Exploring wilderness requires adventurous minds and off-road campers. To help you in such endeavour here is our list of best off-road pop-up campers for 2016.....
XTender Alpine pop-up trailer is one of six models from the series of off-road campers designed and manufactured by a small American company VMI Off-Road.
The company is located in Bellingham (WA) close to the Canadian border and certainly the vast areas of wilderness opening in the North were the main inspiration behind company’s decision to design campers able to explore the Mother Nature. Quoting Mr Mike Harbic (President of VMI Offroad) – “ If we are going to build it, we will build it to last. This is our commitment to our customers and to ourselves”. And it seems that the company follows this strategy….
On top of the Alpine model the XTender family also includes: Explorer, Crawler, Ox, Canyon and coming soon Compass. All of these campers belong to the class of lightweight travel trailers. It is accomplished by using for construction marine and aerospace-grade aluminum as well as “cutting-edge” techniques .
XTender Alpine Travel Trailer - Open configuration
The Alpine model is currently the largest XTender’s off-road camper (once available, the Compass will be the biggest and most luxurious one). It was designed to allow adventurous minds to go off the beaten paths, enjoying not only the nature but also some of the comforts of their home.
The interior provides convenient living space with LED-TV and audio system (rRaising the roof nicely opens the area). The wet bath with cassette toilet and optional kitchen sink and cooktop answers the basic needs when you are “away-from-home“. The convertible dinette /queen bed at the floor level and optional upper loft bed the camper can sleep whole family with children. And finally, the heater allows for the extension of the traditional camping season.
and in travel configuration
Interior closed height
Interior open height
Gross weight (GVWR)
Fresh water tank
4 (with optional upper loft)
Floorplan (without optional upper loft bed)
Interior in "sleeping config" (also visible the upper loft bed)
LivinLite’s Realtree Basecamp trailer belongs to the class of pop-up tent Toy Haulers engineered for off-road travel conditions and exploration of wilderness. In an attempt to “not disturb” the Mother Nature, the camper’s tent fabrics and external aluminum walls have the pattern of “real” tree. Thanks to this ability to blend with nature the camper’s name is “RealTree”.
The basecamp is all-aluminum and composite construction on tubular aluminum frame (manufacturer’s name LivinLite obliges). In other words (no wood – no rot – no problems). The heavy-duty tent with camouflage pattern has zippered windows and extra emergency exits.
Interior cabinets are made from aluminum with composite countertops. Bunks come with mattresses. Standard features include 12V and 110V outlets, removable table, interior lighting. The front-deck comes with ramps for ATV, the smaller rear deck allows for extra storage. The large range of options offers the possibility to “design” your own configuration according to your personal needs.
RealTree Basecamp Pop-up Toy Hauler
Exterior travel length
Exterior open length
Interior camping height
Exterior Travel width
Gross weight (GVWR)
1200 lbs (standard)
1200 lbs (standard)
Left: sofa w/bunk behind; Right: Kitchen galley on the front deck
Turtleback Trailers was founded by Dave Munsterman – as a culmination of his experiences from back-country RV-ing. The Weekender trailer reflects Dave’s love for extended trip away of civilization. It is a well-engineered but simple “Box-on-Wheels” designed to carry your gear and “essentials” to the wilderness (not only on dirt roads but also to the areas where there are no roads at all). As Dave points it out:
We set out to offer a camping unit unlike any other made in the us. Crafted with the best quality components and computer designed. Hand built with everything you could need on an expedition or a family weekend camping trip. Simple in design and usage to offer years of trouble free travel.
Essentials include full kitchen with stainless-steel 2-burner stove and sink with faucet as well as slide-out pantry. 42 gallons fresh water tank with “on-demand” water pump and LPG water heater serving kitchen and external shower are standard features – definitely much needed on trips to the nature. Unfortunately, Weekender does not have dedicated space for fridge (front compartment is designed for larger cooler).
A birch lined kitchen and interior storage is a very nice “touch” making the camper “friendlier” and somehow “blending” with nature.
The AGM Battery feeds LED lighting (electrical installation includes marine-grade components and automotive-grade wiring and connectors).
Turtleback Weekender is w well-designed "Box on the Wheels"
Weekender comes with roof rack that can be used for larger equipment (canoe etc..). You can also buy (as an option) an RTT (Roof Top Tent) if ground tent is not a favorable option. Although such configuration adds some “extra” complications (ladder and climbing up) it may solve many potential problems (rainy weather, or visits by “unwanted” animals, sneaks….).
Summarizing – the Turtleback Weekender is not for everyone. It is designed for true nature lovers and “explorers”….
Weekender -here shown with an optional Roof Top Tent
With its 1200 lbs weight it can be towed by a family car (although to explore unbeaten paths you will need some all-terrain vehicle)
Campa’s ATT (All Terrain Trailer) is a “box-on-wheels” designed for toughest off-road conditions. It is a rugged stainless-steel modular construction allowing for high level of customization based on individual needs.
Thanks to the large list of options, Campa’s ATT can provide quite good comfort for everybody even if you are in the middle of nowhere surrounded by Mother Nature. The “main-box” together with side side-containers provides a lot of storage space for gear and “stuff”. Built-in kitchen with 2-burner stove, sink w/faucet, drawers and shelves with cooking pots, plates and utensils, 10 lbs LPG, two - 20 gallons fresh water tanks allows for preparation of much more than just morning coffee (actually it can serve up to 6 people). Fridge is another valuable addition (think sitting on a chair in the shade and enjoying a cold bottle of beer !). External hot water shower, Port-a-Potty serve basic needs.
Water purification system (may be essential when out of civilization) adds to your travel autonomy. LED lighting and water heater are fed by 12V deep cycle battery that can be charged by solar panels and/or generator.
Racks for bikes and kayaks allow you to carry your favorite recreational equipment.
Roof top Tent (RTT) provides sleeping from two up to eight persons (several versions are available).
Campa ATT in road configuration
Exterior travel length
Gross weight (GVWR)
Tow Coupler Capacity
2-8 (depending on the tent)
and in camping configuration with RTT
And now it is time to see it yourself!
Kitchen (Dimensions 24" x 10" x 43") includes:
Latitude’s Everest 1 trailer belongs to the class of “Soft-Top” camper trailers. These relatively new products on the RV market combine the benefits of rugged off-road trailers with large fold-out Roof-Top tent providing comfortable living and sleeping space. Such trailers allows for exploring the nature “away from civilization” while enjoying much higher “living comfort” than traditional tent campers. Everest’s massive tent with queen inner spring mattress and plenty of space provides great place for sleeping and comfortable living area (especially when bad weather forces us to stay “indoor”).
See it yourself: The Everest I is designed as a tough, lightweight camper for the camping enthusiast.
Load Capacity (GVW):
7ft x 4ft (depth 21 “)
Everest 1 in road configuration (w/extra rack for canoe)
Everest 1 - Camping configuration with the"massive" tent fully unfolded