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2022 Best Off-Road Teardrop Trailers

Last year, we had quite the lineup of off-road teardrop trailers to present to you in our Best of 2021 list. This year is no different!

There’s some new players to discuss this year, as well as some old favorites that are still killing it in the off-road teardrop trailer market.

Whether a trailer is a new entry on our 2022 list or an old favorite, one thing is common to each entry on this year’s list – they are all highly capable off-road trailers.

Additionally, you’ll find that these trailers offer a level of comfort – luxury, even – that you might not find on every off-road trailer out there. I mean, it’s great to get off-grid and navigate tough trails, but it’s even better to do so when you have a comfortable place to rest and relax at the end of the day, right?!

With that said, let’s have a look at our list of the best off-road teardrop trailers for 2022!

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Runaway Campers Venturist

venturist off-road trailer

When I think of the features I want in an off-road trailer, I think of four things:

  • Size and weight
  • Customizability
  • Made in the USA
  • Price

Chances are you prioritize many, if not all, of the same things. Unfortunately, not all off-road trailers fit the bill. But the Venturist from Runaway Campers most certainly does.

Let’s break it all down…

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First, the size and weight of this trailer are ideal for folks with smaller rigs, like a two-door Jeep Wrangler, or a small truck, like my 2020 Jeep Gladiator. 

You can choose from two versions – a 4×8 trailer that’s just 850 pounds or a 6×8 trailer that’s just 1,050 pounds.

As you can imagine, these trailers are ideally sized for overlanding and off-roading adventures. They offer a small overall footprint that enhances maneuverability while giving you all the space you need inside to customize the trailer to your specific needs. This brings me to my second point – customizability.

Venturist Interior 2

When you get your Venturist trailer, it’s a blank slate for finishing it exactly how you want. Add a kitchenette where you please. Arrange your sleeping situation as you see fit. Add storage solutions to keep your gear organized. You can do whatever you want!

There are a lot of excellent off-road trailers, but few give you the ability to lay out the interior precisely how you want. That’s a huge advantage of the Venturist series of trailers.

venturist interior

I’ve been very vocal over the years about supporting U.S.-based and family-owned companies. Runaway Campers ticks both boxes.

Not only do U.S.-based companies create jobs here at home, but they also contribute to the local economy. Keeping our dollars and cents here at home couldn’t be more important!

I love working with family-owned brands, too. I’ve found that family-run businesses take that extra step of care in the design and development process. They also provide top-notch customer service. There just seems to be a much higher level of interest in your satisfaction than with some big companies.

It’s fun to get to know the folks behind the operation, too. The guys behind Runaway Trailers, Justin and his father Steve, focus on making good products for good people. They’ve been in business since 2012 and have been going strong ever since, focusing their efforts on happy customers instead of profits. What’s not to like about that?!

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Of course, price is also important for many folks, and Runaway Campers is fully aware of that.

The 4×8 Venturist trailer starts at $9,050, while the 6×8 trailer has a base price of $11,145. That’s a phenomenal starting price that gives you the financial freedom to customize the interior as you see fit.

Plus, since this camper is so lightweight, there’s much less worry about pain at the pump, which, as you can see below, can be very painful right now here in California. The less weight you have to tow, the better mileage you’ll get, and the fewer times you’ll have to fill up.


Likewise, with electric vehicles emerging, it’s important to consider the impact that towing a trailer will have on EVs.

With a compact, lightweight trailer like this, the range of an EV tow vehicle won’t take nearly as big of a hit as with a big bumper pull travel trailer or even some of the larger off-road teardrops on the market today.

