Camping is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It gives us a chance to relax, unwind, and enjoy some fresh air while spending time with our families. Visiting State Parks and other campgrounds are great for traditional RVs and travel trailers. But what do you do if you want to get a little deeper into nature? When we first started camping, Kellie and I would go places no ordinary camper could go. We would pack up her Jeep with our tent and tarps and rough it for days at a time. Traditional RVs just aren’t made for this kind of rugged terrain, unless you have an RV built on a tank frame. If not, this is where all terrain campers come in. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at 5 off-road campers for conquering the great outdoors.
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What Is An Off-Road Camper?
With un-conventional camping in mind, off-road campers are manufactured to handle rugged, rough terrain. They are equipped with larger, all-terrain tires, and have a higher ground clearance than traditional campers. These rugged campers are built with a stronger chassis and beefed-up suspension to easily handle any terrain your tow vehicle can handle. Off-road campers are often equipped with an enhanced tow hitch for 360 degrees of rotation, up, down, left and right. These key features are important if you will be doing any rock climbing or mudding through extreme terrain to reach your destination. And don’t worry about amenities because these campers come with everything you will need to camp off the grid for several days.
Keeping weight in mind, these off-road campers are perfect for any Jeep, SUV, or 4 wheel drive truck. As always, refer to your vehicles towing recommendations before hooking up and hitting the trails.
Vorsheer XER Off-Road Camper
Vorsheer manufactures off-road campers right here in the USA. As a result of a lack of quality off-road campers, Vorsheer began building these campers in 2018. The company mission is, “Produce top quality products while maintaining open communication, excellent customer service, and a transparent process.”
The attention to detail and commitment to quality can be seen in the XER. Having a kitchen equipped with sink, stove, shower, and room for a large cooler is the main focus of this off-road camper. These key features allow you to cook wherever you decide to camp. With 72,000 cubic inches of storage space, you can be confident that you can fit all of your camping and fishing gear in this camper. ( 12 Essential Items For New Campers )
Other standard features include 33” All-Terrain tires, Timber axle-less suspension, and leveling jack stands. If the standard package doesn’t fit your needs, there are options available. A few of these options include upgrading to 35” tires for more ground clearance and some additional lighting in the kitchen and tongue box areas.
- Length – 12.3 ‘
- Ground Clearance – 22”
- Weight – 1300 lbs.
- Tongue Weight – 50 lbs.
- Sleep Area – Roof Top Tent
The XV-2 is designed to exceed the performance standards of today’s military. This extreme off-road camper features all aluminum construction and uses Alcoa Huck Bolt fasteners. In fact, there are over 300 Huck Bolts just in the chassis. By using this technology there are no need for welds that can weaken and potentially crack in extreme terrain.
This off-road camper allows you to pack all of your camping gear in it’s 49” X 89” full sized cargo bed. So, when it comes to cargo capacity, this camper really measures up. Another great standard feature is the patented Elevating Rack System which provides you with 56 inches of roof height for your ATV or dirt bike.
- Length – 12.5 ‘
- Ground Clearance – 17.5″
- Weight – 1,200 lbs.
- Payload Capacity – 2,300 lbs.
- Sleep Area – Roof Top Tent
Black Series Sargent Off-Road Camper
The Sargent off-road camper is built with the beginner in mind. It features all of the quality of higher end campers without the big price tag. The Black Series is equipped with a custom engineered independent suspension system that utilizes trailing arms to allow each wheel to move independently of each other. As a result, this technology provides a safer, smoother ride regardless of terrain. These extreme off-road campers are also equipped with four shocks instead of the standard two shocks found on most campers.
The deck of this camper hinges to allow for easy loading and unloading of all of your camping gear. Mounted on top of the deck is a high-quality 12 ft. canvas tent that sets up in minutes and provides you with a true indoor/outdoor camping experience.
- Length – 15′
- Weight – 1,777 lbs.
- Brakes – 10″ Heavy Duty Electric Drum
- Sleep Area – Deck Mounted Tent
Black Series HQ12 Off-Road Camper
Just like the Sargent, the HQ12 comes equipped with all of the technology required for extreme off-road camping. This extreme off-road camper is built with family in mind. Not only does this camper have the suspension of the Sargent, it also comes equipped with a cassette toilet, shower, and kitchen. When it comes to fitting amenities of a standard travel trailer in a compact package, the HQ12 fits the bill, making it the perfect off-road camper for a family of four.
There is no doubt this camper can handle any terrain as it sits on 16” steel wheels wrapped with Goodyear Mud Terrain tires.
- Length – 19.6’
- Weight – 4,422 lbs.
- Fresh Water Tank Cap. – 16 gal.
- Gray Water Cap. – 66 gal.
- Sleeping Area – Double Bed, Convertible Dinette, Removable Bunk Bed
Airstream Basecamp X
One of the most popular brands of travel trailers is Airstream and they have become one of the most recognizable designs on the road for decades. When you see one, you know it’s an Airstream by it’s shiny silver appearance. The Basecamp X is another line of Airstream campers that follows the classic American design. This off-road camper is sleek in design yet rugged enough to handle rough terrain to follow you deep into the wilderness.
The Basecamp X comes equipped with a convertible rear space that can be used for eating, hanging out, simply used for storing your gear.
“Our Basecamp X encourages you to go on bigger adventures. You can tackle rough roads and cold weather driving with confidence. The higher departure angle along with the aerodynamic design opens up a new world to explore.”Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler
When it comes to extreme features, the Basecamp X comes standard with a 3” lift for clearance, Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Tires, and stainless-steel front stone guard.
- Length – 16’ 3”
- Weight – 2,635 lbs.
- Hitch Weight – 435 lbs.
- Fresh Water Tank Cap. – 22 gal.
- Gray and Black Water Combo Cap. – 29 gal.
- Panoramic Front Window with Blackout Shades
Conclusion On Off-Road Campers
These 5 off-road campers are perfect for getting off-grid or just paving your own path to a place where most campers can’t go. With weights coming in under 5,000 pounds, no matter what you’re using to tow, I’m sure you can find the perfect fit for your needs. If you are looking for something a little more traditional, check out 5 Awesome Travel Trailer For a Jeep Gladiator. Tell us what you think about these all terrain campers by leaving a comment below. We would love to hear from you.
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