9 Best Rugged Camper Trailers for Off-Road Adventures

These are our choices for the best off-road, adventure-ready camper trailers. Not only are they super-capable, but they're also four-season comfortable.

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With the ever-growing movement toward deeper backcountry adventures, the market for truly rugged camping trailers is stronger than ever. There are plenty of trailers that have been somewhat adapted for off-grid use. And, there are some that are designed specifically for rugged-duty in places and paths that don’t come close to resembling civilization or roads.

We’ve scoured the planet to bring you a collection of some of the toughest among rugged off-road and off-grid camping trailers. Each has its own character and design, but all feature equipment (often standard) that pushes them from the “adapted” category to a higher realm of serious terrain and severe climate management.

In addition to key ingredients such as upgraded off-road suspension systems, extra-sturdy frames, and bodies built from high-strength modern composite materials and metal (often aluminum) skeletons, these rugged trailers offer modern creature comforts. Comfortable bedding, roomy dining space, fully featured kitchens (some inside and out), and sophisticated electronic systems and climate control apparatus make them easy to live in.

Now, let’s dive right into the best off-road capable camper trailers out there.

9 Best Off-Road-Capable Camper Trailers

Arkto campers g12 : $49,350+.

Arkto Campers G12

  • Base weight: 3,500 lbs.
  • Hitch weight: 397 lbs.
  • GVWR: 4,600 lbs.
  • Overall length (w/spare tire): 19 ft., 4 in.
  • Exterior width: 7 ft., 2 in.
  • Exterior height (roof closed): 7 ft., 10 in.
  • Interior height: 6 ft., 8 in.
  • Sleeping capacity: Up to 4
  • LPG capacity: 20- or 30-lb. tank
  • Freshwater tank: 37 gals.
  • Base MSRP: $49,350 

The 2024 Arkto G12 camping trailer is a perfect example of the kind of rugged rig that can provide all of the equipment and conveniences necessary for extended backcountry exploration. Based on a sturdy off-road-capable galvanized steel chassis that includes a Timbren axle-less heavy-duty suspension, room for 33-inch-tall tires, protective underbelly pan, electric brakes, and tri-axis off-road hitch coupler, the Arkto G12 can easily handle the dirt road less taken.

Arkto Campers G12

Composite body construction is topped with a pop-up roof to give the Arkto G12 a low profile for easy travel and full-height headroom once you’ve arrived. The Arkto G12 camping trailer features a large slide-out kitchen with a 12,400-BTU dual-burner gas stove and stainless-steel sink with a hot- and cold-water faucet. A slide-out 75L dual-zone fridge/freezer , large (12 cubic feet) pantry, and fold-down table/food prep deck are also part of the Arkto G12 kitchen gear.

With the top popped up, the Arkto G12 offers standing room and can sleep four persons on its residential-size queen bed, large bench, and single seat/bench connection that creates additional sleeping surfaces. Powder-coated aluminum cabinetry totals 25 cubic feet of interior storage space.

Additional interior features include LED lighting, a 10-speed roof fan with rain cover and remote control, and a portable toilet that can be accessed from the inside or outside of the Arkto G12 camping trailer.

Arkto Campers G12

The extensive roster of standard equipment for the Arkto G12 includes a 270-degree awning, outdoor shower with enclosure, Truma Combi furnace/hot water heater, 37-gallon freshwater tank, and a full-size spare tire and carrier.

Dual 100A batteries, a battery management system with touchscreen control panel and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 15A shore power plug are also standard. Options for the Arkto G12 run the gamut from battery and inverter upgrades to solar power systems and an electric toilet.

Bruder EXP-7 GT : $160,250+

Bruder EXP-7 GT

  • Base weight: 5,291 lbs.
  • GVWR: 7,716 lbs.
  • Overall length: 22 ft., 11.5 in.
  • Exterior width: 6 ft., 3.4 in.
  • Exterior height: 9 ft., 5.6 in.
  • Sleeping capacity: Up to 6
  • Freshwater tank: 52.8 gals.
  • Gray water tank: 19.8 gals.
  • Base MSRP: $160,250

The newest model in the Bruder lineup of camping trailers meant for rugged duty is the EXP-7. Borrowing the best ideas from the Bruder EXP-6 and EXP-8 travel trailers, the Bruder XP-7 can be ordered in two different coach designs, the EXP-7 PT (pop top) and the EXP-7 GT (hard top). Aside from some minor design and size distinctions, the two Bruder EXP-7 models are basically the same.

Bruder EXP-7 GT

The new Bruder EXP-7 is designed with a solid roof and offers a higher level of insulation that helps control temperatures inside during extreme weather. The hard top EXP-7 GT also offers more storage space than the pop top EXP-7 PT. Both can handle any terrain with Bruder’s patented heavy-duty air suspension system.

The suspension setup includes incorporates eight mono-tube remote-reservoir shock absorbers designed to offer safety and performance when being towed on the highway or off-road. Bruder boasts that its suspension system has nearly three times more usable wheel travel than other dual-axle off-road trailers.

Both EXP-7 models offer the critical components needed for a comfortable and convenient living space. A large couch, fold-up seat, lounge, and master bed can sleep up to six people. Charging outlets and wireless connectivity can be found aside the master bed. The interior bathroom is easily accessed and features a toilet, wash basin, shower, and storage space.

The two-way kitchen can be accessed from the inside or outside, and it comes with a portable induction cooktop and room for a larger portable gas BBQ. A 57L outdoor and 136L inside fridge make extended adventures easy to manage.

Bruder EXP-7 GT

Both models of the Bruder EXP-7 are built like tanks. The trailer’s body is made from 60mm thick marine-grade, closed-cell, quad-weave, epoxy-bonded composite that is sturdy and well-insulated thermally and acoustically. The freshwater tank is inside the body instead of underneath, safe from heat or cold temperatures.

Options for the Bruder EXP-7 are numerous, and include items such as large off-road tires , provision for Starlink, and a 240V generator and external power outlet.

Crawler Caravans BATU 535 : $81,814+

Crawler Caravan BATU 535

  • Base weight: 3,814 lbs.
  • GVWR: 5,952 lbs.
  • Overall length: 24 ft., 6 in.
  • Exterior width: 6 ft., 8 in.
  • Exterior height: 9 ft., 6 in.
  • Freshwater tank: 36 gals.
  • Gray water tank: 12 gals.
  • Black water tank: 4.5 gals.
  • Base MSRP: $81,814

Crawler Caravans offers a wide variety of rugged off-road recreational vehicle products that range from the Crawler ANKA rooftop tent to the huge Crawler OTAG 830 MAN camper truck. In between those is our favorite Crawler camping trailer, the Crawler BATU 535.

The BATU 535 features a riveted aluminum body and a standard double-axle independent suspension system. A suspension upgrade for severe terrain duty comes in the form of the Crawler Dynamic Suspension (CDS). It is a level-adjustable air suspension system that offers three different settings — camping, road, and off-road mode.

Crawler Caravan BATU 535

When it comes to interior comfort amenities, the Crawler BATU 535 trailer hits a homerun. A combination furnace supplies hot water and space heating, the master bedroom is spacious, a large 65L refrigerator can hold a shopping cartload of food, and a powerful air conditioning system keeps occupants cool. The master bedroom includes a sliding door with a flyscreen and curtain.

The Crawler BATU 535 camping trailer also sports a seating area that can accommodate six people and a movable folding table that transforms the area into two bunk beds. Generous storage space can hold everything you need for long trips, with storage areas designed to carry equipment for recreational pursuits like cycling, fishing, and hunting.

Crawler Caravan BATU 535

Standard kitchen equipment starts with a chrome countertop, chrome sink, hot- and cold-water faucets, a three-burner stove, numerous storage cabinets and drawers, and a 152L refrigerator. The bathroom has an aluminum privacy door, a steam evacuation fan, a cassette toilet, a folding sink, and a hot and cold adjustable shower head.

Some available options that we would definitely include are a 325W solar system, awning side panels, air conditioning system, upgraded extra battery, and the water tank anti-freeze system. We would also go for the optional 12,000-pound capacity winch for the Crawler BATU 535’s tail.

Imperial Outdoors XploreRV X195 : $142,500+

Imperial Outdoors ExploreRV X195

  • Base weight: 5,500 lbs.
  • GVWR: 9,920 lbs.
  • Overall length: 26 ft., 1 in.
  • Exterior width (including fenders): 7 ft., 6 in.
  • Exterior height: 9 ft., 9 in.
  • LPG capacity: Two 20-lb. tanks
  • Freshwater tank: 60 gals.
  • Gray water tank: 60 gals.
  • Base MSRP: $142,500

Imperial Outdoors is a recreational vehicle builder created by Nelson Industries, an experienced custom ice-fishing house manufacturer. The company’s decades of acquired know-how creating well-insulated severe cold-weather habitats makes the four-season capability (down to -40 degrees F) of its newest ruggedized off-grid camping trailer no surprise to us.

Imperial Outdoors ExploreRV X195

Additional feature highlights of the new XploreRV X195 are a fully boxed and powder-coated steel perimeter frame, a 240W roof-mounted solar system with a 360A lithium battery, and 60 gallons of fresh and gray water capacity.

The exterior composite walls and one-piece composite floor are fully insulated. The well-equipped XploreRV X195 kitchen offers a cooktop, refrigerator, sink, and plenty of storage. A full bathroom offers a shower and dry flush toilet.

Creature comforts inside the Imperial Outdoors XploreRV X195 camping trailer make the living space a relaxed place for up to four people, day or night. A cold-weather furnace quickly brings the inside of the XploreRV X195 up to a cozy temperature when needed.

And, during warm summer days, the low-profile high-efficiency 12V roof-mounted air conditioner can cool off occupants in no time at all. A full-size walkaround bed and convertible dinette provide sleeping space for up to four persons. That same dinette can be reconfigured into conversational and mealtime roominess when the sun comes up.

Imperial Outdoors ExploreRV X195

The Xtreme Package of standard upgrades for the Imperial Outdoors XploreRV X195 includes the Cruisemaster ATX independent suspension system with airbags, disc brakes, and a parking brake. Large off-road tires, an articulating hitch, an onboard air compressor, a front-mounted utility box with LPG and generator storage, heated and insulated water tanks, and an upgraded lithium battery and 240W roof-mounted solar system with an inverter and monitor panel are part of the package.

Kimberley Kampers Kruiser T-Class T3 : $176,544

Kimblerly Kampers’ Kruiser T-Class T3

  • Base weight: 5,600 lbs.
  • GVWR: 7,705 lbs.
  • Overall length: 24 ft., 4.8 in.
  • Exterior width: 7 ft., 10.8 in.
  • Exterior height: 9 ft., 8.4 in.
  • Freshwater Tanks: 53 gals. main; 32 gals. rear
  • Gray Water Tanks: 16 gals. under shower; 32 gals. for sink
  • Base MSRP: $176,544

Kimberley Kampers has been building rugged off-road camping trailers for 30 years, and the company continues to knock out superbly designed and built small camping trailers, midweight hybrids, and large luxury T-Class caravans. The Kruiser T-Class T3 caravan is the largest and our favorite among the Kimberley Kampers family of off-road-capable rugged camping trailers.

Kimberley Kampers’ Kruiser T-Class T3

The Kimberley Kruiser T-Class T3 features an airbag suspension system with monotube shocks. The suspension is adjustable for the best possible ride quality over any type of terrain. The suspension can be raised or lowered for ideal towing stability, or to level the trailer at the campsite.

An electric-over-hydraulic vented disc brake system offers superior braking performance over the typical drum brakes usually found on camping trailers, and the system includes a one-touch parking brake.

The Kimberley Kruiser T-3 camping trailer’s sturdy body is made from a combination of high-grade alloys, thermoplastic materials, marine-grade stainless steel, and hot-dipped galvanized steel. Inside the Kimberley T3, you’ll find a full-size shower (with a curved-glass enclosure) and en suite with dual overhead fans, composting toilet, vanity, sink, and lights. A full-size queen island bed, elevated junior bunk beds over the queen, and a convertible couch/bed provide sleeping arrangements for up to six people.

Kimblerly Kampers’ Kruiser T-Class T3

Kitchen facilities in the Kruiser T-3 can be found inside and out. Standard inside is a large benchtop with a generously sized sink, hot/cold water faucet, 190L fridge/freezer, dual-plate induction cooktop, and microwave. The outside kitchen offers a large sink, hot/cold water faucet, two-burner stove/grill, and 20-pound LPG tank in standard kit.

The standard power system for the Kruiser T3 includes an AC charger, AC inverter, DC charger, DC output, two solar regulators, and a smart monitor.

Among the many options for the Kimberley Kruiser T-3, the one we like most is the mobile repeater station and signal booster for reception in remote areas.

MDC XT17 HRT : $74,990+


  • Base weight: 6,446 lbs.
  • Overall length: 25 ft., 2 in.
  • Exterior width: 7 ft., 10 in.
  • Exterior height: 10 ft.
  • Sleeping capacity: 3 to 4 people
  • Freshwater tank: 42 gals.
  • Gray water tanks: 21 gals.
  • Base MSRP: $74,990

The MDC XT17 HRT is the flagship of the company’s full line of rugged camping trailers. It was designed and built to handle rough roads (or no roads at all) and keep its occupants comfortable and well cared for during extended off-grid adventures.

Features such as a powerful conditioner, an internal shower and en suite, inside and outside kitchen facilities, and roomy living space make the MDC XT17 HRT camping trailer a worthy option for those with an active outdoor lifestyle looking for a comfortable backcountry basecamp.


Underneath the XT17 HRT trailer’s sturdy aluminum alloy body structure is an off-road capable chassis that begins with a fully welded frame made of a 6×2-inch galvanized steel hot rolled rectangular tube. Supporting that is an X-Track independent suspension system with coil springs and twin shock absorbers on each side.

Combined with aluminum alloy wheels, large off-road tires, and 12-inch electric brakes, the undercarriage of the XT17 HRT offers adventurous explorers the confidence to travel far from the highway and go places few others can reach.

The external stainless-steel slide-out kitchen provides a campout atmosphere to the XT17 HRT. It includes a propane-fired cooktop, a washboard sink with a hot/cold water supply, and a separate slide-out refrigerator. The standard issue 13.8-foot manual fold-out awning creates cover from sun or rain for the outdoor kitchen.


Inside the MDC XT17 HRT camping trailer, a queen-size pillow-top innerspring mattress (in the rear slide-out) and a convertible dinette can sleep up to four people. The bathroom offers a Thetford cassette toilet and a wet-bath shower.

Other interior features include internal laminated benchtops with a glass-lid propane stove/convection oven combination, a microwave, and a fully plumbed sink with a glass lid. A Dometic air conditioner , Truma hot water system, and Dometic heater make for easy living in the XT17 HRT.

OPUS 15 Hybrid : $53,495+


  • Base weight: 5,159 lbs.
  • GVWR: 6,393 lbs.
  • Overall (closed) length: 23 ft.
  • Exterior width: 7 ft.
  • Exterior height: 8 ft., 10 in. (roof closed)
  • Interior height: 6 ft., 5 in. (open); 5 ft., 5 in. (closed)
  • Freshwater tank: 63 gals.
  • Gray water tank: 17 gals. 
  • Black water tank: 10 gals.
  • Base MSRP: $53,495

OPUS Camper currently produces four rugged off-road-ready camping trailers. Three of the four are lightweight low-profile trailers that blossom into standing-room tent structures. The fourth (our favorite in the OPUS line) is the Opus 15, the company’s largest and only hard-sided camping trailer.

The sturdy OPUS 15 body is made using Dibond aluminum composite panels with an aluminum frame sub-structure. A fully hot-dip-galvanized and welded-steel frame mates the OPUS 15 body to an independent trailing arm suspension system that features dual shock absorbers and large springs positioned for optimum performance off-road or on the highway.


The Opus Camper OP15 trailer is a live-in hard-sided camping trailer with a pop-top that offers full standing room inside and a rear slide-out carrying the king-size bed. All buttoned up, the Opus Camper OP15 offers a low profile for easy towing. Once parked and all opened up, it presents a spacious feel with large windows and a well-thought-out interior layout.

In addition to the master king bed are large bunk beds, and a full bathroom with shower, sink, and flush toilet. The dining area offers plush seating and an adjustable table.


Interior equipment includes a Truma Combi Eco furnace (hot-water system), Dometic 13,500-BTU roof-top air conditioner, TV with indoor and outdoor mounts, stereo system with four speakers, and numerous 110V and USB ports.

Cooking is done outdoors using a nicely executed slide-out kitchen featuring a stainless-steel sink, four-burner stainless steel stove, and a food-prep deck. A 12V fridge/freezer combo is on a second outdoor slide-out.

Off-grid adventure in the OPUS Camper OP15 is made easily accessible with standards such as three 100A AGM batteries, a 300W solar panel setup, and utility storage for two 6-gallon fuel cans as standard. You can boost that capability with options such as a DC charger, or lithium batteries and an upgraded charger.

Palomino Pause 20.3 : $124,995+

Palomino Pause

  • Base weight: 7,859 lbs.
  • GVWR: 9,459 lbs.
  • Exterior width: 6 ft., 10 in.
  • Exterior height: 10 ft., 9 in.
  • LPG capacity: Two 30-lb. tanks
  • Freshwater tank: 76 gals.
  • Gray water tank: 30 gals. 
  • Black water tank: 30 gals.
  • Base MSRP: $124,995

At first glance, the Palomino Pause 20.3 may not look like a camping trailer that can handle rugged duty. But don’t judge the Pause 20.3 by its cover. Underneath the skin there lies a sturdy structure supported by a lightweight but strong aluminum huck-bolted frame and off-road suspension from MorRyde.

The MorRyde independent air ride suspension system comes with Bilstein off-road shocks, delivering 25 inches of ground clearance and a comfortable and secure ride over any road surface. An articulating hitch is standard equipment.

Palomino Pause

The Garmin O.N.E Control system standard on the Pause 20.3 camping trailer can perform one-touch trailer leveling, off-road navigation, entertainment, and smart control over some electronic functions.

A roof-top 600W solar system, two 540A lithium batteries, a 3,000W inverter, and two 50A solar chargers are also standard issue. Solar upgrades available for the Palomino Pause 20.3 camping trailer include two more 540A lithium batteries and two 300W portable solar panels.

The Pause 20.3 body features a composite floor, walls, and roof. No wood is used in this trailer’s construction. Heated and insulated water tanks are standard, as is a puncture-proof underbelly, full body wrap, automotive-style off-road rear bumper, and polyurethane-coated front wall and extrusions.

Inside the shell of the Pause 20.3 camping trailer is a folding queen bed, convertible seating, a foldable table/bed, a large and fully equipped bathroom, rear pantry storage, and all-aluminum cabinetry.

Palomino Pause

An indoor and outdoor kitchen are standard on the Pause 20.3 camping trailer. A 15.6 cubic-foot refrigerator, 12V dual-zone cooler, 21-inch oven, three-burner cooktop, microwave oven, and 16-inch round stainless sink provide everything a camp chef needs to prepare meals.

An extended slide-out exterior kitchen makes outdoor cooking a breeze with a 12V dual-zone cooler, combination grill/griddle, collapsible sink, pull-out prep table, and outdoor pantry.

Tribe Trailers Expedition 500 : $55,000+

Tribe Trailers Expedition 500

  • Base weight: 3,660 lbs.
  • GVWR: 4,100 lbs.
  • Overall length: 16 ft., 8 in.
  • Exterior height (closed/open): 6 ft., 11 in.; 9 ft., 6 in.
  • Sleeping capacity: 3 to 4 persons
  • Gray water tank: 18 gals.
  • Black water tank: 18 gals.
  • Base MSRP: $55,000

The Tribe Trailers Expedition 500 is a rugged and compact hard-side pop-up camping trailer with a long list of amenities and creature comforts. It also offers heavy-duty construction and an off-road capable suspension system to make off-grid camping adventure possible. The Tribe Expedition 500 deserves serious consideration when looking for a rugged off-road towable.

