There are a lot of really great designated campgrounds throughout the United States and even the world. But if you’re going on a long-form adventure — like an overlanding trip — making your way to a polished glamping resort might not be an option. In that case, you’ll want to bring your own accommodations along, like a rooftop tent. If you really want to enjoy comfortable amenities, however, you’ll need something a bit different; you’ll need a trailer.
Of course, camping trailers are nothing new. You could even say their existence predates motor vehicle themselves — especially if you consider the horse-drawn trailers of old that folks used to follow the Oregon Trail. But ones that are ready to take on the wildest terrain out there, off-road camper trailers, are a lot newer and hinge on modern technology. One of the best ways to stay well-fed, bathed, and get a good night’s sleep out on the trails, the following are the 12 best off-road camper trailers.
Morv Explore Off-Road Trailer
Probably the most no-frills option on our list, the Manley ORV Explore off-road camping trailer is heralded by adventurers around the world as one of the most-capable best budget-friendly options. Sure, it requires you to sleep in a tent, but that tent is elevated above nature for safety and security. And since it’s made from 14-gauge steel, it’s plenty tough and can haul a hell of a lot of extra gear — from spare tires, to camping gadgets, to food and water, and so much more. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the whole thing is made in the USA by expert craftsmen, either.
Schutt Industries XVenture XV-3 Trailer
If the MORV Explore is a bit too barebones for you, but you’re still not interested in hauling around a glamping trailer, the Schutt Industries XVenture XV-3 is a superb middle-ground. It offers many of the same features as its cheaper competition, but also has more options available — including a slide-out camping kitchen, 360-degrees of onboard area lighting, a water heater and propane system, electric brakes, and a whole lot more. This might be the perfect meeting of utility, comfort, and budget-friendliness on our list.
Taxa Tiger Moth Off-Road Camper
The first on our list with its own cabin sleeping area, Taxa’s Tiger Moth was designed specifically so that users could enjoy 7+ days off-the-grid with no need to refuel, refill, restock, or whatever else. And it accomplishes this in a number of ways — including built-in electrical, LED lighting, optional solar panels to keep everything charged, a beefed-up suspension, and plenty of internal storage. One of the coolest features of this particular trailer (that isn’t shared by others), is that it has a huge side hatch that can open and allow you to enjoy nature from the comfort of the cabin bed. It’s not a necessary addition, but it is one that boosts the desirability a bit.
FIM Caravans Migrator Off-Road Trailer
Sometimes it’s the subtle details that elevate something beyond being just ‘cool.’ In this case, it’s the fact that the FIM Caravans Migrator comes equipped with gullwing doors, which also double as handy rain canopies. Of course, that addition wouldn’t matter much if it didn’t also have an off-road-ready suspension (with tires to match), a kitchen with a stovetop and sink, LED lights and USB charge ports, a refrigerator, and more — which it does. Best of all, these are just standard features. There are more options on top of that if you’ve got the scratch to cover them.
Escapod Topo Off-Road Trailer
One of the most unique things about Escapod is that they offer a rental service — $125/night if you want to get off-the-grid on a temporary basis. Of course, if you fall in love with their off-road camper trailers, you can also buy one with all the same goodies. That includes sleeping space for two (or more if you’re comfortable being a bit cozy), a rear kitchen with pull-out storage and an electric stovetop, a roof rack (for gear storage or a rooftop tent), and a good deal more of both standard features and optional upgrades. It’s not a cheap entry price, per se, but the value is definitely there.
Trackabout Explorer Off-Road Camper
Thinking of the Trackabout Explorer like just another off-road camper trailer is probably not fair, as this thing is more like a mobile off-the-grid expandable basecamp. Sure, it hinges on a tent rather than a perhaps cozier camper cabin, but the tradeoff is a whole lot of other expanding features you’d otherwise not be able to have — including a queen bed, a pull-out kitchen with a fridge, stove, sink, bench, and a mess of onboard storage that will help keep everything organized. Trying to get to the bottom of this thing is like trying to get to the center of Russian nesting dolls — it just keeps going and going.
