If you choose to boondock in remote locations within dispersed camping areas, there is a good chance you will stretch your off-road driving capabilities to the max. Perhaps you want to do some Overlanding — a self-reliant way to explore isolated areas by vehicle — and in that case, you might want a more rugged, off-road RV or tent trailer to take you to the best boondock camping locations.
What’s an Off-Road Camping Trailer?
Camping trailers, rugged RVs, off-road travel trailers, and other overland-equipped vehicles are usually made with durable materials, raised suspensions, and beefy off-road tires. The off-road upgrades make it easier for adventurous campers to take their rig to remote locations that might require rock crawling, water fording, or mudding to cross over the rugged terrain. Since it’s not always possible to get a travel trailer or motorhome to more desolate areas, off-road camping trailers, or versions of the off-road camper, make it possible to traverse unforgiving landscapes to find peace in the places few people travel.
Boondocking and Overlanding: Camping in Comfort
Overlanding and camping off-the-grid might sound like camping with little more than a single-burner propane stove and a sleeping bag, but Overlanding, or boondocking in an off-road camping trailer, is anything but primitive. The modern off-road enabled campers might lack the luxurious wood floors and full-sized bathrooms that come inside most motorhomes, but that doesn’t mean that these robust-camper trailers aren’t outfitted with bare-bone amenities. Many of these off-road campers come with top-of-the-line lithium-ion batteries, hard-sided and solar-enabled coolers, and solar charging stations, making it not only easy, but also comfortable to boondock for days on end.
Did we pique your interest? Check out our list of the ten best off-roading camping trailers of 2020. We know once you read about these off-road enabled trailers, it will be a matter of time before you rent one of these awesome rigs to see why boondocking and Overlanding is the next big thing in RV camping.
The Top-Ten Off-Road Tent Trailers and Off-Road Camping Trailers of 2020
The Airstream Basecamp X is the Basecamp’s beefy big sister. The Basecamp X has a lifted suspension, larger off-road tires, rock guards, and roof-top solar panels, making this little luxury Airstream the perfect off-road camper to rough-it in the wilderness without really roughing it at all. The rear hatch and the convertible bed help outdoor lovers tote mountain bikes, kayaks, and other outdoor gear to the most secluded recreation areas. The best part? Even the softest of campers won’t complain about roughing it with amenities like a wet-bath, propane heater, and heated tanks for your wintertime boondocking adventures.
The Overland version of Taxa’s Cricket is a rougher, off-the-grid rig made especially for traversing dirt roads and rocky waypoints. The reinforced frame, raised ground clearance, and axle-less suspension adds to the already lightweight and durable trailer equipped with many of the comforts campers want like a pop-up, tent-side roof, and a hanging kid’s berth.
The OP-4 is an off-road tent trailer made to explore the parts unknown. Opus describes its OP-4 as a tent trailer created with tough luxury in mind. The amenities, such as a 40-gallon on-board water tank, as well as the air-inflated 8-foot ceilings with skylights, add to the quick deployment of the camper trailer and the raised suspension and off-road tires that make it easy to sleep under the stars practically anywhere.
If you aren’t interested in a complete off-the-grid travel trailer, check out the innovative Taxa Woolly Bear. The Woolly Bear is a trail-ready gear hauler equipped with a full-sized outdoor kitchen, pull-out cooler space, 12-volt accessory outlets, and plenty of nooks to store your adventure gear. The best part? You choose the upgrades you want, like the Tepui roof-top two-or-three-person tent or a retractable awning.
Maybe you have all of the Overlanding gear you need to get outside and explore, but you want a more convenient way to manage all of your equipment. The Smittybilt Scout Trailer Kit helps outfit your off-road camper in minutes. The trailer’s high ground clearance and 1765-pound hauling capacity allow Overlanders to get to the places they want to go as well as set up camp quickly. Just add your roof-top tent, like the Tepui soft-sided tent, and you are as good as comfortable and decked-out.
Do you live in a place where you might traverse anything from rock and mud to ice and sand all in one weekend? The Boreas XT Camper Trailer, made with a composite fiberglass exterior, will get you where you need to go no matter the condition of the road. The camper trailer has a lifted axle-less suspension, all-weather tires, and a full-sized spare tire (for those just-in-case moments). Inside, the queen-sized, memory-foam bed, and all-weather fan make it easy to forget that you are off-the-grid.
The XV-2 is a severe-duty off-grid-gear hauler. The XV-2, made with military-grade materials, totes your equipment and creates the ideal overland campsite. The elevating roof system, a standard feature, lifts high enough to tote dirt bikes or a smaller ATV while still providing a stable sleeping platform for your roof-top tent. When you get to your camping location, light up the perimeter of your trailer with an area lighting package, and become the basecamp for your entire off-roading crew.
Blue Ridge Trailers calls its heavy-duty, axle-less BRX1, “…A teardrop camper on steroids.” Why? This off-road travel trailer comes with an upgraded cabin and galley, made with custom cabinetry in the cabin and stainless steel countertops in the galley. The rugged features, like the lifted suspension, off-road tires, and the expedition gearbox amp up this teardrop trailer, making it the perfect little rig for a campground or an off-road excursion.
Get your gear ready to go off-the-grid. The UEV (Urban Escape Vehicle) is lightweight and compact and has over 70 cubic feet of lockable storage space and a 23-gallon low-center gravity water tank. The off-grid camper sleeps up to four people and offers amenities like an on-demand water heater or a portable chemical toilet.
If you want an off-grid trailer made to your specifications, try out a Hiker. The Extreme Off-Road Deluxe has a steel off-road frame, 33” tires, and a 3,500-pound axle. After the basics, the rest of the design is up to you. Choose your color, your cabinet package, and even your heat and electrical system to design the ideal setup in the desert, the forest, or even in the driveway.
Off-the-Grid & Off-the-Road
Looking to head off the grid? We don’t blame you! These ten trailers are perfect for the off-road adventurers and boondockers. Want to try one out? Check out Outdoorsy off-road trailer rentals, and let the adventure begin!