If you and your family enjoy spending summer evenings tent camping under the night sky, you may have your packing list down to a science. However, loading up all the gear that can make your camping trip easier can be a challenge, even if you have a truck or SUV with cargo room. When should you purchase a towable utility trailer (from an outlet such as TRSC) to haul your camping supplies? Read on to learn more about the advantages of camping with a utility trailer, as well as a few situations in which renting -- rather than buying -- a camping trailer may provide you with more of an advantage.
What trailer features are best suited for campers?
Although even the most basic utility trailer and some ratchet straps should be enough to get your camping gear from your home to the campsite, there are a number of trailers designed with features that can provide extra benefits to campers.
When a sudden rainstorm hits, you don't want to be scrambling to relocate your gear inside your vehicle -- or worse, faced with the prospect of spending hours drying out your gear once you've arrived back home. Having a trailer that is fully enclosed or has a retractable awning or cover can help prevent your gear from getting wet
- Food storage
If you're planning to camp in a remote area or one heavily inhabited by wildlife, you'll want a locking storage option to secure your food against nocturnal attack by raccoons, bears, and other potential pests or predators. Having this food in an insulated and locked cabinet will help disguise its smell and make your campsite much less appealing to any animals in the area.
When does the rental of a utility trailer make more sense than the purchase of one?
In some cases, you may wind up ahead financially by simply renting a utility trailer for each camping trip rather than purchasing one.
- You don't have adequate storage space
Although these trailers are designed to weather a variety of conditions, keeping your trailer garaged is the best way to ensure it stays in good condition for years to come. If you don't have a secure, enclosed area in which to store a utility trailer, you may want to consider renting until you've rearranged your space or installed a carport or other outdoor storage option.
- Your family's size (or needs) are planning to change
If you're expanding your family or plan to add some major gear to your next camping trip (like kayaks, bikes, or a propane grill), you may find that the camping trailer that served your needs well during past trips isn't quite up to the task. Renting a larger trailer can give you a better idea of the size you'll need.