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The Perentie and the Bearded Dragon are both hard floor camper trailers, but they are very different in their design.
The Perentie is a rear folding camper trailer, while the Bearded Dragon is a forward folding camper trailer.
An often-asked question is, ‘which is best?’. In fact, neither is better than the other, they are just different. Which one suits you best is a matter of how you intend to use it. I have tried to explain these differences below, but you will need to weigh these differences yourself as you consider how it will be used.
In the rear-fold camper, the bed is attached to the base of the trailer. In the forward-fold camper, the bed is attached to the folding lid.
Which is best? With the rear-fold camper, the bed stays where it is, so it can be made up in advance, ready to be slept in. Or, it can be left messily unmade, still ready to be slept in. Also, in a well-designed model, there is plenty of extra storage space below the bed.
So this is a win for the rear-fold? Not necessarily. In the forward-fold, since the bed is not stuck to the floor, the interior living area can be left in place. Usually this comes set up as a small lounge area with a table in the middle, which can often be transformed into a second bed. Which brings us to the next point…
The bed in the Perentie rear folding camper trailer.
The forward-fold camper trailer usually has far more comfortable living space than the average rear-fold camper.
With the rear-fold camper, as there’s no formal interior furnishings, apart from the bed, it forces you, good or bad, to do more of your living outside where the camp chairs are.
The seating area in the Bearded Dragon raer folding camper trailer.
The forward-fold camper folds forward within its own footprint, while the rear-fold camper extends to the rear, increasing the length past that of the folded trailer.
This allows the rear-fold to maximize the living space available, while not affecting the access to the storage boxes at the front. On the other hand, the forward-fold is restricted to the living space within the footprint of the trailer, and access to the storage boxes at the front is restricted to the sides.
Definitely a win for the rear-fold since everyone wants more space and bigger is better? Not necessarily so. With a forward-fold, its easier to fit into tight camping sites and you’ll have less need to unhitch the camper at some caravan sites to fit in the assigned bay.
The Perentie rear fold camper trailer increases its footprint as opens, increasing the living area.
With a forward-fold, you can’t access the main body of the camper when the camper is closed. Anything in the main body has to stay there until you reach your destination and set up for the night.
Inside most forward fold campers there is very limited storage – only what you can fit under the seats, usually. While they have large forward storage boxes, often these are filled with fridges and extra canvas or other bulky camping gear, so what’s available fills up quickly.
A rear-fold camper usually has more storage space than a forward-fold, as there is no lounge and table. Most of the time, there is a large draw or other storage space under the bed which can be easily accessed. This means less things need to be stored in the external storage boxes.
The Perentie rear folding camper trailer has large storage areas. The solar panel fits at the top.
The forward-fold camper is a little fiddlier than the rear-fold when it comes to setting up for the night, but both are pretty fast and easy.
The rear-fold camper folds out easily and just needs gas struts to provide help with the lifting. For some, the camper is then ready to use, although most want you to adjust a couple of aluminium poles first. To pack it away for travelling the next day, a winch is used to haul it back in place.
The forward-fold requires a winch for opening, as well as a second winch for closing. Which means carrying another piece of gear. The forward-fold also has a few more aluminium poles to extend and adjust before you are ready for bed. Packing it away for travelling is the same in reverse. You have a few more poles to release than with the rear-fold, and then you use the second winch to pull it closed.
The Bearded Dragon forward folding camper being opened.
Ball weights are often high on forward-fold campers because of the door’s position. As the wheels can’t be moved further forward and the largest storage areas are well forward of the axles again, very few forward fold campers have an empty ball-weight lower than 150kg. This figure rises rapidly once you start loading gear into the storage boxes at the front.
The rear-fold camper will usually have a lower ball weight as the manufacturer has the ability to place the wheels in the optimal position for balanced travelling. From a design and balance perspective, the axles and suspension can be fitted underneath the camper with more concession to balance and ball-weight. Generally rear-fold campers have light to moderate ball-weights as the axles can be moved forward to affect them, although this isn’t always the case.
The bearded Dragon forward folding camper trailer has a ball weight of 160 kg.
We can’t decide for you which is the best for you. We explain the benefits of each type. We are as objective about this as possible.
Lazy Lizard Campers have both the Perentie Forward-fold camper trailer and the Bearded Dragon rear-fold camper trailer as part of our range.
Want to see the different types of camper trailers side by side, set them up yourself and explore which will provide you with your type of satisfying and rewarding holidays? Come and visit us at our Canning Vale Showroom.
A step by step guide to setting up the rear folding Perentie camper trailer, one of Lazy Lizard's hard floor off road camper trailers.
A step by step guide to setting up the forward folding Bearded Dragon, the second of Lazy Lizard's hard floor off road camper trailers.