The big benefit is how it handles: think larger wheels for off-roading, an aggressive departure angle for switchbacks and ground clearance, an aerodynamic shape that reduces fuel consumption, and wheel flares and side skirts that protect the undercarriage from debris.
Airstream Nest Caravan
After acquiring Oregon-based Nest Caravans last month, Airstream plans to start producing its own versions of the startup company’s aerodynamic, all-fiberglass, 16-foot-long travel trailers.
Ayers Rock Van
Measuring in at just over 7.5 feet and propelled by Ducato’s standard six-speed engine, the two-room Ayers Rock has a full kitchen, a pair of sleeping spaces and a compact bathroom.
Bowlus Road Chief Limited Edition Lithium+
A few years ago, the rights and plans to the Bowlus were bought by some business folks, and they’ve been outfitting its original design with modern touches like comfy beds, solar-heated water and Italian galleys.
Chesapeake Light Craft Teardrop Camper
Noticing that it was basically the same construction as a boat — just inverted — the Annapolis boatwright decided to produce a teardrop trailer kit, which you can use to make your own at a fraction of the cost of buying one.
Dinky Dub Camper
Weighing a sprightly 1,000 pounds, the build features a dinette set that converts to a double bed, flashy vinyl flooring and a paint job that looks like it belongs in a ‘50s-era diner.
Journey Trail Basecamp
It’s a lightweight trailer that folds out to reveal a spacious, heavy-duty nine-foot tent without compromising storage space.
Lotus Caravans Off Grid
It’s got the solar accoutrements and dual 95-liter water tanks that are pretty much compulsory these days, but it’s the fully customizable floorplan that really sets this rig apart. Read: fold-out Weber grill, tons of storage, leather upholstery and soft-close drawers that won’t fly open when you’re breaking trail — although the heavy-duty shocks should take care of that regardless.
Timberleaf Camping Trailer
With an anodized aluminum body, Baltic Birch interior, economic galley with cabinets and cooler, and a cabin with a panoramic skylight and enough space for a custom-made Colorado Queen mattress, the teardrop trailer is entirely livable but can still bob and weave with the best of ‘em.
Venture OHV Rough Ridge Edition
Light enough to be hauled behind any SUV, Inka’s new camper goes as deep into the wild as your wheels will allow, bringing with it plentiful creature comforts in an efficiently optimized package.
Wide Path Camper
A new bicycle-friendly sleeper for your extended two-wheeled sojourns. It can comfortably sleep two adults and fit four at mealtime.
Because blending in also means leaving a smaller footprint, the Paseo comes with an eco-friendly toilet and Ford EcoBoost engine, which consumes less gas and is substantially quieter.