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When you’re in the thick of the wilds, sometimes you’ll need to tend to the needs of nature. Doing your business outdoors is not ideal, however, when the nearest restaurant or building is miles away, it’s your only option. Or is there another way?
Why choose a small RV trailer or camper?
There are several benefits to choosing a tiny travel trailer over something much larger. While opulent Class A’s and 5th Wheels may look good on paper, they are often impractical for most people.
Not only are small lightweight campers you can pull with a car or SUV easier to maneuver and far more forgiving if you make a mistake, they often contain most of the amenities you’ll ever need. Despite the compact dimensions, mini travel trailers can contain almost everything that there larger brethren do, albeit often at a scaled-down version.
Then there’s the cost as well, a small RV trailer will have a far smaller upfront cost compared to something larger. The ongoing costs are also significantly less. The gas used while towing, repairs, camping site fees, and insurance is often much better for mini RV trailers.
How to get a good deal on small travel trailers for sale?
Looking for the best deal possible when buying a small travel trailer for sale is absolutely the right thing to do. Even small campers or travel trailers can cost a significant amount of money, so putting the effort in to secure a good price is well worth the effort. To help with this process we’ve put together several tips to help you secure a bargain.
It’s Worth Shopping Around
There should be no such thing as dealer loyalty. Even if you bought your last compact RV from a friend of a friend who owns an RV dealership, it doesn’t mean that they’ll give you the best price.
Shop around, take a look at as many dealers as possible as well as online. Knowing that you can secure a small camper for one price will put you in a much better position to negotiate with other dealers. Play dealers against each other to see if they can beat each other’s quotes. They should work to get your money, you are the customer after all.
Consider Buying Used
It’s often a false economy buying something new as it’ll lose money as soon as the paperwork is signed. There is often a conception that new items are likely to have fewer issues, that they may last longer and will require less maintenance. However, that’s not always the case.
Buying a used or nearly new small camper can save you a significant amount of money. If you spend less upfront, you’ll have more money available in your budget to invest in upgrades, new features and if need be, repairs.
Avoid Brand Loyalty
Brands spend significant amounts of money and resources into securing your brand loyalty. We all have our favorite smartphones, cars or even toothpaste. When it comes to tiny travel trailers, it’s no different. However, at the end of the day, small campers all provide a means to an end. They are made to provide a comfortable shelter when you’re traveling.
You may have your heart set on a particular model or brand, but take a look at some of the other compact RVs we’ve discussed above and you might be surprised at how much you can save.
Customize at a Later Date
Just like cars, small campers tend to have a range of optional extras that are designed to improve the comfort and functionality of your small RV, but they also increase the price.
There’s nothing wrong with buying the basic model and then upgrading it over the years. Think of it as a home that always has a DIY project that can be completed. Chances are you’re not going to miss a particular feature if it’s not there.
Look at Fixer-Uppers
If you’re handy with a hammer and saw and you’re looking for a project then consider buying an old small travel trailer and doing it up.
There are a ton of resources out there and facebook groups dedicated to people doing this.
You might find you can get an old small camper for a fraction of the cost of a new and then with the money you’ve saved you can gut it and design it exactly how you’d like it. Often the final cost is less than half of buying new.
There are obviously risks involved, so it’s worth knowing what you’re doing.
Shop Around For Finance
Financing can turn what looks to be a great deal into a money sink. Rates largely depend on market rates and trends are closely linked to the auto industry.
It’s worth shopping around for finance, both online and on the high street. You can then use these rates to get a better rate from the dealership when you’re finalizing the deal on your small camper.
Even though the term timeshare might send shivers up your spine, take a second to imagine that concept applied to small campers.
If you have a group of friends or like-minded acquaintances why not club together to buy your dream tiny RV. By working together you can split all the costs, including maintenance.
Just make sure you have a legally binding contract created so one of you isn’t left out of pocket.
Make Money From Your RV When You’re Not Using It
Outdoorsy, RVShare and RVwithME have made it possible for everyone that owns a mini travel trailer to make some money on the side.
Simply list your RV when you’re not planning on using it and you can make a significant amount of money. It might be enough to pay it off faster or pay for the upgrade you’ve always wanted.
Buy at the Right Time Of Year
The season can have a significant impact on how much you end up paying for your RV. Generally, during the offseason or when a new model is about to be released is the best time to buy a small camper.
You can check out our in-depth guide on the best time of the year to buy an RV here.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does A Small Camper Weigh?
Small campers will weigh an average of 2,000 lbs. This can vary a great deal from camper to camper, with some weighing under 1,000 lbs, while others weigh in excess of 3,000 lbs.
How Much Does It Cost To Rent A Small Camper?
Renting a Small Camper will cost an average of $125 a night. Newer models will likely cost more, while older models will cost less.
How Much Does A Small Camper Cost?
Small Campers will cost on average $12,000 to buy new for a base model. More luxurious or larger models will cost more, as much as $25,000.
What Size Generator For A Small Camper?
This really depends on how many appliances you need to run. A 2,000-watt generator will run most small appliances, but it won’t be able to handle air con. If you’d like to run an air conditioner, then you’ll need at least 3,600 watts.
If like me you like to spend some time in the outdoors for weeks at a time, a few small luxuries can go a long way. You might be forgiven for thinking that in order to enjoy the room for multiple recipients, cooking areas, appliances, and a bathroom, you’d need to invest in a large trailer.
As we’ve already demonstrated in this article, that’s not necessarily true. You can quite comfortably live, sleep, cook and shower in a camper that quite comfortably fits into a standard garage. The only prerequisite is knowing what to look for and where to find them. We hope you love our list of small campers with bathrooms, but as always, if you have any comments or think we’ve missed anything, simply let us know in the comments below.