Trailer tents are popular and convenient alternatives to caravans that can be best described as consisting of a relatively small trailer unit, out of which a large canvas tent can be unfolded and pitched into the ground. Moreover, the trailer component of trailer tents folds out to form an off-the-ground sleeping area for occupants, whilst the large frame tent is typically of a solid and durable construction. Although different manufacturers of trailer tents tend to utilise the same design methodology in respect to fabric tents that fold out of trailer units, each make and model offers something a little bit different. Some manufacturers even specialise in certain types of trailer tent, such as the traditional and flip-top varieties.
The flip-top trailer tent differs markedly from the traditional trailer tent, which effectively unfolds to form a shelter that is only distinct from that of a large frame conventional tent in so much as the trailer’s tow bar pokes out from one side and the trailer unit itself converts into a bed. Indeed, the flip-top trailer tent combines a conventional tent design with what can only be described as pushchair rain cover technology. To be more precise, the lid of a flip-top trailer folds out to form the ground base (or a portion of it), whilst the canvas tent section is erected in much the same way as a large pram hood is pulled over a pushchair.
Flip-top trailer tents may seem a little peculiar from this description but, in fact, they look virtually identical to standard trailer tents. Furthermore, the key feature of the flip-top trailer tent is that it is incredibly straightforward to erect. Indeed, its installation comprises a simple two stage process that even the most inept of outdoor campers could achieve without much effort. Moreover, flip-top trailer tents do not usually require pitching into the ground, although this is sometimes an option.
Popular manufacturers of flip-top trailer tents in the UK include Camplet and Combi-camp, although many of the brand names associated with standard trailer tents will also offer a selection of flip-top trailer tents. Indeed, there are many different types of trailer tent manufacturers around the world but, when it comes to the UK, only a handful dominate the market. This is largely because companies such as Camplet and Combi-camp have acquired a successful reputation as niche suppliers of flip-top trailer tents, although they also happen to produce a range of other trailers – for instance, Camplet boasts a top quality Mustang horse trailer alongside standard trailer tents.
Sunnflair is another major UK producer of trailer tents, which are often sold under the SunnCamp name. Sunnflair trailer tents are renowned for their design quality and use of strong, durable tent fabrics. The Sunnflair Holiday 350 SE, for example, is perfect for large families and includes a number of features, such as a deep side extension kitchen, wardrobe, storage compartments and toilet. In demonstration of the Holiday 350 SE’s superb functionality, the luxurious kitchen extension comprises a double burner hob and grill in addition to a sink with drainer. Other popular manufacturers of trailer tents include Conway and Trigano, which has been in the business for over 40 years and supplies its products to many European nations. As with the luxurious Sunnflair products, Trigano supplies a range of top quality trailer tents that are notable for their stability and vast range of features, which include kitchen units and large storage spaces.