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The trailer trauma

It was the strangest thing. Husband emerged from the bathroom, Camping Magazine in hand, and asked whether we should go to the Caravan and Camping Show. I nearly fell over!

He then proceeded to name a few bits of clothing and equipment that he felt we (read, he) needed before we went camping again. Stunned? I could hardly speak (and those who know me will tell you that’s a rarity).

It’s a bit weird at the moment. Because we’ve booked a package holiday for the summer hols, Husband seems to feel better about the idea of camping. I won’t say he’s enthusiastic, that’s over-egging the pudding for the moment, but he’s not dead against it.

When we started camping I wrote about the equipment we thought we needed to go camping and the delivery of a new car has added to that list. We now need a trailer, according to Husband, and in order to have one of those, a tow bar too.

First investigation revealed that Kia do a tow bar for the bargain price of c£800. Great, we’ll have two! Luckily we’re not easily put off and a few phone calls and a month or two of patience has yielded a much more acceptable price.

Trailer park sign

Will we need one of these too?

So Husband’s new obsession is with finding the right trailer. Being a Yorkshire man (remember? Deep pockets & short arms?) he doesn’t want to pay £400-ish for a new one so he spends lots of time browsing the many auction and second-hand sales websites to see if the perfect one will come along. We aren’t even planning on going away until May – and even then it’s likely to be weather-dependent.

But I’m loathe to let our initial investment fester away unused in the garage and (if I’m honest) determined to give Husband a really good camping experience so he may actually “get it”, so I put a smile on my face and make appropriate noises when he shows me pictures and discusses the relative advantages of different trailer constructions.

I’ve been quite successful so far, I think. At no point of have I uttered, “It just needs space for all the stuff and to be waterproof!” while he waxes lyrical on the possibilities for mounting roof boxes or cycle racks on the car or the trailer.

When it comes to pulling off plasters I’m a pull-it-quick-and-deal-with-it kind of girl, rather than a -gently-ease-it-off-and-prolong-the-agony one, so I think I’ll just encourage him to get the tow bar done and let him buy the first suitable trailer that comes along. The problem is, the only trailers currently on sale that fit his criteria are either in Plymouth or Dundee, neither of which are that convenient when you’re in Yorkshire.

So if you see a 3″x5″ trailer for sale, please do drop me a line. Otherwise you’ll find me politely nodding and grunting while Husband monopolises the iPad looking at what can only be described as camping porn.

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7 thoughts on “The trailer trauma

  1. Phil Daniels

    I think your Husband is ‘getting it’. Planning for tow bar and trailer is definitely a ‘man thing’ and he is probably enjoying it!

  2. Rob Baker

    If you want a bargain trailer then get yourself a secondhand trailer tent off ebay, remove the tent part and hey presto, you are left with a decent sized trailer all ready to go for a fraction of the price. Old Conways and combi-camps regularly sell for under a £100 and they are usually braked to boot which is handy. If you should happen to find one with a rear mounted, removable kitchen unit then you can keep this on the trailer and use it as a good stable camp kitchen either in or out of the tent too.

      1. Rob Baker

        You might even make a few quid back on the canvas and people buy them to use as repair panels for older tents and other trailer tents. The poles themselves are generally alloy so they have a relatively high scrap value too.

    1. admin

      Thanks Rob, although why we’d need to access the cooker while travelling I have no idea! Brings a whole new meaning to “eating on the run”.

      1. Rob Baker

        Well, I think in its original trailer tent guise the inner part was inaccessible until the unit was up. By putting the kitchen unit on the back it means you can grab a brew as soon as you arrive and tackle the tent building.

        One thing though, with the tent part removed the trailer will now be tail heavy so you would need to load heavier items of gear into the nose to balance it.

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