10 Off-Road Camping Trailers Perfect For Your JeepPosted in Product Reviews on January 23, 2016
Aside from the spectacular Bivouac Fort off-road camping trailer featured on fourwheeler.com previously, we dug deep and found 10 more cool dirt-duty campers that are just right for you and your Jeep. Like the Fort, all of the tow-behinds below are designed for off-road travel. Some are meant for more rugged trails and terrain than others, but the best little camper is the one that fits your Jeeping lifestyle best. So check these out and find your camping adventure!
Big Woody Campers
Unlike the rest of the off-road camping trailers you’ll find in this buyer’s guide, Big Woody Campers can’t be bought. You can, however, build one, and it’s relatively easy because not only does Big Woody offer complete plans (we’ve seen all 153 pages, and the plans are quite complete and detailed) for the DIY guy or gal. The company even suggests its preferred lightweight Carry-On 4x8-foot flatbed utility trailer you can purchase at Tractor Supply Company as the base for your hand-built teardrop trailer.
The plans include a complete list of suggested materials (sizes and amounts of plywood, fir boards, masonite, glue, silicone, hardware, etc.) you’ll need to create the basic teardrop camper shell according to the Big Woody Campers’ tried-and-tested design. You’ll also get detailed step-by-step instructions with illustrative photographs and drawings. If you’ve done any sort of mechanical, home-improvement, or fabrication work, you can likely handle building your very own, fully customized Big Woody teardrop camper. Information: Big Woody Campers, 715/271-0465, bigwoodycampers.com
Manufactured entirely of MIG-welded 6061 aluminum, the HEO (Highland Expedition Outfitters) camping trailer is for those wishing to extend their adventures into the backcountry. The HEO T Series trailers feature a 57-cubic-foot tub constructed of durable double-wall ACM (aluminum composite material) and aluminum studs that provides plenty of room to store and transport all your camping gear to remote camping destinations. Weighing in at only 700 pounds, your Jeep will have no trouble towing the HEO T Series Overland Trailer. Access to gear can be gained through a side door, tailgate, and sliding cargo trays. Sitting atop the trailer is a CVT Mt. Hood rooftop tent.
Boasting large 30-inch tires and a 3,000-pound GVWR Rockwell American Equalizer Torsion Axle with 3,500-pound GVWR spindles and 10-inch electric brakes, the T Series offers 16 inches of ground clearance. The standard-equipment Lock-n-Roll 3 Axis Off Road Coupler allows full mobility over the roughest terrain. Major optional equipment available includes a 6-cubic-foot aluminum box on the trailer tongue, jerry cans, propane tank, kayak rack, custom vinyl wrap/paint, solar panel system for basic AC/DC electric, and a Timbren Heavy Duty Off Road suspension system. Information: Highland Expedition Outfitters, 423/608-6628, heoutfitters.com
The BushRanger SE off-road trailer from Kakadu offers a 2,000-pound GVWR Timbren Off Road Heavy Duty independent axle-less suspension (with 3,500-pound GVWR spindles and bearings) under its 2x3-inch, 0.125-wall steel tube frame. Its main cargo box is 14-gauge zinc-washed steel. The frame and cargo box are covered in a textured powdercoat. Major standard features include a drop-down tailgate, 2-inch coupler, LED lights, and swing-away jack on trailer tongue. The entire thing rides on 31-inch tires and 15-inch wheels with 5x4.5 bolt patterns.
Major options include a node box, 5-gallon fuel and water cans, electric brakes (seven-way RV wiring system comes with electric brakes), 12V auxiliary power system, and a Max Coupler multi-axis coupler. The BushRanger SE’s tent is a high-end Oztrail Outer Ridge Venturer side-folder that sleeps four and features an insulated roof, queen mattress in main cabin above trailer, tilting bed base with gas strut assist for under-bed access, laminated marine plywood bed base with a galvanized steel frame, and a galvanized heavy-duty internal tent frame. Information: Kakadu, 888/977-5252, kakaducamping.com
The RECON off-road camping trailer from Smittybilt features a fully boxed and powdercoated frame, a leaf-spring solid-axle suspension, electric trailer brakes, and a payload of 1,763 pounds. It also offers 2-inch receivers at both ends of the trailer so that articulating hitches can be used up front and accessory racks can be mounted out back. Three jacks create stability when the trailer is unhitched from the tow vehicle. The adjustable top rack system is designed for carry an optional tent.
A 14-gauge powdercoated tub offers a large main compartment and two side cabinets, a 15-gallon water tank sits inside the main compartment leaving plenty of room for gear, and the side compartments are perfect for items such as a generator and camp kitchen components. The box on the trailer tongue is the perfect place for a battery and other electrical accessories. Standard tires are 31-inchers on steel wheels with a 5x5 bolt pattern, but the trailers fenders are removable to allow for up to 37-inch tires. Information: Smittybilt, 888/717-5797, smittybilt.com
The powdercoated frame underneath the So-Cal Teardrops trailers is made of mostly 2x3-inch, 0.120-wall steel tubing, and its three off-road models are equipped with heavy-duty Old Man Emu lead springs, a 3,500-pound GVWR Dexter axle, and nine-way adjustable Rancho RS9000XL shocks. You can even get optional airbag helper springs. The cabin uses a reinforced Baltic Birch rib system for sturdiness off-road, and the 4-inch-thick fullsize high-density foam mattress provides comfort and room for two adults.
