Which is Better for you:

A Tent, Caravan or a Camper Trailer?

caravan vs camper trailer vs tent

When it comes to deciding on your camping equipment investment, you need to think about several aspects of what you want to do with it. Start with your budget and the length of the trips you want to undertake. Are you planning three-month trips or only long weekend escapes? How many of you will be travelling? What places you are going to visit? It can be difficult to make a choice with so many caravan and camping options available. To help you with your decision, we put together a list of the pros and cons of three camping accommodation types.


When using a tent for your camping trips, its greatest advantage is its light weight and portability. A tent is easy to be transported and installed. Tents are available in different shapes and sizes so you can fit you whole family inside, if you need to. If you travel with your kids, it can be great fun when setting it up. You also teach them skills that they might need as they grow up and travel with friends or their own children. A tent, however, leaves you exposed to the whims of the weather. It is a great experience when the temperature is moderate, the sky is blue and wind is pleasant. If that is not the case, your camping trip might turn into a barely bearable experience.


If you plan to go on lengthier trips, you will be happiest to travel with a caravan. The reasons for that are the better safety and comfort. You can leave your caravan securely locked and sleep blissfully inside. The larger space, extra amenities such as bathroom and kitchen, make your caravan feel like a home. A caravan also does not need extended preparation. After cleaning and loading with consumables and food, it is ready to go. Like every other home, greater comfort comes with a heftier price tag. And the expenditures do not end with the caravan purchase. The larger space comes with a greater weight which results in a higher fuel consumption. You will also need to foresee maintenance and repair expenses.

Camper Trailer

There are many different designs of camper trailers for sale. They give you freedom and better flexibility in three ways; faster to set up, more reliable and easier to tow. Often seen as a combination between a tent and caravan, they are faster to set up than tents. A camper trailer is also more reliable in terms of security and convenience than a tent, however, not as spacious as a caravan can feel. The camper trailers are easier to tow, but you still need to bring additional storage with you. Therefore, a camper trailer is not the best option for long periods of travel. However, they are a great option if you want to go off road as they are tougher and more mobile.

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Still not sure what’s best for you? Made up your mind? We are the official Jayco Australia retailer in Perth. Call us on (08) 9311 7333 or book a viewing to view our range of camper trailers, caravans & motorhomes. If you have any other question, send us an enquiry and will make sure to answer as soon as possible.