A major part of our upgrades of the Manley ORV EXPLORE trailer (See July 2014 issue of TCT Magazine), was adding a Rhino Lining to the bed. Not only does the heavy duty lining protect the steel inside the trailer, it makes moving around boxes and gear a little easier as well.
Like any good project, the success of lining a trailer comes down to two factors: Preparation and Expertise.
Expedition Portal has posted parts 1 and 2 of their review of the "Severe Duty" XVENTURE XV-2 Trailer from Schutt Industries. You have a trailer similar to this towed by Expedition Overland, and it's been making its way around the country this summer.
Another new trailer company has popped up in our neck of the woods, Crawlorado Off Road Trailers in Colorado Springs, CO.
Their flagship product is a very stout "virtually indestructable" off road trailer that comes fully built up:
Their site doesn't list a price range for this trailer, but considering the number of features it's most likely north of $10,000.
When traveling the world in your Off Road Trailer, one of the primary functions is to make kitchen setup easy and painless. In my backpacking days, setting up the ‘cooking’ area was as simple as unpacking the small stove, adding water to our dehydrated food, and cooking. With a trailer & many more mouths to feed, it gets a little more complicated.
Many trailers ship with slide out kitchens, and many others setup side shelves meant to hold their stove & cooking supplies. We’re increasingly seeing ‘all in one’ kitchen setups like the Cabela’s Deluxe Campers Kitchen ($129), the Outdoorsman from My Camp Kitchen ($449), or the Kanz $795 Field Kitchen (box only – no accessories included). Portable solutions like these make it easy to take your kitchen with you when not using the trailer (such as tailgating, etc), and make it possible to move the kitchen away from your ‘living area’.
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:
We picked up our Manley ORV Explore trailer a couple of weeks ago and have spent a little time with her so far. The initial review will be published in the April 2013 issue of FJC Magazine, but here's a sneak peek photo of the lid opened up. So far this trailer lives up to the hype and we can't wait to get it out on the trail!
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A nice example of a fully built Off Road Trailer from our friends in Germany!