider models with advanced features like air conditioning, heating, and high-tech entertainment systems.

7. How Often Will You Use the Camper?

The frequency of your camping trips can influence the type of camper you should buy.

  • Occasional Campers: If you plan to use the camper only a few times a year, a basic or mid-range model might be sufficient.
  • Regular Campers: For those who camp frequently, investing in a more durable and feature-rich camper can enhance your overall experience.

8. Do You Need Off-Road Capability?

Consider whether you’ll be camping in off-road conditions, which require a more robust and durable camper.

  • Off-Road Camping: For off-road adventures, choose a camper designed for rugged terrain, like our off-road models with reinforced chassis and suspension.
  • Standard Camping: If you’ll be camping in more accessible areas, a standard camper trailer will suffice.

9. How Important is Ease of Setup?

The ease of setting up and packing down your camper can greatly impact your camping experience.

  • Quick Setup: For those who prefer a quick setup, look for campers with automated or simplified setup processes.
  • Setup Time Not a Concern: If you don’t mind spending more time on setup, a traditional camper with more manual processes might be suitable.

10. Are You Planning Long-Term or Short-Term Trips?

The duration of your trips will influence the type of camper you need.

  • Short-Term Trips: For weekend getaways, a compact and efficient camper might be all you need.
  • Long-Term Adventures: For extended trips, consider a camper with more living space, storage, and amenities to ensure comfort over longer periods.

11. What's Your Camping Experience Level?

Your experience level can guide your choice in terms of complexity and features.

  • Beginners: New campers might prefer a user-friendly model that’s easy to handle and set up.
  • Experienced Campers: Those with more camping experience might opt for a camper with more advanced features and capabilities.

12. What After-Sales Support and Warranty Does the Manufacturer Offer?

Understanding the after-sales support and warranty offered by the manufacturer is crucial for peace of mind.

  • Comprehensive Warranty: Look for campers with a comprehensive warranty and reliable after-sales support to ensure you’re covered in case of any issues.


For families seeking the perfect camping experience, soft floor campers from Platinum offer the space, comfort, and versatility needed to create unforgettable outdoor adventures. With the option to add an additional kids’ room and the benefit of a fully enclosed annex, these campers are designed to meet the demands of large families who love to explore the great outdoors together.

Platinum Camper Trailers have a large range of on-road and off-road soft floor & hard floor camper trailers for sale in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville, Perth and can deliver to the rest of Australia. Still have questions, or looking to take the next step? Send us a message, give us a call or enquire at one of our 5 showrooms around the country

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