Tribe Trailers Expedition 500

One of the things that makes the Tribe Expedition 500 camping trailer a natural choice for off-grid exploration is the ease of towing created by the design of the trailer’s lightweight all-aluminum collapsible body. The Expedition 500 is designed like a box within a box.

The top box can be lowered onto the lower box to go from a tall and roomy 9 feet, 6 inches high (measured from the ground) in full campsite setup to a low-profile, easy-to-tow 6 feet, 11 inches. Add the beefy independent A-arm suspension system with dual air shocks and coil springs, and you have a rugged camping trailer with serious off-road travel abilities.

Tribe Trailers Expedition 500

In a relatively small space (approximately 11 feet long, 7 feet high, 7 feet wide when open) the Tribe Expedition 500 packs in a 51×78-inch master bed up front, a convertible dinette that can sleep another adult or two children, a kitchen with a gas stove and sink, and an enclosed combination bathroom/shower with a sink and toilet.

Large windows help make the interior feel larger than it is, and the overhead storage cabinets can hold all the gear you want to keep warm and dry inside the cabin of the Tribe Expedition 500 camping trailer.

An outdoor slide-out kitchen offers a portable stove, a food prep area, and a separate slide-out for a refrigerator. The Tribe Expedition 500 features an electrical system that includes interior and exterior LED lighting, a 200A lithium battery, water tank level sensors, a voltage monitor for AC and DC power, a 1,000W inverter, and a solar power system control unit.

Rugged Camper Trailer Buying Guide Need to Know

What makes a camping trailer rugged.

If you’re wondering what to look for when searching for the rugged off-road capable camping trailer best suited for your brand of outdoor adventure, we have some recommendations.

Sturdy Construction

Much of the recreational vehicle industry builds camping and trailer bodies using a method referred to as “stick and tin.” This construction is similar to the wood framing of a home covered by aluminum. It’s fine for general use, but not the best choice for extreme terrain or weather conditions.

The better choices are those trailers with metal (usually aluminum) skeletons draped with modern composite sheeting. They can offer weight savings and better structural integrity.   

Upgraded Suspension

Axle-less suspension systems like those made by Timbren are a first step up from the average trailer with beam axles beneath its coach. For the next step up, made to handle rough or dirt roads and remain smooth on the highway, independent suspension air-ride systems such as MORRryde produce are your entry ticket into the rugged trailer category.

Articulating Hitch

When browsing for a rugged camping trailer, you will often see the term “articulating hitch.” It’s a key piece of equipment. If it’s standard, great. If it’s an option, get it. An articulating hitch provides a revolving joint between the tow vehicle and the trailer that helps the trailer and its suspension system more easily navigate rough terrain.


Need-to-Know Trailer Talk

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): The maximum safe permissible weight for a trailer, including all cargo, fluids, LPG, and optional equipment.

Base, Dry, Tare, Unladen: You may see it expressed differently depending upon the manufacturer, but they mean the same thing — the total weight of a base-model trailer in standard equipment trim, with no cargo, fluids (freshwater), or LPG.

Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC): Sometimes referred to as Rated Cargo Load, is the maximum amount of cargo weight the trailer can safely hold. This includes everything you load (all gear food, bikes, etc.) into the trailer, full water tanks, filled propane tanks, and batteries.    

Tongue or Hitch Weight: The manufacturer’s published tongue weights are established using base-model trailer weights. It should be between 10% and 15% of your trailer’s weight when fully loaded. More than 500 pounds of tongue weight can place stress on the rear suspension and adversely affect the steering and overall handling of anything less than a ¾ -ton or larger pickup truck.

A weight-distributing hitch can mitigate these problems by leveraging some weight off the hitch and back onto the axles. An easy way to accurately measure your trailer’s tongue weight is to use a drive-on public scale. See this Blue Ox guide to measuring tongue weight.

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The KZ Durango Half-Ton RV is a fifth wheel trailer that offers eight unique floor plans, complete with a washer and dryer, maple-glazed farmhouse-style carpentry, an electric fireplace, a double-door refrigerator, and so much more. KZ offers an "Off The Grid" package, which includes solar panels for their already solar-ready roof. The Durango Half-Ton is perfect for full-time traveling or a weekend getaway with the whole family.

7. Casita Spirit

As far as lightweight travel trailers go, the Casita Spirit is a great option for families on the go. This trailer can sleep three to five people, with dinettes that convert into double and single beds. The Spirit comes in two 17-foot models, while add-on options include roller shades, a furnace, and more. Casita offers a plethora of internal and external add-ons, including — but not limited to — solar panels, a surge protector, and an Anderson "No Sway" Distribution Hitch, as well as a maintenance tool kit to be used inside or outside the trailer.

8. Keystone Hideout

Keystone touts the Hideout as a perfect travel trailer for first-timers. The Hideout has several sizes and floor plans, and it comes with a three-year limited structural warranty, LTE and Wi-Fi antenna, tinted windows, high-quality kitchen appliances, and more. Most floorplans are towable by standard cars, however, the model's heft makes it durable to sustain off-road bumps and swerves. The Hideout features a walkable roof and multiple options for SolarFlex™ solar panels, providing high-quality energy great for electric vehicles.

9. Forest River Alpha Wolf

The lightweight Alpha Wolf trailer from Forest River's Cherokee line was named "Best in Show" by RV News in 2018. According to the Forest River site, the Cherokee Alpha Wolf "offers the best mix of floor plan diversity and top-shelf amenities while at the same time creating a tougher, lighter, better insulated shell." The interiors of this travel trailer look beautiful and modern while providing areas to cook, relax, and dine. Alpha offers multiple packages to personalize your trailer experience, including the Juice Package for all your solar needs.

10. Grand Design Reflection

If you're looking for a towable luxury RV with great value, the Reflection by Grand Design might be right for you. This trailer offers a beautifully designed kitchen, a spacious shower with a glass door, and more. The RV comes with a mandatory Solar Package, 4-Season Protection Package, Peace of Mind Package, and the Ultimate Power Package, with additional add-on packages available to make your Reflections RV experiences as comfortable as possible. This RV is great for owners of electric SUVs and for those who wish to go off-road.

11. Opus OP 15 Hybrid

Looking for a spacious, lightweight, off-road trailer? Then look no further than the Opus OP 15. This hybrid, family-friendly trailer comes fully loaded with a king-size bed, twin bunk beds, an indoor bathroom, a four-burner stove, off-road and alloy tires, and solar panels. The interior is decorated with bamboo cabinetry and features 6'6'' of headroom. The Opus OP 15 was designed specifically to be an off-road, off-grid getaway while remaining easy to use for families and first-timers.

12. Alto Series F2414

Alto's Series F2414 travel trailer is designed to make hitch traveling with an electric vehicle easier than ever before. The trailer comes packed with four beds that can be converted to dining/lounge areas, a full kitchen, a small bathroom, and furniture that can be moved for outdoor fun. It sleeps five comfortably, six with the purchase of an additional electric bed. The interior design takes some inspiration from European trailers while maintaining an all-American flair. Solar panels can be purchased for an additional cost. The F2414 is towable by most SUVs.

13. Polydrops P17A

If you're looking to travel in something high-tech that will undoubtedly turn heads, look no further than Polydrop's P17A1 trailer. This California-made vehicle is specifically engineered to be the most aerodynamic travel trailer on the market. Its unique design and lightweight frame lend it to unlimited possibilities. The P17A's minimalist design comes fully insulated with built-in solar panels, storage, built-in speakers, a kitchenette, an awning, a control panel (for LEDs, air conditioning, chargers, and more), and a full-size mattress. This trailer was made to work hand-in-hand with electric vehicles, with its design specifically created to use less electricity, allowing for more travel and less charging time. Though one of the smaller trailers on this list, the P17A1 is sure to impress even the most traditional trailer travelers.

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Off-Road Adventures Fused With Off-The-Grid Luxury: The Best Travel Trailers

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by Michael Bradley Published on January 9, 2024

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Life on the road: waking up to the sunrise, enjoying a coffee with the morning dew tickling your toes and driving for hours with nothing but nature all around you.

Conjuring up nostalgic memories of old-time Americana and singing your favorite songs around the campfire, guitar in hand, an RV-based holiday is definitely a memorable one.

Even those who wouldn’t typically consider a camping trailer for their next trip are now reconsidering, thanks to the rise in high-tech, seriously luxurious camping trailers akin to stylish apartments…but with the benefit of having wheels attached.

Some of the best luxury travel trailers nowadays come complete with digital nomad-approved offices, second-story bedrooms, indoor bathrooms, and all of the connectivity you could ever need. 

Life off the grid doesn’t have to be in tents — pun fully intended — but it can open a window into a refreshing contrast; one where your biggest problem is selecting which spectacular location to drive to next in your luxury camper. 

The 15 best travel trailers

Check our special travel trailers buyers’ guide after the list to see exactly what you should pay attention to before purchasing a trailer. You can also check our round-up of the best off-road camping trailers , best camper van brands and best RVs depending on your preferred travel style.

Bowlus: Best overall travel trailer

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Step into your Bowlus travel trailer for the first time and prepare to feel a little overwhelmed by all of the possibilities running through your mind. The Terra Firma travel trailer is the creme de la creme in the world of living on the go, with all of the facilities necessary to make you genuinely consider switching to this way of living full time. Kitted out with beautifully neutral interiors, a separate hotel-style shower and plenty of space for relaxing, sleeping and planning your next venture, Terra Firma has it all. 

Wake up in the Zen Master Bedroom and make a coffee using the two-stage water filtration system. You can even bring a furry friend along, thanks to this camping trailer’s seamless features: remote temperature monitoring, bowls that slide out seamlessly from a drawer and a coordinated pet bed. When you head out on foot for the day, make use of the Find My Bowlus GPS tracking.

Best for: Almost preferring living here to your own house back home. 

Living Vehicle: Best luxury camper

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“Roughing it” doesn’t exactly sum up your experience camping in a Living Vehicle camping trailer. Probably the closest thing you could find to staying in a hotel but with the added benefit of being able to follow your every move, Living Vehicle’s HD30 model truly maximizes the best of outdoor living, indoors. This fully customizable unit is a dream for anyone who’s serious about camping trailers. 

Equipped with everything from air conditioning to solar power, it’s spacious and comfortable, filled to the brim with technology like huge TV screens, stocked-up chef’s kitchens, and luxury amenities. You’ll find a washing machine, Hi-Fi stereo system and mobile connectivity. It’s life off-grid, but with the ability to get connected right back on the grid whenever you need. Better yet, it comes complete with a state-of-the-art security system. So you’ll never feel concerned about leaving your mobile house for the day to do some exploring.

Best for: Making camping trailer holidays Vogue-worthy.

Winnebago: Best value travel trailer

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It’s hard to beat a Winnebago if you’re looking to travel true Americana style and the Winnebago Micro Minnie is definitely the best option if you’re looking for a budget-friendly trip. Because the Micro Minnie brings together everything you need for a compact trip without waving goodbye to necessities. 

Just like the name suggests, it’s one that focuses on quality rather than quantity, but it still manages to squeeze in ample galley space, a sink, double door refrigerator, microwave and even a cooktop. A spacious mattress and windows designed for cross ventilation mean you’ll never wake up in the middle of the night feeling too hot or too cold, and the breathtaking surroundings will always be ready and waiting as the first touches of light come through the windows. Patio speakers and a power awning with LED lighting make the outdoors just as cozy as indoors.

Best for: Saving money to put towards decorating instead.

Airstream: Most versatile travel trailer for remote work

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Fulfill all of your digital nomad dreams by waving goodbye to a life surrounded by bricks and instead pursuing one surrounded by nature and woodland. Or cityscapes, or beaches, or whatever your heart desires. The beauty of Airstream’s Flying Cloud is that you’re free to do all of the above and more, never needing to remember a set of house keys again in favor of life on the road. 

This is a camping trailer designed to make life easy, with varying floor plans no matter how many you’re traveling with and even the option of a miniature office. Stylish and practical, it’s decked out in neutral tones with comfortable elements for a stress-free experience. As well as all of the essentials, Airstream’s Flying Cloud comes complete with multiple USB ports and a pop-up USB/AC outlet supported by the onboard 1000-watt power inverter. The office area even has a swivel chair.

Best for: Trying to get your beach/mountain/river view into the background of your Zoom meetings.

Timberleaf Trailers: Best teardrop trailer

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Timberleaf’s vibrant orange camping trailer is a talking point of your travels, even when your surrounding landscapes come with enough picturesque stories. This teardrop trailer is charming and playful, created from quality craftsmanship and fine woodworking. It’s a camping trailer that takes camping back to its base: forgoing non-essentials in favor of keeping itself small and sturdy. 

The Classic Teardrop Trailer is with you no matter where you’re heading next and comes in three different varieties; Standard, All-Road, and Off-Road. Each comes with its own specific details, like wheels designed for rugged terrain and a fully insulated cabin to keep the wind, heat, and cold at bay. Despite its cute nature, this is a camping trailer that doesn’t mess around: it’s got plenty of space for cooking facilities and relaxation with spacious skylight, all kitted out in tonal wooden shades. The trailer itself comes in a variety of vibrant colors, if orange isn’t to your choosing.

Best for: Feeling like you’re starring in your own vintage holiday movie. 

Oliver Travel Trailers: Best fiberglass

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This home away from home has done the impossible. It maintains an ultra-light weight on a four-season travel trailer that’s packed with every creature comfort you could ask for. Oliver Legacy Elite II is a fully-customizable adventure that opens the doors to new adventures.

A handcrafted aluminum skeleton frame meets a double-hulled fiberglass shell, with all plumbing and tanks fully enclosed. Thermal windows and a top-of-the-line HVAC system create comfort in any temperature, while an aerodynamic design built on maintenance-free axles with a full-size spare removes any towing anxiety.

Best for: Life’s most enchanting journeys in all weather.

Land Ark RV: Best high-ceiling travel trailer

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Not sure whether you’d rather stay in a house or a luxury camper? Choose both. Land Ark RV’s Drake model aims to cover all of the above, in a sleek and stylish camping trailer that elevates camping to a whole new level. Efficiently built as a high-design house, you could feasibly wake up in the morning here and forget you’re not actually in a hotel. It’s one that welcomes in both comfort and style, with its neutral, light wood interiors and two-story design. 

This is a camping trailer just crying out to be personalized, preferably with Instagram-friendly cushions, large cozy throws and adventure around every corner. It’s a trailer looking for stories. A tankless hot water system, heating and AC, custom cellular shades for privacy and energy-saving insulation, and high ceilings make this one of the most covetable camping trailers on the market. 

Best for: Not stressing about hitting your head when you wake up in the morning.

Happier Camper: Best lightweight travel trailer

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Happier Camper sets the tone for exactly how you’ll be feeling on your next adventure: over the moon, filled to the brim with excitement and fully aware that everything you could need and more are tucked away in its unique spot around you. Fully equipped for the road, Happier Camper’s Traveler camping trailer is optimized for all kinds of adventures, regardless of whether you’re sightseeing or working, sleeping or cooking. 

Two dedicated living spaces and an integrated bathroom and kitchenette make this lightweight travel trailer under 5,000 lbs seem far more spacious than many others on the market. Its curated space uses the brand’s Adaptiv technology to quickly switch living spaces into an office, dining area, bedroom or lounge space in minutes. Fibreglass shells, a honeycomb floor grid, custom hardware and durable components ensure your Traveler is ready to go no matter how long the journey.

Best for: Smaller towing vehicles and not worrying about maximum weight capacity.

Bruder X: Best off-road camping trailer

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There are camping trailers designed for whimsical journeys through the forests and countryside paths winding their way down to the seafront. And then there are expedition trailers designed with a little more durability in mind, suitable for all of those off-road adventures that you’d previously disregarded. Bruder X’s EXP-6 is the latter. This is a camping trailer with a difference: a large, sturdy and all-around impressive beast of a trailer that confidently heads off the beaten track into paths unknown without really lifting a finger. 

This off-road trailer is sleek and grey, looking perfectly at home with any kind of backdrop. It’s also sufficiently convertible, with the ability to level out and adjust its height to suit the terrain at the press of a button. A state-of-the-art cabin management system means you can even control the EXP-6 from your smartphone. Out the back, you’ll find courtesy lights, storage lockers, a clothes washer and even an external hot and cold shower.

Best for: Adventures without limitations.

Lance Camper: Best bunk beds

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Since 1965, Lance Camper has built camping-focused accommodations to help people explore. While it’s an overwhelming favorite in the truck camper world, the brand expanded into travel trailers over a decade ago and now has a full lineup of reliable and comfortable camping trailers.

The Lance 2185 Travel Trailer has an ingenious design featuring a walk-around queen bed, a convertible dinette, and triple bunk beds. It can sleep up to 7 people, yet still has an enclosed bath and sufficient interior space. And when you don’t need the bunk beds, you can reconfigure the area to create extra cargo storage for bikes or other toys.

Best for: Frolicking with friends and family.

Polydrops: Best small travel trailer

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Small but mighty, Polydrops’ P17A camping trailer packs a punch when it comes to fitting a lot into a small space. The P17A1 is one of the best small camping trailers for anyone new to the industry who wants to get to grips with owning a trailer before committing to a larger size. It is highly engineered and all-electric, bringing together all of the essentials. Its futuristic style sets it ahead of the game in the world of both camping trailers and electric vehicles —something you’ll understand even more when you’ve read the full list of energy-efficient measures this camping trailer comes with. 

These small campers come equipped with solar panels, LiFePO4 batteries and air conditioning for ultimate comfort without waving goodbye to sustainable travel. Its aerodynamic design also ensures it’s straightforward to tow, even for a lesser-experienced driver. It’s home to a modular system incorporating a kitchenette, micro closet, toilet and sleeping compartment and editable depending on your preferences.

Best for: Proving good things come in small packages.

Jayco: Best mid-priced camping trailer

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Dipped your toe into the world of vacation trailers but not quite ready to go all out with a huge model? Jayco is the answer for the best mid-sized trailer. Our favorite —and not just our favorite, as it’s consistently voted America’s best-selling RV too —is Jayco’s Jay Flight . These are the best travel trailers for anyone with a desire to head out for a trip without worrying about anything along the way. Fully equipped with not just the essentials but also the would-be-amazing-ifs. 

Superior construction, weatherproofing and plenty of editable floor plan designs mean the Jay Flight is perfectly suited to just about any kind of traveler. Looking for more beds? They can be included in the middle. Would prefer more storage and foldaway sleeping compartments? Not a problem either. The included LED TV, smartphone-controllable system and fully equipped interiors complete with an oven make this camping trailer a win-win for just about everyone. 

Best for: Premium quality essentials with some luxury thrown in, too.

Grand Design RV: Best travel trailer for families

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A family camping trip can go one of two ways: either it’s one that goes down in the memory book full of hilarious anecdotes, nostalgia-filled activities and the promise to do it all again next year, or it goes horribly wrong and you promise never to speak of it again. The best way to ensure your family holiday is the former rather than the latter? Do it in a camping trailer designed for families to take the stress out of camping trips. 

Grand Design RV’s Reflection Travel Trailer is luxurious yet sensible: a trailer that’s sturdy and dependable while still remaining stylish and comfortable. It’s a spacious RV camper, almost a mini apartment rather than a simple bed and sink pull-along trailer. Home to plenty of electronics including a Bluetooth sound system, LED TV, motion sensor lighting and more, you’ll never feel anything less than refreshed and satisfied staying in one of these travel trailers.

