With our continuing dependence on tech devices and current state of online privacy, there’s no better time than the present to get off the grid. But whether you’re bugging out full time or just need to unplug for a while, you’ll need to be fully prepped and loaded for your time away from civilization. If you’re worried your 4×4 doesn’t have enough room for your essential gear and creature comforts, there’s no need to trade up to a custom overlanding vehicle — all you have to do is hitch up a trailer. We’ve picked our seven favorite off-road capable trailers that range from stripped-down simplicity to excessive luxury, all of which put your parents’ dinky, dingy pop-up to shame.
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Moby 1 XTR
The Versatile Trailer: There are more luxurious trailers, and there are more compact ones. The Moby 1 XTR combines the best of both worlds to make a compact trailer with all the best comforts of home. The teardrop-shaped trailer comes in either 54- or 60-inch lengths and can fit either a full or queen mattress, respectively. If you’re traveling with an entourage, an optional roof tent expands interior space enough to fit seven people. Other optional amenities include running hot and cold water, heating, air conditioning, an outdoor shower and a lot more, meaning that you don’t have to sacrifice luxury for compact size.
Manley ORV Explore
The Bare Necessities Trailer: Not everyone needs to be pampered — if you want to grow a pair and keep things rugged and simple, the (appropriately named) Manley ORV covers the bare-bones essentials. You essentially get a six foot long lockable tub for all the gear you want to keep safe, along with a top rack and pop-up tent — mounted on 33-inch tires with a hitch-mounted recovery hook for pulling your friends out of the muck without having to detach the trailer. It’s a far cry from Buckingham Palace, but it’s the right choice for the no-nonsense adventurer.
VMI Xtender Compass
The Off-Road Resort Trailer: Bigger, fancier and more affordable than an NYC studio apartment, the VMI Xtender Compass is likely the most opulent off-road trailer you can buy. Other trailers have optional extras, but the Compass is loaded with comfort from the get-go. That includes a hot/cold water system, central heating, air conditioning, a full galley and an LED television. Optional extras for the welded aluminum trailer include a solar panel system and a propane generator.
Outlander Trailers Sherpa II
The Pack Mule Trailer: While it won’t help guide you to a summit, with 40.5 cubic feet of storage the Outlander Trailers Sherpa II will carry all your extra gear there. Better still, the Sherpa is available with water and fuel tanks, as well as a 60-quart cooler for storing around 95 cans of beer. The overhead rack can take on a three- or four-person roof top tent, kayaks or a couple mountain bikes, and removing the main cargo box turns it into a flat-bed trailer.
The Tough Mudder Trailer: Few off-road trailers are suited for invading a small country, but the Schutt Xventure comes pretty close. Like a lot of great 4x4s, the Xventure is derived from a design that saw use in the armed forces. It’s rugged, simple and utilitarian, with a loading space and payload capacity that can fit an ATV or dirt bike. The Xventure also features a top tent and is available with a stainless steel galley. Oh, and the entire thing is constructed from aluminum, meaning rust is about as likely as Alison Brie asking to be your camping buddy.
The Home For Hooligans Trailer: For off-road hoons, the Realtree Basecamp provides both space for bringing along a favorite ATV or dirt bike and a full-sized mattress, sofa bed and table; it can also be optioned with a portable kitchen unit, a 5,000 BTU AC unit, and a portable radiant heater. Think that all this cushiness will weigh you down en route to your favorite trails? Think again: the Basecamp weighs only 1,200 pounds in standard trim.
Mountain Trail Campers Escalade
The Sprawling Sanctuary Trailer: If you need a veritable Tent-Mahal, the people at Mountain Trail Campers have you covered with the Escalade soft-floor camper. It features useful luxuries like a three-burner stove, stow-away refrigerator, a queen sized mattress and a 130-liter water tank (no need to resort to unsavory Bear Grylls survival tactics). The tent, which expands out of a 16 foot-long sheet metal trailer, is lightweight and gas-strut assisted for easy setup. (If you can’t be bothered to use your arms, there’s also an optional auto-opening function.) Unfortunately, Mountain Trail is based in Australia, so while they know a thing or two about tough terrain, they’re also halfway around the world.