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The First Ever Jeep Branded Addax Trailer Launched at SEMA, and It Is a Winner

We have all been there—too much gear and not enough space. The use of a trailer is a controversial solution and a hotly debated topic on forums and around the campfire; some swear by them, and others would rather have less stuff. A trailer is an excellent solution for overlanders who go off-road or travel with families, and nothing beats a base camp that you can leave behind to explore. Not all trailers are created equal, and some stand out from the crowd. The Jeep-branded Edition Addax Overland trailer just dropped on an unsuspecting market and was named the 2022 Global Media Award Winner at the SEMA show (Jeep did not hold back at SEMA this year).

So, what sets this compact trailer apart from the others, aside from a legendary badge? The Jeep Addax trailer is inspired by the US military’s all-but-indestructible surveillance trailers and engineered by the team that set a world land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Weighing in at just 850 pounds with a 1,200-pound payload, a foldable tongue, and a compact 5- by 6-foot body, this trailer is designed to be towed from your doorstep to any remote campsite, wherever that may be. The trailer’s high-strength, lightweight engineering ensures it will not compromise the stability and efficiency of the tow vehicle, Jeep brand or otherwise.

The Jeep Addax trailer’s independent torsion axle trailer suspension system provides an impressive 17 inches of ground clearance for maximum maneuverability, control, and comfort. The 3/16-inch military-grade steel chassis and 14-gauge steel body are seamlessly bent (instead of welded) to deliver industry-leading durability.

Other features include 35 cubic feet of storage, four 8,000-pound stabilizing corner jacks, an articulating hitch rear receiver, and a heavy-duty custom rack for storing gear, mountain bikes, kayaks, or a rooftop tent with an awning and perhaps a shower cubicle.

Though diminutive, this trailer may be just the right size to carry what you need and little else. The construction appears simple and sturdy and should be more than up to endless hours of use and abuse from highways, corrugated roads, and the trail.

Winning the 2022 Global Media Award is quite an impressive feat, considering that there are over 2,000 products competing in the competition for the title.

Jim Morrison, senior vice president and head of Jeep brand North America said,

“There are hundreds of aftermarket innovations on the SEMA show floor this week, and from them all, we’re proud that the Jeep-branded Edition by Addax Overland Trailer is a 2022 SEMA Global Media Award winner because it’s authentic to the Jeep brand. Our Jeep enthusiasts are always looking to go further and do more, and this award-winning overlanding trailer will allow them to go further and stay longer as they continue to push the boundaries of adventure.”

Addax CEO Kirk Jowers said,

“We are thrilled that the Jeep-branded Edition by Addax Overland Trailer has been recognized as a global game changer at SEMA. We look forward to continuing to engage with the Jeep brand in engineering more award-winning overlanding products that appeal to the brand’s international community.”

The Jeep Addax trailer will be available from early 2023 with a starting price of just under $15,000.

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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell