While there are loads of awesome vehicles and products at Overland Expo each year, few command as much attention as the campers and trailers scattered throughout the show. These capable platforms not only look cool, but have made overlanding more comfortable, and in many ways more accessible than ever before. They enable owners to park at the base of a mountain in a snow storm then sleep in a warm dry bed, drive across Africa in an air-conditioned and secure cab, or watch a storm roll outside while enjoying a hot coffee in their dinette. They are homes on wheels, gateways to adventure, and some of our favorite products to use and write about. Thus, we’ve taken the opportunity to give them their own article, “The Campers and Trailers of Expo East.” Let us know which is your favorite!
Two of the most popular campers at the event were produced by the German company Maltec. Based on both a 70 Series and 200 Series Land Cruiser, their camper conversions feature carbon fiber components, Scheel-mann seats, and a combination of off-road parts that ensure they’re ready for an adventure anywhere in the world. The 70 Series seen above is even U.S. importable, and has been updated with a new front end and interior. Look for an article on that truck in the coming weeks.
The Public Lands Project definitely had one of the coolest vehicle and trailer combos of the show. With a brand new Conqueror UEV-490 from Conqueror North America matching their tan FJ, we’d say they have good taste. Not surprising based on the duo’s excellent photography.
The Goose-Gear Tacoma has always drawn a crowd at overland events, and upon further inspection it’s easy to understand why. Besides the overall excellent appearance of the truck, the interior build out and cabinets are beautiful in their efficiency and clean design. They take the AT Overland habitat from camper shell and tent to full home on wheels. To learn more, check them out here.
Exploring Elements has been wandering North America in their EEXP for several years now, and they’ve finally decided to sell. While they are currently off on a 3-week trip exploring the northeast, Bryon assures me they will return and be ready to move this awesome camper upon their return. For more information, take a look at his website here.
This homebuilt pop-top conversion was a personal favorite of mine from the event. It is packed with simple yet ingenious methods of making the vehicle comfortable, and will be appearing in its own featured article here shortly. A big thank-you to the owner Matt, who took the time to meet with me.