Why would you have something that is the same footprint size as a caravan but none of its solidity? Some would say it has the bad points of a caravan combined with thebad points of a tent, how do the fans of folding camper’s respond to this?
One of the principle differences in towing a folding camper is in the saving on fuel. This is not a small amount, towing a caravan can use up to twice as much fuel. As fuel is dear and we often drive great distances on holiday this can mount up to hundreds of pounds on two week touring holiday. For those who do not enjoy towing something as restricting, heavy and huge as a caravan, the visibility available with a trailer tent is an added bonus.
The initial outlay for the folding camper is less too. While there are some aristocratic versions that cost as much as some caravans, generally the outlay is cheaper for the same amount of accommodation, assuming that you do not enjoy caravan holidays in the winter (where a trailer tent clearly wouldn’t fit the bill). Insurance of folding caravans is less than a caravan too.
The way that folding campers extend beyond their footprint can make them much bigger than a caravan (if comparing them both without their awnings). The beds can be out of the way of the main living area, which means space is not taken up, and also, if someone wants to lie down they can do this in privacy and without upheaval in the living area. Bigger families can get away with a smaller sized trailer tent from a towing point of view than if they had to pull a caravan that would fit them all. Once they get to site though, they can expand their living space by use of awnings and other zip on features, as well as the beds which expand outwards. For many folding caravan owners, it is the space available and the consequent privacy, particularly when travelling with family that is the big plus.
While you have the trailer to store at home, it is possible that you can fit this low-rise trailer in your garage. In any case, it will not dominate your drive and garden like a caravan does.
When travelling abroad you may well find (in France for example) that the charge for travelling on motorways is less for a trailer than a caravan. Speed limits can also vary but this needs to be checked in each country. Other advantages include the fact that height restriction barriers need not pose a problem for you.
Basically, unless you use your caravan all year round, in which case a plastic shell (which can be rather unbearable in a hot summer) is a clear and cosy winner, you might consider a folding camper if you want to save on fuel, initial outlay for the size of accommodation you need and insurance and you like more sleeping space – available at all times – when you arrive at your destination.