In addition to the Jayco 10Y there are other off-highway trailers available from a variety of manufacturers. Some vary significantly in design, but like the 10Y they all offer capability far exceeding a standard pop-up camper.
Fleetwood says that the 2005 Evolution is one of its first Activity Support Vehicle (ASV) folding trailers. ASVs feature unique off-road construction and interiors that allow outdoor enthusiasts of all ages a chance to stay where they play.
Why it's cool: Heavy-duty gas shock suspension system, 6-inch tubular steel frame, 5-inch tubular steel A-frame, stabilizers with Sand Pads, 13-inch aluminum wheels, electric brakes, and your choice of "You Want a Piece of Me Yellow" or "Play Hard Platinum" colors.
Base price: $7,999
Info: Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., 951/351-3500, www.fleetwood.com
This clever trailer is very unique and Jumping Jack claims that no other tent trailer can be configured in so many ways, providing you with the ability to haul a variety of things in one compact easy-to-tow package.
Why it's cool: Claimed setup time of under 5 minutes, 15-inch wheels, seven big windows, sleeps up to six, 96 cubic feet of interior space, 7-foot ceiling height, 8-foot beds, heavy-duty torsion axle, and lots of options.
Base price: $4,995
Info: Jumping Jack, 866/461-7001, www.jumpingjacktrailers.com
Tentrax calls it "terrain rated" and says that multiuse capabilities and versatility are what make the Tentrax Off Road A/T the ultimate backcountry camping trailer. It sleeps two adults.
Why it's cool: Fiberglass body reinforced with 3/4-inch plywood, 1/4-inch wall 2x2 steel frame, 1,000-pound torflex axle, 3,500-pound hub and bearings, up to 38-inch tire diameter with stock suspension, optional nerf bars, skidplate, off-road pintle system, aluminum dry box, and 4-inch lift kit, quick setup.
Base price: $5,995
Info: Tentrax, 541/484-9885, www.tentrax.com
The RT stands for rough terrain, and Starcraft says that its RT trailers can go almost everywhere. Three models are available; the 10RT, 11RT (shown), and the 12RT. The 11RT is fully self-contained and features an extended front cargo area for hauling gear.
Why it's cool: Heavy-duty shocks, 6-inch tube frame, 15-inch mud-terrain tires, electric brakes, seamless fiberglass roof, front king-size bunkend, rear double bunkend, aluminum wheels, and stabilizing jacks with Sand Pads.
Base price: $11,101
Info: Starcraft RV Inc., 260/593-2550, www.starcraftrv.com