Letâ€™s face it, RVs are great for driving into the outdoors. Unfortunately our houses on wheels canâ€™t go everywhere. True outback exploring requires more nimble, rugged overlandÂ RV trailers or at minimum aÂ tow vehicle (toad) outfitted with sleeping quarters.
The annualÂ SEMA ShowÂ in Las Vegas is aÂ prime source of ideas forÂ overland RV trailers and toads. Itâ€™s the biggest trade show for the automotive industry, but the public can also attend for a price. At this year’s event, dozens ofÂ overlanding RV trailers and toadsÂ were on display but two stood out from the rest: Australiaâ€™s Patriot Campers and Portugalâ€™s James Baroud Rooftop Tents.
A MiniCooper outfitted with James Baroud rooftop tent.
Explore Anywhere with Overland RV Trailers
Sturdy and built for off-road travel, overland RV trailers are popular with people who want a back country experience that normal RVs just canâ€™t deliver. Many opt to convert their existing tow vehicle into a DIY overlanding toad while others with more cash just buy a ready-to-go model with all the bells and whistles. A few brave souls will even triple-towÂ it behind their RV’s toad!
Overland camping for most people isn’t usually as epicÂ as an Earthroamer off-road vehicleÂ or a KiraVan extreme RV. The typical camper tows aÂ scaled-down but sturdier version of a regular RV. Some rigs are as simple as a rooftop tent installed on a 4×4 jeep, while others also include a galley, sleeping quarters and bath.
The Overland RV Trailer Built for the Outback Tackles North America
At this yearâ€™s event, Australia-based Patriot Campers showcased their Grand Tourer trailers. These rigs meet the needs of serious overlanding enthusiasts who donâ€™t mind paying top dollar to have the best overland RV trailer money can buy.
The largest of the companyâ€™s two rigs is the X1. Built from a monocoque aluminum body that weighs in at just under a ton when fully loaded, you can