Best for: Those picture-book perfect family holidays.

Taxa Outdoors: Best pop-up camper

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Go back to basics with small travel trailers in the best way possible with a Taxa Outdoors Mantis pop-up camper. Sure, there are high-tech, futuristic trailers out there, but the Mantis is the perfect option if you’re looking for laid-back, authentic, small camping trailers. While it might not be stuffed to the brim with electronics, the Mantis still comes with everything you could need for a relaxing few days of getting up close and personal with nature. 

Known as the brand’s most spacious pop-up trailer to date, it’s home to adaptive spaces like a large cafe breakfast table in the morning, a mini-conference room in the afternoon and even a board game set up in the evening. The pop-up nature of this camper also means it comes with its own outdoor seating area, where you’ll likely spend evenings listening to the sounds of nature and catching up with your family or friends on everything under the sun.

Best for: Last minute, easygoing journeys without too much preparation needed.

Tiny Camper: Best DIY camping trailer

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Rent or buy a camping trailer and spend your days leading up to the trip figuring out what to pack or what may or may not be included. Build your own camping trailer and replace those conversations with everything else: how to design the interiors, which features you do and don’t need, and how best to personalize your new temporary home? 

Half of the fun of a DIY camping trailer comes from its unforgettable building period—something that’s made incredibly easy with Tiny Camper’s DIY camping trailers . They’re also just as customizable as you’d like, depending on your dreams and realistic abilities at putting together a trailer. Design from the ground up with a variety of different frameworks, electrics, plumbing or cabinets, or start from the next step with a fully prepared package. Then, the fun part: color schemes, extra features and unique touches. 

Best for: Crafting that’s just as much fun as the traveling part.

Buyers guide to travel trailers

There’s plenty to take into consideration before choosing your next camping trailer, like how often you’ll use it, the sort of terrain you’ll cover, the features you may need and the capacity for you and your camping companions. Read on for everything you need to know before selecting your new camping trailer.

Towing limitations

Generally speaking, the more high-tech your camping trailer and the larger its capacity, the more it’ll weigh. Before you buy your trailer, you need to ensure that the vehicle you’ll be towing it with is strong enough to do so. Always check the camper trailer’s weight against your tow vehicle’s towing capacity and aim to leave a little leeway rather than choosing something that hits the maximum weight limit.

Interior features

If you’re simply going to use your camping trailer as a portal for exploring the outside world, you only really need a comfortable bed and some kind of living space. If you’re planning on going digital nomad style, you’ll want to look for more features, like a dedicated office or working space or at least a separate living space, as well as plenty of storage space. 

Depending on how long you’re on the road for, you may also want to choose a camping trailer with a kitchenette. And, depending on where you’re taking your trailer, you might want to look for a trailer with an indoor toilet or entire bathroom. There’s nothing worse than having to brave freezing temperatures in the middle of the night if nature calls.

Most camping trailers are designed for around three or four people, although some have more space for up to seven. While this maximum might be impressive, it’s important to remember that just because seven people can fit, doesn’t mean it’ll be an especially comfortable fit once everyone’s stuff is included. It’s so important to check whether all of your belongings will fit inside.

Water systems

How big is your water tank? Does it come with fresh water and grey water tanks? Is there hot water available, or just cold? These are all questions you’ll want to know the answer to beforehand. Choosing a travel trailer with too small of a water tank means lots of refilling. 

If you’ll mostly be sticking to standard roads, this isn’t something you’ll need to worry about particularly. But if you’re heading off to explore pastures new with off-road adventures, you’ll want to look for a camping trailer with more durable, sturdy materials and wheels to match. There are plenty of trailers designed for off-road trips, which can put your mind at rest for future exploring.

Batteries and charging

You’ll want to thoroughly check how to power your camping trailer to avoid getting caught out at the worst times. Many trailers nowadays include solar-powered or other energy-efficient methods but can also be hooked up to a grid. The larger the trailer, the bigger the battery. Some trailers also have space for external batteries to be added.

This varies hugely depending on your tow vehicle but, generally, you should check whether your trailer comes with a standard 50mm tow ball or whether it has an articulating hitch. And, finally, before you head off for the first time, ensure the brake lights and indicators function when connected.

Frequently asked questions about travel trailers

Some of the best quality travel trailers include Bowlus’ Terra Firma , Living Vehicle’s Max model , and Airstream’s Flying Cloud . Read our full guide to discover all of the best travel trailers .

A trailer is considered an RV. RV, or Recreational Vehicle, is the generic word for a motor vehicle or trailer which includes living quarters. See our list of the best RVs of the year for some inspiration.

Some of the best luxury travel trailers include Living Vehicle, Land Ark RV, Bowlus, Bruder X. Our full guide details all of the best high-end travel trailers for all kinds of adventures.

Some of the most expensive travel trailers come from brands like Living Vehicle and Bowlus. Check out our full guide for all of the best camping trailers .

About the author

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You could say that Michael lives two lives. On one hand, you’ll find him dressed to the nines and taking the city by storm, showing his love for men’s fashion . On the other hand, he lives an adventurous outdoor lifestyle and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Somewhere in the middle is his undying love for all things automotive . Whether it’s checking out the latest and greatest models or turning a wrench on his classic cars, there’s always a bit of oil flowing through his brain.

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The Best Off-Road Camper Trailers For The Money

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By: Ethan Brehm Published: Jun 27, 2023

Ranging from mere cargo storage with minimal camping accommodations to fully-livable campers, off-road trailers are a great option for overlanding adventures or even extended camping trips. Once you’ve reached your off-the-grid destinations, you can unhinge these units for a stationary home base while you head out exploring with your truck or SUV. 

Gliding with the spirit of horse-drawn trailers of America’s past, these hitched campers predate, in a sense, gas-powered vehicles themselves — not to mention paved roads. Today’s trailers, however, are even more capable, with modern tech that lets them traverse rougher terrains and state-of-the-art amenities to make it so you won’t want to go back home. To help you navigate the competitive market, we’ve put together a guide to the best off-road trailers to tow for your next excursion.

Best Off-Road Trailers

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Sunnyside Boony Stomper

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Taxa Outdoors Woolly Bear

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Schutt Industries XVENTURE XV-3

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Australian Off Road Sierra Z

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Escapod Topo2

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Patriot Campers X1-H

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BRS Offroad Pursuit

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Black Series HQ17

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Bruder EXP-6

What to look for in a camper trailer.

Weight: Before you make any trailer purchase, make sure you know the max payload of the vehicle that will be doing the towing. A heavier camper/trailer means that you will need to use more of your car or truck’s horsepower and, thus, use more gas along the way. It will also affect the ease in which you will be able to handle unpredictable terrain. Heavier loads don’t always perform better off-road, although there are some that can.

Ground Clearence: For an off-road camper, ground clearance is of supreme importance. If you’re planning on doing some overlapping as well, you’ll want maximum possible departure angles and enough room to traverse over higher water levels.

Sleep Space: Not everyone will want a camper you can sleep inside (some may prefer a rooftop tent instead), but if it’s in your budget, you might enjoy the comfort and warmth of interior sleeping spaces. However, campers will also be heavier than just low-profile trailers.

Storage: Chances are, if you’re traveling away from civilization for an extended period, you’ll be bringing a lot with you — at least enough to be prepared for any situation. That means you’ll need room to store those provisions. A good camper will have plenty of storage options, often both inside and outside.

Amenities: If you’re gone for days, if not weeks, at a time, you’ll want to have some extras to aid you on your journey. Some campers have full bathrooms, sizable kitchens, and even washing machines. Solar panels are another popular feature in today’s market. Know what you’d like to have along the way, and how much you want to stay connected to the comforts of your own home.

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  • Very lightweight
  • Compact yet roomy
  • Carpeted walls and linoleum floors
  • Storage cabinets inside
  • Add-ons available
  • Not as good for tailgating or gear-hauling

Tested on rough terrain and at high speeds, the Sunnyside Boony Stomper is made to be a lightweight sleeper cabin for overland adventures so that you hardly even notice it’s there at just 600lbs. Weighing around 600lbs, the Boony Stomper rides on an independent trailing arm suspension with load-adjusting shocks and has a deceptively roomy cabin that’s 76” by 46” with carpeted walls and headboard, linoleum floors, and overhead storage cabinets. Plenty of add-ons are available as well, such as Jackery power stations and a roof rack.

Length: 111” Weight: 600lbs (depending on options) Sleeps: 2

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  • Holds rooftop tent
  • Full-size outdoor kitchen
  • Tons of storage
  • All-terrain tires
  • You need an external tent for sleeping

Since it launched back in 2017, TAXA’s popular Woolly Bear has been a perennial favorite among off-road campers and tailgaters alike. Designed for a new generation of explorer, the basecamp boasts a thoughtful design that features an economically-configured full-size outdoor kitchen, a pull-out cooler, and plenty of storage. The rooftop also holds a 2- or 3-person tent, with adjustable risers and a steel cargo deck underneath. On the road, the Woolly Bear is lightweight and rides with a torsion axle suspension, electric brakes, and all-terrain tires.

Length: 128” Weight: 1,270lbs Sleeps: 0

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  • Lightweight
  • Military-grade chassis
  • 360-degree lighting
  • Adaptive space

Optimal for lighter SUVs and Jeeps, Schutt Industries’ XVENTURE XV-3 is a solid entry-level, bare-bones camper option that’s compact but definitely tough. Built with an independent torsion axle, electric drum brakes, and a multi-axis max coupler hitch over a military-grade chassis, the XV-3 can easily handle rough terrain, while the slide-out kitchen, aluminum flip-up table, 360-degree lighting, and 22-gallon water system help ensure its livability on any adventure. Not to mention, the pop-up roof tent that hovers above the cargo bed is as durable as it is comfortable.

Length: 131” Weight: 850lbs Sleeps: 2 to 3 with pop-up tent

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  • 40.7-degree departure angle
  • Space for 2 rooftop tents
  • Side-mounted kitchen
  • Lots of add-on options
  • 60L food-grade water storage
  • Pricey for non-camper

A smaller version of the brand’s Sierra, the Sierra ZR is for those who want to truly live the off-the-grid experience . With space up top for two rooftop tents, the downsized trailer still has fridge and shower options, a side-mounted kitchen, and 60L of food-grade water storage with an additional option of another 140L for longer stays. The departure angle on this thing is ridiculous at 40.7 degrees with an independent trailing arm suspension with a variable rate coil spring, a high-tensile steel chassis, and a RAPTOR-coated body.

Length: 177” Weight: 1,874lbs Sleeps: 0

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  • Made from a single piece of fiberglass
  • Great off-road performance for a teardrop
  • Full-size sink and two-burner stove
  • 140W solar panel
  • Lots of room
  • Expensive for a teardrop

With the original Topo coming to an end after the 2022 production year, Escapod has found a more-than-adequate replacement. Built upon the idea of creating the ultimate off-road teardrop camper , the Topo2 is made from a single piece of composite fiberglass with a sturdy PET core constructed from recycled milk cartons. The brand’s own shock-in-spring Freeride Suspension System enables this unit to venture wherever it needs to go, while the living amenities ensure that you have everything you’ll need, including a full-size sink, a two-burner stove, a 140W Lightleaf solar panel, and extra room for a fridge add-on. What’s more, the array of modular shelving and storage doesn’t detract from the sleeping space, which can handle two adults comfortably.

Length: 172” (including frame) Weight: 2,000lbs Sleeps: 2

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  • Super low profile for a sleeper camper
  • Sleeps up to 8
  • 40-degree departure angle
  • 120W solar panel

This low-profile camper pops up in seconds via remote control and, depending on which configuration you choose, can sleep up to eight people, including living quarters with a gel-topped, pocket spring mattress, accessible via a Tentstep staircase. Choose between two different suspension options for off-road capability and a 40-degree departure angle, along with a Rigilite chassis, Maxtrek tires, and rear recovery points. You’ll also benefit from solar power anywhere you go with the fixed 120W panel on the roof. 

Length: 148” Weight: 2,193lbs Sleeps: 2 to 8

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  • Luxurious inside
  • Sleeps up to 4
  • Full outdoor kitchen with four-burner stove
  • Full bathroom and shower
  • Lots of windows
  • Amazing off-road capability, especially for the size
  • Might take some expert off-road know-how

With the luxury and interior comfort of a class A RV and the off-road capability of the most impressive overland vehicles, the massive OP-15 from Opus sleeps up to four people with a king-sized bed and twin bunk beds. Other amenities include a full outdoor kitchen with a slide-out four-burner stove, a sizable refrigerator, and a full bathroom and shower. Eleven windows open up for an ultimate connection with the outdoors and the roof expands for up to 6’6” of headroom. As for off-road capabilities, the OP-15 boasts dual shock absorbers and a trailing arm independent suspension for each wheel, all under a galvanized steel chassis.

Length: 180” Weight: 5,159lbs Sleeps: 4

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  • Large interior kitchen
  • 300W solar panel
  • Angled roof for stargazing
  • Taxis very well
  • Not a lot of add-ons

One of the best campers at balancing luxury with capability, and in a compact unit, the award-winning Australian-made Pursuit from BRS Offroad features off-road performance and the comforts of a hotel, with a slide-out shower, queen-sized mattress, plenty of storage, and a large inside kitchen setup that includes two 30L fridges and a four-burner stove — and a barbecue Sizzler outside. Sporting a 300W solar panel , the roof angles down in the back, allowing for optimal placement of the large window above the bed for stargazing at night. On the road, the Pursuit taxis well with a Cruisemaster suspension and hitch.

Length: 224” Weight: 3,395lbs Sleeps: 2+

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  • 12″ minimum ground clearance
  • Handles higher water levels well
  • Suspension system designed to match movement of front vehicle
  • Fridge doesn’t use solar power

Black Series has a wide range of rugged off-roaders, but the HQ17 does well to balance cost with performance. At 24ft in length, the HQ17 is the smallest model with four wheels, with room for two spare 265/75 R16 Good Ride M/T tires on the back. The minimum ground clearance on this trailer is almost 12” and the armored chassis makes it easier to cross higher water levels. Likewise, the two pairs of independent suspension systems are designed to match the movement of the vehicle in front. For luxurious living, you’ll find space for five people to sleep comfortably inside, as well as a bathroom and a sizable kitchen.

Length: 291.6” Weight: 6,062lbs Sleeps: 5

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  • Very customizable
  • Can lift single wheels if flat
  • Washer/dryer add-on
  • Expensive, but worth it if you live off-road a lot

Available in both roof-lift and fixed-roof options, Bruder’s highly-capable EXP-6 is a super rugged trailer built on the brand’s innovative proprietary off-road chassis and suspension systems that lessen terrain’s impact on the tow vehicle and have the ability to lift single wheels in case of a flat tire. Both spacious and dynamic, these beastly campers sleep up to six and are totally customizable, with over 600W of solar power, several awning options, and even a washer/dryer add-on available.

Length: 264.6” (total length) Weight: 5,070lbs (depending on options) Sleeps: 6

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The Ultimate Guide to Off-Road Trailers

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Are you looking for Overland or Off-Road Trailers? TAP’s Ultimate Guide to Overland or Off-Road Trailers has become the premium resource for people looking to purchase Off-Road Trailers to support their Vehicle Supported Adventures. Take a look at all the brands and styles below and decide for yourself what best can carry all your overlanding and offroad gear.

All the information in this guide is accurate as of July 2023, and we have tried to include all off-road trailer companies in the USA. All information comes directly from the trailer manufacturers and is not the result of TAP’s personal testing or opinion. Sponsored Content:

Off-Road Trailers : Styles to look for:

  • Teardrop Off-Road Trailers (Enclosed living space with kitchen usually at the rear)
  • Expedition Style Off-Road Trailers (Multi functional tub style trailer with internal carrying space and kitchen. Usually features an additional Roof Top Tent )
  • Cargo Style Off-Road Trailers (Large storage based trailer)


Off-Road Trailers

Boreas Campers  builds offroad and offgrid camper trailers designed and manufactured in Pueblo, Colorado. With a heavy duty powder coated steel frame and aluminum exoskeleton our campers are purpose-built to withstand the most rugged conditions and terrain. All Boreas Campers models come equipped with Cruisemaster axle-less suspension and are constructed using no wood. 

The  XT model  is our nimble square-drop option ready for any adventure. It boasts a full galley kitchen, instant hot water shower, awning, furnace, 100w Zamp solar panel and AGM battery, Maxxair fan and LED lighting in the cabin and kitchen. Its small footprint allows it to fit in a standard garage and easily slip down tight trails. The chassis is designed to hold a 400 lb moto on the tongue, or use the front hitch receiver to carry up to 3 bikes. And with 42 sqft of storage space between the cabinets and oversized toolbox all of the toys will fit! The  AT base model  is built on the same frame and suspension without the bolt-ons.

The four season, hybrid  EOS-12  features Cruisemaster XT Air suspension, LED lighting and a speaker system all controlled by the Garmin O.N.E. tablet. 300w of solar and 540ah of lithium batteries are included standard with the option to upgrade to 500 w and 1080ah. The large outdoor kitchen includes a 3-burner Furion stove, Truma C96 dual-zone fridge/freezer and pass-through pantry to the cabin, all covered by a 270 degree awning. With sleeping for 4, a cassette toilet and indoor/outdoor shower this unit is the perfect backcountry basecamp. Heated tanks and lines make adventures possible any time of the year.

Tel: 720 515 3775 [email protected]

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The OPUS Camper line features a range of air-inflatable tent trailers and hybrid hard-sided campers. While each model is designed to fit different lifestyles… every model comes fitted with the same robust off-road package. OPUS Campers come equipped with an independent trailing arm suspension, dual shocks, coil springs, an articulating hitch, and a full outdoor kitchen that slides out with a 4-burner stove and hot water sink.

Tel: 925 215 7315 [email protected]


Kimberley Kampers

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‘King of the Off Road™’,  Kimberley Kampers , celebrates 30 years as one of Australia’s longest-standing luxury RV manufacturers with the launch of many premium upgrades to its range.

Founded in 1993, Kimberley Kampers continues to dominate the market nationally and overseas. From its manufacturing hub in Ballina, NSW, Australia, Kimberley produces top-of-the-line offroad camper trailers and caravans.

“We’re proud of our legacy as a driving force behind offroad innovation and Australian manufacturing,” said owner and CEO James Cockburn. 

“To continue this tradition and celebrate our 30-year heritage, we’re increasing the performance and comfort of our existing caravans.” 

Taking Luxury Where It’s Never Been Before

Built on a rugged galvanized steel chassis, the Karavan offroad caravan ventures off the beaten path in style. These are off-road-ready with heavy duty construction, independent air suspension and abundant off-grid living features.

Designed for first-time offroaders and seasoned caravanners, the Karavan marries comfort and capability for a first-class experience. 

Offgrid Capabilities for Unbridled Exploration 

  •  Independent air suspension and powerful disc brakes.
  • Lightweight composite body with Aluminium alloy furniture
  • Smart energy system, solar panel arrays and generous water carrying tanks with diesel-powered hot water system. 
  • Dual kitchens, indoor and outdoor, with hot and cold water and a full-size shower ensuite with composting toilet, are heated by diesel.

Tackle the bush, beach and infamous Australian tracks such as the Gibb, Tanami and Strzelecki—the Karavan goes where others can’t follow. 

Tel: 937 594 9565 [email protected]

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The all-new, re-designed  Off Grid Trailers Expedition 3.0  has the same world-class craftsmanship as its predecessor with all new upgraded components. This RVIA-compliant all-metal off-road camping trailer has a completely upgraded electrical system with lithium battery options, an all-new Trauma Aqua Go Comfort Plus hot water on-demand system, Truma Vario Heat forced air furnace, and high-output Dometic dual burner cooktop.