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Of course, just because this is a compact, inexpensive trailer doesn’t mean that it isn’t ready for the trail. For example, you get features like:

  • Air conditioning
  • 17-inch Method Race Wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFG All-Terrain Tires
  • Timbren 1-ton axle less suspension with a 4-inch lift
  • Electric brakes
  • Off-road frame with a full-length tongue, rear hitch tow point, a Max-Coupler, and large drop-down stabilizers
  • Slim-line tail lights
  • Black powder-coated fenders

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You can also add options such as:

  • Various lug patterns
  • Wheels and tires to match your rig
  • An awning
  • A roof rack and roof basket
  • A front cargo rack
  • A rear door and rear window
  • A propane tank mount
  • A Rotopax Fuelpax with mount
  • A shower and showerhead

In other words, the folks at Runaway Campers have quite the rig going. It’s an ideal size for off-roading, and offers the customizability you demand while also being a made-in-the-USA product with a low price tag. What more reason do you need for this being one of the best off-road trailers of 2022?!

Learn more about the Runaway Campers Venturist

Ember Overland Micro Series


I met the folks from Ember Recreational Vehicles when I was at the 2022 Overland West Expo. I have to say, I’m not sure what I was more impressed by – the folks from Ember or their trailers!

Not only is the Ember team passionate about all things outdoors, but they’re also passionate about giving other outdoor enthusiasts the best possible trailering experience. The dedication to innovation, functionality, design, and build quality is evident in Ember’s Overland Micro Series of trailers.

What’s unique about these trailers is that they blend some nice RV features into something the size of a teardrop, while still giving you that nimble offroad attributes. It’s the best of all worlds!

Let’s start with the Ember ROK

Ember-ROK-2ROK stands for “rear outdoor kitchen.” As you can see from the floorplan above, the kitchen boasts storage, a Camco DC 12V/AC 110V Portable 75-Liter Refrigerator/Cooler/Freezer with Bluetooth, and counter space. There’s also an entertainment center with a 12-volt HDTV and AV system and an optional griddle.

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Other outdoor amenities include dual-pane windows with integrated shades, a Thule Outland Awning, and dual 20-lb propane tanks. You also get an outside shower, rear stabilizer jacks, and a detachable shore power cord with Faultsmart™ indicators and a Pullsmart™ handle.

Other exterior goodies include:

  • A Go Power!® 190W rooftop solar panel
  • Side and rooftop solar ports
  • A fully adjustable triple solid step
  • A manual marine swivel tongue jack
  • A 26-gallon fresh water tank
  • 12-volt tank heaters
  • A backup light
  • An enclosed radiant barrier underbelly

In terms of off-road capabilities, this trailer is ready to rock with Nitro-filled 16″ Goodyear Wrangler Off-Road Tires (Load Range E), including the spare. The tires are wrapped around custom aluminum rims, and you also get a tire pressure monitoring system.

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The ROK also has a CURT independent suspension with heavy-duty coil springs, dual shock absorbers, and a heavy-duty off-road tube steel frame. Your off-road adventures will be easier with the VersaCoupler height-adjustable bolt-on hitching system, while the steel fenders and wheel wells will stand up well to the rigors of the trail.

ember suspension

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Add in a lockable parking brake, wiring for rear and side observation cameras, and an integrated rear 2-inch accessory receiver, and this trailer is all set for overlanding and off-roading!

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The interior of the ROK is well-appointed with comfort features like a futon sofa, a 3-speed 12-volt ceiling vent, and dimmable LED lighting.

You get luxurious features like Shaw flooring, seamless countertops, and hardwood framed cabinet doors and drawer fronts. There’s a 30-amp solar controller and a 1000-watt pure sine wave inverter as well.

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All this is in a trailer that’s 2,215 pounds dry and measures 12’10” in length, 110” high, and 95” wide.

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If an outdoor kitchen isn’t high on your list of priorities, Ember has you covered with their other Overland Micro Series trailer – the ROL, or “rear outside locker.”

As you can see below, this setup is ideal for overlanding and off-roading enthusiasts that need to maximize the available storage space.

Ember-ROL-1Instead of the rear kitchen, you get a 68” x 25” x 55.5” storage locker for bikes, hiking gear, and other outdoor accessories.

You also have the option of adding powered accessories since there’s 120-volt and 12V power in the storage locker.

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Otherwise, this trailer is just like its ROK cousin – it’s the same dimensions, same building materials, same frame, and so forth.