TerraTrek TT-E Expedition Trailer
Something about Australia — maybe the unforgiving landscape we’ve come to know as the Outback — breeds superb trailer-building firms. Case in point: TerraTrek and their TT-E Expedition off-road camper. Helmed by folks with a background in geological surveys, it’s clear this brand understands the rigors of off-road travel — and they’ve imbued it into this trailer. Of course, it’s not just super capable. It’s also pretty well-featured — boasting amenities like tons of internal storage, a fridge/freezer unit, a solar panel for on-the-go charging, a two-burner stove, a slide out sink with a water pump, and more.
Bruder EXP-4 Off-Road Trailer
Bruder has been around for a while, having made waves with their 6-person EXP-6 off-road camper trailer. And while that’s an excellent option itself (especially for larger groups), we’re partial to their newer, smaller, more-manageable EXP-4 option. Apart from size, however, a lot of the features are the same. They include a rear-mounted kitchenette with storage and a gullwing-style door, externally-accessible storage ports, pop-out awnings on either side, solar panels for on-the-go charging, and plenty of internal space for people and all your gear (there’s even a dedicated closet space). It’s also got a roof rack that’s built to accommodate a tent, in case there’s not enough room for everyone inside.
Airstream Basecamp X Off-Road Trailer
While they definitely have a long history of making some of the best camper trailers ever imagined, Airstream’s Basecamp X isn’t what we’d call a hardcore off-road rig. Sure, it can handle some bumps and potholes — and it’ll fare far better than similarly sized non-off-road trailers. But we’d steer clear from taking this thing to the rockiest ends of the Earth. That being said, it does have a whole lot more in the realm of comfort and amenities than pretty much any other trailer on this list. For instance, its interior is by far the roomiest (you can actually stand up inside it). It also has an internal bathroom with a functional toilet and shower. And if you want to use the kitchen, you don’t even have to step foot outside — which can’t be said for the competition.
Track Trailer TVAN MK5 Off-Road Camper
Track Trailer’s TVAN off-road camper trailer has gone through a whopping five iterations at this point. The reason for that is not because it wasn’t excellent the first few go-arounds (it won three different camper of the year awards), but rather because Track Trailer is of the belief that everything has room for improvement. That’s excellent news for those who are looking for a trailer right now, as the MK5 TVAN is truly magnificent with its massive expanding tent, pop-out awning, upgraded LED lighting (both inside and out), a built-in kitchen unit with a fridge, and so much more.
BRS Offroad Sherpa Camper Trailer
The Sherpa looks like a pod they might send with the first manned Mars expedition. And, truth be told, it functions a lot like something out of science-fiction. You see, besides its superbly interesting appearance, it also features a remarkably simple no-fuss pop-up functionality that makes getting set up at your campsite a snap. It also boasts a shady awning, a rooftop tent, an outdoor shower with a 200L water bladder, and a whole list of other fancy amenities — like a 21″ LED TV inside the cabin. It’s a pricier option, to be sure, but that’s what you pay for this level of tech and convenience.
Patriot Campers X1-H Off-Road Trailer
Another outfit out of Australia, the folks at Patriot Campers dropped a stone-cold stunner on the world of off-road camper trailers with their brand-new X1-H. Obviously, this camper boasts a long list of top-tier features — ranging from beefy alloy wheels with a suspension to match, to 2,000L of onboard storage, to a kitchen system, to its own changing room, and more. But probably the coolest feature of this off-road monster is that it boasts a fully-automated setup system. That means, once you’ve found your campsite, you just push a button and the thing will expand itself without any effort from you. It’s like a transformer inside which you can get some much needed post-adventure Zs.
8 Best Camper Trailers Under $10,000
Not everyone can afford all the bells and whistles of high-end campers. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get one. Buy your towable sleeper on the cheap by picking it off our list of the best cheap camper trailers under $10,000.