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Best Expedition Trailers of 2021

If you ask me, there’s nothing quite like loading up my truck and trailer, hitting the open road, and exploring off-the-grid locations.

Of course, to do so, I have an expedition trailer that allows me to travel off-grid and stay there for days at a time.

If outdoor adventure is an important part of your life (or you want to make it a part of your life), then one of the best expedition trailers of 2021 might be a worthy investment. With these trailers, you can get further away from civilization, stay there longer, and have fun doing it.

The options listed below offer many different features, specs, and amenities. Have a look at our picks for the best expedition trailers of 2021, and see which one fits your needs the best! Also check out our updated list of the best expedition trailers of 2022 while you’re at it.

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Best Expedition Trailers of 2021: Turtleback Expedition


I got a Turtleback Expedition trailer last year, and have spent the last 12 months or so putting it through its paces. I’ve towed this trailer with my 2020 Jeep Gladiator in all sorts of conditions, from freeway driving here in the L.A. area to Death Valley, the Sierra-Nevadas, and many points in between. It’s been a complete gem so far!

One of my favorite components of this trailer is the kitchen. This bad boy is a full Birch kitchen with a nice and deep Dometic stainless steel sink, a tempered glass top for the sink so you have more prep area, and a Partner Steel 18-inch stove. You get an 11-pound propane tank to run the stove and the Dometic 6-gallon water heater as well.


You’ll have plenty of water on your trip, too, since the Turtleback Expedition features a 42-gallon BPA-free water tank. Paired with the tank is an on-demand 12-volt water pump.

Power in the Expedition Series trailer includes Blue Sea Marine-Grade components. There’s a single-group 31 AGM deep-cycle battery and an 8-circuit Blue Sea control panel as well. Electrical options include:

  • Prowatt 1000-watt inverter
  • Red Arc Manager 30
  • Zamp Obsidian 100 W. Unregulated Panel
  • Charge Port (12v & 2 Side By Side USB Ports) On The Back Of The Control Box
  • Charge Port ( 12v & 2 Side By Side USB Ports) On The Back Of Pass. Side Box

The top-of-the-line Turtleback Expedition trailer offers these electrical components:

  • Xantrex Freedom X 2000 Watt Inverter
  • 110v Outlet In Back
  • Dual AGM Batteries


Underneath the trailer is a Timbren axle-less 3500HD suspension. The welded 2×3 galvanized steel chassis is both lightweight and ultra-strong.

The trailer has 16-inch wheels with 265/75R16 tires for tackling tough trails. In back is a swing-out tailgate spare mount with a flip-down table.

Turtleback gives you tons of options, too. You can add either the Expedition T2 or T3 series to get an even more robust expedition trailer. For example, the T2 series includes:

  • A secondary propane tank (5-pound)
  • Upgraded Roof Rack With Storage Box For Tables And Gear
  • 7-Pin Protector
  • Nose Box Rock Guard
  • Side Box Rock Guards

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The T3, which is the top option, includes these goodies:

  • Treadplate Side Box Toppers
  • Swing-Out Shower Mount
  • Corner Steadies
  • Molle Panels
  • Water Filter System / UV And Carbon Filter
  • Arc Wheel Jack
  • Pole Storage Tube
  • Main Compartment Charge Port
  • Dual Zamp Obsidian 100 W Unregulated Panel
  • Rigid Reverse Lights
  • Cruisemaster Hitch w/Handbrake
  • Signature Suspension With Icon Remote Res Shocks
  • Topo Decals

You can see why I chose a Turtleback Expedition trailer for my setup. It is absolutely rock-solid and has all the features and amenities I could want or hope for.

See my Turtleback Expedition trailer setup in the video just above!

Learn more about the Turtleback Trailers Expedition Series

Best Expedition Trailers of 2021: Beaver Built Wapos and Mahkesis Trailers

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Photo by Vill Van Der Merwe #geoscoutadventures

How often do you come across an expedition trailer that ticks some of the boxes? Or perhaps even most of the boxes? Yet, there’s a bunch of features that you don’t want or need, or there’s options you wish the trailer had?

It’s a common occurrence for me as I scour the market for the best expedition trailers.

What you don’t often see is a trailer that allows you to pick and choose features and components and add them as you go, thereby allowing you to create a custom trailer that perfectly fits your needs.

The Beaver Built Wapos Trailer is one such example of this…

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Photo by Vill Van Der Merwe #geoscoutadventures

This trailer is 144” long and 79.75” wide. With a dry weight of just 1,050 pounds, a two-door Jeep Wrangler can easily tow it.

