Some camper trailer companies will cut corners where they can or use cheaper imported components that are not easily substituted with a local equivalent, which is very relevant when your only option for replacement parts is a remote general store. Keeping an eye out for these tell-tale signs of poor quality when you’re shopping for your next camper and asking the right questions when it comes to part replacement will help you to spot any potential problems.
Make sure the wheel bearings supplied with the trailer are a readily available Australian product or have a suitable generic equivalent that can be ordered by most servos or outback mechanics. A seized trailer bearing will mean the end of your trip and an expensive recovery unless you can get a replacement locally fitted.
Some overseas manufacturers supply tyres with their trailers which are a cheap inclusion for importers, however some overseas tyres are not tested for Australian conditions and may not be suitable for the wide range of temperature differences we experience. Similarly, they may not be of a standard size which means you’ll have next to no chance of finding a single replacement if you blow a tyre and will end up having to replace both.
After a while, most water hoses will taint the taste of the water coming from your tank. Check to make sure that the hose supplied with your trailer is made from food grade pipe as this will eliminate the plastic taste and be resistant against UV damage.
Check for any signs of rust underneath painted surfaces. Some manufacturers do not remove rust from the steel they use to construct the chassis before it is painted. Alternatively, choose a camper with a body that has been hot-dip galvanised to ensure maximum protection against corrosion.
Insufficient thickness of the wires used and non-branded fittings may mean that the wiring system in your trailer burns out quickly under load or drops a lot of amperage between one connection and another. Look out for Australian standard electric components to ensure the lifespan of your 12v system.
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