A Resort-Style Off-Road Base Camp
We're no sissies when it comes to camping. We'll throw a tarp on the ground and roll up in it for a night's sleep without issue. But we also don't mind a few creature comforts once in a while, especially for multi-day adventures during the colder months. RVs are nice, but they are a bit large for getting out to the types of camping spots we like to enjoy. Seeking something easy to tow behind a trail rig that can travel beyond a graded access road, we looked to Coleman and its extensive line of pop-up camping trailers.
Coleman manufactures a wide range of highway series pop-up tent trailers but it was the company's Evolution Series models that caught our eye. The Evolution Series models are designed and built for adventure in every way, featuring larger diameter off-road tires and adequate ground clearance for venturing off the highway and in to the dirt.
Available Evolution Series models include the E1, E3, and Cobalt camping trailers. The E3 is the big daddy of them all with a 4,400-pound GVWR and the most sleeping space and standard features, including a gear deck large enough to fit an ATV or other camping or sporting equipment. The E1 is a bit smaller than the E3 and has a smaller gear deck and no slide out. The Cobalt is the smallest of the Evolution Series models and is about half the size of the E3, with no gear deck or slide out. With its 2,300-pound GVWR, the Cobalt model would be ideal for towing behind a small SUV, such as the Jeep Wrangler JK or Toyota 4Runner, among others.
The E3 can easily sleep six, but there's room for more provided you don't exceed the maximum capacity on the slide out beds. The front and rear beds offer 6 feet 5 inches by 5 feet 10 inches of space. The dinette bed is somewhat smaller at 43 inches by 71 inches, and a there is also a couch space that could be used as a bed if needed.
The interior of the Coleman E3 tent trailer is spacious and includes most of the typical features of a fullsize RV. You can even order such luxuries as air conditioning or an attached screen room to tailor the trailer to your needs and desires. The interior is sealed with breathable Sunbrella 302 tenting and offers clear, zip-open windows with fine mesh screening. With all of the windows open the interior stays well-ventilated and cool; closed up the interior seals well and stays as warm as needed, especially with the heater going (or cool with available option of AC).
The Coleman E3 is a sturdy rig. It uses a tubular steel frame and chassis, powder-coated steel body reinforcements, and full perimeter aluminum body and bed rails. The front, rear, and sides of the trailer feature durable Krystal Kote and diamond plate panels. The roof is a one-piece fiberglass skin and the flooring offers a one-piece structure wood construction.
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