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Old 10-20-2015, 03:54 AM   #1
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Best trailer for offroad use?

What do y'all think is the most rugged camper to pull behind my Land rover off-road? Based on my experience with their other trailers being built like tanks, the U-haul has my curiosity up...are they built as ruggedly as the other U-haul trailers? I was planning to upgrade the suspension and hitch system at the very least.
I want something that I can pull behind my truck off-road or my Jetta diesel on the highway and may be full-timing in it for a while when I move to the PNW in the next few years.
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Old 10-20-2015, 04:31 AM   #2
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What do y'all think is the most rugged camper to pull behind my Land rover off-road? Based on my experience with their other trailers being built like tanks, the U-haul has my curiosity up...are they built as ruggedly as the other U-haul trailers? I was planning to upgrade the suspension and hitch system at the very least.
I want something that I can pull behind my truck off-road or my Jetta diesel on the highway and may be full-timing in it for a while when I move to the PNW in the next few years.
Welcome Gene, a number of members here do off road trips like logging roads for example. They will be along soon with ideas but most lift their trailers for clearance. Can't really say that any molded trailer is any more "tank" like than another but there are a few makers, not molded that build some really rugged rigs. I lifted mine as I do drive a lot off the super slab but I am just over a walk speed most of the time and have had no problems..........yet .
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:39 PM   #3
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One of the best american offroad trailers i have seen is an adak at adak.com.
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Old 10-20-2015, 02:29 PM   #4
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Iffin you can find one of these in America, dont think you can get much more "off road" than this!!

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Old 10-20-2015, 04:14 PM   #5
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While i have had my Scamp out on gravel logging roads around Vancouver Island many times without issue I don't believe that qualifies as off road. Off road to me means I need to put the tug in 4 x 4 mode and creep very slowly and carefully up and over some large obstacles such as rocks or a big ditch ..... not sure I would recommend any of the fiberglass trailers for that... due to the amount of the flex that would taking place one might end up with a cracked egg.
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Old 10-20-2015, 04:28 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum Gene


IF (big if) I was to guess, I would agree that, of the majority of the FGRV's represented here, that the U-Haul was originally engineered to take the most abuse due to it being designed specifically for the rental market. The U-Haul even has a number of suspension parts that are U-Haul specific, perhaps because the engineers wanted maximum reliability and minimal maintenance. But, that's just a W.A.G.
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Old 10-20-2015, 04:48 PM   #7
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couple of cadet 4x4 pics

Seen a few of these 4x4,got good ground clearance and at 450kg !!!
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:35 AM   #8
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I'll post up some pics on this thread soon of my Compact Hunter that I'm building for offroad use. It's not rock crawler worthy but that's not what I was aiming for. The frames on most of the FBRVs are too light and the clearance too low. Getting over those two hurtles is a big part of it although once you pull the shell off the frame its not too bad to work through the upgrades. Fiberglass is hard but with hardness comes brittleness so you have stress fracture issues and of course standard off road rock damage. It's a very uncommon platform to start with but if you look around there are a few examples to be found. I personally think it's brilliant. Save the weight but have a waterproof shell with little set up time. Knowing or at least being willing to learn fiberglass repair is a bit of a must. I had the unfortunate luck to work in a fiberglass boat shop early in life so I get by but honestly its not rocket science. I knew a lot of real dumb people that did beautiful work. Building this camper has become quite a fun hobby for me and there is lots of great info on this site but you need to look elsewhere for offroad build info. I don't think the trick is in picking the right FGRV, it's more in modifying the one that you find. There are ups and downs to all of them. As an example, my Hunter is a fairly low profile shell because of the pop top. So even with the lift and big tires the top is still lower than most other FGRVs which keeps it from being top heavy as well as keeps highway wind resistance down. I won't go into the many downsides but I started with it because of the initial price not because it was my dream platform.
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:52 AM   #9
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watching that video the only thing I can think of is my black pipes being clean ripped off lol, no my potty for you!
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:25 PM   #10
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That sounds like a good argument for a porta-potty for off-road users. Fewer pipes and no black tank to tear off.
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Old 10-23-2015, 05:27 PM   #11
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One of the best alternatives I've seen is a guy in Germany who built a new frame for his Eriba Puck and transferred the trailer body over - he tows it with his Jeep. There is also a South African company that is making a fiberglass RV for off road use. I towed a U-Haul with my Defender but wouldn't take it on anything more challenging than a forest service road.

The U-Haul had a pretty beefy frame but not enough clearance - I'd probably use a Boler and plan on building a new frame under it if I were you.
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Old 10-23-2015, 05:33 PM   #12
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Sorry I couldn't resist. Sorry it isn't fiberglass. but was a trailer off road.

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I like that Eriba.


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