The price is right on these well-equipped off-road and overland adventure trailers. Check out our favorite tow-behinds and teardrops under $10K.
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 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 certainly 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 Camping Trailers Under $10,000
Highland Expedition Outfitters (HEO) offers the off-road and overlanding enthusiast a trio of trailer options, including the HEO T3 ($8,500), T3.5, and the T7.
The most affordable of the HEO trailers is the T3, featuring an all-aluminum tubular frame, 2,000-pound capacity torsion axle, 3,500-pound idler spindles, LED lighting, reinforced lockable tailgate, steel wheels, 31×10.50R15 tires, a flat-4 electrical trailer connector, solid lid, and a sliding cargo tray.
The HEO T3 trailer has a deck height of just 24 inches on the 6-foot-long tub, making it easy to load and unload. And 16 inches of ground clearance means you can take the T3 just about anywhere.
With four basic models to choose from, Hiker Trailers builds a compact camping trailer for every sort of adventure. One of our favorites is the Hiker Trailers Mid-Range XL Off-Road ($8,850).
Designed for moderate off-roading on rugged dirt and gravel roads, the 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 5×8-foot box are 94 inches long, 58 inches wide, and 44 inches high. An available 2-inch frame lift and 16-inch aluminum wheels with 31.5-inch tires can provide the Hiker Trailers Mid-Range XL Off-Road with elevated off-road capabilities.
The Fort overlanding trailer ($9,795) from Bivouac Camping Trailers is packed with features that make it a great off-road camping trailer. 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 companion.
The Fort trailer’s powder-coated steel tube frame sits on a 3,500-pound capacity torsion axle derated to 2,500 pounds, with 10-inch electric brakes, steel wheels, and 31×10.50R15 all-terrain tires. Standards include goodies like a basic top cargo tray, side steps, LED brake lights, and side marker lights.
Available options are nearly endless and range from Rotopax fluid and storage containers and an LP gas bottle rack to upgraded shock absorbers and body life allowing the fitment of 33-inch tires.
Nearly replicating the design and pattern of the famous WW II “Jeep” trailer, the Manley ORV ($9,995) line of off-road and overlanding trailers includes utility/cargo models as well as rooftop tent-fitted models. Our choice would be the Manly ORV Explore trailer.
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.
The Manley ORV Explore is based on the company’s 14-gauge steel tub with a 1/8-inch-thick steel floor. And standard equipment includes an independent torsion axle, lockable aluminum lid, one-hand-close tailgate, trailer rack, and rooftop tent.
Off-Road Teardrop Trailers Under $10,000
The Oregon Trailer Do-Drop ($6,150) is the company’s most affordable of its teardrop trailer models, but it’s still a good choice for the backcountry traveler. The Do-Drop 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.
Among the many options available, the Do-Drop 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.
Teardrop-style trailers became popular in the ’50s and ’60s, but have seen a revival among buyers in the last decade or so. TCTeardrops Trailers produces several models that are modern-day versions of these classic and easy-to-tow trailers. Our favorite in the line is the Overland ($7,400). 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 TCTeardrops’ Overland are sleeping room for two, 12V accessory outlets, LED lighting, and a front storage platform. Also, a rear galley with shelves and slide-out table, and a cabin storage cabinet with a slide-out table too.
Off-Road Camping Trailers Under $15,000
SylvanSport builds lightweight trailers for the backcountry explorer. The company’s GO Camping Trailer ($10,995) weighs just 840 pounds and features a metal tube structure rather than the more common hard-sided off-road camping trailer design.
The GO Camping Trailer can be optioned out for more rugged travel with off-road favorable features like a wheel and tire combo that help deliver increased ground clearance. 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.
The XV-3 Trailer ($12,495) 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, front-wheel jack, rear stabilizer jacks, three-piece step-style fenders, a power distribution center wired with fused switchable supply ports, a swing-away tailgate and integrated galley table, 110V exterior power receptacle, and cargo-bed-mounted 12V receptacles. The Schutt XVenture XV-3 trailer is one of our favorites in the affordable off-road camping trailer category.
Escapade Campers offers two overland camping trailers, the Backcountry ($14,500) and MT-10. We like the Backcountry off-road camping trailer for its affordable starting price. And its 5.5×10-foot cabin features an insulated seamless composite subfloor offering cozy camping quarters for two.
The Escapade Backcountry trailer’s long list of standard equipment includes a 12V and 110V power center, onboard battery charger, cargo rack on the trailer tongue, power roof vent/fan, LED lighting from hitch to tail, and a 3,500-pound rated Timbren axle-less suspension system with off-road tires (and a spare) providing 13 inches of ground clearance.