I’m fighting off a bug to get a camper. I’ve reached the age where i’m not really excited to go tent camping anymore, and as i’m trying to get into recreational astronomy / astrophotography having a bit of a home base seems like a nice idea, and a mobile basecamp seems appealing in some ways
The camper market exploded of course during COVID. I went trailer camping with a family member’s Aliner https://aliner.com off an undeveloped forest road near Los Alamos, NM a couple years ago during the height of COVID and it was wall to wall people. The Aliner was ok, but it got extremely hot during the day, and it seems like the white whale of RV camping is being able to run the A/C on battery while “boondocking”. One of many RV terms they’ve all-but standardized (“shore power” comes to mind).
The Aliner was kind of a rattle trap though (despite being brand new and having few things relatively speaking to rattle), and most RVs are basically rolling cabinetry, with dubious QC standards. But the price of low standards is low cost. There are more ‘exotic’ brands that often come in at double or even triple the cost of flat pack RVs for apparently far fewer amenities.
The RV camper world is super weird though and there have proliferated tons of ‘rolling mattress’ style mini campers that seem utterly ridiculous to me because they want to charge like $15-20,000 for a space you can’t even sit up in. At that point i might as well get a truck bend tent, imo. (although imo this space seems to be dying off a bit, being so obviously nonsensically lopsided price/functionality). It also seems like the cheaper / large campers, otoh, are designed for ‘full timers’; full of recliners, big TVs, cabinetry, ect.
Right now i’m considering a TAXA https://taxaoutdoors.com for lightweight camping, but jeez, $30-40k for a camper full of milk crate shelving. Sometimes it seems cool, sometimes it seems ridiculous.
The one i really want is a Safari Condo. https://safaricondo.com/en/caravanes-alto/ Aside from seeming to me to be the perfectly designed RV from an aesthetic and functionality perspective, it’s made in Quebec and sales in the US are virtually non-existent, so support would be virtually impossible. I almost bought one four years ago; the price has increased 50% since then for the same camper.
Anyone have any good trailer stories? Are they like boats, but worse? (the best day owning a boat is buying it, the second best day is selling it)