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Top Recommendations and Buyer’s Guide

Are you looking for an off-grid trailer to help you live a more sustainable lifestyle? If so, you’re in the right place! In this article, I’ll share my top recommendations for off-grid trailers and provide a buyer’s guide to help you choose the right one for your needs.

Off-grid living is becoming increasingly popular as people seek ways to reduce their environmental impact and live a more sustainable lifestyle. An off-grid trailer can be a great option if you want to try out this type of living without making a permanent commitment. There are many different types of off-grid trailers on the market, so it’s important to do your research before making a purchase.

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Off-Grid Trailers – Advantages and Uses

Off-grid trailers have become increasingly popular in recent years as more and more people are looking for ways to live a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle. There are many advantages to living off-grid, including being able to save money on utilities, having a smaller environmental footprint, and feeling more connected to nature.

One of the biggest advantages of an off-grid trailer is that it can be used as a primary residence or as a secondary getaway home. This flexibility makes them ideal for those who want to downsize their living situation or for families who enjoy spending time camping and exploring together. Off-grid trailers can also be a great way to try out alternative living before making a permanent change.

Another advantage of off-grid trailers is that they offer complete independence from utility companies. If you’re tired of paying high monthly bills and dealing with unreliable service, then going off-grid may be the solution for you. With an off-grid trailer, you’ll generate your own power using solar panels or wind turbines, collect rainwater for drinking and washing, and use composting toilets to minimize your impact on the environment.

Moreover, you don’t even have to use an off-grid trailer just for the purpose of off-grid living. For example, they make an excellent basecamp for those who enjoy camping or hiking in remote areas, as they provide all of the amenities of home without needing to be plugged into the grid. Additionally, they can be used as temporary housing during construction projects or natural disasters.

How to Choose an Off-Grid Trailer

If you’re interested in purchasing or renting an off-grid trailer, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure that you choose the best option for your needs. Here are a few tips on how to select an off-grid trailer:

1. Determine What Size Trailer You Need

This will depend on factors such as how many people will be using it and what kind of equipment and utilities you want to be in. Do some research online or visit a local RV dealer to get an idea of the different sizes and features available.

2. Consider the Weight of the Trailer

If you plan on traveling frequently, it’s important to choose a lighter model so that it’s easier to tow. On the other hand, if you don’t plan on moving around much, opting for a heavier duty model might be best since it will provide more stability.

3. Decide Which Type of Floorplan You Prefer

There are many different layouts available, so take some time to browse through them all before making a decision. Some popular options include bunkhouse style, rear living room, and front kitchen designs.

4. Determine What Kind of Appliances and Fixtures You Want in Your Trailer

Most models come with basic features like a stove, fridge, and bathroom but there are also luxury versions that include things like washers/dryers and dishwashers – just remember that these added features will increase the price tag.

5. Choose Your Budget Range and Start Shopping Around

With so many different off-grid trailers on the market, there’s sure to be one within your price range. Shop around online or at local dealerships to compare prices and find the perfect option for your needs.

What Should Be in the Off-Grid Trailer

As you begin shopping for an off-grid trailer, it is important to keep in mind what your needs are. Here is a list of must-haves that should be in every off-grid trailer:

1. Solar Power System

This is one of the most important things to have in your off-grid trailer. A good solar power system will allow you to run all of your electrical appliances and devices without having to worry about running out of power.

2. Fresh Water Tank

Another essential item for your off-grid trailer is a fresh water tank. This will ensure that you always have access to clean drinking water, even if there is no fresh water source nearby.

3. Grey Water Tank

In addition to a fresh water tank, you will also need a grey water tank in your off-grid trailer. This will collect all of the wastewater from your sinks and showers so that it can be properly disposed of later on.

4. Sewage Holding Tank

If your off-grid trailer does not have hook-ups for sewage, then you will need to include a sewage holding tank in your setup. This way, you can store all of your waste until you are able to dispose of it properly (usually at a dump station).

5. Propane Tanks

Propane is another essential thing to have in your off-grid trailer because it can be used for cooking, heating, and powering some appliances (like refrigerators). It’s always best to have at least two full propane tanks on hand so that you never run out unexpectedly.

