The quest for the perfect family (5 of us) overlanding/camping setup....

gatorgrizz27

Active member
A 6x12 cargo trailer ticks most of the boxes if you’ve got a place to store it and fuel mileage isn’t a major concern. Mine is primarily used for my construction business, so the camping stuff is modular, but it would be easy to build out with permanent beds instead. You can fit a queen mattress in the back lower area, with room for a countertop in the nose and space to walk inside. Bunk beds for the older kids above your bed and the your younger one can sleep on a small cot inside the door.

I’ve got an 8x8 awning with a drop down room and portable stove/water, as we prefer to be outside when camping but it solves the bad weather issues. If you have to put the awning away wet you,can just unzip and roll it down at home, no need to completely set it up.

Mine was $2,150 new, I’ve got less than $1,000 setting it up with a 12v battery system, roof fan, lights, RV door latch, E-Track, etc. Bonus is you can carry bikes, kayaks, etc, inside it.5D9F441E-E1F5-4DB0-BA74-CDD8BB02446A.jpegAE7709DD-C836-493F-88A7-7E9E90E29033.jpegA595290E-96F5-40C1-B8EB-46032119FA0A.jpegB4989EE8-9B2C-43D4-A72F-122D85294F38.jpeg
 

canyonrider

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Bumping this thread up. Does anyone have more real-world feedback on using an offroad trailer/RTT combo for a family of four (think Boreas and the like)? We currently have a perfectly good 19-foot fiberglass travel trailer, but I'm getting frustrated with the limitations in accessing more remote locations. On the other hand, I'm concerned that an offroad trailer/RTT would only be marginally more comfortable than a ground tent, but for a lot more money.
 

eatSleepWoof

Explorer
On the other hand, I'm concerned that an offroad trailer/RTT would only be marginally more comfortable than a ground tent, but for a lot more money.
I had an FSR Overlandter trailer with their RTT. My experience lines up with your thoughts. We now have a Rockwood 1640ESP. Way less overland-cred, much, much worse built, slightly less capable, but a million times more comfortable and practical.
 

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OregonJKU

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I had an FSR Overlandter trailer with their RTT. My experience lines up with your thoughts. We now have a Rockwood 1640ESP. Way less overland-cred, much, much worse built, slightly less capable, but a million times more comfortable and practical.
How well does the 1640ESP do off pavement, e.g. on forest service roads, etc?
Also, did you do any suspension and/or tire/wheel mods?
 

eatSleepWoof

Explorer
How well does the 1640ESP do off pavement, e.g. on forest service roads, etc?
Also, did you do any suspension and/or tire/wheel mods?
I initially intended to replace suspension, wheels and tires, but discovered that when properly aired down, (18PSI hot) the trailer is very compliant over rough FSRs at moderate (40-50kph) speeds. At this point I don't think I'll be changing suspension, wheels or tires any time soon.

I've got a build thread for the trailer here: https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/eatsleepwoofs-rockwood-1640esp.1210948/ . Still have a ton of work to do to it, but not much time to do it...
 

OregonJKU

Active member
I initially intended to replace suspension, wheels and tires, but discovered that when properly aired down, (18PSI hot) the trailer is very compliant over rough FSRs at moderate (40-50kph) speeds. At this point I don't think I'll be changing suspension, wheels or tires any time soon.

I've got a build thread for the trailer here: https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/eatsleepwoofs-rockwood-1640esp.1210948/ . Still have a ton of work to do to it, but not much time to do it...
Thanks for your reply, and I'll checkout your build thread!
 
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