Comparing the Mini Mate and Easy Camper

Mini Mate Motorcycle CamperQ:What is your opinion regarding differences in the Mini Mate vs. the Easy Camper??? For instance—should my wife camp with me ?

A:If your better half will be joining you once in a while, then I think either camper would work for you.

The bed area is exactly the same between the Mini Mate, Easy Camper, and regular size Time Out — 6.5 feet long, 4.5 feet wide. The Easy Camper bed area probably feels a little bigger because you have the extra covered space inside, but that’s just an illusion. (Little Known Fact: You can put a queen air mattress in any of these units. When you inflate it, the mattress pushes the tent material out a little and creates a couple of extra inches of space. A queen is only six inches wider than these beds anyway.)

Time Out Easy CamperIf I were regularly traveling two up, the Easy Camper or regular Time Out would be more comfortable for two because it has the sitting area inside. I think the Easy Camper is the best value in the Time Out line. It uses all the external accessories as the Time Out and Time Out Deluxe, and has almost as much inside space, but is lighter and less expensive.

The Mini Mate set up is faster and easier and the unit is 60 lbs lighter. I know you’re pulling with a trike, so weight isn’t as much of a factor in how it affects handling, but it would have a reduced impact on your gas mileage.

So to recap, both have the same bed size. Easy Camper has more interior room and options, but is heavier. Setup requires medium effort. The Mini Mate is lighter, sets up faster with light effort. It has fewer options.

To be honest, I think they’re both great campers and you would quickly adapt to whichever you choose. I would gladly tow and camp with either of them.

Be sure to check out videos of both the Mini Mate camper setup and the Time Out camper setup. (The video shows the regular size Time Out. Setup for the Easy Camper is essentially the same.)

For a comparison on any other aspects of motorcycle campers, please feel free to contact me at Open Road Outfitters.

3 Responses to “Comparing the Mini Mate and Easy Camper”

  1. ken taylor 15 September 2012 at 8:35 pm Permalink

    I bought a mini mate used for $1500. the owner had been on a trip from Va. to Cal.. my 1st trip was to Sturgis 2002 & the 2nd was a west coast trip of 8500 miles. that was 2003, then in 04 back to Sturgis and many trips up and down the East coast.. Never had any trouble pulling it with a wing (1800).then in 06 back to Sturgis. Wife got sick and didn’t travel for 2 yrs so sold the trailer (BIG BAD MISTAKE) have missed it ever since . hell I am 75 and still rolling (shorter trips Tn.,Sc.Pa ..

  2. pete akers 4 March 2014 at 8:48 pm Permalink

    Hi there my name is pete akers. I,m looking for a used mini mate camper. I belong to the Christian motorcyclists association,and Ive attended there year end rallys.Sleeping on the ground is ok UNTILL it rains I,ve sleeped in the mud one to miney times now. If you know of a used mini mate for sale please let me know ok. Thanyou very much pete .

  3. Dale Coyner 4 March 2014 at 10:32 pm Permalink

    Hi Pete, a Mini Mate can be a tricky thing to find, but they do show up from time to time. I wrote a three-part article on finding used campers. Here is the first, which talks about sources. That will also lead you to the other articles: http://bit.ly/used-mc-camper-pt-1

    Regards,

    Dale


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