Whether you go for the ROK or ROL, you can choose to add many different amenities. For example, you can add a Thule Tepui Roof Top Tent, which integrates with the Thule roof rack that comes standard with the trailers.

ember overland micro series

You can also add a gear box or a J-cradle system for kayaks, a sidewall-mounted air conditioner, or a Truma Combi eco plus gas/electric water heater and furnace.

There’s honestly too many features and options to list! These trailers are simply beautifully made, expertly laid out, and customizable to meet your overlanding needs.

Learn more about the Ember Overland Micro Series Trailers

TC Teardrops ORE Offroad Expedition Trailer

tc teardrops best off-road teardrop trailers 2022

In last year’s best off-road teardrop trailers feature, we had a great selection of options. But the feedback from some readers was that while it was a great list, some of the trailers simply weren’t budget-friendly.

We heard you.

This year, our top recommendation comes from a company that makes trailers that are highly affordable. That company is TC Teardrops.

There’s a lot to like about these trailers, too.

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Let’s start with the price…

With a base price of $9,750, the ORE Offroad Expedition Trailer is far more budget-friendly than the options we recommended last year.

But don’t think that because it’s a lower price point that you don’t get a lot of goodies! You truly get a ton of value for the money.

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For example, you get overhead LED lights throughout, excellent storage space, and a detachable rear table in the galley.

This model also has two doors (both with windows, screens, and locks), two additional windows with screens and locks, and two half-moon air vents.

There’s 200 different side colors, 12V outlets and USB ports for powering your devices, and a wheeled tongue jack, just to name a few basics.

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But this model also comes with many off-road goodies. There’s 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Falken A/T 265/75/16 tires, and big, heavy-duty Jeep-style fenders.

You also get a diamond plate undercarriage, a Lock N Roll articulating hitch, and six 2-inch SIDE Receivers.

The 45-degree, HD 3,500-pound de-rated torsion axles and 10-inch electric brakes are a nice touch as well!

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But more than all the great features and excellent price, TC Teardrops is a family-owned company. TC stands for Todd and Carol, the company founders, whom I had the chance to chat with and get to know a little bit.

What’s so striking about Todd and Carol is that you can tell they love what they do – and want to give you the very best product so you can enjoy the great outdoors.

They are so passionate about overlanding, camping, and other outdoor activities that you can’t help but want to grab your gear and go adventuring right then and there!

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And if you’ve read any of my articles here on 4WDTalk before, you probably know that I’m a huge proponent of recommending American-made products. TC Teardrops fit the bill!

These trailers are made right here in the U.S. and provide good jobs for Americans. At the end of the day, you get a fantastic trailer while helping a U.S.-based company contribute to our economy. What’s not to like about that?!

Learn more about TC Teardrops ORE Offroad Expedition Trailer

Zion Off-Road Base Trailer

zion off-road base trailer

When I was at Overland West earlier this year, I saw a lot of awesome trailers. There are many innovative companies in this industry, and it’s always interesting to see how folks design and build trailers for outdoor adventures.

But there were a few companies that really stood out among the crowd, one of which was Zion Off-Road.

Their Base Trailer is simply a genius concept – they build the foundation of the trailer, incorporate a modular system for adding accessories, and you get to decide what accessories you add, when you add them, and where you add them.

It’s like getting a custom-built trailer, except the price starts at just $12,500!

Let’s dive into the Base Trailer’s specs and features.

zion off-road side profile

As you can see below, this trailer has two doors, both of which feature tinted, sliding windows with bug screens. Both side doors are 24 x 34 inches and are lockable, as is the rear galley door which measures 45.75 x 38 inches.

zion off-road doors

Speaking of the galley, it offers loads of space for storage. The top shelf is nearly 1.5 feet deep and 50 inches wide, so there’s plenty of room for storing essential items. 

