Pointless facts I have come to realise since owning a camper trailer…

Here are a few of the things, in no particular order, I have learned since taking our camper out for her maiden voyage, to a densely populated tourist park…

  1. Communal toilets and showers aren’t pretty and BYO is better.
  2. Voices carry, so does music. Some people care more than others about this.
  3. There is no privacy in a camper trailer without the full annex all closed up – finding a corner to get changed away from other campers can be tricky.
  4. All food burns or sticks to the pan. No exceptions.
  5. Most people are super friendly and happy to chat.
  6. There’s no place where your ‘Choose Life’ sleep shirt is fashionable, even in a caravan park. Better yet, bring new family-friendly pjs because every person and their dog will see you in them.
  7. The sound of someone cutting their toenails at 7am is never attractive, even when you’re camping.

    Shaming the offending toenail clipper 😉
  8. Powder is your friend, especially if you’re in a permanent slightly damp state from sweat, swimming or showering in a shared toilet block.
  9. It’s next to impossible for everyone to eat at the same time because the stove isn’t big enough for pans that are large enough to cook food for 3! (Bacon, eggs, sausages, hash browns…)
  10. Neighbours will often give away unused food (or pool noodles!) when they are leaving camp – refer point 5.

8 thoughts on “Pointless facts I have come to realise since owning a camper trailer…

  1. MaryAnn January 31, 2017 / 11:14 am

    a few things we’ve learn along the way:
    Buy cheap, thin (quick drying) bathmats for drying on dirty/sandy communal shower floors. Can be rinsed out if they get too dirty for next use.
    A cheapish non stick fry pan kept in a pillow case for protection works a treat.
    Alfoil is your friend. Cook your bacon, wrap it in alfoil and tuck it to the back of the burner on the stove to stay hot. Do same with hashbrowns, tomato, etc and do the eggs last and serve.
    mmmmmm I’ll see what else I can think of….
    Happy travels 🙂

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    • Zoe January 31, 2017 / 11:40 am

      Some great ideas MaryAnn! I especially like the bath mat idea – Charlotte was most concerned about how wet everything was, especially her feet. We have an ensuite tent for when we’re ‘off the grid’ but in communal showers, having a mat like that might be a good idea 😉

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      • Amanda Drake February 1, 2017 / 8:27 am

        always wear thongs or crocs in the showers!!! We used to have dedicated shower bags for hanging on the shower doors to keep everything dry – one for new clothes and one for dirty clothes and towels after the shower.

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      • Zoe February 1, 2017 / 9:51 am

        I love the idea of a shower bag – we have a mesh bag for Charlotte’s swimming gear but I think we might grab a few more to carry all our shower stuff with 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion! (and yes, we wear our thongs in the showers!)


      • MaryAnn February 1, 2017 / 9:56 am

        Can also recommend the ‘shower bag’. We used the environmentally friendly fabric bags they give you in shops. We each had a different one we knew by color so some things could just stay in it. Easy way to lug a wet pack, towel and change of clothes to the showers and yep, hang on the hooks behind the door.

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  2. Ceale January 31, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    A user friendly dustpan with brush on a long handle is essential to sweep up all the sand in your tent.

    A bath mat at the outside entrance of your zipper reduces traipsing the yuck from feet into your tent.

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    • Zoe February 1, 2017 / 9:53 am

      I bought some cheap floor mats to put on the step of the camper and inside on the floor. They can be thrown in the washing machine easily and have been stored in the camper when it’s folded up. Made a huge difference!


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