We look at why there is why is there a big variation in price between two trailer tents that are at first glance identical.
What needs to be looked at when comparing like forlike in terms of living accommodation and wondering why the price of one is greater than another includes such matters as the potential to add extras easily into the existing trailer tent. Extra accommodation can be bought for some models which makes the living area very extensive indeed.
Other factors which add to the cost of more expensive models is the level of facilities that are on offer. In the kitchen area, fridges, heaters, water pumps etc can all vary in terms of capacity and luxury. Beds may be more generous in size, with thicker mattresses and larger inner tent sleeping areas.
The structure of the actual set-up itself will also affect its price. Ease of hitching and unhitching, easeof connecting electricity and other services may vary from set-up to set-up. Mechanical help with erection of the set-up will cost money, modern materials used in construction, that are lighter, tougher and longer wearing will also up the price. Carbon fibre poles instead of metal, gas controlled rather than spring controlled joints, modern lightweight but breathable fabrics and other materials throughout will all add to the price. Manufacturers of anything that we buy also spend or save money on workmanship. Check seams, zips, windows and other areas to see the stitching strength, and the thickness of fabric, also the hems – meanly sewn tents are like cheap clothes – fabric is saved wherever possible.
For the same reason that not all family saloons are created equally the same is true for trailer tents. Not only accommodation and the quantity and level of functions, but also because some are simply more expensive makes, built using more superior technology and materials and with more money being invested in workmanship.
Following the analogy with cars, however, sometimes the reputation of being good name pushes up the price. You need to be aware as a buyer that good named products will also trade on the fact that they were known in the past to be good quality, so if you are going to invest in one of their products be sure that the actual item you are buying is still up to its traditional standards. Also, if you really do your homework and get to understand those things which are important in your folding camper, you can also investigate different names who may be offering the same quality, but just have not yet made themselves a name.