When you’re dipping your toe into the proverbial overland trailer pond, you’ll notice that many of the trailers are designed and manufactured in Australia. While that means they weren’t built by our fellow American’s hands, it does mean they were designed to not just survive but also thrive in the harsh conditions and terrain in Australia. And that’s a good thing.
Another thing you’ll notice is that overlanding trailers aren’t cheap — even the small, simple ones. See the first paragraph above as to why. These aren’t your grandpa’s cheaply made highway queen trailers. These things are built to withstand the roughest roads, deepest bogs, and sharpest boulders.
With that said, here are the best overlanding trailers of 2021.
Adventure Campers USA — OPUS OP4
Adventure Campers USA might be the importer, but Opus is the brand — and it’s known as one of the most bad-ass trailer manufacturers in Australia. The OP4 gets its name because it sleeps four people. It weighs 3,020 pounds (so even a Wrangler can tow it) and it’s 19 feet long. The OP4 features a wet bath with cassette toilet, birch-wood kitchen with storage, Truma hot air/water system, Dometic sink/stove and fridge/freezer, LED lighting, room-divider curtains, and a pop-up roof for optimized ventilation.
Airstream — Basecamp
The name in bougie trailers, Airstream, has an overlanding trailer of its own, the Basecamp. Basecamp comes in either 16- or 20-foot lengths. It can sleep up to four people. And it’s offered with four distinct floor plans. Basecamp’s design provides plenty of room to load and unload large gear through the 26-inch by 46-inch rear hatch. If you’re planning to hit some really extreme trails, we recommend adding the X-Package to the Basecamp. That adds some Goodyear tires and a three-inch lift to the suspension. After all, the last thing you want to do is damage your luxury cabin on wheels on a rough road — especially if you can avoid it.
Blue Ridge Expedition Trailers — BRX1
Blue Ridge Expedition (BRX) creates hardcore overland adventure trailers with aesthetics and capability at the forefront of the design. The frame of the BRX trailers is powder coated heavy duty steel. It boasts 22 inches of ground clearance thanks to a set of rugged all-terrain tires, and a 3,500-pound axle-less suspension. It stops as good as it goes, thanks to 12-inch electric brakes. And it’s full outdoor kitchen is fed by an impressive 26-gallon water tank, so you’ll virtually never run out of H2O.
KIMBERLEY KAMPERS USA — KIMBERLEY KARAVAN
The hybrid off-road camper is nothing new — they’ve been around for years. One of the pioneers of the form, however, is Kimberley Kampers and its Kimberley Karavan.
The Karavan, as we’ll refer to it from here on out, is around the length of a traditional camp trailer and about as wide as a 4×4 SUV with a height well short enough to fit into virtually any garage. But with the push of a button it grows by an additional 36 inches into a much larger vehicle. In the transformation from trailer to camper, the Karavan increases to six-foot-three-inches of interior height, essentially becoming the definition of ‘drives small, camps large’ concept.
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With the Karavan fully deployed, in addition to ample headroom (for most folks, at least), overlanders will find a queen-size bed, seating for three to four adults, a swing-away composting toilet that reveals a full-size shower. Multi-use water is pulled from an onboard 36-gallon tank while drinking water is supplied by an additional 18-gallon tank.
The Karavan boasts a stainless steel outdoor kitchen that buyers can specify with either a Weber, stainless steel barbecue or a two-burner gas stove. All of this rides on an independent trailing-arm suspension complete with airbags, putting eight inches of clearance between the Karavan and the ground.
KIMBERLEY KAMPERS USA — KIMBERLEY KRUISERS
The distinct submarine-like silhouette of the Kimberley Kruisers is more than just for aerodynamics, the upfront ‘Uni-Pod’ houses the onboard electronics. But we’ll get to those in a moment.
The Krusiers are available in three trims: the E-Class, S-Class, and T-Class. No matter the trim, the Kruisers are fitted with a 600-amp lithium battery system which is fed in part by a 1.0-kiloWatt rooftop solar array. This onboard electricity generation and storage can help power a whole host of technical goodies, including 28-inch TVs, top-level marine audio system, onboard 5G-ready modems, cell boosters, wireless trailer-to-vehicle connectivity, air conditioning, and more.
The rear of the Krusier is a full ensuite replete with full-size shower, composting toilet, Corian-topped vanities, full-size mirror, and built-in sink.
The larger S- and T-Class trims feature full-width tunnel trunk storage as well as upright cupboard storage beside the bed. Meanwhile, overhead headboard storage rounds out your “more than enough room” storage options.
OFF Grid Trailers — Expedition 2.0
Unlike other offerings on this list, the Expedition 2.0 from Off Grid Trailers is all aluminum — there’s no wood anywhere on this bad boy. That means it’s tough. What’s more, it is mold and mildew resistant. You can make the Expedition 2.0 your own with additional options that include custom designed wrap; exterior mounted Bluetooth stereo system with dual marine speakers; 24-inch smart Smartcast LED TV and mount bracket; convertible couch; 360 degree Maxcoupler Hitch; 6,500-BTU furnace; levelling/stabilizing jacks and more.
OFFROAD RV — SNIPER X.9
If you can’t tell from all the doors and cubbies on Offroad RV’s Sniper X.9, this thing packs a lot of features into a small space. It’s only 13 feet, two inches long. It has a stainless steel slideout kitchen, queen mattress, built-in shower enclosure, kitchen awning, and an internal heater, just to name a few.
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For those cold mornings, designers included a propane-burning instant water heater. All of these great features come with a cost, though, and we don’t just mean price tag. It weighs 4,000 pounds. So, you’ll need more than a Wrangler to pull it. But most any mid-size pickup (and above) should make quick towing work of the Sniper X.9.
SYMMETRY TRAILERS — SYMRVR
The SymRvr is the mid-level model in the Symmetry Trailers lineup. Each one is hand built by company founder Adam Pauli. Accordingly, each customer gets one-on-one time with Symmetry to determine exactly what their build should look like and how they’re going to use it. They can scale the build down to be a veritable blank canvas for a DIY overlander. Or they can take it to the hilt and build out a really trick turnkey option. Nearly whatever you can dream up, Symmetry can make a reality.
The SymRvr is built from a fully boxed 2×3 rectangular steel tube frame. Each trailer is fitted with both front and rear receivers. This enables owners to add on extras as they see fit, like an articulating hitch, cargo box, or a rear-mounted bike rack.
The trailer can be suspended over a solid axle. Or it can be upgraded to a Timbren suspension setup. Similarly, the customer can specify the weight rating of the suspension. Don’t know what exactly your trailer should be sprung for? Don’t worry, Symmetry will work with you to figure it out, based upon your needs.
The customization continues from there. Additional add-ons include on-board water, fridge slides, fold-down tables, molle panels, on-board electrical and lighting, side access doors, rooftop tent.
Each trailer is finished in a truck-bed spray-on liner, which is available in more than 65 colors. So, can have yours finished in a color to compliment your rig.
The simplicity of the Symmetry Trailers is what we love about them. They have everything you need and nothing you don’t. And you can tell that they’re made with quality and care — and build to last.
Header image: Blue Ridge Expedition Trailers