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How Much Does a Motorcycle Camper Cost?

 
low costSmall Motorcycle Camper: $1,800-$3,000average costMid-Size Motorcycle Camper: $2,000-$3,500high costLarge Motorcycle Camper: $3,000-$7,500+

Also called a motorcycle tent trailer, a motorcycle camper is a compact and lightweight enclosed box on wheels designed to be towed behind a motorcycle or small vehicle. It unfolds into a tent-like structure, usually with a hard floor suspended off the ground. Small models sleep one person; larger versions sleep two and provide enough space for one or two camp chairs plus a small table.

Typical costs:

  • Expect to pay $1,800-$3,000 for a motorcycle camper weighing 150-250 pounds and opening into a one-person sleeping area about 7'-9' long. Prices depend on size, weight (the lighter the better) and whether the tent snaps into place semi-automatically or has to be assembled manually. For example, the 44" wide and 9' long, 210-pound Time-Out Slipstream camper retails for $2,695 for a fiberglass trailer and lid plus a removable camper insert with ripstop polyester sides that sleeps one person, a 3" foam pad, two built-in stabilizer jacks and 18 cubic feet of under-bed storage. Folded, the Slipstream is 9'x44" and 37" high.
  • It typically costs $2,000-$3,500 for a mid-size motorcycle camper that sleeps two people and weighs 250-350 pounds. Actual price depends on size, materials and options such as a luggage rack or cooler. The 265-pound Mini Mate by Kompact Kamp[1] includes an all-fiberglass body and lid, plus canvas tent; it costs $2,695-$3,195, sleeps two and comes with cushions, carpet, four built-in stabilizers, 15 cubic feet of under-bed storage and a luggage rack that doubles as a tent support. Folded it is 5'x3.5' and about 40" high; unfolded it is 5'4"x6', with 6'5" headroom in the standing/dressing area.
  • Larger, more luxurious models cost $3,000-$7,500 or more. They weigh 300-400 pounds, are typically 6'-9' long folded and 10'-12' or longer unfolded. They typically have a larger bed (full- to king-size) plus space for a table and chairs. The 340-pound Bunkhouse LX with Ultimate Package costs $7,290 and includes a nylon tent, king-size foam mattress, carpet, table, cooler, clothes caddie, 6'x6' screened "mini-den," LED turning and brake lights, an air conditioner duct, electric/hydraulic brakes, 24 cubic feet of storage and more. Folded it is 9'x4' and 38" high; set up it is 12.5'x6' and 7' at the highest point.
Related articles: Motorcycle Trailer, Towing Equipment

What should be included:
  • A typical purchase usually includes the trailer and tent, along with all hardware and ropes required for set-up. Motorcycle campers are either integrated or non-integrated. Integrated campers have the tent and poles permanently attached to the trailer and the tent raises semi-automatically when unfolded. On non-integrated campers the tent and poles are set up manually and can be removed completely so the trailer can be used to haul cargo.
  • Setup time for most motorcycle campers is estimated at two to five minutes, but a few require more effort.
Additional costs:
  • Shipping can add $200-$500 or more, depending on weight, method and location.
  • Hitches must be designed to fit the specific make and model of motorcycle, and typically cost $200-$425. It takes approximately 45 minutes to install a hitch under a motorcycle's rear fender, according to WhyBike.com[2] . MotorcycleTrailer.com explains how to create a hitch[3] when an off-the-shelf model is not available.
  • If the motorcycle isn't wired to connect the trailer lights, a wiring harness can add another $30-$150.
  • Not all manufacturers include a mattress in the standard package. A queen-size foam pad can cost $40-$300 or more depending on thickness and the type of foam, and a queen-size air mattress can cost $15-$300 or more depending on thickness, quality of materials and whether it's self-inflating or includes an air pump.
Discounts:
  • There is not a large market or central spot for buying used motorcycle campers, but they do sometimes show up on online sites like eBay[4] at prices ranging from $300-$3,000 or more, depending on brand, model, age and condition. When buying used, check that the structural supports are strong, the unit still waterproof and whether the tires and bearings are in good condition or need replacing.
Shopping for a motorcycle camper:
  • Weight is crucial when towing a trailer with a motorcycle; always check the motorcycle's maximum towing capacity (listed in the manual or on the manufacturer's website). Remember to include the weight of any additional camping gear or luggage.
  • Other important factors are the amount of cargo/storage space, ease of set-up and take-down, and durability. LoveToKnow.com lists tips[5] for choosing the right motorcycle camper and hitch.
  • Motorcycle campers are typically manufactured by small companies that specialize in this niche market. They are sold through motorcycle dealers (often using catalogs) or direct from the manufacturer. Manufacturers include Aspen[6] , Kamp-A-Long[7] , Kompact Kamp[8] , Lees-ure Lite[9] , Roadman[10] and Time Out Trailers[11]
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External Resources:
  1.  www.kompactkamptrailers.com/id5.html
  2.  www.whybike.com/motorcycle199.htm
  3.  www.motorcycletrailer.com/nav/Hitches1.html
  4.  motors.shop.ebay.com/eBay-Motors-/6000/i.html?_nkw=motorcycle+campers&_catref=1&_t...
  5.  camping.lovetoknow.com/Motorcycle_Camping_Trailers
  6.  www.trailmasterinc.com/campers.html
  7.  www.kampalong.com/
  8.  www.kompactkamptrailers.com/id5.html
  9.  www.leesurelite.com/tenttrailers.asp
  10.  roadmancampers.com/
  11.  www.timeouttrailers.org/default.aspx
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