There has never been a better time to be in the market for an adventure rig. Sure, waiting lists can be long, thanks to the explosive popularity of overlanding coupled with a pandemic that has prompted people to seek outdoor experiences. But luckily there are more, better choices than ever before.
Taxa Outdoors’ Mantis Overland ($57,874 and up)
With the whole family? The Mantis Overland from Taxa Outdoors can accommodate four adults (or more with an optional hammock and roof tent) and is one of the most unusual trailers we tested. The center of the roof lifts for ample standing room, but retains aerodynamics and ease of towing when folded. Everything inside is adjustable, from the rear dinette that converts into a bed to the bunk beds that fold down to make way for bicycles. There’s even a flip-up wet tub. At 3,486 pounds dry weight, it’s light enough to tow a mid-sized SUV, and its 14 inches of ground clearance can cover tricky roads.
Dave and Matt Vans Lifestyle Vehicles ($64,982 and up)
If you want a van, it would be hard to find a better value than one from Dave and Matt Vans Lifestyle Vehicles. The Ram Promaster builds from the brand have a beautiful and exceptionally well-designed interior with solid components that give you everything you need in a motorhome – running water, a refrigerator and solar energy – without external, complicated systems. Incredibly, the total price includes the van itself, at a cost that other companies charge for just a build-up.
Skinny Guy Campers ($15,625 and up)
Our favorite new rig is from Skinny Guy Campers. The brand offers a whole new take on the lightweight truck campers that have become popular in recent years. The brand’s debut pop-up fits on top of your truck bed without taking up valuable storage space underneath. It collapses into a box no higher than your cab (exact dimensions depend on the size of the truck), so it consumes hardly any fuel and fits in a garage. But when you release four latches, it unfolds upwards into a cabin-shaped tent that can accommodate two adults and offer many of the features you’d find in a traditional motorhome. Think: LED lighting, propane heat, running water and even flush an indoor shower and toilet. Four trim levels offer varying degrees of gadgetry and comfort, and six sizes ranging from 650 to 1,030 pounds means there’s a model for almost every truck on the road.