Top Off-Grid Trailers

1. The Expedition 2.0

The Expedition 2.0 is the trailer that can do it all. It’s constructed entirely of metal, and there’s no wood whatsoever. It’s mold-, mildew-, and fire-resistant, so you can take it anywhere you wish, thanks to its 50-degree departure angle and 21 inches of ground clearance.

It features an aluminium cabin and it’s R-10 insulated. It’s also solar-ready and comes with a dual 12V battery system, so just connect and charge.

Let’s have a look at the specifications of the trailer as well as some cool features of this trailer, including cabin, kitchen, shower and heat box.

Specifications

Dry weight1700 lbs
Tongue weight290 lbs
Max GVW3500 lbs
Departure angle50 degrees
Ground clearance21 inches
Overall width89 inches
Overall height79 inches (no RTT or awning)
Wheelbase120 inches
Track width76 inches
Interior headroom46.5 inches
Interior length80 inches
Interior width56.5 inches
Fresh water capacity31 gal.
Mattress sizeQueen
Rear exterior cabinets15″x27″x56″
Interior cabinets28″x14″x56″

Cabin Features

  • Custom OGT 23.75″ x 42.75″ lockable door
  • Sweep out threshold
  • Tinted window/screen
  • Accessible and removable wire track
  • Digital voltmeter display
  • Interior LED lighting
  • Dual 120V outlet with go-power remote
  • Maxxfan 10 speed reversible roof fan
  • Cabinet storage with dual aluminium powder coated friction
  • Custom vinyl backed 4″ high density memory foam mattress
  • 31-gallon CSA-approved potable fresh water
  • Tank integrated lower plumbing access panels
  • 4 USB ports
  • Rear cabinet with 4 powder coated aluminium adjustable shelves

Kitchen Features

  • 1/8″ aluminium drop-down galley
  • Cable free kitchen galley operation and integrated door hold open
  • Stainless steel countertop surface
  • Domestic stainless steel dual burner stove
  • OGT custom stainless steel hot/cold deep sink and fold down faucet
  • 11 lb cylinder side mounted on aluminium lockable cylinder bracket
  • 55l fridge freezer on integrated slides

Shower and Heat Box Features

  • Eccotemp L5 hot water on demand with outside shower attachment

Of course, there’s always the option to customize and add more features to your trailer according to your preferences and needs.

Price: $31,500.

2. The Pando 2.0 Teardrop Camper

Just like the Expedition 2.0 trailer, the Pando 2.0 trailer is also a go-anywhere trailer, because it’s too constructed all of metal, fire-resistant, R-10 insulated with an aluminium cabin and features a 29-degree departure angle and 21 inches of ground clearance. And just like the Expedition 2.0, the Pando 2.0 is also solar ready and comes with a dual 12V battery system.

Specifications

Dry weight2200 lbs
Tongue weight300 lbs
Max GVW3500 lbs
Departure angle29 degrees
Ground clearance21 inches
Overall width89 inches
Overall height79 inches (no RTT or awning)
Wheelbase120 inches
Track width76 inches
Interior headroom46.5 inches
Interior length80 inches
Interior width56.5 inches
Fresh water capacity14 gal. standard + 19 gal. optional
Mattress sizeQueen
Rear exterior cabinets15″x27″x56″
Interior cabinets28″x12″x56″

Cabin Features

  • Custom OGT 23.75″ x 42.75″ lockable door
  • Sweep out threshold
  • Tinted window/screen
  • Accessible and removeable wire track
  • Digital voltmeter display
  • Interior LED lighting
  • Dual 120V outlet with go-power
  • Remote Maxxfan 10 speed reversible roof fan
  • Integrated anti-skid powder coated side steps
  • Cabinet storage with dual aluminium powder coated friction
  • Hinges and door resets on lower doors
  • Custom vinyl backed 4″ high density memory foam mattress
  • 14 + 19 gal. CSA approved potable fresh water tank
  • Integrated lower plumbing access panels
  • 4 USB ports
  • Rear cabinet with 4 powder coated aluminium adjustable shelves
  • 2 lbs. strike-first fire extinguisher

Kitchen Features

  • Stainless steel countertop surface
  • Domestic stainless steel dual burner stove
  • OGT custom stainless steel hot/cold deep sink and fold down faucet
  • 11 lbs. cylinder side mounted on aluminium lockable cylinder bracket
  • Full complement of kitchen storage drawers including a spice rack
  • Domestic 57l fridge in rear galley

Shower and Heat Box Features

  • Eccotemp L5 hot water on demand with outside shower attachment

Features can be adjusted as well according to your needs.

