Is a “Hard-Side” Camper Worth the Investment?

Is a “Hard-Side” Camper Worth the Investment?
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Hard-side, built-on, live-in campers are all the rage these days. But are they worth the investment?

I was having a conversation with my friend John the other day. Three times a year, he tows a large off-road caravan with a V8-powered Land Cruiser to Namibia, Botswana, or Zimbabwe. I suggested that a hard-side camper such as ours might be perfect for him and his wife, but a Toyota variant, as he had owned Land Rovers for years and refuses to own one again.

“Not for me,” he responded in his Mediterranean accent. John, who is comfortably retired, explained that his style of travel does not require a live-in vehicle. He and his wife, Katia, travel to explore the transfrontier parks which bless Southern Africa. They book a campsite in advance and set up the caravan as a base for exploration. The Land Cruiser is equipped with a simple drawer system, a fridge, and an awning, all which are used to provide gear, refreshment, and shade while the couple search for l.... Continue Reading at Expedition Portal



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