The Expedition 3.0 is still built on a steel 4-inch c-channel frame with a standard Timbren 3500 HD Axle-less suspension and optional OGT Evolution Series trailing arm suspension with 25 inches of ground clearance and 8 inches of wheel travel to ensure your trailer will follow anywhere your 4×4 can go. The integrated roof rack is tested to carry 1000 lbs. of static weight, ensuring no need to leave any gear behind.  The innovative exterior-mounted drop-down kitchen includes a dual burner cooktop and stainless-steel sink with a faucet and does not occupy any interior or storage space. The massive rear storage compartment comes with adjustable shelves to suit your needs. Inside you will find a comfortable queen-sized bed, interior storage compartments, your electrical display, and an optional furnace display with a thermostat.

Beyond the Expedition 3.0 Off Grid Trailers has also updated its rugged off-road teardrop with the release of the  Pando 3.0 . If you are looking for something different be sure to check out the fully modular sleep-in  Sprocket  as well as the  Switchback  overland adventure Trailer.

Build and price your Off Grid Trailer today.

Tel: 800 786 3221 [email protected]


Off-Road Trailers

Xventure trailers (built by Schutt Industries) have a Military pedigree and long history of providing the most substantial build quality in the industry.  Starting with their Military inspired chassis that carries a 10-year warranty, aluminum extrusion frame and huck bolt fasteners, Xventure gives you quality found nowhere else in the Overlanding market.  Our flagship XV-2 has been developed from the J8 military trailer and has seen extensive adaptations to become a perfect fit for the Overlanding community. Now available with a 25-gallon water tank, on-demand water heater, propane system with a 20lb. tank, full galley system with 7’ stainless steel table, tonneau cover, elevating rack, full lighting system and numerous other options, the XV-2 gives you the capability to carry motorcycles, a full size quad or just all the gear you need for an extended trip to your favorite destination.  Our 25+ years of manufacturing the toughest trailers made give us the confidence to say we will be  “BEHIND YOU ALL THE WAY”.   Outfit your Xventure the way you want with or with a roof top tent, awning or fridge, remember it’s  “YOUR LIFE…YOUR TRAILER”.

Tel: 715 823 8025 [email protected]

Off-Road Trailers

Introducing Tribes Overland Trailers – Your Ultimate Adventure Companion.

Join our overlanding community with Tribe, a family-owned business devoted to getting you out on the toughest trails with everything you need, and nothing you don’t, all at the lowest possible cost!

Discover the Basecamp trailer – a tried and true companion ready to take you to the most remote camping destinations. Equipped with an aluminum rooftop tent, 270 batwing awning, 17 gallons of fresh water, a full slide-out kitchen, 100-amp hours of electricity, and solar ready plugs, you’ll enjoy all the comforts of home in awe-inspiring locations. Its steel independent A-arm suspension, built-in bump stop springs, shock with additional mounting brackets, and limiter straps ensure there’s nowhere you couldn’t call home.

Brand new to our lineup is the Expedition 500 hard-sided pop-up camper – say goodbye to pesky canvas pop-ups! Packed with features like an outdoor and indoor kitchen, shower, toilet, heater, AC unit, ample storage, independent air ride suspension, solar, and more, the Expedition 500 is your ticket to unparalleled comfort on your overlanding journeys. Its drop-down ability and independent suspension allow for perfect tracking on roads, while raised suspension grants ample trail clearance. And with a height of under 7 feet when completely lowered, you can even store it in your home’s garage.

Embrace the spirit of adventure with Tribes Overland Trailers today. Unleash your wanderlust and make every journey extraordinary!

Tribe Trailers, escape the crowd!

Tel: 866 447 7895 [email protected]


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Nuthouse Industries trailers are handbuilt in Ohio, USA. With trailer options for the weekend warrior up to the veteran overlander. We build each trailer to order and offer many options that can be added overtime or bought as a complete package. Our trailers are constructed from in-house designed custom extrusions, fully welded aluminum materials, providing light-weight, superb strength that will last a lifetime.

The Peanut and Hickory expedition trailers use Timbren 3500# HD Axle-less suspension with the ability to match the trailer hub pattern to any vehicle and run up to a 37” tire. We use a fully adjustable height coupler with the option to use ball (Standard), Pintle or Lock N Roll hitch. 7-way RV style plug and electric brakes are standard. Reverse light is standard and we use LED lighting throughout. Extended tongue and aluminum tongue box is included. Gas struts are used for the lid and lockable compression latches provide a weatherproof seal. The latches and tailgates are keyed alike. All hinges, vents and hardware are stainless steel.

Options available: The latest offerings on solar management, deep cycle or Lithium batteries, 110v inverter, propane, cooking and shower modules, water, fridge/freezer, electric tent height adjustment, RTT rack, awning mount, slide out trays, spare tire carrier and lockable Nutshell boxes.

Tel: 513 899 2342 [email protected]



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Patriot Campers is an Australian Camper Trailer Manufacturer that has built a reputation for producing high-quality, award-winning, off-road camper trailer products made in Australia. They are constantly innovating and refining their products at their headquarters located on the Gold Coast, and testing their products over harsh terrain both at home in Australia and internationally.Patriot Campers has revolutionized the off-road camper trailer experience with their recent launch of the all new GEN2 Model Range. The X-Range of Camper Trailers is designed to be user-friendly, with intuitive features and impressive automation, making it possible for anyone to set up, operate, and pack down without assistance.

Tel: 702 767 3329 [email protected]

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Off-Road Trailers

The standard features of the TO Extreme Off-Road Trailers makes them perfect for all overland camping adventures! Our trailers are manufactured in the USA using CNC laser cut and formed 11 gauge steel, yet light enough to pull with nearly any SUV or truck. Each unit comes equipped with UL-lined fenders and frame, Powder coated body panels, a Timbren axle-less suspension package, over 20 inches of ground clearance, premium BF Goodrich off-road tires, an adjustable cargo management system, a forward cargo rack, a lockable tailgate, and a 2” rear receiver. With two available sizes, 60” or 72”, you can pick the trailer that best meets your needs. Along with lockable lid options, multiple roof top tent and awning varieties are available also. We have provided you with the necessities and there is plenty of room for additional options to be added. Affordable, high quality, and designed to go anywhere you would like to go.

TEL: 785-827 4839 xt 236 [email protected]

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TCTeardrops LLC Custom Camping Trailers are built, one at a time, by our family for yours! Whether you travel on road or off, our trailers are up to the task. Manufactured using only quality materials and skilled craftsmanship, TCTeardrop campers can haul your boats, bikes, bed AND breakfast all in one eye-catching, affordable package!

Tel: 715 842 0920 [email protected]


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Escapod Trailers builds premium  teardrop campers  that prove beautiful and capable aren’t mutually exclusive. With a galvanized steel frame and single-piece structural composite body, the  TOPO2  delivers a feature-set with an unmatched strength-to-weight ratio weighing in at 1920 lbs dry. The vacuum-infused monocoque design means that roofline leaks are a thing of the past and the wood-free structure guarantees that mold & rot are of no concern. The core, made of recycled milk cartons, not only provides the structural integrity of the trailer but also its insulation, with an R-value of 10.

The TOPO2 is the first  utility camper  to nest all mechanical systems inside of the insulated & heated trailer. The Utility Closet protects all systems from the elements and hazards of the road. This not only extends the life of the trailer & its components but also makes the TOPO2 the first true 4-season teardrop camper on the market.

Every TOPO2  off-road trailer  comes standard with our Freeride Suspension System offering 5″ of independent travel and 23” of ground clearance, a galley kitchen with a rackout two-burner stove, 75L YETI Tundra cooler, TRUMA Combi Eco-Plus heater (providing cabin heat and hot water to the sink & shower), 100-amphour Expion360 LiFePO4 battery, 140W portableable solar panel, LED lighting throughout the cabin and galley, MaxxAir 4-speed fan, battery & water systems monitor, integrated tongue box, 2.5’ x 5’ stargazer window, 6” queen-sized memory foam mattress, spacious cabin with a heated mudroom, and more!

With an Escapod TOPO2, you are guaranteed to receive premium craftsmanship, intuitive design, and a trailer ready for adventure in any season. Offering a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty, you can focus on what matters most. Start your adventures now. Use our interactive  custom camper builder  to bring your dream trailer to life today! 

Tel: 435 625 0586 [email protected]

Off-Road Trailers

What started as a conversation in 2015 between founder Kevin Molick and his wife, Paula, has since skyrocketed into one of the top names in the world of Teardrop Trailers. Kevin and Paula were discussing their desire to get back out to camping and traveling their back yard of Colorado and the neighboring states but wanted to get away from the cold and discomfort of tent camping. Large pull-behind RVs or motor-homes just weren’t their style and after some searching, Kevin discovered the teardrop trailer and was instantly intrigued. The teardrop trailer seemed the perfect fit, it checked all of the boxes: light enough to pull with their Subaru Outback, the ability to park it as a base camp, comfort and warmth for sleeping, ample cooking space, and visually appealing. Our Handcrafted trailers are exceptionally easy to tow and built with quality craftsmanship which is evident in every detail from start to finish. Teardrop Trailers are quietly taking the RV world by storm. Our custom teardrop trailers offer overlanders comfortable sleeping quarters, as well as a functional, and beautiful rear galley kitchen. We offer a multitude of custom options for our lightweight teardrop trailers, including different off-road versions of the Classic and the Pika. Available in an array of colors, from vibrant to subdued, every trailer is hand built to order in our shop in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Tel: 970-778-3744 [email protected]


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The Australian-based Tvan Camper Trailer, launched in 2000, has become well-known for its distinct rugged design, strength, and industry-leading off-road capabilities. Widely acclaimed by owners and the media, the Track Trailer Tvan has earned accolades for their continual design improvements and option development, evolving to meet and exceed expectations.

Key features of the Track Trailer Tvan include a proprietary, military grade, MC2 suspension which has been tested in the harshest conditions the outback has to offer. The living space on the Tvan is unlike anything on the market with a rear annex room that sits on an elevated deck, providing massive interior space for sleeping, protection from inclement weather, and an enclosed ensuite. The custom Quick Cover awning fully engulfs the premium kitchen which provides a large prep area for the outdoor chef.  Standard components like the REDARC RedVision, diesel furnace, lithium batteries, and roof-mounted solar enables you to get off the grid and stay out longer.

With 37 years of manufacturing experience, Track Trailers, has partnered with XGRiD Campers to bring the award-winning Tvan Camper Trailer, to the United States.

XGRiD Campers is dedicated to helping customers experience the off-grid lifestyle. Through partnerships with the world’s leading overland camper manufacturers and an in-house team of dedicated outdoor enthusiasts, they help the wanderlust adventurer find and configure the right rig for their journey. XGRiD Campers serve customers across the United States, with locations in Las Vegas, NV and Knoxville, TN. 

Tel: 702 779 3397 and 865 353 8880

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We are AntiShanty. We build ultra-lightweight, insulated, four-season, modular adventure dwellings. Built for off-road. Aircraft-grade aluminum construction means lifetime durability and no wood to rot or mold. Our dwellings can adapt to your needs, whether you want to sleep six people or haul motorcycles and mountain bikes. We are proud to do all of our manufacturing right here in Logan, UT, USA. We are a team of outdoor enthusiasts with different passions of mountain biking, skiing, snowmobiling, dirt biking, hiking, hunting, and fishing. 

The AS-1 is an A-Frame pop-up camper that has 9+ feet of headroom, with two queen bunks when in Camp Mode. The queen beds are completely modular for hauling mountain bikes, motorcycles, and quads. Perfect for a basecamp with the space and refuge you need. 

The RR-1 is a Rigid Roof trailer that is camp-ready the moment you park it. Over 6 feet of headroom gives you space to stand and haul toys underneath the adjustable queen bed. Zero setup time enables folks to get the most out of their trip.

The AS and the RR models are available in 4 trims that deliver complete packages from the bare-bones shells to super high-tech off-grid ready. Designed for folks who love the outdoors and want to experience the most from their time outside.

We also offer the RTD (Roof Top Dwelling), like a tent, but all hard-sided. It makes for a great addition to any overland trailer with roof top tent mounting capabilities. The RTD is insulated and doubles as a cargo space.  Keep your mattress, sleepings bags, skis, fishing poles, and other gear with you, but without crowding your vehicle.

Tel: 435 774 2945 [email protected]

Off-Road Trailers

Rethinking the camping experience! The Voyager Trailer from Xpedition Trailers was born from decades of exploration in the most extreme off-road environments in nearly every corner of the Rockies. Are you looking to traverse continents, explore where others would consider impossible, with a new level of comfort and enjoyment in the outdoors? The Voyager Trailer will help you find YOUR WAY OUT! Enjoy the convenience of a 11½ ft kitchen, the comfort of a climate-controlled interior, with the ability to get hot water, and enough power to keep going for weeks, no matter how remote your adventures take you.

Proudly made in the USA, our trailers are made with all-aluminum construction, house a 36-gallon water tank, and check out our  2023 model  with independent A-arm suspension and added 4-season protection. The Voyager is equipped with the state-of-the-art REDARC vehicle management system, which sets an unprecedented level of control and automation for your trailer by bringing information right to your fingertips. Elevate your adventures with the contemporary outdoor living experience of The Voyager by Xpedition Trailers!

Tel: 801 335 5375 https://www.instagram.com/xpeditiontrailers/


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RVs of America, or ROA OFF-ROAD, stands as a prominent authority in the off-road trailer world. Our journey began with the importation of exceptional off-road caravans from Australia. Inspired by Australia’s offerings, we sought an American manufacturer capable of crafting a trailer to rival those conquering the outback. Our quest led us to the collaboration with Imperial Outdoors, resulting in the exclusive ROA OFF-ROAD model: the ROAMER 1.

A remarkable fusion of American and Australian design, the ROAMER 1 boasts unparalleled uniqueness. Beyond its off-road and off-grid camping prowess, this trailer goes above expectations as a suitable abode for touring the country or even full-time living. Inside, it exudes luxury and comfort. The exterior of the Roamer 1 embraces a rugged and robust build, striking the perfect “his and hers” balance.

The ROAMER 1 effortlessly ventures off the beaten path, courtesy of its exceptional off-road suspension and clearance. Embracing a life off-grid, you’ll bask in comfort, enjoying the A/C running for days or the heat sustaining you for weeks. With excellent insulation, it remains cozy even in below freezing temps down to -40 degrees or scorching summers above 110 degrees. Moreover, equipped with over 60 gallons of water and the ability to carry additional water onboard, you can embark on extended explorations like never before. Lastly, it boasts one of the best off-grid electrical systems in the market with 1080 Ah of lithium battery and over 1000w of solar.

Tel: 801 860 0035


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Ember was formed out of a desire to build a better RV by building a better RV company. To us, that means we’ll blaze an uncharted path by crafting innovative products backed by an unparalleled warranty, all with the experience and expertise that customers deserve. The Overland Series construction starts with a stronger foundation, our exclusive Trailblazer™ Off-Road Chassis, featuring the all-new CURT® Independent Suspension System for improved off-road performance and durability. Then we pair it with ample holding tank and LP capacities, standard solar power, and plenty of space for batteries to help you stay off-grid longer. With all these standard features built right in, your options for where to camp are limitless.  Find your local dealer at  www.emberrv.com/dealers.

Tel: 844 732 4204 [email protected]

BRS Off-Road

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Are you ready for an adrenaline-fueled adventure like no other? Say hello to The Pursuit, the ultimate off-road trailer from BRS Off-Road that promises to elevate your camping experience to new heights. From its rugged exterior to its luxurious interior, The Pursuit is designed to tackle any terrain.

The Pursuit’s performance on rough terrain is unparalleled. Equipped with a 2.6-tonne Independent Cruisemaster XT air suspension and 12-inch hubs with electric brakes, it handles any off-road challenge with ease. Its full-length chassis, hot dip galvanized for durability, ensures stability and longevity, making it a reliable companion on your wildest adventures. And let’s not forget the convenience and protection offered by the aluminum stone guard and storage bay all carefully designed to enhance your journey. 

Inside the trailer, you’ll find a fully equipped kitchen with stylish cabinets, soft-close drawers, and your choice of benchtop color. The external slide-out kitchen, complete with a drawer, bench, and Sizzler BBQ, makes outdoor cooking a breeze. And when it’s time to relax, the slide-out dining table and plush queen-size bed with Avista polyurethane flooring provide the perfect setting for shared meals and a restful night’s sleep. 

The Pursuit from BRS Off-Road is the epitome of adventure and luxury in one extraordinary package. It’s designed to be your reliable companion on any off-road journey. Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime and start creating unforgettable memories with The Pursuit only available in North America at ROA Off-Road!

Pause Trailers

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Introducing Palomino RV’s Pause, an American-made off-road trailer that sets a new standard for durability, performance, and innovation. Built with an aluminum frame and zero wood, Pause is designed to withstand the toughest terrains and provide a reliable and long-lasting adventure vehicle.

One of the standout features of Pause is its advanced electrical system, managed by industry-leading Victron systems. Designed and trusted by multi-million dollar yachts, Victron systems offer unparalleled reliability and performance. Equipped with Battle Born battery banks, Pause ensures an extended off-grid experience with Victron’s power management and Garmin monitoring and operating system.

Pause also boasts an innovative and durable construction. The aluminum frame and composite walls make it resistant to rust and corrosion, while eliminating the risk of wood rot. This ensures a long-lasting and low-maintenance trailer that can withstand the rigors of off-road adventures.

When it comes to off-road performance, Pause shines with its heavy-duty off-road tires, MorRyde independent suspension with air bags and Bilstein shocks, and insane ground clearance and 12 inches of travel. These features allow for smooth and stable towing, minimizing bumps and vibrations, and ensuring a comfortable and safe experience for your off-road adventures.

Pause is a true masterpiece in the world of off-road trailers, offering unparalleled durability, performance, and reliability. Proudly made in America and backed by good people, Pause is the ultimate choice for adventurers who demand the best from their off-road trailer. Whether you’re exploring the final frontier of Alaska or tackling rugged terrains elsewhere. Pause now has 5 floor plans, including the XC16.4 which sleeps 4 adults, has a smaller footprint but keeps all the amazing components mentioned above, including up to 1080Ah of Battle Born lithium batteries. No matter what type of camper you are, there is a Pause for you.


Australian Off-Road (AOR)

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Australian Off Road, a recognized leader in Australia for building strong, reliable off-road camper trailers and caravans for over 20 years, has expanded it’s distribution to the US with the AOR Sierra.   With every concept designed, AOR has pushed the boundaries of innovation to provide customers with the best off-grid camping experience.  AOR is 100% locally owned and operated on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The AOR Sierra is one of six US models being imported to the United States exclusively by XGRiD Campers. 

Being lightweight, durable and 100% dustproof are just a few of the key features that make the Sierra unique. The AOR Sierra has an internal sleeping cabin with a double bed and an expansive side galley for cooking.  The fully enclosed and attached rear pod opens up quickly for a changing room, sleeping annex, or dining area away from the elements.  The Sierra boasts up to 52 gal fresh water capacity and is powered by up to 300Ah lithium batteries, 2000W inverter, and the REDARC Redvision system providing shore, solar, and dc to dc charging.  Equipped with the Bush Company 180 XT Max awning, Cook Partner 18” cooktop, and multiple options for roof-top tents, this rig is capable of any configuration for families big and small.  Sitting at just under 2200lbs dry, along with the proprietary dual shock trailing arm suspension, Cruisemaster DO35 hitch, and an extreme 41 degree departure angle, the AOR Sierra is tough enough to handle not only the Australian Outback, but any terrain you throw at it.

