The latest (as of mid-2015) entry into the teardrop market comes from Grand Junction, Colorado: Vintage Overland.
These teardrop style "caravan" trailers come in 3 flavors:
The Tuco, a basic model that's 4' X 8' and doesn't include a rear hatch.
The Great Escape is 4' X 8' and includes a rear hatch and additional LED lighting.
The T.E. Lawrence is 5' X 8' and includes a larger bed, extra LED lighting, a writing desk, and additional storage.
The trailers start at $10,500 and take around 6 weeks to be hand-built. They're accepting orders for 2016 now.
If you're looking for an all-in-one Off Road camper trailer, the Everest 1 from Latitude Campers may be the perfect choice.
The 7' X 4' tent-trailer comes complete with a large fold out tent with queen size spring mattress, 12v power system & 110v inverter, water pump with faucet, and a built in double burner stove. The feature list goes on and on, starting at just $14,700.
See their site for more info.
You’ve seen the original version of the XVenture Trailer by Schutt Industries in the first season of Expedition Overland. It’s a stout off road trailer built to military specifications to handle years of heavy-duty use and abuse.
At Overland Expo we got a sneak peek at the latest evolution of the XVenture, which will be featured in the upcoming Season 2 of XO. This version of the trailer has several significant upgrades over the original, including:
Off Road Trailers (also known as Adventure Trailers or Overland / Expedition Trailers) have been around for decades. These trailers have been used to support worldwide expeditions, Saharan safaris, and thousands of weekend camping trips around the world. These types of trailers are also very popular with hunters looking to get as far into the backcountry as possible.
How much storage do you need?
Face it, the main reason many of us start dreaming of an off-road trailer is to carry all of our great gear into the back country. It could be because our family has grown and we need the space in the truck (as is in the case in our family) or it could be that you're sick of packing up your vehicle every time you want to go wheeling.
Perhaps most importantly, many want to be able to spend an extended amount of time off the grid, and a well stocked trailer makes it much easier.
Like many, we've had our tow rig (a 2007 FJ Cruiser) for many years before getting into the ORT game. This last week we did our first major road trip with the truck & trailer and noticed that while our FJ is awesome on the trail, it's not amazing at towing a 1500lb trailer uphill in the wind, especially running 33" tires. We're looking into upgrade options to help remedy the situation. So we're wondering what the best upgrades are (in general) to make a tow rig perform a little better on the highway.
We've thought long and hard about the best way to do a comparison of overland style off road (or expedition) trailers that would give you a good basis for starting your research.
With so many brands, styles, and options on each trailer - it's nearly impossible to do an effective comparison, so we had to think 'inside the box' for the beginning.
With the publication of FJC Magazines first review of the Manley Explore trailer in the April 2013 issue, the question once again comes up: is it better to buy a trailer ready to go, or to build one from a used military-style trailer?
To put the cart before the horse, the answer of course is that it depends on your situation. Time and money are the two main variables in this equation, but don’t forget about skill.