An affordable off-road-capable overlanding trailer is an investment in adventure. Set up in the backcountry or a primitive campground, the right off-road trailer or teardrop camper can take your outdoor experience to new levels of enrichment. Days filled with outdoor exploration, nights spent under star-filled skies, and some of the basic comforts of civilization are just a few of the rewards offered by a camping trailer with off-road chops.
Starting with a budget of under $10,000, we curated a collection of traditional camping trailers and teardrop-style camping trailers. These trailers will move your off-road and overlanding journeys up a notch or two.
Take a gander, and if you find something you like, dig deeper into your favorite below.
Off-Road Camper Trailers Under $10,000
Hiker Trailers Mid-Range XL Off-Road
With four models to choose from, Hiker Trailers builds a compact camping trailer for every level of adventure. The quartet of capable Hiker off-road trailers runs from the Highway Deluxe ($5,999) meant for smooth dirt and gravel roads to the fully capable go-anywhere Extreme Off Road ($14,999).
One of our favorites is the Hiker Trailers Mid-Range XL Off-Road ($9,699). Designed for moderate off-roading on rugged dirt and gravel roads, the Hiker Mid-Range XL Off-Road trailer’s many features include a 3,500-pound-rated torsion suspension axle, two rear stabilizer jacks, and steel diamond plate fenders.
Exterior dimensions on the basic 5×8-foot trailer are 94 inches long, 58 inches wide, and 44 inches high. The Mid-Range XL can also be built on a 5×9-foot or 5×10-foot floor plan. A 3,500-pound-capacity torsion axle, 2-inch frame lift, and 16-inch aluminum wheels with 31.5-inch tires provide the Hiker Trailers Mid-Range XL Off-Road with elevated off-road capabilities.Check Price at Hiker Trailers
Manley ORV Explore
Manley ORV Trailers builds the closest thing you can find to a military M416 jeep trailer and traces its design and construction heritage back to the famous WW II-era K-38 Jeep trailers. The Manley ORV Explore ($9,995) model off-road trailer will effortlessly follow you out to your favorite remote campsite and is our choice for the best “trailer-top tent” model in the Manley ORV Trailer line.
The Manley ORV Explore off-road trailer is based on the company’s 14-gauge steel tub with a 1/8-inch-thick steel floor. The Explore weighs 775 pounds and has a load capacity of 2,000 pounds. It has all the basic attributes of the cargo-focused Manley ORV Original and Utility trailers, plus some of the comfort features of its bigger brother, the Basecamp trailer.
Standard issue equipment on the Manley ORV Explore includes an independent torsion axle, lockable aluminum lid, one-hand-close tailgate, a tall trailer rack system, and a rooftop tent. A 2-inch ball coupler and 31-inch off-road tires are also standard.Check Price at Manley ORV
Oregon Trailer DoDrop
The Oregon Trailer DoDrop ($8,500) is the company’s most affordable of its teardrop trailer models and a good choice for the backcountry traveler. The DoDrop is made from high-grade materials and sits on a steel tube frame, but it’s light enough (550 pounds) to be easily towed by almost any small car or CUV.
The trailer’s body dimensions are 4 feet wide, 3.5 feet tall, and 7 feet long. It offers plenty of sleeping room with a bed length of 78 inches and an interior width of 47 inches. Two 26×32-inch trailer doors make entry and egress easy. Jeep-style fenders keep road debris off the trailer, and custom rack and electrical options are available.
For a teardrop trailer that can truly stand up to the rigors of off-roading, Oregon Trailer’s DoDrop Alpha ($13,250) is prepared for the worst with a reinforced tubular steel chassis and 1,400-pound capacity long-travel independent torsion system.
Among the many options available, the DoDrop can be equipped with a chuck box/camp kitchen, making it a comfortable mini-cabin on wheels for a cozy weekend away or a long cross-country adventure.Check Price at Oregon Trailer
Timberleaf Trailers Kestral
The Kestrel ($8,750) is the most affordable camping trailer in the Timberleaf Trailer line and the company’s lightest and most compact teardrop model. If you are looking for a minimalist camping trailer, the Kestrel is a good choice. Unlike Timberleaf’s Pika and Classic models, the Kestrel doesn’t have a rear-access hatch, a galley, built-in power, or a skylight.
However, the Kestrel does come standard with an insulated ceiling, aluminum roof and sides, LED cabin lights, LED running and taillights, interior cabinets, a 6-inch mattress, and two 26×36-inch doors with vented windows. You also get pre-wiring for future electrical power system upgrades and a 2-inch receiver hitch in the rear for bike racks.
If you want to spend a little more, you can get your Kestrel upgraded with the All-Road package or the Off-Road package. The All-Road options add provide up to 17 inches of ground clearance, heavy-duty suspension, and 30-inch tires.
With up to 23 inches of ground clearance. The Off-Road package makes the Kestrel into an off-road beast with a 4-inch lift, 33-inch all-terrain tires, and aluminum diamond plate Jeep-style fenders with integrated steps.Check Price at Timberleaf Trailers
Off-Road Campers & Teardrops Under $15,000
Tentrax Trailers Ascend
The Tentrax Ascend off-road trailer is a great choice for those looking for something lightweight, affordable ($11,995), and easy to tow behind your Jeep or whatever 4×4 you use for your off-grid adventures. Weighing in at just 600 pounds, the Tentrax Ascend trailer has a powder-coated steel frame, reinforced fiberglass body, and a pop-up tent made from water-resistant ripstop poly cotton that’s also UV- and mold-resistant.