AOR began its partnership with  XGRiD Campers as the exclusive importer and US dealership in January 2022. XGRiD Campers is dedicated to helping customers experience the off-grid lifestyle. Through partnerships with the world’s leading overland camper manufacturers and an in-house team of dedicated outdoor enthusiasts, they help the wanderlust adventurer find and configure the right rig for their journey. XGRiD Campers serve customers across the United States, with locations in Las Vegas, NV and Knoxville, TN.

TEL: 702 779 3397 [email protected]

Off-Road Trailers

For decades, the name Winnebago has been virtually synonymous with traditional RVing. But the company has also made inroads into the off-road market, both with adventure vans and with trailers like the HIKE 100 .

Light enough to be towed by smaller SUVs and trucks, the award-winning HIKE 100 offers plenty of gear-hauling capacity and comes loaded with features that make it easy to stay off-grid, even when the weather turns ugly.

Built on an NXG-engineered frame, the HIKE 100 rides on 16” Goodyear® Wrangler® off-road tires with upgraded suspension and aluminum wheels. It features a fully enclosed underbelly with radiant foil insulation and 2″ composite fiberglass sidewalls, as well as enclosed holding tanks with 12-volt pad heaters to protect against freezing.

The patented exoskeleton accepts Thule® and Yakima® accessories for paddleboards, kayaks or other gear, while the 2-inch receiver easily accommodates your favorite bike rack.

Camp setup is easy, with powered stabilizing jacks, powered patio awning and a batwing awning with drop-down panels for the exterior shower. Standard features include a 200-watt solar panel with 30-amp controller, prep for an additional solar panel, 31-gallon freshwater tank and 6-gallon water heater.

The USA-built HIKE 100 is available in 5 different floorplans — each with a 6’5″ceiling throughout — that sleep up to 4. All include a full galley (portable induction cooktop, microwave, sink, and 12V refrigerator) as well as a wet bath with cassette-style toilet and a full shower with power vent that can also serve as a gear drying area.


Introducing the new BunduTrail from South Africa, the ultimate camping trailer to revolutionize outdoor adventures. With the BunduTrail, setting up camp has never been easier; taking just under 5 minutes, you get into the great outdoors fast and easily.

Designed conveniently, the BunduTrail is lightweight and effortless to tow, making it a breeze to transport to your favorite camping destinations. There are two axle choices: the 1,650 LBS springs or the 1.1T 2,200 LBS air ride. Both are equipped with 16” tires and surge brakes with articulating coupler for added safety.

The BunduTrail package includes a 12V electrically operated Roof Top Tent, offering comfort and convenience at your fingertips. The tent features a big 81 x 49-inch bed, four huge zippered screened windows, 2 LED lights, four fans, side mesh pockets, 12V, and USB outlets. With a Lithium battery, DC-DC charger, and solar controller powered by a 380-watt roof solar, 

BunduTrail comes with a range of accessories to enhance your camping experience. The package includes a 360 BunduAwn with 2 LED lights over the fully equipped pullout kitchen and the pullout dual zone fridge/freezer. The 18-gal water tank & on-demand water pump supplies the front fold-away sink and counter. Plus, a huge pullout storage drawer and swing-away spare in the rear 

The EnSuite enclosure with roof cover provides a changing room, private entry into the tent, and access to the pullout drawer with four gear bags.

Experience the ultimate convenience and comfort of camping with the BunduTrail. It’s time to embark on unforgettable outdoor adventures without the hassle.

Tel: 319 234 0071 [email protected]

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The  Highland 60  and  Smuggler  by  Sasquatch Expedition Campers  are true game-changers in the world of off-road campers. With their rugged design, superior craftsmanship, and unbeatable functionality, these lightweight, aluminum camp trailers are a dream come true for adventure enthusiasts.

Both models are built with a lightweight aluminum frame and an in-house designed steel suspension system with independent trailing arms featuring FOX coil overs making them the perfect sidekicks through rugged terrain. All Sasquatch models also come with a fully integrated kitchen, on-demand hot water, and plenty of counter space. 

The  Highland 60  weighs in under 2300 lbs dry and offers sleeping quarters with a queen mattress, LP forced heat and ventilation, interior cabinet storage and a variety of power sources. The  Smuggler  is the ultimate cargo trailer, weighing in under 1400lbs dry, and designed with industry leading interior and exterior storage so you can remove gear from your vehicle and explore safely.  Both models come with heavy duty aluminum roof racks for all your accessories like a rooftop tent, awning, shower, and an optional custom-made box for two solar panels and an additional camp table. 

Sasquatch Expedition Campers are remarkable off-road camp trailers made for those that believe luxury and ruggedness can coexist in the great outdoors. Their toughness, comfort, and functionality make them a perfect choice for outdoor enthusiasts looking to embark on unforgettable adventures. Whether you’re exploring remote trails or camping deep in the backcountry, Sasquatch will serve as a reliable companion that will elevate your outdoor experience. [email protected]


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Arkto Campers has answered the call for what many overland fans have long been looking for: a North American-made, Australian hybrid-style overland travel trailer with superb build quality, sleeping space for four, and just the right amount of off-road capability.

Built in Alberta, Canada, the Arkto Campers G12 was designed with functionality and outdoor living in mind. It features one of the most functional outdoor cooking spaces on the market, which includes a large and well-appointed slide-out kitchen, a 79-quart fridge/freezer, and a massive outdoor pantry! While you’re preparing your 5-course meal, you’ll also be sheltered by the included 270-degree awning. The G12 also comes with a superb amount of storage space, rivaling most +30-foot trailers, with a total of 105 cubic feet of storage. You’ll rarely need to carry anything in your tow vehicle.

Here are a few additional key features that come standard with the Arkto Campers G12:

  • Galvanized steel chassis
  • Timbren axle-less independent suspension (20” of ground clearance)
  • 33” tires w/ spare tire included
  • All composite body construction (R7 insulation value)
  • Pop-up roof with 6’ 8” standing room
  • Aluminum cabinetry
  • Residential queen bed + convertible L-shaped bench to sleep two children
  • Indoor/outdoor accessible portable toilet
  • Outdoor shower and enclosure
  • BMPRO battery management system – touch screen display, DCDC and MPPT solar charge controllers, and Bluetooth connectivity, 
  • 200ah of battery capacity
  • Plus, much more…

Adventure Ser ies RV – EPIK


Adventure Series RV is excited to get you adventuring off-road and off-grid with our EPIK line of camper trailers being produced in Somerset, Pennsylvania. All EPIK campers are thoughtfully designed to make off-road/off-grid travel not only possible, but comfortable-utilizing modernized construction techniques. ASRV has carefully selected each component and piece of equipment to complement the design and allow user-friendly solutions for warranty issues.

We like to say that our campers are built by folks who love to camp, meaning we take pride in the details that matter. EPIK campers are specifically crafted to maximize space while still being compact and durable for off-road/off-grid travel featuring:

  • 33-inch All-Terrain Tires with 19-inch Ground Clearance
  • Articulating Hitch and Electric Trailer Brakes
  • Independent Off-Road Suspension
  • Welded Steel Frame
  • Aluminum & Composite Bonded Cabin
  • Scalable Electric and Roof Mounted Solar
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  • Woven Steel & Fine Mesh Screen Door
  • Slide Out Exterior Kitchen
  • Ample and Accessible Storage

EPIK campers are all zero-wood construction to ensure consistent weatherproof qualities. This allows them to thrive in a variety of climates along with the optional Dometic propane cabin heater, on demand hot water unit, mounted propane tank, and prep for the EcoWave 2 portable A/C unit. Renogy components monitor and control the electrical system and solar charging, allowing extended use in off-grid applications even in the most remote locations. ASRV is a direct-to-consumer manufacturer which helps keep overall purchase cost lower while delivering a top-of-the-line unit that can handle any adventure. TEL: 1 888 990 2778

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  • Designed for compatibility with passenger vehicles, this variant of the MOD trailer includes electric brakes and highway-rated wheels and tires. The inclusion of BFG A/T tires indicates a focus on durability and performance, particularly on asphalt and off-road conditions. The electric brakes add an extra layer of safety and control, essential for trailers towed by passenger vehicles, especially when navigating highways or dealing with heavier loads​​.
  • This model is a more compact version of the MOD trailer, tailored for small passenger vehicles. It features a highway-rated wheel and tire combination that is optimized for smaller vehicles, ensuring that the trailer does not overly burden the towing vehicle. Unlike the larger variant, this model does not include electric brakes. Its design is focused on simplicity and ease of use, making it a suitable choice for users who need a reliable trailer for lighter duties or less demanding terrains​​.
  • This version of the MOD trailer is tailored specifically for UTVs. It features SXS (Side by Side) wheels and tires, which are great for off-highway areas and trails around the property. This design element makes the trailer particularly suitable for national forest OHV trail usage, where the narrow terrain has a gated entry and maximum width requirements. The high ground clearance ensures that the trailer can handle rugged paths without getting stuck or damaged​.

Overall, the MOD (Modular) Trailer range from Trail Trailer showcases a commitment to quality, versatility, and performance. Each model is designed with specific use cases in mind, ensuring that whether you’re off-roading with a UTV or cruising the highway with a passenger vehicle, there’s a MOD for you.  



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The 15 Best Camper Vans for Road-Tripping in Style

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The 15 Best Camper Vans for Getting Away From It All in Style

The first years of this decade have already provided ample evidence that it’s important to get away from our daily lives from time to time.  And you don’t have to suffer the airport hordes or step foot on a plane to do so. We currently find ourselves in something of a golden age for luxury trailers, which has made it easier than ever to take your life on the road without sacrificing many, and in some cases any, of the comforts of home. And now, there are plenty of manufacturers and dedicated conversion shops giving the same treatment to vans and other similar vehicles. They may not be able to sleep as many people as their hulking cousins—with one key exception—but these all-in-one wonders come loaded with perks such as high-end kitchens, Wi-Fi-enabled multimedia systems, and plush beds. Plus, their relatively smaller size means they are more agile, off-road friendly, and easier to park. Below are 15 campers that will let you experience #vanlife in comfort and style.

Our Best Camper Van Picks

Best overall: airstream interstate 24x, best for off-roading: jayco terrain, best for weekend getaways: mercedes-benz eqt marco polo, best for off-the-grid trips: winnebago solis, best for cyclists: outside van tails, best for camping (anywhere): storyteller overland beast mode 4×4, best to live in: loki expeditions discovery series, best all-electric option: tonke eqv.

  • Best for G-Wagen Lovers: Terracamper Tecrawl

Best With a Bathroom and Shower: Thor Motor Coach Sanctuary

Best for $50,000: caravan outfitter free bird, best for families: winnebago boldt, best for winter road trips: sportsmobile sprinter 4×4, best conversion: boho old faithful, best for diy couples: ford transit trail.

Airstream Interstate 24X

Airstream. Thankfully, the company isn’t afraid to branch out. Just look at the  Interstate 24X , the trailer maker’s attempt to take the camper van to new heights. Built on the bones of a  Mercedes-Benz  Sprinter—like a lot of the models on this list—the vehicle has everything you need to rough it in comfort. Airstream has done a lot to maximize space in its climate-controlled cabin. A modular dining table doubles as a desk, and it can be easily converted into the largest sleeping area in a Class B Motorhome. There’s also a full mini kitchen and bathroom. You can take the van off-roading, too. In addition to a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 engine that churns out 188 hp and 325 ft lbs of torque, it also comes equipped with four-wheel drive, a height-adjustable suspension and all-terrain tires. Pricing for the all-around beast starts at $213,850.

Inside the Airstream Interstate 24X

Special Features: —A climate-controlled living area that has been designed to maximize available space. —A modular dinner table, a mini-kitchen and a bathroom with a toilet.

Jayco Terrain

Jayco is best known for its hulking travel trailers, but like Airstream, it can do compact, too (well, compact enough to fit in a parking space, that is). The US company’s new  Terrain  model, which starts at $192,000, is an adventure van designed for those who like to veer from the beaten path. As the name suggests, it’s designed for off-roading, with a turbo-diesel V-6, Koni shocks, a rear stabilizer and a rear hitch strong enough to tow an additional trailer if you need more room. Inside, it’s a little spartan compared to some other options on this list, but its kitchenette can be converted into a sleeping area with room for a full-size bed, as well as plenty of storage space beneath. There’s even a built-in awning when you need some shade in the summer months.

Inside the Jayco Terrain

Special Features: —Equipped with Koni shocks, a rear stabilizer and a heavy-duty tow hitch. —Kitchenette can be converted into a spacious sleeping area with room for a full-size bed.

The Mercedes-Benz Concept EQT Marco Polo from the side The Concept EQT Marco Polo

Mercedes-Benz clearly doesn’t want to relinquish its title as the go-to van maker for outdoor lovers. At last year’s Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, the German marque showed off a prototype based on its upcoming all-electric EQT van called the Marco Polo. The stylish EV has everything you need for a weekend at the campground and is more compact than the ubiquitous Sprinter. When the van’s rear seats are folded down, the back can be used as either a sleeping area with room for a double bed or a cooking and entertaining space. The kitchen doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of some of the other entries on this list, but it does have a pull-out stove, fridge and sink. There’s also a pop-up, roof-mounted tent if your travel party includes more than two. The Marco Polo is a concept, but Mercedes will sell a module that will allow you to turn any EQT into a camper van when the $51,500 EV goes on sale in the spring.

Inside the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQT Marco Polo The Concept EQT Marco Polo

Special Features: —All-electric power train, so you don’t have to worry about doing too much damage to nature while you explore it. —Its  camping  gear—from the bed to the kitchenette—is part of a module that can be fully removed when you need more cargo room.

Winnebago Solis Pocket 36B

The Winnebago Solis is for adventurers who don’t want to be confined to the campground. The van is available with an optional power kit that has everything a group of up to four adults needs to spend a few days off-the-grid. The setup, which includes an inverter, a shore battery converter, a battery energy converter, a solar energy converter and an alternator energy optimizer, can produce enough power to keep the van and all its features running for up to 72 hours. On top of that, the van features a kitchenette, a convertible entertainment area with room for a double bed, and a full-width wet bath.

The Winnebago Solis Pocket 36B's dinette can be converted into a full-size bed

Special Features: —A unique power kit that can provide enough power to spend up to 72 hours off the grid. —Still has all the features you’d expect from a luxe camper van, including a full-width wet bath.

The Outside Van Tails next to a cyclist

If you like to mix biking and camping, Outside Van has the vehicle for you. The Portland brand’s  Tails  model is a camper van designed with cyclists in mind. The van, which is based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, has everything you need for a few days away from home, including a kitchenette, a roll-over sofa and a convertible mattress. But what really sets it apart is the rear of the vehicle that’s basically an on-the-go bicycle repair shop, with a fold-down work table, an air compressor and Molle panels to hang all your tools. If that wasn’t enough, it somehow has room for six bikes, even when the bed is laid out for the night.

The interior of the Outside Van Tails

Special Features: —The back of the van is basically a bicycle-repair shop with a fold-down table, an air compressor and plenty of storage space for tools. —Has room for six bikes, even when its convertible sleeping area is out.

Storyteller Overland Beast Mode 4x4

This latest offering from Storyteller Overland, based in Birmingham, Ala., is a true adventure van. The  Beast Mode 4×4  is the outfit’s most feature-packed model yet and was designed specifically for overlanding (as you may have guessed from the company’s name). It’s a true 4×4 powered by a 188 hp turbodiesel V-6 that’s strong enough to tow an additional 5,000 pounds. Its slick retro-style livery is offset with loads of useful off-roading gear, too, such as an LED light package, a roof rack and a side ladder and custom wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich K02 tires. Inside, you’ll find everything you need to relax after a day of exploring, including a cushy lounge that can be converted to a full-size sleeping area. There’s even a climate-control system to ensure you’re comfortable no matter the weather outside. It’s priced at a flat $198,746, for everything listed above.

Inside the Storyteller Overland Beast Mode 4x4

Special Features: —Turbodiesel V-6 sends 188 hp of power to all four wheels and is strong enough to tow 5,000 extra pounds. —Surprisingly cushy lounge for an off-roading beast.

The Loki Expedition Discovery Series Expedition Vehicle

Let’s get this out of the way: the Loki Expeditions Discovery Series isn’t technically a camper van. It’s a giant expedition vehicle, but because its cabin is installed directly onto a heavy-duty truck chassis you also don’t need anything to tow it. The vehicle’s cabin is what separates it from anything else on this list. Loki Expeditions has turned a shipping container—yes, you read that right—into a full-featured living space that has all the amenities you’d expect to find in a luxury apartment, including a full kitchen with a large fridge, an entertainment area with a U-shaped banquet, and a wet bath with a cassette toilet. It’s also big enough to sleep six adults, with room for two in the dedicated bedroom and four in the entertainment area. And because the heavy-duty vehicle, which starts at $550,000, has all-wheel drive, you can take it practically anywhere.

The Loki Expedition Discovery Series's living area and kitchenette

Special Features: —Cabin has all the features you’d expect to find in a well-appointed apartment and can sleep six adults. —Built on a burly heavy-duty truck chassis that gives you the freedom to venture off the beaten path.

The Tonke Mercedes-Benz EQV Touring with its pop-up tent opened

Looking for an EV you can take to the campground. The upcoming EQV just might fit the bill. Despite its relatively compact size—it’s smaller than the ever-popular Sprinter—Dutch camping outfit Tonke has managed to outfit it with everything you need to spend some time communing with nature. It has an entertainment area that doubles as a workspace along with a kitchenette, both of which can be converted into a two-person sleeping area with a simple flip of a bench (a roof-mounted, pop-up tent means it can sleep two more, too). Best of all, there are two variants available—the Touring, which is designed for long road trips, and the Adventure, which is aimed at casual campers.

Inside the Tonke Mercedes-Benz EQV Touring

Special Features: —Fully electronic power train means you won’t have to worry about filling up the tank (though the battery is another story). —Can sleep up to four even despite its relatively compact size.

Best for G-Wagen Lovers: Terracamper Tecrawl 

The Terracamper Tecrawl with its awning and kitchenette out

The Tecrawl isn’t a camper van per se, but it’s hard to leave something this cool off a list like this. Terracamper’s latest offering is based on one of Mercedes-Benz’s most legendary vehicles, the G-Wagen . The German shop has dreamed up a modular accessory kit for the luxury 4×4, that starts at $11,900 and includes a roof-mounted tent, a convertible sofa, and a pull-out kitchenette with a fridge box. Thanks to the ingenious setup, the boxy SUV can sleep up to three and act as your home base next time you want to rough it for the weekend. And because it’s a G-Wagen you can take it as far off-road as you want.

Inside the Terracamper Tecrawl's rear cargo area

Special Features: —A G-Wagen but has room for up to three people to sleep. —Packs a brawny powertrain that’s well-suited for off-road adventures.

Thor Motor Coach Sanctuary

Thor Motor Coach makes camper vans for those uninterested in making sacrifices. With the  Sanctuary , the company has taken Mercedes-Benz’s already excellent Sprinter 2500 4×4 and turned it into something you could easily live on—on or off the grid. The off-road-ready vehicle comes in two configurations—the 19P ($148,680), which features a back bench that converts into a bed, or the 19L ($151,060), which has a fixed double bed. Even with the bed there’s still plenty of room for other creature comforts, including a bathroom, an entertainment area with a TV and a kitchen with a sink, a dual-burner cooktop, a convection microwave oven and a fridge. An Onan 2500 LP generator keeps everything up and running, too, including an A/C system you can leave on for eight hours at a time. There’s also retractable power awning when you want to spend some time outdoors.

Inside the Thor Motor Coach Sanctuary

Special Features: —Full-featured bathroom has a sink, a shower and a toilet. —Available with your choice of either a convertible or a fixed bed.