Major standard features include an AM/FM/CD unit, cabin interior light, two 12V outlets, cubbies, shelves, and cup holders. The galley comes standard with a two-burner propane stove, mounted in a sliding drawer, with a nestled utensil drawer. A Group 24 deep-cycle battery powers the trailer, and an on-board three-stage charger/tender with external shore power keeps the battery hot. The company offers more than 50 options, so you can truly customize the trailer to your needs. Information: So-Cal Teardrops, 909/982-1199, socalteardrops.com
Likely the most unique off-road camping trailer we found is the SylvanSport GO, a Swiss Army knife-like rig if we ever saw one. With six sleeping configurations available and capable of being used in three different modes (Travel, Transport, or Camping), the GO camping trailer can be used to haul anything from a fullsize kitchen refrigerator/freezer (up to 800 pounds of weight) you just bought at that big box store to an ATV, bikes, or canoes/kayaks with its streamlined tent storage box remaining up top. Its deck is made from diamond-plate aluminum, and its cage-like structure is TIG-welded and powdercoated aluminum.
Major standard features of the 840-pound GO trailer include a 1,850-pound GVWR Dexter TorFlex torsion suspension axle, 13 inches of ground clearance, lockable and weather-tight gear storage in its front pod, Control-Tilt cargo bed with hydraulic dampers, and aluminum wheels with self-lubricating hubs. Also along for the ride is a spacious waterproof and well-ventilated tent that can sleep four, insulated bed platforms, self-inflating air mattresses, and stabilizer jacks in all four corners. Information: SylvanSport, 828/883-4292, sylvansport.com
Teardrop-style camping trailers have been all the rage with the classic car crowd, and now they are coming back in a big way with Jeepers too. TCTeardrops can be had in a number of sizes ranging from 4 by 8 feet to 5 by 10 feet in size and are offered with an optional 15-inch ground clearance package, as well as the ORE Off Road Extreme package that gets you a heavy-duty axle and suspension system. Other major options include round or square fenders, a selection of Yeti coolers, different mattresses, Yakima bike racks, awnings, and tents. A ceramic heater, AC/heater combo, and 15-watt solar panel are also among the options available.
Standard features include a 1,500-pound GVWR torsion axle with Bearing Buddies and 14-inch wheels, a front storage platform, 2-inch hitch coupler, aluminum diamond-plate roof, maple veneer side walls, two doors with tinted windows, two tinted side windows, LED tail and marker lights, insulated ceiling, 12V dual accessory outlet inside, spring supports on the rear hatch, and two shelves and a slide-out table in the galley area. Information: TCTeardrops, 715/573-7247, tcteardrops.com
TO Extreme Off Road
The High Country from TO Extreme Off Road is a heavy-duty off-road utility trailer that can easily be towed behind your Jeep and help you make your camping trips a heck of a lot wilder. The High Country offers a plethora of standard features that include tall box panels that enclose 33-cubic feet of storage space, a full-width lockable tailgate, heavy-duty fenders, a standard front rack with loop-and-lock system, adjustable cargo tie down points inside, LED marker/taillights, and an industrial coated frame and powdercoated box panels.
The High Country rolls on a high-clearance independent 2,000-pound GVWR Timbren axle, and the trailer measures 60 by 40 by 23.5 inches. Its base weight comes in at just 860 pounds. Major options include tires up to 37-inches, tow-vehicle matching wheel bolt patterns, color-matched body panels, trailer brakes, a lockable Retrax roll-top cover or a hinged lockable hardtop cover with gas struts. A tent/canoe/kayak rack system is also optional. Information: TO Extreme Off Road, 785/833-2120, to-extreme.com
Built on a three-axis laser-cut chassis and using CNC-cut and formed aluminum parts, the Turtleback Trailers feature a tub with fully integrated amenities that make setup and takedown a breeze. The Turtleback offers a 2,750-pound GVWR and 17 inches of ground clearance with its standard 31-inch tires. Storage capacity in its standard configuration is 25 cubic feet with a three-box storage option that can deliver more than 50-cubic feet of room for all your gear.
A full kitchen built from Baltic Birch plywood, a stainless steel Atwood two-burner stove, and stainless steel sink that receives hot water from an Atwood high-efficiency 6-gallon water heater are among the standards for the Turtleback. It also comes with a 42-gallon water supply to supply the kitchen and outdoor shower. The roof rack offers space for a wide variety of optional rooftop tents available through Turtleback. A number of electrical, storage, tailgate, spare tire, and fold-down table options are also available. Information: Turtleback Trailers, 855/732-2383, turtlebacktrailers.com
The XVENTURE trailers built by Schutt Industries are the civilian versions of rigs built for the military, and offer a chassis and cargo bed made from aircraft-grade aluminum. Each is equipped with an 3,500-pound GVWR independent rubber torsion suspension system with electric brakes, and a full cargo bed for hauling equipment or an ATV underneath the elevating rack system that can be cranked up 18 inches to allow the deployment of the tent and awning, while allowing full access to the cargo bed.
Major standard features of the XV-2 model include a power control center with six fused switchable power supply ports, a large front utility cabinet that is lockable and can hold a 50-liter fridge, two 5-gallon Jerry cans, tools, and other gear. A multi-axis hitch, parking brakes, and a removable drop-down tailgate are also standard. Options include a complete galley system, 22-gallon water supply, propane system with on-demand water heater, and choice rooftop tents (James Baroud or ARB). Information: Schutt Industries, 715/823-8025, schuttindustries.com