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Off-Grid Condo: We Test Schutt Industries’ Xventure XV-2 Deluxe Off-Road Tent Trailer

Posted in Product Reviews on October 30, 2017
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There are a lot of off-road adventurers looking for rugged camp trailers that can provide a good night’s sleep while offering conveniences that take the rough edge off boondocking—and there’s no shortage of trailers from which to choose. One that has caught our attention is the Xventure XV-2 Deluxe from Schutt Industries.

The XV-2 is a robust military-spec utility trailer built with a huck-riveted frame and aluminum construction, then upfitted with the basic necessities for making off-grid camping a nice step up from sleeping on the hard ground beneath the cover of a traditional tent or tarp. From the rooftop tent and onboard water system to the heavy-duty axle and traction tires, the Deluxe model is ready to make base camp comfortable wherever your 4x4 dares to tread.

It’s the middle child of three civilianized military-spec trailers Wisconsin-based Schutt (pronounced “shut”) offers to the overlanding crowd, and it’s designed to withstand the harshest environments. The trailer is spartan compared to other self-contained, single-purpose overlanding trailers in its price range. But it can also serve a dual purpose as a full-fledged utility trailer during the workweek.

This model will handle up to 37-inch tires, and the interchangeable hubs make it easy to match the trailer’s wheels to those of most tow rigs. It’s also equipped with both electric brakes and independent manual brakes that enable you to turn it around in very tight confines or keep the trailer from rolling when it’s parked. The payload capacity is 2,750 pounds, and you can carry an ATV in the bed under the adjustable-height RTT rack system.

Our test model was fitted with a roll-up, locking Truxedo flush-mount tonneau cover. It also had a big tongue cargo box that houses all the electrical components and has spaces to carry NATO-style jerrycans of water, tools, and gear. Underneath, twin 11-gallon water tanks sandwiched between the frame and floor provide fresh water to the optional sink or external shower, or through an on-demand, portable water heater mounted to the inside of the passenger-side sidewall.

Options abound. Ours had an array of external and internal LED lights, the external fold-out aluminum table with a propane stove, and sink hookup providing hot and cold water. Our outdoor time was also eased by having an optional ARB Fridge Freezer in the front storage box, along with a second deep-cycle battery and ARB air compressor. (The trailer is pre-wired for solar power, too, as well as 110 V should you plug into the grid or a portable generator.)

We slept like babes in the woods on the rocky banks of Oregon’s Rogue River on our outing, snuggled inside a top-of-the-line James Baroud rooftop tent system. The rooftop tent is easy to pop up, and it’s a comfortable, all-season shelter for 4x4 adventurers.

The XV-2 equipped like we tested isn’t cheap: Schutt lists the base price at $14,500, but with all the fine options, the tally came to $26,000. That’s a lofty price for an off-road tent trailer. But then again, this trailer can be used on an everyday basis as a heavy-duty cargo/utility trailer by simply lifting off the tent and unhooking the on-demand water heater mounted inside the bed. Few (if any) other off-road camp trailers provide that versatility—or a 2,700-pound cargo capacity.

This trailer tows like a dream behind Jeeps, smaller SUVs, and midsize pickups like the ’17 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 we were driving. A lot of that is because of the Multi-Axis Max Hitch that allows the trailer to move with the terrain without imparting its varied off-road gyrations into the tow vehicle. Off-road towing is also enhanced because there’s more than 18 inches of ground clearance running stock 33s. After several off-road outings using the XV-2 as base camp, we can attest it’s not like any other off-road camp trailer we’ve tested.

Specifications
Model: Schutt Industries Xventure XV-2 Deluxe
Trailer length (in): 151.5
Trailer width (in): 75
Travel height (in): 73
Track (in): 63.4
UVW (lb): 1,190
GVWR (lb): 3,500
Cargo bed (in): 59x89x18
Construction: Aluminum, riveted
Tires: LT315/70R17 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ
Rooftop tent: James Baroud Grand Raid XXL
Freshwater capacity (gal): 22
LP-gas capacity (lb): 20
Base MSRP: $14,500
MSRP (as tested): $24,000
Major options: James Baroud Grand Raid rooftop tent ($3,500), ARB 50-qt Fridge Freezer ($995), ARB air compressor ($375), Cargo Rack Lift Assist ($290), Mickey Thompson tires/wheels ($1,200), ARB awning ($295), Dual battery system ($450), custom vinyl wrap ($450), exterior galley ($950)
Warranty: 10 years on chassis; 1 year on trailer

The VX-2’s tongue cargo box is divided into three sections that contain the power distribution center, deep-cycle Odyssey batteries, Blue Sea marine-style master power switch and battery charger relay, toggle switches for lights, a solar charger, and a 1,000-watt inverter.

We loved having the optional propane-powered Camp Chef Triton 5-liter hot water heater on the XV-2. It provided instant hot water with temps adjustable from 80 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit for taking showers and doing dishes. Truxedo’s roll-up, flush-mount tonneau was also nice. It’s a standard feature on the Deluxe model.

The external galley option, which includes a galley table, two-burner stove, and faucet/sink, is a great convenience item if you are using the XV-2 as a base camp. The table slides into pockets attached to the trailer’s frame. The LED area lights are standard on the XV-2 Deluxe.

The external galley option, which includes a galley table, two-burner stove, and faucet/sink, is a great convenience item if you are using the XV-2 as a base camp. The table slides into pockets attached to the trailer’s frame. The LED area lights are standard on the XV-2 Deluxe.

Toyota’s ’17 Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab Long Bed, like the one we used on our trip, can easily tow the Xventure XV-2, which weighs around 2,300 pounds loaded with water, gear, and provisions needed for the typical multiday overlanding trip. Our Tacoma’s 278hp 3.5L V-6 delivered 13.5 mpg during the 400 miles we were towing the Xventure trailer.

A bonus of the XV-2 is that the trailer bed is as big as a pickup’s—it can be packed with gear or used as a traditional heavy-duty cargo trailer. The width between wheelwells is 49 inches, and with the tailgate down it easily hauls sheets of plywood. Load capacity is a whopping 2,740 pounds.

Sources

Toyota
Torrance, CA 90501
toyota.com

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