The Caravan Outfitter Free Bird from the side

Caravan Outfitter’s third-generation Free Bird isn’t the most feature-laden camper van out there, but it has everything you and the family need to spend a weekend (or more) at the campground. The van, which starts at $50,810, is built on the relatively compact Ford Transit Connect platform but still has room for a full-size bed, a multi-purpose table that can be used as a dinette or workstation, and a pull-out kitchenette with a sink. Because it’s smaller than other options on this list, it only has room to sleep two, but there are several enticing add-ons, including roof- and rear-mounted capsule tents, in case you’re traveling group includes more people.

Inside the Caravan Outfitter Free Bird

Special Features: —It’s the rare camper van that’s small enough to be comfortably parked inside your garage. —Caravan Outfitters offers several intriguing add-ons so you customize it to your liking.

Winnebago Boldt

Airstream isn’t the only famous RV maker that’s gotten into the camper van game. Winnebago actually sells several, and our favorite is the luxe  Boldt . Despite being nowhere near as long as one of its campers—it caps out at 22 feet in length—the $230,276 van has everything you’d expect from the larger vehicle, including dedicated living and sleeping areas, a fully functional kitchen and a bathroom equipped with a shower. You also have several interior decor options to choose from, each of which delivers an updated take on classic Winnebago style. The Boldt is designed for paved roads and campgrounds, but if you want a more rugged ride, the brand also offers the off-road-ready  Revel.

Inside the Winnebago Boldt

Special Features: —Stretches 22 feet bumper to bumper, meaning there’s plenty of room for you and yours. —Enough space for dedicated entertaining and sleeping areas.

Sportsmobile Sprinter 4x4

Take one look at  Sportsmobile’s Sprinter 4×4  and it’s clear what its designers had in mind: off-roading. Whether you go with the 12- or 14-foot configuration, the Texas outfit’s stripped-down take on Mercedes’s ultra-popular van comes equipped with a 3.0-liter BlueTec V-6 connected to a five-speed automatic transmission and pumps out 188 hp and 325 ft lbs of torque. That should be more than enough to tackle even the toughest terrain. Inside, you’ll find a spacious living area with a full-featured kitchen. If you want even more room, you can also opt for a pop-up sleeping area that’ll make it that much easier to lounge in comfort.

Inside the Sportsmobile Sprinter 4x4

Special Features: —Well insulated throughout, but also has space for a propane furnace or heater. — 3.0-liter BlueTec V-6 and four-wheel drive mean it can take on any terrain.

The Boho Old Faithful from the side

Struggling to find a camper van that’s just right? Boho might be able to help. The Arizona-based company specializes in conversions and will work with you to create the vehicle of your dreams. The company offers several 20- to 24-foot layouts—of which the most popular is the appropriately named Old Faithful—that can be further tailored to meet your needs, whether your priority is multi-season versatility, lots of cooking space, or spending serious amounts of time on the road. The company also offers plenty of cool add-ons too, like wood paneling and flooring.

Inside the Boho Old Faithful

Special Features: —Versatile layouts that can be further customized so that you’re getting the exact van you want. —The wooden interior option looks better than it has any right to.

The 2023 Ford Transit Trail from the side

Ford’s ready to knock the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter off its perch. The Detroit giant unveiled its own camper van, the Transit Trail, last fall. The adventure-ready vehicle is based on its uber-popular commercial van but is taller, wider and outfitted with protective body cladding. It’s also powered by a potent V-6 that sends 310 horses and 400 ft lbs to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Right now, Ford seems content to let the $65,975 vehicle be the base for the camper van of your dreams, but it comes loaded with a slew of features that will come in handy at the campground, including a drillable wall you can use to install shelves, a kitchenette or furniture, along with a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen and a back-up camera. It also available in three body configurations—medium-roof, standard length; high-roof, standard length; and high-roof, extended length—one of which should fit your needs.

Inside the 2023 Ford Transit Trail

Special Features: —It’s basically a blank slate for you and your partner to create your own dream camper. —Still comes with premium features such as a 12-inch infotainment screen and a back-up camera.

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The Best Off-Road Camping Trailers You Can Buy

Whether you want a little extra storage or an apartment on wheels, these off-road-ready trailers have you covered.

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  • Length: 12.7 ft
  • Dry Weight: 1,750 lbs

Overlanding is about communing with nature, but burning a bunch of fuel for power, heating and cooking feels antithetical to that pursuit. Colorado Campworks has resolved this conundrum with their popular trailer, the Nomadic System One (also known as the NS-1). It's 100 percent solar-powered — with up to 11,000 watts of battery storage — but still offers all of the comforts and amenities one would expect from a quality trailer, including badass off-road capability.

Escapod Topo2

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  • Length: 13.5 feet
  • Dry Weight: 1,920 lbs

The Topo2 is Escapod's four-season off-road teardrop trailer. It's built from a composite fiberglass monocoque that's lightweight, durable and eliminates wood underpinnings that would leave the trailer susceptible to mold. Its proprietary freeride independent suspension system offers up to five inches of travel on each wheel. And it has a nifty "mudroom" perch with space to remove dirty footwear and wet jackets.

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  • Length: 15 ft
  • Dry Weight: 5,159 lbs

Sacrifice doesn't have to be part of the off-road trailering experience. The Opus OP-15 sleeps four and cleverly fits all the comforts of home, including a hot shower, a large fridge and freezer and air conditioning, into a footprint that’s smaller than an Airstream Bambi . With a galvanized and welded stainless steel chassis and a trailing arm suspension with dual shock absorbers, the OP-15 can withstand pretty much anything Mother Nature can throw at you.

Taxa Outdoors Woolly Bear

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  • Length: 10.7 feet
  • Dry Weight: 1,270 lbs
  • Sleeps: 2/3 (with rooftop tent)

The Taxa Outdoors Woolly Bear trailer would make this list based on the name alone. It's super lightweight at 1,270 pounds, meaning it can be towed by a base-engine Subaru Outback . It’s also versatile, accommodating a full-sized camping kitchen, ample gear storage and most two- or three-person rooftop tents . Options include a mosquito net room and a propane package, as well.

Black Series HQ19

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  • Length: 19.6 ft
  • Dry Weight: 4,422 lbs

Sadly, Black Series off-road trailers have nothing to do with those super-hot AMG models , but don't hold that against them. This originally-Australian brand creates all-terrain trailers that are tough as nails on the outside — packing steel armor, independent suspension and a 360-degree-rotating hitch — yet offer Airstream-like comfort and luxury inside. With both pop-top and full-height models ranging from 20 to 26 feet long, there's a Black Series for just about everyone.

For a more in-depth look, read our full review of the Black Series HQ19 here .

Sunnyside Offroad Boony Stomper

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  • Length: 9.25 feet
  • Dry Weight: 600 lbs

Setting up a tent while you’re traveling by side-by-side can be annoying and time-consuming. Nevada-based Sunnyside Offroad has a solution: the Boony Stomper . It offers few frills, but it weighs just 600 pounds (depending on options), allowing it to be towed by pretty much any vehicle, including a UTV. Plus, it's specially designed not to impede trail performance, thanks to a custom long-travel suspension and hard-walled, aluminum-sided construction

Australian Off-Road Sierra ZR

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  • Length: 14.8 ft
  • Dry Weight: 1,874 lbs
  • Sleeps: 2/3 (rooftop tent)

The Sierra ZR is a pared-down version of Australian Off-Road's mobile bunker-like Sierra trailer . It offers pretty much maximum versatility, enabling you to turn it into whatever you want: it can be a fully outfitted mobile campsite with a tent platform, a well-equipped kitchen, fridge and barbecue setup, awnings and even a shower — or, it can simply be a stripped-out rig to store your gear. And with a departure angle of 40.7, it can follow your off-roader pretty much anywhere.

Signature Deluxe II

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  • Length: 14.4 ft
  • Dry Weight: 2,205 lbs

Rooftop tent or rooftop cargo box ? Signature partnered with Toytuf to offer both. There's additional gear storage on the roof with a full-length storage cage. This cage can hold loose items like firewood or unwieldy items. You can also remove the front and rear doors to create a pass-through for surfboards or a kayak. A Signature or third-party rooftop tent can then mount above the storage cage. You can also choose an awning to add as an option.

What to Look for When Buying an Off-Road Camping Trailer

What factors should you consider when buying an off-road trailer? We decided to consult the experts and spoke to Chris and Jen Hudak, the co-founders of Escapod , to give us their rundown of the basic factors buyers should look at.

Ground Clearance

The trailer must be able to surmount the obstacles you put in front of it. Not having enough ground clearance will be a limiting factor. “The first thing I’d look at in an off-road camper is the off-road trail conditions you want to achieve,” Chris says. “How high does the trailer have to be off the ground?”

Proper Off-Road Suspension

The second thing Chris and Jen would look at is the suspension. They state that a “broad spectrum” of suspensions would be classified as off-road. Not all of them are optimized for the weight of the trailer. They opted to build their own freeride suspension for the Topo2 .

“It’s an independent suspension with a coil over design,” Chris says. “And that was because what we realized is that if we can give you a more enjoyable towing experience you can go to further places and you can be less hard on the trailer itself”

Weight factors in two ways. The first is meeting the weight limit for the tow vehicle. “Can your tow vehicle tow it to where it needs to go,” Chris states. A lot of off-road vehicles like the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler deliver ample capability but are limited on what they can tow vs. more specialized trucks.

The other is the amenities. You can have a super-light trailer, but the trade off is that it may not have all of the features you want. Striking that balance is going to be up to the customer. “That’s where you end up in that mobility versus firepower kind of battle,” Jen says. “What makes sense for the customer in terms of what experience they want?”

Length is a major consideration. It’s a factor on trail. More compact trailers are going to be more maneuverable. “Some of these longer trailers can’t do a u-turn on a trail or a forest service road,” Chris says. It's also a factor when you come back from the trail. Chris and Jen wanted the TOPO2 to fit in a standard seven-foot garage, and it features a removable coupler to help achieve that.

Ease of Use

Setup time is a major factor, both when you’re arriving at a camp site and packing up to head home. A shell with a tent attached may be cheaper. A more utilitarian trailer will have a tent attached and a lot of moving parts. More premium options won’t require as much time and effort. A goal with the Topo2’s design was to minimize that effort.

“We started Escapod because we were time-strapped people that wanted to go out for a quick weekend getaway and we didn’t want to deal with all of the setup,” Jen states. “We wanted to attach something to our vehicle and have everything ready to go."

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Off-road trailers not only enable you to haul your gear, but they serve as a home away from home, when you are camping, fishing , hiking or hunting. Off-road trailer s are not a one-size-fits-all solution to your camping needs, though. The variance you’ll find in these haulers is as great as any tool in the outdoors industry. We’ve compiled this list of eight incredible off-road trailers so you can find your perfect fit for outdoor adventure.

Once you decide which off-road trailer is right for you, make sure to download The Dyrt Pro. With the upgraded version of The Dyrt app, you can access campgrounds, maps, and photos for offline use during your adventures in your new rig.

1. Tremor from Lotus Caravans —Best for Couples on the Road

Tremor off-road trailer by Lotus Caravans

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The Tremor trailer by Lotus Caravan boasts a crossroads between luxury and brute strength, and it is anything but timid. With an exterior of German composite paneling and an artisan-level interior, this trailer has a fully equipped kitchen and lounge, a large bed, a 150W solar panel, and an independent suspension for the ultimate ride.

The long-lasting 120 Ah battery enables you to power all your necessities, watch movies, and listen to music even as you’re exploring the backcountry. Sleek furniture and a cool, tough exterior make this a top choice for adventurers.

2. Turtleback Trailers Expedition —Best for Family Adventures

This is the perfect option for families of up to six people searching for an elevated trailer-top camper. With off-road tires, interior and exterior LED lighting, a 42-gallon water tank, alloy wheels, and more than 50 cubic feet of storage, it’s made for braving the diverse North American landscape. The base of the trailer, just underneath the rooftop tent platform, features a fully equipped kitchen in addition to the generous, accessible storage features.

The durability and outdoor-living style of this trailer makes it ideal for desert camping. Check out camping in the Saguaro Wilderness , Arizona to enjoy this expedition trailer in its natural habitat.

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3. Bruder Exp-4 Off-Road Expedition Trailer —Best for Overall Functionality

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The Bruder Exp-4 Off-Road Expedition Trailer is practical and rugged. The exterior has a rough and tough look featuring 17-inch alloy wheels rolled in 33-inch Mickey Thompson tires, a composite body, and a stainless-steel basin. It’s built to take on harsh terrain.

Inside, it’s packed with features. The sleeping area can accommodate up to three young children and two adults, and the outdoor kitchen is functional and durable, with plenty of storage space. Four internal USB charging outlets coupled with climate control gives you a taste of home comforts while you’re exploring the wilderness.

4. VMI Offroad XTender Explorer —Best Minimalist Option

This option is utterly minimalistic. While it’s not for large families looking to conquer months on the road, it’s perfect for individuals or couples looking for a down-to-earth, bare-bones approach to off-road exploration.

The VMI Offroad XTender Explorer gives you a tough, durable place to store extra gear and one more platform for mounting a roof top tent. Throw your extra climbing gear or surfboards in this 540-lb trailer for the weekend. It can also be an ideal camping platform where you sleep for months on the road. Head to Langohr Campground, Montana to enjoy camping, climbing, fishing, and hiking in this compact and affordable trailer.

5. Taxa Tiger Moth Off-Road Camper —Best Lightweight Off-Road Camper

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The Taxa Tiger Moth camper is one of the most functional trailers you can find. At just 1,360 lbs., it boasts a full-size bed and couch that can house up to four adults. It has USB outlets, interior and exterior storage, a built-in kitchen, optional solar panels, and an efficient water system.

To help you enjoy your adventure’s best vistas, the doors and hatches easily fold out of the way for a more panoramic view. Its stripped-down, outdoorsy design adds to the aesthetic of all your adventures.

6. Colorado Teardrop Canyonland —Best Retro Throwback with Awesome Insulation

Everyone loves a good teardrop trailer. The Colorado Teardrop Canyonland is durable, functional, and lightweight (only 1,150 lbs.). It is optimally insulated and features terrain-ready tires and a welded aluminum frame.

A 14 x 14-foot pop-up can make room for a queen-sized mattress so you can explore in comfort. The interior of the trailer is birch plywood finished with polyurethane, making the cabin easy to clean and gives it a sleek, stylish look. If you’re looking for a retro throwback that will shine just as brightly on Instagram as it will in Yellowstone National Park , this is the pick for you.

Prepare for your next adventure in your off-road trailer by downloading maps.  The Dyrt Pro lets you download maps and campgrounds without cell service. “My alternative to using pro would be to drive back out to cell service”.

7. Air Opus —The Most Festival-Ready

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With the Air Opus, you can inflate your entire set up–tent, mattresses, and all–in under two minutes. Due to the impressive mechanics, this is a slightly heavier option, weighing in at over 2,000 lbs.

It’s not for all-season use, and other options on the list are better for individuals looking to live out of a trailer or camper long-term. But if you’re looking for something that will make your festival-going much easier and leave more time for exploring, this is an excellent choice.

8. Bivouac Camping Moab Fort —The Off-Road-Ready Utility Trailer

The Moab Fort lacks the flashy features of many of our other options. However, this smaller and less costly trailer gives users plenty of options. You can store gear safely and efficiently, mount a rooftop tent, or throw a cargo rack on the back to transport camping gear and bicycles.

It also features some of the most durable construction and tires out of any of the other options on our list. The 31-inch tires and powder-coated steel frame are ready for business. With plenty of add-ons to choose from, this is arguably one of the most cost-effective, adventure-ready trailers on the list.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to off-road trailers and tough luxury, there’s something for everyone. However, it’s necessary to know what you’re looking for. Do you need a comfortable trailer that can brave all the elements? Are you looking for a festival-ready craft? Or do you lean more toward cheaper, stripped-down trailers that allow you customize your own experience? The trailer you choose ultimately comes down to your personal preference and off grid adventure style.

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10 of the Best Small Campers to Take With You on the Road

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When thinking about the prospects of weekend getaways, nothing beats hopping into your small camper trailer and going on a road adventure.

When you’re miles away from the nearest city -, it sure is convenient to bring the comforts of home with you. Small campers provide comfort and freedom when going for an adventure.

Now without further ado, let’s take a closer look at these small camping trailers one by one.

The 10 Best Small Campers

Forest river r-pod travel trailer: best overall.

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Best known in the market for its great value and great function, the r-Pods by Forest River comes with a unique form and design.

With a construction made to fit your style, it comes with 11 different floor plans to choose from.

The r-Pod Ultra Lite travel trailers range from 19ft to 25ft , giving you options on where your camper priorities lie.

Since we are talking about small campers, let’s take a closer look at some stats from its smallest version, the RP-171.

Some Key Features:

  • Hitch Weight: 340 lbs.
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity: 1126 lbs.
  • Exterior Length: 19 ft.
  • Exterior Width: 8 ft.
  • Exterior Height: 9 ft. and 7 in.

We love how the Forest River r-Pod is one of those small travel trailers that can accommodate a family.

It has 3-4 sleeping spaces, a two-burner stove for fancy meals, a refrigerator for storing leftovers, and a convection microwave when you’re too lazy to cook on the road.

It also has a furnace for cold days, an air conditioner for hot days, and a great wet bath. Plus there’s a TV too. What’s not to love about this small camper trailer?

For those looking to bring the convenience of home when traveling to national parks or up to some winding mountain roads, the r-Pods are up to the task.

If you want a closer look at one of the r-Pod models, check this video that gives you a walkthrough tour.

  • Normally pre-wired for the solar system, which is extremely useful when off-road.
  • Flexible for customization.
  • Has a convenient outdoor shower.
  • Pet-friendly features.
  • Refrigerator might be a bit small for your liking.
  • Quite tight bathrooms.
  • Not the best build quality.

It’s one of the best and most popular options on the market. What’s to expect when you’re using small camper’s, right?

Despite everything, we still love the great functional convenience of the Forest River r-Pod travel trailers.

If you want to take a closer look, check here .

TAB 400 by nuCamp: Best Value

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If you’re a fan of the teardrop shape but prefer more moving space than what they usually offer, the TAB 400 by nuCamp is the best option for you.

With two amazing floor plans to choose from, this teardrop wonder is really one of our favorite small travel trailers on this list. Small campers are cool, for sure, but the TAB 400 is way cooler.

We’re all for its variety of exterior design options. It’s the different colors and accents that make the TAB 400 an excellent choice.

Here are some specs we can review on the TAB 400.

  • Dry Weight: 2,876 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight: 318 lbs.
  • Exterior Length: 18 ft. and 3 in.
  • Exterior Width: 7 ft. and 3 in.
  • Exterior Height: 8 ft. and 8 in.

Small campers like this one have a great water management system.

That also means that you can use its wet bath with the fold-down sink. It’s really convenient because we don’t get many tiny trailers with their own bathrooms.

The Solo and the Standard options – differ in the space capacity. The Solo is good for sleeping one person in its layout, while the Standard has enough space in its queen-sized bed for two.

Plus, the roomy dinette can be converted into additional sleeping space at the other end of the camper.

If you want to check out this small camper and take a closer look, you can check this YouTube video we found, giving it a review and walkthrough.

  • Solar ready for use.
  • Has its own bathroom.
  • Has an outside shower too.
  • 2-way or 3-way fridge option.
  • Large space for internal storage
  • We honestly can’t name any

The TAB 400 is truly among the best small campers on this list. It’s perfect for road trips, dirt road camping, and so much more.

Click here to check out more details on this amazing small camper trailer.

Escape 17A Trailer – Best Budget Pick

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Since we’re all for small campers today, we’re taking a closer look into Escape 17A.

If you like piña coladas and not getting caught in the rain, you’re going to love the Escape 17A and how it’s awesome for lightweight travel.

