Equal parts comfort and roughing it, these burly trailers and teardrops provide a place to lay your head at night and are meant for venturing off the beaten path.
If you love gear and have plenty of it, overnight adventures by car offer lots of freedom. And with an off-road-capable vehicle, there’s almost no limit to where you can go.
And a trailer or teardrop can both add a little extra comfort of home and give you more gear storage space. From luxurious teardrops built to turn heads to customizable DIY trailer kits, there are abundant options out there. And the build can rage from flat terrain only to extreme overlanding.
But there’s a sliver of the pull-behind market that’s both budget friendly and off-road ready. So we searched out 10 teardrops and trailers spec’d to handle rugged terrain for under $10,000 (or really close to it). And to make the list, each trailer had to at least provide a sleep shelter – no uncovered trailers (no matter how cool they looked).
Off-Road Trailers Under $10,000
The advantage of off-road trailers with tent systems is that they are generally light and versatile. Because there are no dedicated sleeping quarters built into the design, there’s room to play around with storage and rack mounts.
But you still gotta sleep. So each of these off-road trailers comes equipped with a rooftop tent.
Turtleback Adventure: $9,995
With a base weight of 940 pounds, Turtleback’s Adventure trailer won’t overwhelm small SUVs or wagons. Plus, it comes standard with a 200-square-foot waterproof canvas pop-up tent that fits a queen mattress. The trailer itself offers more than 47 cubic feet of storage, forward and aft receiver hitches, rubber torsion axles, and bedliner-coated chassis.
Built in Cosby, Tenn., the comparatively diminutive Highland Expedition Outfitters (HEO) T3 Overland Trailer carries a dry weight of 550 pounds. But its 2,200-pound torsion axles, 16-inch ground clearance, and rust-proof aluminum composite construction mean it’ll tackle what you throw at it. At camp, the brand’s bespoke rooftop tent accommodates two people with a 56-by-96-inch mattress.
Kakadu BushRanger 200 XT: $9,295
Tipping the scales at 1,100 pounds, Kakau’s BushRanger 200XT requires a beefier tower than other trailers. But with it comes 50 cubic feet of storage, Timbren Aeon Spring axle-less independent suspension, jerry can mounts, dual hitch receivers, and an off-road upgrade to fenders, tires, and ground clearance. Plus, it has a canvas tent and awning that span 200 square feet.
This heavy-duty tow-behind weighs more (1,300+ pounds) and has less storage (24.7 cubic feet) than other trailers on this list. But it makes up for those strikes with a significant tent upgrade. The Bravo package adds a Tepui Kukenam (we tested a similar model and loved it) to the stout steel Moab. Without the tent, this comes with a cargo basket and racks to carry canoes, kayaks, or mountain bikes. Even with it, the Moab still offers fully enclosed locking storage, 16-inch clearance, and a diamond-plated tongue deck for stashing extra gear.
Manley Orv Explore: $9,395
The Manley Orv Explore trailer claims it’s “ready to conquer.” And by taking a few of the standout features from each of the other trailers on this list, it should be. Like the Moab, the MORV provides a proven camp system. But at 775 pounds, it packs that same camp muscle into a more svelte package. It also has a removable aluminum lid covering its nearly 40-cubic-foot storage bay. It also sports an independent torsion axle, 31-inch A/T tires, and a Manley toolbox standard.
Off-Road Teardrop Trailers Under $10,000
Where trailers tend toward utility, teardrops provide class and an iconic style. They’re a bit bulkier, but teardrops add a touch of refinement while still fitting nicely into a remote getaway.
All the teardrops on this list have an “off-road rating.”
Hiker Trailers Extreme Off-Road Deluxe: $7,995–9,995
Beginning at under $8,000, Hiker Trailers’ Extreme Off-Road Deluxe offers a host of options ranging from a basic beginner-friendly setup to a fully kitted-out camper. But at its base, it offers diamond-plated fenders, rear gallery door, 3,500-pound axle, dual windows, and a 110-volt power strip. Available in 8-, 9-, and 10-foot lengths, each model can accommodate a bunch of handy extras if you’re willing to go beyond the $10,000 budget.
Oregon Trail’R Do-Drop: From $5,500
At its core, Oregon Trail’R’s Do-Drop is as simple as it looks. And that’s good, because at a $5,500 base price, you can add a bunch of extras and still come in under budget. These teardrops come in both 3.5- and 4-foot widths, so you can customize it as a one- or two-person camper. Aluminum covers the plywood frame, built atop a square-tube chassis. But you can add a 12-volt interior/exterior power system, rear-leveling package, 15-inch A/T tires, a roof-rack setup, and more, all without cracking two grand extra.
Escapade Camper Base + A/T Package: $6,850
Similar to the Do-Drop, the Escapade starts at a price that allows you freedom to upgrade as you need. The 5-by-8-foot trailer has two locking doors and windows on either side and a rear door with storage shelves. You don’t get a galley, but you do get an extra 6.67 square feet of front storage area and an insulated birch interior with LED lighting. With the A/T package, the teardrop raises 18 inches off the ground, and it has Timbren axle-less suspension and galvanized trailer upgrades.
TC Teardrop 5’x9′ & Off-Road Expedition Package: $9,600
At 5-by-9 feet, the TC Teardrop provides a little more sleeping room than many of the other options here. Plus, it comes standard with a 25-inch-deep galley and diamond-plated front storage box. Add the Off-Road Expedition package and you’ll kiss that $10K mark without blowing past. And you’ll get Toyo A/T tires, extra-large fenders, skid plate, 45-degree torsion axle, roof rack, and six external accessory mounts.
Mirror Lake Basecamp: $10,500
Mirror Lake’s Basecamp comes in $500 over budget. But for that little bit extra, you get a more furnished build. The Basecamp has almost 121 cubic feet of interior space, which the brand claims is “comfy for people up to 6-foot 7-inches.” Plus, the headboard has a storage nook, cupholders, and sliding modular storage baskets. The rear lockable galley has a drop-down prep table, and the dual-door living area comes finished with marine carpet on the walls and ceiling. Fiberglass covers the insulated cabin and sits on top of a galvanized CNC’d trailer with R15 A/T tires.