Off-road camping trailers are, in a word, wonderful. They can offer you the mobile campsite you want, whether that’s minimalist gear storage and a tent mount or a full-service affair bringing along many of the comforts of home.
Fitted with all-terrain suspensions and all-terrain tires, they’re equipped to follow your Jeep Gladiator, Toyota 4Runner or other overlanding vehicle anywhere you want to go. But parsing your way through the myriad options in the off-road travel trailer world can be a bit arduous — so we’ve pulled together this list of the top trailers for living in once you’ve taken that right turn off the paved road.
The Best Off-Road Camping Trailers
Black Series Travel Trailers
Sadly, these 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.
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 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 OP15 can withstand pretty much anything Mother Nature can throw at you.
Australian Off-Road Sierra ZR
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, even a shower — or, it can simply be a stripped-out rig to store your gear.
Colorado Campworks Nomadic System One
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 new trailer, the Nomadic System One (also known as the NS-1). It’s 100-percent solar-powered, but still offers all of the amenities one would expect from a trailer, including badass off-road capability.
Mobi Nomad Mobi X
Mobi Nomad’s Mobi X is tiny on the road, but when parked and unfurled, it offers most of the comforts of home — including a kitchen, bathroom, shower and potential sleeping for up to six people. Plus, the wide array standard equipment makes it ready to go pretty much from the moment it arrives. Not a bad package for a little over $20,000.
Sunnyside Offroad Boony Stomper
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 586 pounds, 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.
Taxa Outdoors Woolly Bear
The Taxa Outdoors Woolly Bear trailer would make this list based on the name alone. It has a lightweight, off-road-ready construction and can be towed by a base-engine Subaru Outback. It’s versatile, accommodating a full camping kitchen, ample gear storage, and a rooftop tent. The best part may be the price: it starts at just $9,200.
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