Price: $33,500

3. The Switchback

The Switchback is another great trailer that features the same specifications as the Expedition and Pando trailers. That means all metal construction, fire-resistant, 50-degree departure angle and 21-inchs of ground clearance. This model features only a single 12V battery system and is solar-ready.

Specifications

Dry weight1300 lbs.
Tongue weight140 lbs. max
GVW3500 lbs.
Departure angle50 degrees
Ground clearance21 inches
Front storage box40 cubic feet
Overall width75 inches
Overall height70 inches (no RTT or awning)
Overall length130 inches
Track width72 inches
Fresh water capacity31 gal. (optional)

Standard Features

  • Onboard charger
  • Single group 31 deep cycle battery
  • 2 inch ball hitch
  • 35l domestic fridge
  • 50 amp main service breaker
  • Led lighting package
  • 20 lbs. propane tank
  • Domestic stainless steel dual burner stove
  • Timpren 3500 HD axleless suspension with 4 inch lift
  • 2x dual USB ports
  • Digital voltmeter
  • Solar port 265/70/17
  • AT tires
  • Strike-first fire extinguisher

Storage Package

  • Slide out for BBQ option
  • Pot and pan compartment
  • Mini BBQ
  • Front storage tray

Electrical Package

  • Dual group 31 batteries
  • 1000W inverter and remote
  • 10V gang outlet
  • Upgrade to optional 1750W modified sine inverter, 1000W pure sine inverter or 2000W pure sine inverter

Water Package

  • 31 gallons water tank
  • Stainless steel sink
  • Hot water on demand
  • Outdoor shower

Price: $23,500

4. The Patriot Campers X1

The Patriot Campers X1 is among the most popular trailers you can find, and soon you’ll understand just why. It’s perfect for one person wanting to explore, camp or go off the grid as well as to families, because this trailer has it all.

The trailer is designed for an easy setup, meaning that in 10 minutes the setup is done, including the kids room. Yes, you read it right, a kids room! The tent setup comes with two available options:

  1. Change room only – the main tent and the change room are connected.
  2. Optional zip-on kids room

The Patriot Campers X1 can go anywhere you wish, so no worries there, it’s definitely designed for off-road and off-grid. It features a full electrical management system, so that means that all of your gear and the trailer itself remain charged, ready to go and stay operational for several weeks in a row.

Specifications

  • X-cruise coil 1.60T dual shock suspension
  • Standard 6/139.7 stud pattern 10″ electric drum brakes
  • PCOR 16” wheels in 33” mud terrain tyres
  • 40-degree departure angle

Features

  • Redarc TheManager30 with switch panel
  • Gas hot water service
  • 155L water tank Capacity
  • 2 x gel or AGM batteries

Kitchen features

  • Slide out shelving
  • Integrated spice rack
  • Large sink with hot and cold water
  • Domestic stove and grill
  • Scratch-resistant stainless steel
  • Bench tops
  • Large rear dry food storage drawer
  • BBQ swing-away platform (optional)

Storage features

  • Large rear drawer with dividers
  • Man cave with utility shelf option
  • Utility slide out RHS option
  • Increased storage space in the RHS with an inverter and charging shelf
  • Overall storage space: 2000l

Kids Room Features

  • CS3 tent with integrated change room
  • Optional kids room, tent step staircase
  • Dimmable bed base led lighting
  • Gel top pocket sprung mattress
  • 12V USB power outlets next to bed

Price: $40,990

5. The Patriot Campers X3

The Patriot Campers X3 is more than just your camping or survival trailer, as this is a live-in-camper. As you can see, it has everything you need here and more, therefore it’s suitable for a single person all the way to large families. It is easy to set up and, because it is a Patriot Camper, you can be sure it’s of the highest possible quality.