And since this is an expedition trailer, it has the off-road pedigree to get you way off-grid: with the standard wheels and tires, the departure angle is 37 degrees, and with the upgraded 33-inch tires, the departure angle increases to 40 degrees.

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Photo by Vill Van Der Merwe #geoscoutadventures

The Wapos Trailer rides on a Cruisemaster CRS² dual-shock suspension with a single-arm design that minimizes weight. Likewise, the Cruisemaster platform has a cable management system to protect delicate cables from the rough-and-tumble nature of off-road driving.

The trailer itself is also built to last with features like anti-slip powder-coated fenders and tongue deck, an aluminum body, and a galvanized steel frame.

You get features like a roof rack, a rear hitch receiver for hitch-mounted accessories, and a large rear door that reveals a food-grade stainless-steel countertop. Other features include standard 31-inch Yokohama A/T tires and 15-inch Vision wheels with a matching full-size spare.

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Photo by Vill Van Der Merwe #geoscoutadventures

What really sets this trailer apart for me, though, is that you can add bolt-on accessories as you need them.

You can add a front box with locking side doors and an extended roof rack to give you even more storage.

Then you can add a kitchen drawer pull-out that can accommodate a 75L Yeti cooler or a 75L Dometic fridge/freezer, so you have a place to prepare and cook meals in the wilderness.

Rear C jacks, a custom-designed electrical system, and a spare tire carrier are additional add-ons, among many other options.

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Photo by Vill Van Der Merwe #geoscoutadventures

You can even add a pair of side boxes that add eight cubic feet of storage per box. Once this is done, your Wapos Trailer becomes a Mahkesis Trailer. Additionally, with the side boxes in place, you can add a kitchen management system to hold all your cooking utensils, pots, pans, and stove. There’s even room for bowls, plates, spices, and cooking oil!

So, if you want to simply dip your toes into the overlanding and off-roading scene and want a budget-friendly trailer with just the essentials, the Wapos is a great entry point. If you find that overlanding and off-roading are things you want to be more serious about, you can purchase the options listed above and outfit your trailer precisely as you see fit.

Again, this isn’t something you typically see in the expedition trailer market. But that’s exactly why Beaver Built is on our list of the best expedition trailers of 2021!

Learn more about the Wapos and Mahkesis Trailers from Beaver Built

Best Expedition Trailers of 2021: Sunnyside Offroad Bunejug

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There’s a couple of problems with typical expedition trailers. First, they can be prohibitively heavy. Second, they can be prohibitively expensive.

The Sunnyside Offroad Bunejug solves both of those problems!

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Whether you want an expedition trailer for overlanding, off-roading, hunting, or some other outdoor adventure, the Bunejug has what you need to get out there, explore to your heart’s content, and have the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.

This trailer has a total weight of just 650 pounds, so you can easily tow it with a compact truck, SUV, UTV, or an EV.

The trailer is 48″ x 48″ x 15″ with the exterior closed. Yet, you can choose from a range of optional rooftop tents to provide plenty of interior space.

For example, you can get 48″ x 96″ x 44″ of living space with a two-person tent, including a sleeping footprint of 46″ x 94″ with a peak height of 45 inches. Part of that living space is the annex, which is a 5’ x 5’ area that’s made of heavy-duty 600g PVC.

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This rooftop tent is made of 280G poly-cotton ripstop and has a 420D polyester oxford rainfly that’s PU coated and has taped seams. You can keep the bugs out with a no-see-um mesh mosquito screen and enjoy a good night’s sleep on the three-inch high-density foam mattress that offers room for two people to sleep.

All of this rides on a suspension that’s among the best in the business.

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The long travel, independent trailing arm suspension is custom fabricated to give this trailer the best on-road and off-road performance. Add in load-adjusting shocks, and you have the makings of a trailer that offers an ultra-smooth towing experience no matter what your destination.

sunnyside offroad bunejug build

As far as dry camping goes, it’s tough to beat what the Bunejug has to offer. You get a highly-capable trailer that was designed, engineered, and tested on the toughest trails. You also get a trailer with ample storage space and sleeping space so you can be comfortable out there in the wilderness.

Above all, this trailer is easy to set up, made in the USA by a family-owned business, and prices start at just $9,625 (without a tent). Add in a manufacturing timeline of just 6-8 weeks, and you have a winning combination for one of the best off-road expedition trailers of 2021!

Learn more about the Sunnyside Offroad Bunejug

Best Expedition Trailers of 2021: Vorsheer Extreme Expedition Rig

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I don’t know about you, but when I’m looking for an expedition trailer, I want something that goes to the extreme, that way I can take my expedition to the extreme.

