Here at 4WDTalk, we’re huge fans of off-road trailers. I mean, what’s better than hooking up, hitting a tough trail, and spending the weekend in a well-appointed trailer far, far away from anyone else?!
We’ve done extensive research and testing when it comes to off-road trailers, so there’s a level of familiarity with what features are (and aren’t) necessary for success with an off-road trailer.
A brand that is synonymous with off-road trailer adventures is OBi Camper.
Two of our favorite products are the OBi Dweller 15 and Dweller 13 (shown above). These units will transform your camping experience by providing comforts and amenities that will remind you of home while also giving you all the off-road capabilities you could hope to have.
Let’s have a look at the three reasons why this is the case.
Table of Contents
- This Off-Roading Trailer Has Killer Chassis and Suspension Components
- Off-Roading Requires Good Towability
- You’ll Have Plenty of Features to Enjoy at Camp
- Final Thoughts
- Recommended Off-Roading Gear
This Off-Roading Trailer Has Killer Chassis and Suspension Components
When buying an off-road trailer, it’s important to ensure you get all the necessary off-road features, as without them, you’ll have problems hitting the tough stuff.
With the OBi trailers, you get an articulating coupler, a hot-dipped chassis, independent coil suspension with heavy-duty shocks, and 16-inch wheels with all-terrain tires. That’s not a bad start!
The articulating coupler helps the trailer follow the terrain without having bind-up issues on the trailer hitch. A normal hitch would never be able to take the angles of driving up a steep hill or up and over obstacles on the trail. This is because your truck will start climbing the hill first, meaning that the trailer will still be on flat ground.
The hot-dipped galvanized chassis treatment provides the frame with an insanely tough coating that prevents rust. Instead of worrying about whether your trailer will rust to pieces, you can focus on safely navigating difficult trails and enjoying your off-grid experience.
Finally, the suspension and wheel setup provide the ability to stay composed both on and off-road thanks to great geometry and heavy-duty shocks that won’t fade due to heat build-up.
What’s more, the 16-inch wheels are helpful as many vehicles come with the same-sized wheels, which means you can run the same tires on both your trailer and vehicle. If a tire is damaged on the trail, it’s nice to have spares that fit anywhere!
If you want to have a look at how capable this trailer is off-road, check out the video above by ROA OFF-ROAD.
Off-Roading Requires Good Towability
OBi trailers offer even more off-roading features that lead to good towability.
For example, the Dweller 15 is easy to handle thanks to a light tongue weight of 500 pounds and a dry weight of 5,070 pounds. And with a GVWR of 6,405 pounds, you don’t need a full-size truck or a big bruiser diesel to tow this trailer effectively on-road or off.
Yet, there’s something to be said for having a little weight in the trailer. If you’ve ever towed a box trailer that’s empty, you know how wobbly they can get, especially at high speeds or if the wind is blowing.
But with a trailer like the Dweller 15, there’s enough weight on board that helps plant it to the ground to give you a much smoother towing experience. It helps that OBi worked their magic to balance the weight so well in the trailer, too – including lowering the center of gravity to lessen the likelihood of tipping over.
Of course, an off-road trailer needs ground clearance, and with the Dweller 15 and Dweller 13, you have two feet of ground clearance to play with. The sharply angled rear quarter of the trailer also helps in towing off-road by providing a fantastic departure angle that helps clear obstacles.
You’ll Have Plenty of Features to Enjoy at Camp
When off-roading, we want a space to come back to and relax. Yes, a normal campsite can be great, but nothing compares to the comfort of a trailer like the Dweller 15 or 13.
For warm summer nights, you can enjoy under-bunk A/C, and for the cold ones, a Truma Combi furnace will keep you toasty warm. You also get a full bathroom, a pop-top roof for ample headroom, and a slide-out in the rear for more interior space for sleeping and lounging.
Heck, there’s even a full outdoor galley with a two-burner stove, a sink, and a full-size divided fridge and freezer so you can get your chef game on!
Some additional features are mentioned below:
- High-end laminate cabinets and flooring
- Plush folding queen mattress (69.5″ x 80″)
- Day or Night window shades with bug-out screens
- Dining table
- T.V. with DVD and stereo
- 12′ electric awning
- Outdoor shower
Not bad for an off-road trailer, right?!
The best part is that once you navigate difficult trails to your campsite, a trailer like the Dweller 15 or Dweller 13 gives you a wonderful base camp. You can head out to hike, fish, or ride your UTV, and come home after a tough day to enjoy all the amenities listed above.
Off-road trailers, and especially ones as well thought out and well-made as those from OBi, can transform the way you camp. Whether you’re out for a cross-country expedition or a few days of tough wheeling, these products will make your adventures all the better. After all, they’re the perfect combination of off-road capabilities, amenities, comfort, and functionality!
If you have any further questions about these trailers, get in touch with OBi. For anything else off-road or overland-related, head over to the forum section of our page.
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