Key benefits of rearfold campers
The tent opens out on a hinge located at the trailer’s rear, to reveal a bed that’s opposite a hard floor resting 10cm up from the ground. The main storage areas are located under the bed and front tool box.
This internal area is less furnished in a hardfloor than on a forward fold, but as the floor is close to the ground, most manufacturers will provide three entry doors inside.
Setting up a hardfloor camper is a relatively straightforward but they do prefer flat ground. Usually a hardfloor camper can stay attached to your car or 4WD if you arrive late at camp, or when you’re frequently stopping overnight on the way to destination — making them great for touring.
Kitchens on rearfold campers are usually located in a slide-out drawer near the front of the camper (from under the bed), with the fridge in the toolbox close by. Therefore, the awning is usually longer than the main tent which can increase set up time.
Like forward folds, rearfold campers can be heavy at the drawbar, but this tends to be less pronounced due to the location of the main hinge. What’s more, the position of the hinge lets manufacturers taper the trailer’s rear so you’re less likely to hit a snag off the beaten track.
Rearfolds in a nutshell: Easy long term tourers with all the pleasures of camping under canvas
- Three access doors to the tent
- Hardfloor under foot
- Easy to open
- Fast setup times
- Can usually remain attached to the rig
- Prefers flat sites
- Good departure angles
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