While camper trailers, at face value look very similar they can be vastly different in not only visual quality but also in what, if any, chemicals are used in the manufacturing process. Australian made canvas does not contain formaldehyde and is made using the highest quality products available to suit Australian conditions, which includes the stitching. In order to reduce overheads, importers use cheaper overseas chemically enhanced canvas that looks fine and feels fine but when it really
rains, well the cream of Aussie-made will always rise to the top!
This recent CSIRO analysis of imported 14 ounce “ripstop” canvas is a very worthwhile read:
See the report here
The canvas leaks water when it rains, when you pack up and drive home mildew will form on it – in some cases making it necessary to replace the canvas:
Ripstop Fabric problems