Moderate off-road capability comes in the form of a 1,800-pound-capacity Dexter Torflex torsion axle, and 30-inch off-road tires wrapped around steel wheels. Other standard equipment includes a 48×96-inch bed with foam padding, a frame-mounted front rack, a roof rack mounted to the lid, a hitch ball towing attachment, a four-pin trailer wiring harness, and a heavy-duty removable jack stand.
Available options for the Tentrax Ascend off-road trailer are numerous. Standouts are an off-road ready Timbren axle-less suspension, a 12V electrical package (two 12V outlets, deep cycle battery, and battery box), and an electric trailer brake system. For those hardcore off-road enthusiasts, there is also an Off-Road Articulation Package that gets you an articulating hitch, trailer tongue extension, and an extended wiring harness.Check Price at Tentrax
TC Teardrops Overland
Teardrop-style trailers became popular in the ’50s and ’60s and have seen a remarkable revival among buyers in the last decade or so. TC Teardrops Trailers produces several models that are modern-day versions of these classic and easy-to-tow trailers.
The most basic is the Oasis model. On the top end of the scale is the TC Teardrop Off-Road Expedition, which has all the bells and whistles, and a price to go with them. Our favorite in the line is the Overland ($10,100 for the 4×8-foot floorplan). The Overland comes in five sizes, from the smallest version at 4×8 feet to the largest model at 5×10 feet.
Typical features on TC Teardrops’ Overland are the sleeping room for two, 12V accessory outlets, LED lighting, and a front storage platform. A choice of three different galley styles depends upon the trailer footprint size you choose, but all offer a rear galley with shelves and a slide-out table. The Overland model also gets electric trailer brakes, a 2,000-pound capacity torsion axle, and an articulating hitch.Check Price at TC Teardrops
Bivouac Camping Trailers Fort
The Fort overlanding trailer ($10,995) from Bivouac Camping Trailers is packed with features that make it a top choice for off-road camping enthusiasts. Nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo space and the option of a cargo rack or rooftop tent mounted to the upper deck make the Fort off-road trailer a versatile overlanding companion.
The Fort trailer’s powder-coated steel tube frame sits on a 2,500-pound capacity torsion axle, with 10-inch electric brakes, steel wheels, and 31-inch tires. Standards include goodies like a basic top cargo tray, side steps, LED brake lights, and side marker lights.
Available accessories are nearly endless. Some of our top option picks would be the Rotopax fluid and storage containers, an LP gas bottle rack, upgraded shock absorbers, and the body lift that allows the fitment of 33-inch off-road tires.Check Price at Moabaz
SylvanSport GO Camping Trailer
SylvanSport builds lightweight trailers for the backcountry explorer. Its GO Camping Trailer ($14,495) weighs just 840 pounds and has a metal tube structure rather than the more common hard-side off-road camping trailer design. The magic of this trailer’s design is its versatility. The Go Camping Trailer can convert from a pop-up tent trailer to a cargo trailer to a bike trailer within a few minutes.
The SylvanSport GO Camping Trailer can be optioned out for more rugged travel with off-road favorable features like a larger wheel and tire combo that help deliver increased ground clearance. With sleeping room for four adults and a center-standing room of 6 feet 5 inches, the trailer is easy to live in. Somewhat of a Swiss Army Knife, the GO Trailer can be folded tight and low for travel or expanded to bloom into a full-size tent with beds and standing room.Check Price at SylvanSports
Off-Road Adventure Trailer Under $20,000
Schutt XVenture XV-3 Trailer
The XVenture XV-3 Trailer ($17,925) from Schutt Industries is one of the recreational overlanding trailer products from a company that also manufactures industrial and military-grade cargo handling equipment. The company’s experience in these highly demanding fields has helped it create the XVenture line of off-road camping trailers.
The XVenture XV-3 offers all-aluminum construction, a front-wheel jack, rear stabilizer jacks, three-piece step-style fenders, and a power distribution center wired with fused switchable supply ports. It also has a swing-away tailgate and integrated galley table, a 110V exterior power receptacle, and cargo-bed-mounted 12V receptacles. The Schutt XVenture XV-3 trailer is one of our favorites in the upper end of the affordable off-road camping trailer category.Check Price at Schutt Industries
For the DIY Builder
Boreas Campers Chassis
For the off-road trailer buyer looking for a DIY project, here’s a great way to start that custom build you’ve got in mind from a company that builds and sells some very nice high-end off-road camping trailers. The Boreas Chassis ($6,500) is just that — a ready-to-roll off-road chassis that offers a clean sheet to work from.
The Boreas Campers Chassis delivers a powder-coated steel subframe and a 3,500-pound capacity trailing arm suspension system with dual shocks and heavy-duty coil springs. An articulating hitch coupler with handbrake, electric drum brakes, and off-road tires and wheels provide the ability to easily handle rough off-road terrain.
Front and rear 2-inch receiver hitches, a seven-pin trailer wiring harness, a main chassis electrical harness, taillights, and red and orange marker lights are also part of the standard equipment package on the Boreas Chassis. The options list could add fenders, spare tire and mount, a toolbox, rear leveling jacks, and a 30-gallon freshwater tank to your Boreas Chassis order. But, the rest of the trailer build is up to your imagination.Check Price at Boreas Campers