5 Tips For a Quick Camper Trailer Setup

Camping is about having fun, relaxing and enjoying yourself, not spending hours getting your camping setup perfect. Avoid the arguments, follow these five tips for a quick (and stress-free) camper trailer setup!

Black Series camper trailer setup at Stanthorpe Sommerville Valley Campground

We are not the kind of campers that set up and stay put for a week. We tend to move along from place to place with the intent to see as much as we possibly can in the time we have. As a result this means constant setting up and packing away; so we’ve come up with a few systems to streamline the whole camper trailer setup process and we are sure they can help you too.

Get your camper trailer setup right

Getting the setup of your camper trailer right doesn’t take a lot of effort. It is about working smarter and not harder.

  • Get organised – Think about everything you are going to need easy access to and ensure it is easily accessible. Organise it so that majority of your gear doesn’t need to come out of the trailer as the less stuff that comes out, the less gear that needs to go back in.
    For us, packing our camping equipment in an organised manner is simple because the model of Black Series camper trailers we purchased has endless storage options.
  • Get it all out – Open the camper trailer up and remove all the camping gear you are going to need for the night before setting up the tent. This is particularly important if the tent folds out over lockers. It will prevent you having to fight with the tent later to get your items out. This is also a great way to get the kids involved and setting up whatever they can.
  • Main tent poles in tent – Keep the poles you need to set up the main tent inside on the bed. This tip makes camping setups so much easier as you have the poles at hand.
    For us, four spreader bars and two uprights and it’s all done.

Camper trailer setup inside - beds and poles

  • Beds ready to go – When you pack the trailer away, stack all of the bedding you are going to need on the main bed. This allows you to simply throw the kids mattresses down with their sleeping bags, add pillows and you’re good to go. It’s such a time saver never having to roll up another sleeping bag or mattress!
  • Gazebo over annex – Not only does this tip save you time, it also saves a lot of space and weight by eliminating the need for the 30 annex poles and all the extra canvas and gear required to set it up. This is a no brainer if you don’t need the extra room, which we don’t. We use an OZtrail Fiesta gazebo and this is by far our best time saving advantage as the gazebo sets up in about 2 minutes. It has saved us in the rain, sheltered us from the heat and created privacy in a fraction of time the annex would have.

Black Series camper trailer setup at Lightning Ridge Opal country caravan park

Your camper trailer setup doesn’t have to be difficult and it shouldn’t take you away from enjoying a cold stubbie in front of the fire. If you’re like us and your love of adventure prevents you from staying in one campground for several nights, follow these five simple tips to streamline your camper trailer setup.

Tell us below – What are your tips for a quick camper trailer setup?

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  1. Lance Milne
    06/05/2017 / 9:45 am

    I have a 18ft x 24ft tarp that gets put up over the camper trailer. I don’t have to set up the annex and if allows for ventilation the keep the trailer cool in summer and allows for dry set up and pack up.

  2. Heather
    26/11/2017 / 11:52 pm

    Great job and awesome tips. I very much enjoyed reading the article. Camping should be a relaxing, stress-free activity. Nice work, I am definitely trying these on my next trip. I just want to explore and can’t stay in one place for several days. Great work and helpful tips.

    • 30/01/2018 / 9:18 am

      So glad you found them helpful. Feel free to share your travels on our Facebook page.

  3. Jon
    30/01/2018 / 6:30 am

    About how long is the setup for the tent using just the 4 spreader bars and 2 uprights? I am thinking about picking one of these trailers up but I don’t want to spend a lot of time setting one up.

    • 30/01/2018 / 9:16 am

      Hi Jon,
      Setting up with just the poles (including taking off the cover) would take us 10 minutes tops. Pack up takes longer, approx. 30 minutes from taking all our stuff out to cover on.

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