If an organised living internal space is what you’re seeking as opposed to a massive increase in storage then a forward fold camper might be a better option for you.
The floor in a forward fold campers sits up from the ground. Forward folds have a large hinge at the front to open up the trailer, which reveals a bed opposite a communal space with a large u-shape lounge. As the bedroom sits above the drawbar, these campers take up very little space at camp and are easy to park.
You enter the forward fold camper via a step but there’s less of a hike to get into bed, and the living room windows provide raised views over your favourite camp. The u-shape lounge will often convert to a bed, too, which makes them suitable for families and small crowds.
Forward folds provide a bit of storage under the seats, with many travellers packing items in plastic crates and placing them on the living room camper floor during transit.
Kitchens on forward fold campers are usually split into two sections, with a fridge sliding out from the toolbox at the front, and a pantry, stove and sink sliding from a cavity under the lounge. This space works well for two but does reduce the internal storage.
Setting up the main tent of a forward fold camper is simple, but you will need to adjust at least three poles. A step ladder or shorter pole with a hook in one end will help when you’re setting up the awning, and you will probably need to adjust a few pole extensions, as the tent is high due to the raised floor.
Forward folds are heavy compared to softfloors with similar features, especially near the front where the towball is because of the hinge.
Packing heavier items in the living room section will keep it stable when you’re towing, but you’ll still need a reasonably 4WD, especially if you plan to take it offroad.
Key Benefits of Forward Folding Camper Trailers in a nutshell: Great for slipping into those sneaky sites with lovely elevated views.
Less canvas to set up
Internal living room
Limited storage space
Heavier towball weight
Hardfloor under foot
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