A major part of our upgrades of the Manley ORV EXPLORE trailer (See July 2014 issue of TCT Magazine), was adding a Rhino Lining to the bed. Not only does the heavy duty lining protect the steel inside the trailer, it makes moving around boxes and gear a little easier as well.
Like any good project, the success of lining a trailer comes down to two factors: Preparation and Expertise.
When traveling the world in your Off Road Trailer, one of the primary functions is to make kitchen setup easy and painless. In my backpacking days, setting up the ‘cooking’ area was as simple as unpacking the small stove, adding water to our dehydrated food, and cooking. With a trailer & many more mouths to feed, it gets a little more complicated.
Many trailers ship with slide out kitchens, and many others setup side shelves meant to hold their stove & cooking supplies. We’re increasingly seeing ‘all in one’ kitchen setups like the Cabela’s Deluxe Campers Kitchen ($129), the Outdoorsman from My Camp Kitchen ($449), or the Kanz $795 Field Kitchen (box only – no accessories included). Portable solutions like these make it easy to take your kitchen with you when not using the trailer (such as tailgating, etc), and make it possible to move the kitchen away from your ‘living area’.
We saw these semi-custom Tradesman Toppers at Overland Expo last May, what do you think about this option for heavy-duty Off Road Trailers?
The Access Manfuacturing Website doesn't have any information on these toppers, but they seem like a good idea for many wishing to expand the use of their trailer. Perhaps with enough interest they could mass-produce a setup like we see here.
Like many, we've had our tow rig (a 2007 FJ Cruiser) for many years before getting into the ORT game. This last week we did our first major road trip with the truck & trailer and noticed that while our FJ is awesome on the trail, it's not amazing at towing a 1500lb trailer uphill in the wind, especially running 33" tires. We're looking into upgrade options to help remedy the situation. So we're wondering what the best upgrades are (in general) to make a tow rig perform a little better on the highway.
Adventure Trailers has announced a new DIY version of their Portable "Hot Box" furnace. This system will give you everything you need to install a portable, propane fired, forced air furnace into your trailer or tent. The entire kit takes about 4 hours to assemble and retails for $1232. The Furnace itself is an HS2000 model and be bought separately for $780.
See more on the Adventure Trailers store
Whether you’re buying an overland style trailer or building your own, one of the first aspects of your setup you have to decide on is wheels & bolt pattern. Many people (especially those with Jeeps), prefer to match their trailer wheels & tires with their tow rig. This is easy for some tow rigs, but for those of us that drive other vehicles (such as Toyota trucks), it can be a bit more complicated.