It’s a great starter camping trailer. It’s also an awesome upgrade from just pitching up your tent whenever you travel.

It has a fifth wheel that’s easy to tow and carry along with you on your family adventures.

  • Dry Weight: 2290 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight: 256 lbs.
  • Exterior Length: 18 ft. and 4 in.
  • Exterior Width: 6 ft. and 8 in.

It’s really something about that solid fiberglass shell that we absolutely love.

The camper is strong, durable, easy to clean, and completely waterproof. It’s really convenient when traveling under different road conditions.

There’s a furnace and two vents on the top of this small camper for a-ok circulation no matter the weather. That’s especially awesome when cooking with its two-burner stove.

The sleeping quarters of this small travel trailer have MORE space than you’d expect. With a plush mattress and overhead compartments for ample storage, it feels really homey and comfy.

Here’s a YouTube video we found giving a small trailer a walkthrough and review.

  • Fits a kitchenette for four.
  • Extra space that can be used for an extra bed.
  • Great to work with any towing vehicle.
  • Custom builds are offered and encouraged!
  • No bathroom.

We love this conveniently small camper like the next guy, but it’s a huge downer that it doesn’t come with a bathroom of its own.

What it lacks in the bathroom, it makes up for design and great function anyway!

If you want to check out the price and floor plans of one of the best small travel trailers on this list, click here .

Timberleaf Pika Teardrop Camper Trailer

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This latest Timberleaf trailer, named after the small and cute mountain mammal (and not the Pokémon), is their smallest teardrop trailer yet.

The Pika by Timberleaf is a tiny camping trailer that you’d love to bring, even if what you have is on the side of smaller vehicles.

When on the road, camper trailers that are small and packed with convenient features are the way to go . If you’re thinking of off-road adventures for one or two people, the Pika is a perfect pick.

With a standard package, an all-road package, and an off-road package (comes with off-road tires), it’s versatile and built to make your road getaways easier.

Let’s take a closer look at the specs of this small travel trailer.

  • Dry Weight: 970 lbs.
  • Exterior Length: 11 ft. and 10 in.
  • Exterior Width: 5 ft. and 6 in.
  • Exterior Height: 3 ft.

You wouldn’t think it would have most of what you need, but the light and nimble, easy-to-tow Pika surely does.

On the inside, it has a compact yet spacious double-size mattress. It’s accompanied by a beautiful skylight and big windows that make it feel larger and more spacious inside.

On the outside, it’s more or less inspired by vintage trailers . It has an exterior kitchen that incorporates indoor and outdoor cooking features, with two hydraulic gas props.

LED lights illuminate the whole trailer in ALL the right places. Small camper trailers don’t really get any better than this.

Both of the latter packages include six USB ports to help you stay fully charged and connected wherever you go.

Check out this YouTube video we found, giving it an honest review and walkthrough.

  • Literally the smallest camper on our list.
  • Compact interior layout.
  • Great for an off-the-road adventure.
  • No bathroom attached to it.
  • On the pricier side for its exceptional design.

We’re all for a small trailer that’ll tickle you lightweight campers . For almost any tow vehicle, this certainly is a great choice to pick.

If you want to check out the price and take a closer look at this small camper, click here .

Terradrop by Oregon Trailer

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When talking about a teardrop trailer that’s awesome for off-road sites and adventures, consider none other than the Terradrop by Oregon Trailer.

It’s one of the best options for an off-road adventure and easy to bring along with vehicles with a smaller towing capacity.

One of the smaller trailers to boot on our list, we love that the Terradrop is customizable to your needs and wants . Its off-road tires are definitely an automatic plus on all versions of this bad boy.

Let’s take a look at some specific specs of this small pull tiny trailer.

  • Dry Weight: around 1200 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight: 15% of the trailer’s overall weight
  • Exterior Length: 12 ft. and 2 in.
  • Exterior Width: 6 ft. and 6 in.
  • Exterior Height: 5 ft. and 8 in.

Instead of tent camping, why not opt for the comfiest bed and quarters on wheels- that’s easy to bring along with you wherever you go?

Not only is it convenient and functional, but it also has this beautiful wooden interior with lights installed within the wooden paneling. This small camper is not only convenient, but it’s pretty too!

It’s a modern and classic-looking travel trailer that’s so much classier than some vintage trailers out there. It has extra interior space for storage and more headroom than you might think.

If you want to check out a YouTube video we found giving this small camper a tour, click here .

  • Customizable camper.
  • Absolutely comfortable sleeping space.
  • No kitchen space.
  • Not even a sink.

If you’re looking for something that might be closer to a small RV, then this might not be the one for you. But if you’re really for that off-road camper goodness , then this might be your ultimate pick.

Travel trailers like this are great to be pulled even by minivans, with their convenient dry weight.

If you want to check out more on this small travel trailer, click here .

TAXA Outdoors Cricket Camper

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If you’re a family that loves traveling and taking trips to different places as a recreation, you’d really like the Cricket Camper by TAXA Outdoors.

With an easy to tow dry weight and an innovative build with the thought of a two adult , two children band in mind, it truly is the perfect model for family vacations on the road.

We also love that it’s built like a small RV. It’s a camping trailer that has awesome pop-ups too.

Small travel trailers like this one are super lightweight and great for off-road adventures. Now let’s take a closer look at some specs.

  • Dry Weight: 1,753 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight: 245 lbs.
  • Exterior Length: 15 ft.
  • Exterior Width: 6 ft. and 7 in.
  • Exterior Height: 9 ft.

Despite this being a certified small travel trailer, it’s still made to have more space than it seems!

Instead of having a fixed roof, it has a convenient pop-up roof ready for ventilation and protection adjustments.

An amazing air conditioning system and extra windows keep you cool and comfy no matter the weather.

The kitchenette features a two-burner stove and a covered sink that makes meal prep time easier.

There’s also enough space in that small trailer for storage , making packing and moving around a lot easier.

Small trailers like the Cricket Camper are great – when it comes to sleeping space because of their queen size bed with pull-out bunk beds for the kids.

It’s a small trailer that we love, with a lot more living space than might appear.

You can check out this YouTube video which gives this small travel trailer a walk-through. The comments are helpful as well.

  • Convenient for off-road travel.
  • Plenty of interior living space and height.
  • Enough for a small family.
  • Absolutely great ventilation.
  • Does not come with its own bathroom.

Despite having no bathroom, it has its own built-in portable shower , which is great if you’ve just come from the beach or a swimming hole.

You just have to make sure to bring your own portable toilet or bathroom tent for privacy when nature calls.

We love that these are some of the small travel trailers that are good enough to fit the family but not too heavy, cumbersome, and a hassle to drive.

If you want to check out the price and take a closer look at the Cricket’s design, check here .

Happier Camper HC1 Travel Trailer

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If there’s one thing we love about Happier Camper, it’s that they make trailers that truly make us happy campers.

Suited to be the prettiest small camper at any RV park, the model trailers from Happier Camper are designed to be customizable for any of their customers.

This is great because you can arrange the interior any way you want.

With floor plans that come with the Adaptiv™ cube components, you’ll customize your camper just like you’re playing with Lego®.

Only, it’s a life-size version and totally convenient for you and the gang.

Travel trailers don’t get any better than these when it comes to design and user optimization. Let’s take a closer look at the HC1 Travel Trailer’s specs.

  • Dry Weight: 1100 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight: 110-150 lbs.
  • Exterior Length: 13 ft.
  • Exterior Width: 7 ft.
  • Exterior Height: 7 ft. and 4 in.

This small camper has the vintage trailer vibe too, and we’re all for it. But don’t be fooled that its build is stuck and not updated cause it’s a total upgrade from vintage trailers!

It has an ultralight build considering its space for being a small travel trailer . It also has a honeycomb fiberglass floor and large panoramic windows . How cool and innovative is that?

We’re happy campers and adventurers with the Happier Camper’s HC1. It’s easy to tow with any kind of car or vehicle. It also fits easily into any kind of parking space.

If you want, you can check out this YouTube video , giving this trailer a walkthrough and review.

  • Fully customizable for your convenience and liking.
  • Solar panel ready.
  • Great for off-grid camping and vacations.
  • It’s on the pricier side.
  • No wet bath.

Not only does this lovely, happy, and small camper have a fully customizable feature, but it can also include a kitchenette, road shower, and dry flush toilet.

Small campers don’t really get any better than this.

If you want to check out your customization options and more information on this Happier Camper, click here .

Aliner Classic Travel Trailer

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If you’re going for a tiny house on wheels, this definitely is the one for you.

Great interior storage and a unique design, plus a durable aluminum shell. What more can we ask for, right?

The Aliner Classic Travel Trailer is easy to tow, store, set up, and carry. It’s also great for first-time and experienced trailer users.

Classic, nearly legendary, the Aliner Classic has two-floor plans available for you to choose from. The floor plans differ only on the sleeping options.

It’s the classic pop-up camper design that we all know and love.

It’s versatile, adaptable, and comfortable with everything you want and need when on a trip. Let’s take a look at some of its important specs.

  • Dry Weight: 1590 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Road Height: 4 ft. and 7 in.

Instead of sleeping in a tent when camping or going for an outdoor adventure, why not go for this awesome small trailer with a space that is really not so small.

It has an interior layout with a two stovetop if you’re up to cooking a fancy dinner and a half-fridge for storing leftovers.

It also comes with a microwave for quick and easy meals on the go and a comfortable kitchen to lounge in.

We know how easy spaces are a need when traveling since you’re always on the move when going on a travel adventure.

We also value space to move around in our travel trailers. The Aliner Classic is the trailer for that.

Its options include a full-sized bed or a sofa bed in its layout on the inside , depending on what’s more convenient to you.

If you need extra space for sleeping, the dinette area can be converted into extra sleeping quarters. Check out this YouTube vid we found, giving the trailer a nice review and showcasing its top features.

  • Pet-friendly use.
  • Great to use for hot and cold conditions.
  • Easy systems to use and switch up.
  • Solar port ready.
  • Lack of overhead storage.

Though it doesn’t come with its own bathroom, it does come with an outside shower, which is convenient. We know how much you need a rinse after a dip in the beach or a lake.

It’s easy to take along with you on vacations and adventures and super convenient for a little gang of campers too. It’s one of those travel trailers that you can easily rely on when going on a trip.

If you want to check out the price and other specifications of this small camper, check here .

Winnebago Micro Minnie

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When talking about some of the best small travel trailers out there, it would be mad to miss out on the Winnebago Micro Minnie.

Easy to tow, easy to use, easy to enjoy, this tiny camper bad boy is great for family trips wherever you go, as long as it’s on the road.

Small travel trailers like this one are awesome because of all the space they have on the inside while not being too bulky outside.

Plus, the MicroMinnie has 1o, yes ten , floor plans available for you to pick and choose from.

These lightweight travel trailers are, as you know by now, awesome for towing along on long trips since it isn’t such a hassle on your towing vehicle.

The Micro Minnie, in particular, has enough space to sleep 3 people at least.

Looking at their smallest model, the 1708FB, which doesn’t have any pop-ups to make it too bulky, it’s small enough to tow along wherever.

  • Dry Weight: 3,360 lbs.
  • Exterior Length: 19 ft. and 4.5 in.
  • Exterior Height: 10 ft. and 4 in.

We love this camping trailer because it’s super amicable towards those of us who like moving around in our trailer space and not just moving around on the road.

It has a spacious kitchen with a refrigerator that has double doors. Along with that are a very useful stovetop and microwave oven that make making meals easy and fun.

Imagine sleeping in between fresh and cool air. Well, in this awesome camper, you don’t have to imagine at all because of its huge bed in between two spacious windows.

It also has its own bathroom, so that’s always super cool. It comes with shower space, a sink, and a toilet.

We don’t have to worry about looking for somewhere else to do our business, and that’s a major relief. For entertainment, it comes with its own TV cabinet if you want to enjoy the comforts of the inside.

If you’re more of an outdoorsy person, it comes with patio speakers so you can vibe and enjoy the outdoors with no worries.

If you want to check it out and take a closer look, here’s a YouTube video we found giving this great camping trailer a review.

  • Ample cooking and dining space.
  • Outdoor entertainment amenities.
  • A bit heavier than the rest of those on this list.
  • Wet bath is a bit tight to fit into.

Having a tight bathroom is better than having none at all, though.

When it comes to small travel trailers, we can all agree that they’re better than any toy hauler when going for a trip on the road.

Here is the official site of this small camper if you want to review more of its features and price.

Scamp 13′ Fiberglass Trailer

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When talking about small campers, we just have to include a Scamp Trailer.

This small trailer is another great pick if you’re all for that vintage vibe when looking for a little home on wheels.

With a design that says you’re on the road and ready for a chill adventure, it’ll definitely suit you and your grooves.

Scamp Trailers are known to be sturdy and great for family use.

This model comes with 4 different floor plans, two with standard-sized beds and two with bigger beds which are better if you’re more in the family.

When looking for a travel trailer, we want something that’s not just built well but also greatly designed, right? Well, worry no more! The Scamp 13′ has got you covered.

  • Dry Weight: 1,200 to 1,600 lbs.
  • Exterior Width: 7 ft. and 6 in.
  • Exterior Height: 6 ft. and 8 in.

With two available options from which to choose, the Scamp 13′ is really quite versatile.

It’s either you’re one for a more comfortable sleeping space, or you really want a tiny trailer with its own bathroom.

If you’re having a hard time choosing between the two. One is easy convenience, and the other is the ultimate comfort. It is neck and neck between what you really value.

On the other hand, the standard amenities available in the Scamp 13′ are an awesome two-burner stove beside a sink for easy cooking and a cozy little dinette.

The dinette can also be changed into space for sleeping, especially if you choose the version of this trailer with the bathroom.

We love that there’s extra storage when it comes to this travel trailer. It has its own cabinet closet for clothes and such. The bed option has extra overhead storage too!

If you want to check it out a bit closer, here’s a YouTube video from the company itself giving this camper trailer a walkthrough.

  • Simple and easy to hook and tow.
  • Lightweight with lots of room inside.
  • Not much need for maintenance.
  • Somewhat small.
  • Fridge is rather small too.

Well, we are talking about small campers here, so what do you really expect, right?

When it comes to durability and great design, we really do love a Scamp Trailer. Click here for further details on features and their price.

What Should You Consider When Buying Small Campers?

Imagine trying to not pee for the duration of your trip? That surely is a struggle, don’t you think?

If you’re looking for small trailers, make sure to go for ones that have built-in bathrooms and lavatories.

The bathroom doesn’t have to be extremely large, but as long as it allows you to do your business and shower comfortably, you should be fine.

User-Friendly Kitchen

This is a HUGE MUST!! Since you’re going to be in the camper most of the time, you need to have food ready in the dining area so that you don’t get hungry.

If you want to provide for you and your family for at least 3 meals, go for mini vans that have properly designed kitchen layouts and all the important apparatus.

You would not want to be cramped up while preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

In life, we ALL need our space. The same applies to these travel trailers.

Yes, we understand these are small and mobile, but vans with small space simply won’t cut it! Go for campers that will provide maximum comfort for all family members.

It’s up to you with how you want to assign the spots, but the important thing to remember is EVERYONE should have equal spacing.

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Escape 17a trailer: best budget pick.

For those of you looking for a lightweight and budget-friendly travel trailers with awesome interior storage and fiberglass quality, the Escape Trailers might be the ones for you.

Escape makes small travel trailers that cater to you and your family’s convenience for your trips.

Not only is the TB 400 ideal for lightweight travel for the family, but it really feels like a tiny home away from home.

The TAB 400 also comes with heavy-duty features , which just lets us know it’s ready and fit for some off-road trips and adventures.

Its higher ground clearance is also another reason why this is re garded as our best value pick!

The r-Pods by Forest River is by far the MOST EXCELLENT CHOICE for functional luxury that’s great to tow along when you’re off traveling to faraway places.

Multiple sleeping areas, kitchen essentials, and bathroom amenities all in one small van? Indeed, you can’t go wrong with a camper van that provides ANYTHING and EVERYTHING!

Let’s Pack It up and Go

We love a small trailer just like the next guy, and we know you do too. Why else did you stick around for this long, right?

With features that really get our attention and ups and downs just like those on a bumpy road, it’s sometimes tricky to find your favorite trailer. We got you, and we hope this helped.

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Why an Iceland Camper Rental Should Be Your Next Open-Road Adventure

Posted: December 7, 2023 | Last updated: December 10, 2023

I first visited Iceland for just a long weekend. Several people told me that seeing Iceland would be possible in just four days, especially given the quick and easy flights from the U.S. East Coast . So a few years ago I booked a trip to Iceland over Memorial Day weekend.

Those folks who told me four days would be enough weren’t wrong necessarily, but Iceland is so beautiful and full of adventures that I found myself longing to go back, even before I was done with that trip. For my second trip, I chose to take a slower approach and rented a campervan in Iceland.

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Why Travel in Iceland in a Campervan?

I believe that traveling around Iceland in a campervan is the perfect way to see the Land of Fire and Ice. It just requires a little sense of adventure and the perfect set of wheels for your situation. Here are four great reasons to give #vanlife a chance when you visit Iceland.

1. The Ring Road Is a Can’t-Miss Road Trip Route

Iceland isn’t huge—you could drive more miles on a New York vacation than you would in Iceland. But there’s so much to explore by car or RV, and the mountainous volcanic terrain and changing weather can make it slow to drive.

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To see the most during a campervan or RV road trip, it’s most efficient to travel in one direction without backtracking every day. Iceland’s epic Ring Road is built for this type of travel. And opting for a camper rather than a car allows you to live out of your vehicle as you adventure around Iceland. For a shorter adventure, Iceland’s Golden Circle is another popular route that you can do in fewer days.

2. You’ll Always Be Prepared

The weather in Iceland can change quickly. A sunny day might turn to torrential rain within minutes. Having all your gear with you at all times makes it easy to change into the most comfortable travel clothes depending on the weather. You’ll never forget your rain jacket in your hotel room because your hotel room is on wheels. Most camper rentals have good heating systems so you’ll be cozy as you’re exploring Iceland.

3. You’ll Save Money

Iceland is expensive to visit, but very much worth it. A camper van makes traveling within Iceland more cost-efficient since it combines both your rental car and lodging expenses . Having access to food and cooking equipment also helps to save money. Food is an important expense to cut: The cost of just a sandwich for lunch can easily reach $25 in Iceland.

4. You Can Change Plans Easily

There are so many beautiful spots in Iceland that you simply can’t plan for all of them from afar. Having a home on wheels gives you flexibility to change your Iceland road trip plans the moment you spot another gorgeous waterfall or scenic vista during your journey.

Dos and Don’ts for Traveling in Iceland in a Camper van

Do choose your vehicle carefully.

There are many campervan rental companies in Iceland offering a slew of vehicle options. Do your research to determine what you will need to spend a week or more living out of your van. Do you want a 4×4 camper? How much space will you realistically need? How comfortable are you driving a larger vehicle? These are all things to think through before you book.

For my campervan trip, my husband and I decided we wanted plenty of inside space, so we booked the largest van we could. It was more comfortable for us to be able to stand inside the van to change our clothes. There’s also more room for a comfortable portable travel bed . And it was easier to cook inside when the weather got bad. I was also the main driver and I can’t drive a manual vehicle, so I was careful to make sure I rented an automatic.

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But there are plenty of smaller options at lower prices, so if budget or ease of driving is your main priority, you may want to go minimalist. If you’re thinking about going really off-road, find a four wheel drive option. And if you’re traveling with a larger family or group and need more room, know that some outfitters offer motorhome rentals as well. The largest motorhome rentals in Iceland generally give you space for up to six people.