Needless to say, the Vorsheer Extreme Expedition Rig (XER) is just what the doctor ordered if extreme adventuring is what you want to do…

Without sleeping quarters to take up a ton of space (the sleeping area is up top where you can add a rooftop tent), this trailer can be smaller, lighter, and more agile than other types of off-road and overlanding trailers.

In fact, the XER is just 1,300 pounds, so you can tow it with a side-by-side. That means that you can get way off the beaten path and take trails that you couldn’t take with a larger trailer (or a larger vehicle, for that matter).

But don’t think that because it’s a small, lightweight trailer that the XER is a lightweight when it comes to features and options. In fact, true to form, Vorsheer has loaded this baby up so no matter how far you are from civilization, you still get to enjoy creature comforts.

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For example, the XER has a full kitchen area with space for a sink with hot and cold taps, a big cooler, and a high-output stove. You can even add a shower point and a shower room so you can get the gunk off you before rolling into bed in your favorite rooftop tent.

The base XER also features a single battery power system, a basic lighting package, a tongue box, and a cross box. You get a roof box, a rear box, a full-size spare tire on an adaptable tire carrier, and a 2-inch ball hitch too.

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The XER comes standard with side boxes for extra storage, a dual battery package for more power, or a propane rack for your fuel. You also enjoy amenities like a tankless water heater, kitchen lighting, a max couple hitch, and a spare tire swing table as well.

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With the XER, you’ll have an expedition trailer that boasts a Timbren axle-less suspension, 33-inch all-terrain tires, 17-inch wheels, and 20 inches of ground clearance. All of that is wrapped in a package that’s made in the U.S.A. with high-quality materials, a beautiful design, and the durability you demand in an off-road expedition trailer.

When you want to get away from civilization, you need a trailer that gives you dependable service and the ability to customize the features to your particular needs. Vorsheer accomplishes all that and more with the XER!

Learn more about the Vorsheer XER 

Best Expedition Trailers of 2021: Turtleback Trailers Getaway

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The second entry on our list from Turtleback Trailers is their Getaway option.

This trailer is smaller than the Expedition series discussed earlier. It’s also lighter and less expensive, so if the Expedition is a bit much, this is a fine alternative.

Like its bigger brother, the Getaway comes packed to the gills with plenty of options, as you can see in the video below:

The trailer is built on a chassis that’s made of welded 2×3 galvanized tube steel. Attached to it are 16-inch Pro Comp steel wheels wrapped with 265/75R16 tires (plus a spare mount single swing-out tire holder). You get a trailer breakaway brake activation switch, a nose jack rated to 2,000 pounds, and a max coupler. There’s a 7-pin trailer connection and dual safety chains for towing as well.

Up top, you can utilize the trailer for a rooftop tent or for storing additional gear – whatever you need!


The Getaway comes equipped with a Trojan group 31 deep-cycle AGM battery, a 12-volt socket, and dual USB charge ports so you can keep your devices charged, even when you’re way off grid. There’s also interior and exterior lighting and a Passport battery charger.

You can carry 21 gallons of water in the BPA-free water tank. Water is delivered via an on-demand 12-volt water pump. The trailer has an 11-pound primary propane tank, too.

At the back of the trailer is a rear slide-out solid maple-topped Baltic Birch kitchen. The kitchen comes with an 18-inch Partner Steel stove, an extra-deep Dometic stainless steel sink, and a tempered glass top for the sink.

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As if all that isn’t enough, you can expand the functionality of your Getaway series trailer by upgrading to the T2 or T3 package. The T2 package features:

  • Spare Tire
  • ProWatt 1000 Watt Inverter
  • Red Arc Manager 30
  • Nose Box Charge Port
  • Composite Kitchen
  • Upgraded Roof Rack
  • 7-Pin Protector
  • Nose Box Rock Guard


And the T3 package adds:

  • Swing-out Shower Mount
  • Corner Steadies
  • Rear door MOLLE panel
  • Water filter system / UV and carbon filter
  • Rock Lights
  • Arc Wheel Jack
  • Pole Storage Tube
  • Add Water Heater (On-Demand)
  • Accessory Propane Tank
  • Added voltmeter to rear
  • Zamp Obsidian 100 W. Unregulated Panel
  • ProWatt 2000 Watt Inverter
  • Dual AGM Batteries
  • Cruisemaster Hitch w/Handbrake
  • Signature Suspension With Icon Remote Res Shocks
  • Topo Decals

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In other words, if your adventurous spirit wants to get way off the beaten path, the Getaway trailer from Turtleback Trailers can help you accomplish your goals, and do it in a fully-loaded adventure-ready rig!

Learn more about the Turtleback Trailers Getaway Series

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