This trailer allows you to dine in, sleep in, lounge in, and more. Let’s have a look at some of its features.

Specifications

Dry tare weight2470 lbs.
ATM3500 lbs.
Storage capacity2000L
Drawbar weight265 lbs.
Size12.4 X 6 feet

Features

  • 2022 decals
  • Air filter
  • New rugged Anderson plug connection
  • Improved front box design
  • CS3 integrated tent with hardtop lid
  • Integrated awning
  • X-cruise 1.60t dual shock airbag suspension
  • Exorack roof mounting system
  • Redarc redvision TVMs
  • Diesel hot water and tent heating system with utility shelf
  • 1500 watt inverter
  • Internal 240v power outlets
  • 2 x AGM or gel batteries
  • Twin water tanks 130l capacity
  • Standard 6/139.7 stud pattern – electric drum brakes
  • 16” wheels – et0 and 33” mud terrain tyres (x2)
  • Twin burner gas stove and grill
  • Underbody steel spare wheel and tyre
  • Standard colours: silver, white or green

There’s the Essential Pack as well as accessories if you prefer more and upgraded options and features and wish to add them to your trailer.

Price: $56,990

6. Escapade Backcountry

The Escapade Backcountry trailer is made of seamless fiberglass on the outside, covering an insulated frame that is made of wood. As for the cabinetry as well as the interior walls, they are built using UV finished Maple veneered wood. This is another fine survival trailer for outdoors and all kinds of roads. Here are this trailer’s specifications and features that may interest you.

Specifications

Size5.5′ x 10′
Total weight1550LBS
Ground clearance16 inches
Roof rack capacity500 lbs.
Tongue weight200 lbs.

Features

  • Timbren axleless suspension with easy lube hubs (3,500 lbs.)
  • Falken Wildpeak ATW3 tires (235/75/15)
  • Matching spare tire
  • LED trailer lighting
  • Driver and passenger side entry doors with windows and full screen doors
  • Front cargo rack
  • The battery is 12V deep cycle and it’s mounted on front tongue
  • Above the windows are passive air vents
  • Dual LED interior cabin lights
  • Side windows (31″ wide x 21″ tall)
  • The flooring is Insulated woodgrain vinyl
  • Front shelf with lower storage cubbies
  • 12V power with 2 USB ports
  • Cig socket and voltage reading
  • 110V power with 2 plugins and 3 USB ports located on driver side shelf with exterior 15 amp shore power hook up
  • On board electric battery charger
  • 60″ wide x 80″ long sleeping space
  • 110v pigtail plug-in with exterior 15 amp hook-up located under the center galley
  • Shelf on the driver’s side
  • Ceiling mounted LED galley light

There are many available upgrade options if required, including electric breaks, ARB side awning, ARB room attachment, a solar package that comes with 190w solar panel, charge controller, battery and more. A water port with a capacity of 3.9 gallons, electric heater, additional cabinets, air conditioner and more.

Price: $16,900

Further Reading

Off grid trailers are not the only type of vehicle you can use to live and travel. My blog has a few more articles on other off grid vehicles that I strongly suggest reading.

First of all, there is the ever-popular RV. A self-contained RV gives you full independence; you can travel without depending on any external facilities. And if you’re planning to settle in on place, you need to learn how to live full time in an RV.

Additionally, there is the option of off the grid RV living, and there is a lot to know before you start on this new adventure. Please read every linked article for essential information before you decide whether or not living in an RV is for you.

Alternatively, you can opt to live off the grid in a van. This can give you even more mobility, but it has some limitations – all of them are easily solvable. The linked article lists every detail and challenge of this lifestyle, so I advise you to read it thoroughly to be completely prepared.

And finally, no matter what vehicle you choose, you can always try boondocking. This means parking your off-grid vehicle away from the civilization in order to experience true freedom. Read the linked article for more details.

Whichever course you choose, I wish you Godspeed in your future!

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Top Recommendations and Buyer’s Guide is written by Alex Rejba for www.thesmartsurvivalist.com

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