How do you set up your Camper?

Find out how we set our camper up right here. 

Camping can be some of the most rewarding leisure time a family gets and many of us have grown up going on the family camping trip and cherish these memories fondly. Camping with a Camper Trailer is no different, however we get a lot of people asking how to set up the Camper, what’s involved and where to go.

Whether you are a seasoned explorer, have been camping in the past and want to get back into it with the kids or you are a complete novice, hopefully we can shed some light onto how we use our Campers here at Savannah Campers.

When choosing a Camper Trailer there are many different things to consider and it is important to realise that different Campers will suit different people. Our four berth Campers suit smaller families and empty nester couples perfectly. If you have a larger family or older kids, it may pay to choose the 6 berth models, or older couples may choose something with more comfort like our Sprint Hybrid. Where you intend to camp also plays a big part in your decision. Are you 1,000,000 corrugations into the outback adventurers’ type or is it weekends spent down the coast by the beach

 

We use the Grand Mega 4 Berth Camper (right). This is a fairly big Camper and it opens very quickly. This suits the Camping we do well. We often take the kids down to Brampston Beach for a quick weekend getaway but the Camper is equally suited to longer outback trips like the one we did last Easter chasing Dinosaurs in Western Queensland or even the interstate road trip we did the year before to visit family.

We use the Grand Mega 4 Berth Camper (right). This is a fairly big Camper and it opens very quickly. This suits the Camping we do well. We often take the kids down to Brampston Beach for a quick weekend getaway but the Camper is equally suited to longer outback trips like the one we did last Easter chasing Dinosaurs in Western Queensland or even the interstate road trip we did the year before to visit family.

 

As most of you will know we are a small family. We have two girls aged two and four. They sleep side by side at the rear of the Camper on the convertible club lounge / bed.  The girls sleep in a ReadyBed each. These are a fun kids sleeping bag with an inbuilt inflatable mattress. They are available through Big W and are inexpensive. Camping is the only time where bed time is easy and they are straight into bed when asked. We generally do not bother to inflate these as the kids find the lounge pretty comfortable as is. Most of the time we do not set up the lounge unless the insects or the weather drive us indoors. For the main bed we use old linen from home that has now become the Camper bedding. We bring with us a fresh set at the start of each trip and at the end we put the fresh linen on the bed and take the used home to be washed ready to repeat next time. This way we do not have to open the Camper to strip the beds.

 

 

When it comes to meals in the Camper we try to keep to the old saying of KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid. Whilst we sometimes carry a camp oven and do a roast (ask Doug how to get great Crackling in the Camp Oven) it is a lot easier to cook simple meals that do not require a lot of preparation/ingredients/effort. The kids love spag bol or spag meatballs. These are simple meals and the ingredients travel well. We often add frozen vegies to these meals to at least attempt to have the kids eating health whilst away. Other great options are chow mein, OnePan Dinner, or chicken curry. Sometimes when using camp grounds we love to cook a steak over at the camp kitchen. We find that you often meet people from all over the world, young and old and it is great to swap tales and trip notes on where you have been and what to see where you are heading. We have found some great out of the way places that other travellers have recommended that we would not have found without them.

Keeping with the KISS principle we try not to take to much with us. The kitchen has two saucepans and one fry pan. We keep a plate and bowl for everyone with a couple of extras as spares. We find that if you bring more then you tend to use more and then you have to wash more and we have concluded that washing dishes is not how we enjoy camping.

Inside the camper we have the usual camping gear, chairs, table, solar panel, bucket etc. We also carry a few board games and a ball or two for the kids. We keep sun screen and insect repelant handy in the fridge compartment.

The large box at the front of the Camper houses a lot of gear like the hot water system and the generator. We also keep the lead for plugging in and the hose for filling the water tank handy here.

We generally pack our clothing into soft duffel bags. These store easily and at the end of the trip they come out of the Camper. We use an inexpensive soft fold up laundry hamper to collect the dirty clothing. This folds down to nothing when not in use and keeps everything together in the Camper when we are traveling.


We are very fortunate living in the best part of Australia. It is easy to loose sight of what we have here in North Queensland. We love a quick getaway. Heading South you have Brampston Beach or Kurrimine Beach. There are also some great National Parks sites like Goldsborough (so close to home) or Murray Falls near Tully. These are very easy to access and only 1 to 2 hours from Cairns.

There is also a myrid of places to Camp on the Tablelands like Granite Gorge or Davies creek or for those that like it a little quieter you can try some of the Cattle Station campsites like Woodleigh Station near Mt Garnet or Emu Creek Station out past Dimbulah.

Wherever you like to get out and about and whatever your family size, we have the perfect Camper for you. Just ask and we are happy to give you some great tips.