At the bottom of the galley are a battery compartment (at left) and a cooler compartment (at right).

zion off-road galley

As noted earlier, the Base Trailer gives you the ability to choose accessories that best fit your needs. You can mount most accessories where you like because Zion Off-Road incorporated bolt patterns and T-tracks into the frame. So, add a Rotopax mount here, a jack mount there, and expand the functionality of the trailer with other accessories like:

  • A front-mounted tongue box
  • A front accessory system
  • A roof rail system (shown above)
  • A propane tank holder
  • Off-road wheel wells
  • An electrical box with a dual battery solar charger, a 1000-watt inverter, a battery shutoff switch, and additional fuses (battery is not included)

And that’s just a sampling of the accessories you can select!

zion off-road interior

Inside, you’ll find a comfortable cabin with LED lighting, multiple power points, and a 3-speed RV vent and fan.

As you can see above, the 75 x 58.5 x 43.5 cabin gives you room for a nice sleeping area, and with built-in shelving on the rear wall, you have a place to keep your essentials within easy reach.

zion off-road frame

With exterior dimensions of 155.25 inches long, 85.5 inches wide, and 82 inches high with a total weight of 1,380 pounds, this off-road teardrop trailer is perfectly sized for pulling on tough off-road trails with any number of vehicle types.

And the trailer can handle those challenging trails with ease thanks to a 3,500-pound axle and leaf springs, 27.1-inch tires, and 12 inches of axle clearance (you get 17.25-inches of frame clearance as well).

zion off-road wheels

I think you can see why I am so impressed with Zion Off-Road. They have truly developed a product unlike anything else on the market.

As a bonus, Zion Off-Road is a family-owned company based in Utah, so they have an endless supply of incredible landscapes where they can design and develop highly capable trailers – and it shows in their Base Trailer model!

Learn more about the Zion Off-Road Base Trailer

Sparks Overland Madcap

sparks overland madcap teardrop trailer

When you’re looking for a teardrop trailer, you want something that has a small footprint yet offers tons of amenities and options.

Likewise, when you’re looking for the best off-road teardrop, the trailer needs to have the off-roading goodies that enable you to get way off-grid and enjoy the wilderness.

The Sparks Overland Madcap ticks all these boxes, and more!

sparks overland madcap king bed

For starters, this trailer weighs less than 2,500 pounds, so if you have a small SUV or even a Subaru, you can pull this trailer just fine.

Yet, despite its small footprint and small weight, this trailer can sleep up to six people. You and your family or friends can enjoy heating, air conditioning, four benches, and a dining table inside.

sparks overland madcap interior

If you want to hang out and watch TV, there’s an LCD TV with Bluetooth and stereo speakers. Or, if everyone is tired from the day’s adventures, you can hit the sack. The table folds into a guest sleeping area, and above is the primary sleeping area, complete with a king-size bed.

sparks overland madcap shower

Other amenities include:

  • 35-gallon stainless steel water tank
  • 20-gallon stainless steel gray water tank
  • Outside shower room and toilet
  • Slide-out kitchen with two-burner stove, sink, and refrigerator

Better still, there’s a 270-degree free-standing awning so you can enjoy the great outdoors but remain protected from sun and rain. The awning covers an enormous 150 square feet, so you’ve got plenty of room for hanging out, eating meals, and playing games.

sparks overland madcap dining

As I mentioned before, this trailer is ready for the trail. It comes with an independent axle-less suspension, 24 inches of ground clearance, and a Max Coupler hitch. The trailer also comes with 10-inch off-road electric brakes, a one-piece hot-dipped galvanized chassis, and three 265/75 R 16 off-road tires with aluminum alloy rims.

sparks overland madcap awning

In addition to all that, this trailer is super simple to pack up and hit the road. Just pull down the roof, tuck the awning away, zip it up, and you’re ready to rock!

In other words, this trailer has it all – amenities galore, space for you and your friends, off-road prowess, and it’s easy to set up. What more could you want?!

Learn more about the Sparks Overland Madcap

Best Off-Road Teardrop Trailers: Escapod TOPO2

escapod topo 2

The Escapod TOPO2 made an appearance on our list last year, and it’s back again on our 2022 list of the best off-road teardrop trailers – and for good reason.