No matter what size camper van or motorhome you decide on, be sure read online reviews of your potential rental company. Make sure any company you choose to rent from has plenty of positive reviews, and read the comments to get a sense of what the rental company does well, and more importantly, what might go wrong if you rent with them. You’ll also want to think through what kind of insurance you already have and what you might want to add, from collision damage waivers and supplemental coverage.

I rented from Lava Car Rental , but there were many other companies offering appealing options. In my research, I looked at car, camper van, and motorhome rental companies including Kuku Campers , Campervan Iceland , Happy Campers , Cozy Campers , and Motorhome Iceland .

Renting the right rig is the most important decision for your Iceland road trip and will make or break your trip—renting a lemon would really ruin your vacation!

Do Travel in Summer

Summer is an ideal time to take a road trip around Iceland in a camper van. More intrepid travelers might be up for traveling by camper van in the winter , but for most people, summer is the best time for driving in Iceland. (Though it does mean you won’t see the country’s famed Northern Lights).

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In summer, the weather will be the warmest (though I did need a ski jacket some days even in July!), and more roads will be open to you without requiring a four-wheel-drive vehicle. A summer Iceland road trip also means you’ll avoid the issue of some roads being entirely closed, as they are for winter vacations .

Iceland summers also mean midnight sun—your days will be extra long, allowing you to fit in more sightseeing.

Pro-tip: If you can manage it, try showing up to popular outdoor attractions late at night when crowds won’t be an issue. You’ll have plenty of sunlight and have those places all to yourself.

Don’t Worry About Driving

While some roads are slow going given the terrain, Iceland does have an exceptional road system that’s easy to navigate. If you can drive in your home town, you’ll feel fine driving around Iceland. You might find yourself on a bumpy road or driving up a big mountain, but for the most part, it’s nothing to worry about. And if you find yourself driving up a mountain that feels like the moon, you’ll likely be so enamored by the views that you’ll forget to be scared. 

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One big “must do” while driving: Do pay attention to the type of fuel you’re going to add to your car. Gas stations in Iceland offer both diesel and regular gasoline. Your van is very likely to take diesel, and the non-diesel fuel pump nozzle fits in a diesel gas tank! Pay attention to the differences or else you might be responsible for a large repair bill (and be stranded in the middle of your journey).

Do Pack Your Sense of Adventure

Aside from warm layers, sleeping bags, and some key water-proof camping gear , the most important thing to remember to pack is a sense of adventure. As with most road trips or family travel adventures , Things will probably go wrong. You might spend a long day or two in the car. The rain might hit the very moment you drive to that one waterfall you were dying to see. 

But when things go wrong, just take a breath, pull the camper rental over, and make yourself a cup of tea while you watch the sheep roam the hillside. You’re in Iceland and it’s going to be okay.

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Do Stock Up on Groceries

A huge benefit of renting a camper van in Iceland is the prospect of saving money on meals. Eating out in Iceland is eye-poppingly expensive, but groceries are much more affordable. 

And there is nothing quite like making and eating a grilled cheese at the base of a gorgeous waterfall; or cooking up a hot dog while overlooking the black sand beaches that were used during the filming Game of Thrones . Iceland offers perfect landscapes for some of the most memorable picnics of your life.

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I loved visiting Iceland’s grocery store chain, Bonus . It’s always fun to explore supermarkets in another country, and Bonus has a great selection of Icelandic baked goods, cheeses, and meats, plus all of the basics you’d need. Bonus stores are plentiful almost everywhere in the country, so don’t get too worried about stocking up too heavily during each grocery run.

Gas stations in Iceland also come in handy when you find yourself in more desolate areas. If you need a grocery stop but you’re in the middle of nowhere, look for one of Iceland’s larger chain gas stations like N1, Ollis, or Orkan. These gas station chains offer plenty of services in addition to fuel, including hot foods, groceries, and souvenirs.

Don’t Make Campsite Reservations

You will need to camp at a campground in Iceland; it’s illegal to sleep in your van on the side of the road. But don’t worry about making reservations ahead of time. I found that even in the busiest travel season, I was never turned away from a campground, and never encountered a totally full campground. 

Finding a campsite in Iceland on the fly makes it easier to change your plans throughout the day, giving you the most flexibility on your road trip. And there are plenty of campgrounds across the country. I used a combination of guidebooks, the internet, and road signs to find campgrounds wherever and whenever we needed them.

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One thing to note: At many campgrounds, there is no formal check-in desk. At some point in the evening, the camp hosts will visit each party to take payment. So, just drive in, pick a spot, and pay when they get to you.

Don’t Overplan Your Route

Spontaneity is one of the best reasons to rent a camper in Iceland, so don’t fight it with an overly planned trip. Choose one or two things each day that you’d like to see along your route. Then, let fate take the wheel (not literally though, please keep those hands at 10 and 2!). You’ll find plenty of reasons to stop along the way that might not be apparent in guidebooks or Google maps. Enjoy the journey and you won’t be disappointed. 

Do Take Advantage of Town Pools

The Blue Lagoon and other touristy hot springs are beautiful, and you should absolutely make room for them in your plans, but don’t miss a smaller, more local type of attraction: town pools. Because Iceland is set on geothermal fault lines, there’s easy access to hot water, which makes it efficient for just about every town to have its own pool complex with warm water pools and hot tubs. Entry fees are inexpensive and pools are well-maintained. Some pool complexes even have awesome water slides for kids (and kids at heart).

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Another bonus: You can take advantage of these town pools as an easy way to shower along your journey. They all have fantastic locker room facilities. It’s important to note that anyone using the pools is expected to shower first—without clothes—before donning a bathing suit. And yes, it’s a public situation. But don’t fret about it. I never felt too awkward and it’s totally normal for the locals, who won’t pay any attention to you. 

Do End Your Trip in Reykjavik

Town pools were enjoyable and relaxing to visit. Visiting them also gave us a great window into local daily life, as residents clearly use pool time as time to catch up with their social circles. 

I suggest ending your trip in the country’s capital and largest city, Reykjavik . This means you should consider renting your van or pick up your motorhome rental from a company that offers drop-off in the city—otherwise you might end up spending extra time managing your camper rental drop-off.

I found that by the end of my campervan journey, I was happy to have a hotel for one night to re-pack for my flight, take a long hot shower, and explore a larger city without worrying about parking. It was a good reentry into the hustle and bustle of real life after visiting less populated areas on my leisurely road trip.

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Reykjavik also gives you an option for last-minute souvenir shopping and the chance to splurge on an incredible meal before your vacation is over.

My camper van vacation in Iceland was one of my favorite trips of all time. I’m sure I will do it again because even after 10 days roaming the country, there is still plenty of ground to cover—and a few places that I’d like to return to. Renting a camper van in Iceland is truly a bucket list vacation and is immensely doable, even for camper van novices. Start planning your trip with my tips and maybe I’ll see you on the road!

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The moscow metro tour is a must do - in just two hours you get to see a bunch of wonderful paintings, murals and sculpture that were designed to show the strength of the soviet union. The guide was very knowledgeable of the sights and gave plenty of time for pictures. Beware it is a bit noisy but it is spotless - quite unlike most other metros around the world

A not to be missed experience. Allow enough time to visit several stations. Statues, tile displays, Chandeliers and Paintings are unbelievable.

Moscow is an anti historical city. Every leader has builded your own civilization started from destroy all ancient parts. Underground city still works, still lives by own sounds and pictures. Beautiful stations from terrible time, a smily young faces among black dummies. It's nice place to meet with Moscow, but better visit at weekend or around 9 PM.

True, new suburban clean and modernist styled stations get commissioned and those may appeal to a newcomer's interest. But the "classical" Moscow underground monsters look out of place curios - at best. What with "pathetic" partisan edifice at Byelorusskaya or wild eyed Lenin at Kievskaya and in fact elsewhere... or ridiculous depiction of "happy workers, farmers and intellectuals" under the wise leadership of The Party. As a muscovite I am never inspired by but rather ashamed of all the propaganda connotation involved where there's no place for just art for art's sake. Not least, metro is to me the place to exchange a negative charge while rubbing shoulders.... nay, pushing elbows with another. A sensitive foreigner may note people try to overtake each other as if leaving behind them a trail of that negative charge. Stuffy, smelly, inhibited the Moscow metro is to me.

Its true. I've been to many places around the world, so its not the Moskovite talking in me. Its a definite must see. Don't be afraid you'll get lost. Just keep a map handy and follow the color coded signs. Most of the stations worth seeing are located inside the ring. If you look at the metro map, its the brown ring. Don't forget to take your camera with you so you will be able to brag to your friends!

Some stations are really beautiful and are interesting from historical point of view. I especially recommend those with mosaics (check your city guide) and the new and clean once. Buy the way, Moscow Metro is an easy way to get cheap and quickly to any tourist destination you would like to visit in Moscow. Avoid peak hours although, they are messy! Ticket cost is about $1.

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The moscow metro tour is a must do - in just two hours you get to see a bunch of wonderful paintings, murals and sculpture that were designed to show the strength of the soviet union. The guide was very knowledgeable of the sights and gave plenty of time for pictures. Beware it is a bit noisy but it is spotless - quite unlike most other metros around the world

A not to be missed experience. Allow enough time to visit several stations. Statues, tile displays, Chandeliers and Paintings are unbelievable.

Moscow is an anti historical city. Every leader has builded your own civilization started from destroy all ancient parts. Underground city still works, still lives by own sounds and pictures. Beautiful stations from terrible time, a smily young faces among black dummies. It's nice place to meet with Moscow, but better visit at weekend or around 9 PM.

True, new suburban clean and modernist styled stations get commissioned and those may appeal to a newcomer's interest. But the "classical" Moscow underground monsters look out of place curios - at best. What with "pathetic" partisan edifice at Byelorusskaya or wild eyed Lenin at Kievskaya and in fact elsewhere... or ridiculous depiction of "happy workers, farmers and intellectuals" under the wise leadership of The Party. As a muscovite I am never inspired by but rather ashamed of all the propaganda connotation involved where there's no place for just art for art's sake. Not least, metro is to me the place to exchange a negative charge while rubbing shoulders.... nay, pushing elbows with another. A sensitive foreigner may note people try to overtake each other as if leaving behind them a trail of that negative charge. Stuffy, smelly, inhibited the Moscow metro is to me.

Its true. I've been to many places around the world, so its not the Moskovite talking in me. Its a definite must see. Don't be afraid you'll get lost. Just keep a map handy and follow the color coded signs. Most of the stations worth seeing are located inside the ring. If you look at the metro map, its the brown ring. Don't forget to take your camera with you so you will be able to brag to your friends!

Some stations are really beautiful and are interesting from historical point of view. I especially recommend those with mosaics (check your city guide) and the new and clean once. Buy the way, Moscow Metro is an easy way to get cheap and quickly to any tourist destination you would like to visit in Moscow. Avoid peak hours although, they are messy! Ticket cost is about $1.

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A couple quit their jobs and used their savings to transform a firetruck into a luxury RV for a yearslong Pan-American Highway adventure with their kids. Take a look inside.

  • Jasper Luijten and Suzan Huppertz quit their jobs to drive the Pan-American Highway with their kids.
  • They bought a 1990 Mercedes L1113 firetruck and paid to have it transformed.
  • "Fire Rosie" has a functional kitchen, a space-saving bed, and personalized bunks for the kids.

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Jasper Luijten, who used to work as an HR director for Koch Industries in Bangkok, Thailand , and his wife, Suzan Huppertz, a podiatrist, left their well-paying jobs to embark on a yearslong family adventure.

Last April, the couple began traveling along the Pan-American Highway , which begins in Alaska and reaches through to Argentina, with their daughters Isa, 6, and Eva, 3.

And they're doing it in an impressive vehicle: an old firetruck they had transformed into a mobile home for the family.

Jasper Luijten and Suzan Huppertz left their jobs to travel the Pan-American Highway with their children.

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Huppertz and Luijten, along with their daughters Isa, 6, and Eva, 3, are exploring the Americas.

The kids are being homeschooled as the family visits the places on their route, with the trip expected to last at least another year and a half.

While still living in Thailand, they bought an old firetruck online that was listed for sale in Berlin.

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A motorhome was essential to their travels across the Americas, and a converted firetruck was considered the perfect choice.

"He found one in Berlin, this one, and we decided to buy it," Huppertz said of her husband in a conversation with Business Insider.

The vehicle was a Mercedes L1113 short-bonnet from 1990.

But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family was stranded in Thailand, unable to inspect the truck in person for nearly three years.

They commissioned someone in the Netherlands to convert the vehicle for them.

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The firetruck was shipped from Germany to their native country, the Netherlands, while they remained in Thailand.

Upon its arrival, Luijten and Huppertz commissioned someone to renovate it.

Luijten says that the person hired had recently undertaken a similar rebuilding of his own firetruck, meaning that he could provide his expertise on the best approaches to refurbishing it.

They discussed changes online from abroad.

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"He is a very good builder, and we had good contact with him," said Huppertz.

According to her husband, they would give the designer examples of firetruck transformations they liked on Instagram, before discussing the feasibility of different approaches.

Luijten explained: "Basically, every two weeks or so, we had a call with him. He would create all the sketches on paper, scan them, and then send them to us."

Stuck far away, the couple realized they had to place their trust in the designer since it was impractical to "control every nut and bolt," Luijten said.

They wanted to preserve certain original features, such as the firetruck's searchlight.

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Retaining the searchlight was a must for them.

"That's an original feature that's still there," said Luijten. "Most things had to be removed already, like the lights and the siren."

However, some changes were necessary, including modifying the cabin.

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Originally, the cab was a meter longer.

The couple considered cutting the cab behind the front doors to create a two-door setup. However, they ultimately decided to keep the rear doors while shortening the cab.

This modification not only created space for their kids to join them in the cabin, but it also expanded the truck's storage capacity.

The modified cab now includes a bed that's suitable for hosting visitors, although it's quite narrow.

An artist hand-painted the exterior, instantly giving it a new lease of life.

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A Netherlands-based artist handpainted the exterior, substituting the firetruck's distinctive red paint with hues of blue and green.

The artwork also features palm tree designs and some of the landscapes they might encounter on their adventure.

But the inside of the cabin remains red, at least for the time being.

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The inside of the cab and the dashboard are still red, which wasn't always the plan.

"We were originally planning to paint that ourselves, but you start traveling and whatever," said Luijten. "You get used to the red dash, and I'm now like, well, actually, it's cool."

The kitchen is compact but serves its purpose.

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Luijten explained that they had limited space for the kitchen and there weren't really any particularly inventive space-saving solutions.

"You learn to live with the fact that you don't have a lot of space," he said.

Nonetheless, he explained, it is functional and has all the appliances needed to cook a family dinner.

"The kitchen basically has everything," Luijten said. "It has a stove and an oven, a full fridge and freezer."

It also includes a unique item they brought along from Thailand.

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Luijten mentioned an interesting aspect of their kitchen — a sink made of hand-beaten copper.

They brought it with them from Thailand.

"We don't like super modern stuff," he said, adding that they also wanted to have a wooden kitchen counter.

A dining table and a U-shaped couch provide a comfortable space for eating meals together.

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The converted firetruck has a seating area, which they use for eating meals and hosting guests.

"We've had seven people around there, so it's pretty big," Luijten told BI.

The table conveniently folds down to make room for the bed.

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The bed utilizes the legs of a standing desk , and it ascends completely to the roof, getting sandwiched in that position.

"In the evening, you fold the table down, and you flip down all the pillows, and then the bed just comes down electrically," Luijten explained.

While it's an effective space-saving solution , the drawback is that getting ready for bed and hanging out on the couch simultaneously is not possible.

"If one person wants to go to bed, then we've got to fix the whole thing," Luijten told BI. "That's a downside."

To save space, they built bunk beds for the children.

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While working out ways to create private sleeping spaces for their two young children, they realized that bunk beds would be a good solution.

According to Luijten, the kids love their private bunks.

"It gives a really secure feeling with their own window, with their own cabinet," he said. "They can close the door and have all lights and all that stuff that feels very secure. So, they sleep really well."

The designer added a personal touch to the kids' beds.

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Personalized designs adorn the doors to the children's bunk beds.

According to Luijten, the designer surprised them with this cute feature.

"That's something he just did, so he didn't tell us," he said. "We were like, 'Hey, that's cool.'"

The space only feels cramped when the weather is bad or there's work being done inside.

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A family of four living in such a confined space can sometimes get a little claustrophobic, but generally, it's manageable, the couple said.

"Most of the time you're spending outside," Luijten said. "It only really feels small when the weather sucks, when it rains, or when it's really cold and wet."

"You don't feel the limitations of space," he continued. "Sometimes it feels small when I have to fix something, and where the four of us are inside and you're all trying to squeeze past each other."

As for how much it cost them to buy and transform the firetruck... they're not saying.

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Huppertz said she doesn't think it's wise to share the cost of buying, transforming, and living in the firetruck.

"We travel through a lot of countries and also poor countries and this kind of thing,'" she said." I don't know if that's smart to put on the internet."

The truck needed a name. The children decided to call it 'Fire Rosie.'

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Before embarking on their journey, they needed to name the converted firetruck, a decision they left to their eldest daughter, Isa.

Luijten recounted their first encounter with the truck in the Netherlands during its construction phase, describing its stripped-down state with a bare chassis at the back and a still-red exterior.

He said: "We were standing in front of the truck, and Suzan asked Isa, 'What do you think we should name her?' She shouted out straight away 'Fire Rosie.'"

So that's the name now painted on the back of the vehicle, and is part of the family's Instagram handle.

Currently on the road, the children receive homeschooling while traveling.

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Once completed, the firetruck was shipped across the Atlantic.

They started their journey in Halifax, Canada, in April last year.

Throughout this time, they've been homeschooling their daughters.

"It's difficult to be consistent, I would say," Luijten told BI. "So we skip a day or two here and there. But I also find that homeschooling, you can really work quite effectively."

They tend to homeschool in bursts of 30 minutes, using handbooks and iPad books to educate their kids.

Additionally, they enhance their learning experiences by visiting educational sites along their route, such as former mining towns in the Colorado Mountains, Luijten explained.

They have already explored various major landmarks, with a year and a half left to go on their trip.

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Among the notable experiences on their journey so far, the couple mentioned highlights like Mount Olympus in Washington State and off-roading adventures in Moab, Utah.

With much more of the Americas left to explore, the family intends to continue their travels for at least another year and a half.

Luijten said leaving the corporate world for their on-the-road adventure hasn't changed him.

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Luijten quit his corporate job for a life on the road , but he doesn't feel like he's been transformed by the change of pace.

"I'm not going to the office anymore, I don't have all the meetings, I don't have the same responsibilities," he said. "But as a person, it hasn't really affected me. I don't think I'm different here than I was there because I've already had that mindset."

He said that living abroad was already an adventure.

Quitting their jobs, however, meant a loss of income, leading to them relying on their savings.

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The couple's decision to quit their jobs meant they no longer had a regular income. However, they had saved up a lot of money.

Huppertz said they decided against taking remote jobs because traveling with kids is already tiring, and they wanted to fully immerse themselves in the experience.

"It was scary, though, to quit," Huppertz told BI. Regular income is something "that comes in every month, and you rely on that, and everybody does it. People say that you're crazy, of course. But in the end, it worked out well."

She added: "It feels good, it feels free."

Their advice: think about how much you really want to do this before you start.

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Luijten says that many people tell them they want to undertake a similar journey, but he always highlights that it comes with its share of sacrifices.

For instance, they don't own a house and are temporarily putting their careers on hold to embark on this adventure.

"If you want to do it, then it all comes down to whether you want it bad enough," he said. "How bad do you want something?"

He continued: "There's nothing wrong with saying that's not for me. But have the intellectual honesty to answer for yourself, how badly do I want something?"

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