The construction of this trailer alone is merit enough to be on our 2022 list. It’s built from a single-piece fiberglass shell. This means the trailer is supremely durable, lightweight, and there’s no concern about wood that molds or rots.

And because it has a PET core made from recycled milk cartons, this trailer is extremely rigid and stiff – just what you want for tackling those tough off-roading trails!

escapod topo 2

But it isn’t just the shell of the TOPO2 that’s impressive…

Supporting it is a laser-cut 2 x 1-inch hot-dip galvanized tube steel frame. The shell bolts directly to the frame to give the trailer an even greater level of structural stiffness.

The trailer also comes equipped with a proprietary shock-in-spring Freeride Suspension System, which means this trailer can hit off-road trails that other trailers simply cannot handle.

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This trailer isn’t just about business, though…

In back is a well-appointed galley kitchen that gives you all the tools you need to make home-cooked meals in the wilderness.

It has a Ruvati sink, an ENO two-burner stove, knife and spice storage, and a spot for a 75L YETI cooler or an ARB 63-quart fridge/freezer combo.

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The luxurious amenities continue inside the TOPO2.

The five-foot-wide stargazer window lets in tons of natural light and the LED lighting system ensures you have a bright space to relax.

There’s a true queen-sized 6-inch memory foam mattress where you can rest your weary head at night. As you can see below, there’s no lack of storage space, either!

This trailer offers 42.5 inches of headroom and two entry doors, both of which offer a heated mudroom space.

escapod topo 2

Other amenities include a 100AH lithium battery and a 140W integrated solar panel. There’s USB charging ports for juicing up your gadgets, a 21-gallon water tank, a MaxxAir exhaust fan, and a forced-air heating system, too.

escapod topo 2

On top of all that, these trailers are designed and built here in the U.S. – in Utah, in fact – by a family-run business.

As with the other companies on this list, the folks behind the TOPO2 are true outdoor enthusiasts that truly care about your overloading and off-roading experiences. In the TOPO2, you’re sure to have the time of your life while you’re off-grid!

Learn more about the Escapod TOPO2

So-Cal Teardrops 510 XS

Teardrop trailer being pulled in the desert

What’s so impressive about the So-Cal Teardrops 510 XS is that it’s built from the ground up for tough off-road trails.

For example, the 510 XS has a two-inch by three-inch .120 wall steel tubing frame that’s on top of Old Man Emu leaf springs and a. 3,500-pound axle with 10-inch electric brakes. Additionally, the trailer boasts 9-way adjustable Rancho RS9000XL shocks. Not bad, right?

But there’s more! This trailer comes with hubs to match your vehicle’s wheels and tires, in addition to a reinforced rib system that helps counteract flex and other forces that you encounter on difficult trails.

best off-road teardrop trailers 2021

As one of the first companies in the off-road teardrop market, So-Cal Trailers’ expertise certainly shows in the design and build of this trailer.

This isn’t just a utilitarian rig, though…

Inside is a cabin with a full-size four-inch-thick mattress, loads of storage for your gear, and an AM/FM/CD stereo for entertainment.

You’ll also find lots of interior lighting, a USB port, and a 12V outlet for powering your electronics.

In the rear galley, you get a two-burner propane stove that’s smartly mounted in a sliding drawer to save space. There’s a nested sliding utensil drawer as well.

So-Cal Teardrops 510 XS with hood open

The power system includes a group-24 Interstate deep-cycle battery with an onboard three-stage marine charger. The trailer also has shore power hookups.

In other words, this trailer has everything you need from moment one to hit the trails. Just bring some food and drinks, some bedding and clothing, and you’ll be all set!

And since each trailer is built specifically for each client, you can work with So-Cal Trailers to customize your 510 XS to fit your specific needs. Now that’s how to get an off-road teardrop trailer!

Learn more about the So-Cal Teardrops 510 XS

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