The short answer is quality. Quality materials, quality craftsmanship, quality components, and quality customer service extends into our industry-leading warranty and post-purchase support.
Off Grid Trailers are made completely out of metal with an aluminum body on a steel frame. By using high-quality materials, we can ensure your trailer will last generation after generation.
Wood, while a versatile and commonly used material, may not be as durable as aluminum for constructing overland-style camping trailers due to several reasons:
Susceptibility to Rot and Decay: Wood is naturally prone to decay, rot, and degradation when exposed to moisture, humidity, and changing weather conditions. In a camping trailer, constant exposure to the elements—rain, snow, and extreme temperatures—can accelerate wood’s deterioration over time, compromising its structural integrity.
Vulnerability to Insects and Pests: Wood is attractive to insects and pests that can bore into the material, causing damage and weakening the structure of the trailer. This vulnerability can lead to structural issues, compromising safety and longevity.
Maintenance Requirements: Wood requires regular maintenance, such as sealing, staining, and protecting against water damage, to preserve its structural integrity and appearance. This maintenance can be labor-intensive and may need to be performed more frequently in outdoor settings, affecting the trailer’s durability.
Weight and Structural Strength: While wood can provide sufficient strength, it tends to be heavier compared to aluminum. In an overland camping scenario where weight considerations are crucial for fuel efficiency and maneuverability, the added weight of wood construction can be a drawback.
Long-Term Durability: Over extended periods, wood may experience warping, splitting, or cracking, particularly when exposed to constant stress, vibrations, and rough terrain. These issues can compromise the overall durability of the trailer.
Aluminum, on the other hand, boasts superior durability due to its inherent properties. It is corrosion-resistant, unaffected by moisture or rust, and more resilient against impacts, scratches, and weather-related deterioration. Aluminum’s strength-to-weight ratio is higher than that of wood, allowing for a lighter yet sturdy construction that’s better suited for rugged off-road travel, making it a more durable choice for overland-style camping trailers.
The use of wood in the construction of overland camping trailers might not be as environmentally friendly as aluminum for several reasons:
Deforestation Impact: The sourcing of wood often involves cutting down trees, leading to deforestation. This practice contributes to habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and disruption of ecosystems, impacting the environment on a larger scale.
Sustainability Concerns: Wood is a natural resource that, if not sourced sustainably, can result in depletion. Irresponsible forestry practices can lead to overharvesting, which threatens the long-term availability of wood resources.
Chemical Treatments: To increase wood’s durability and resistance to moisture, insects, and rot, it is often treated with chemicals. These treatments can involve toxic substances that pose environmental hazards during production, use, and disposal.
Carbon Footprint: The processing and transportation of wood contribute to its overall carbon footprint. Logging, milling, and transportation require energy, which can lead to greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change.
In contrast, aluminum has certain environmental advantages. It is a highly recyclable material, meaning it can be reused and recycled multiple times without losing its properties. Recycling aluminum requires significantly less energy compared to the extraction and processing of new aluminum, resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, aluminum’s durability and corrosion resistance mean it has a longer lifespan, reducing the need for frequent replacements and thereby minimizing its environmental impact over time.
Wood tends to be heavier than aluminum, which makes it less suitable for lightweight construction in overland-style camping trailers. Several factors contribute to the weight difference between wood and aluminum:
Density: Wood, being a natural material, generally has a higher density compared to aluminum. Even when using lightweight wood varieties, such as cedar or pine, the overall density of wood tends to be higher than aluminum.
Moisture Content: Wood can absorb moisture, adding to its weight. This moisture absorption can occur due to exposure to weather elements, leading to an increase in the overall weight of wooden components in the trailer.
Thickness and Structure: To achieve the required strength and structural integrity, wooden components in a trailer often need to be thicker or bulkier than their aluminum counterparts. This increased thickness adds to the overall weight of the trailer.
Material Composition: Aluminum is inherently lighter than wood. Its low density and high strength-to-weight ratio make it an ideal choice for lightweight yet durable constructions, especially in applications where weight considerations are crucial, such as in overland-style camping trailers.
In comparison, aluminum’s lightweight nature allows for the construction of trailers that can maintain strength and durability while significantly reducing overall weight. This characteristic is advantageous for off-road travel, enhancing fuel efficiency, maneuverability, and ease of towing, making aluminum a preferred choice over wood for lightweight construction in overland-style camping trailers.
At Off Grid Trailers, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality trailers that incorporate customer feedback. To do so, it is important to build our trailers out of the highest quality components. Beyond the body of the trailer and the frame, every other component is carefully manufactured to ensure it meets our high level of craftsmanship. We pride ourselves on building the most robust and exclusive side entry doors in the overland trailer industry. Customers asked and we delivered; A rich engineering background resulted in a robust door that maintains an R10 insulation value consistent with the rest of the cabin of the trailer. Our Pack members wanted large-capacity hot and cold-water sinks; the result was a custom-manufactured and CSA-approved stainless-steel sink. Customers wanted additional weight capacity for storage; our integrated roof rack is rated to a static load rating of 1000 lbs. but has been tested by a 3rd party engineering firm to withstand over 2000 lbs. with no damage to the rack itself, body, or the chassis of the trailer.
When you put as much time, dedication, and passion into manufacturing the highest quality and most durable off-road capable all-metal overland camping trailers, you do not outsource customer service. As a company we truly believe a great brand is built on great customer service, therefore we have chosen to keep that in-house, with our own inside sales team, direct-to-consumer sales, and a delivery network that ensures efficient, local delivery across North America. Beyond the point of the purchase, the Off Grid Trailers team stands behind their product and is willing to do what it takes to “make it right”. We offer a 5-year warranty on all structural components as well as a 1-year warranty on all 3rd-party components such as fridges, hot water on-demand systems, furnaces, stoves, rooftop tents, awnings, and more. As a direct-to-consumer company, we handle our warranty in-house as well. Our team works directly with local-to-you certified RV repair facilities, should any issues occur.
An Off Grid Trailer can truly follow your tow vehicle anywhere you have the confidence to take it. Our trailers come standard with the Timbren 3500HD axle-less suspension with a 4-inch lift and 265/70/17 tires which provides 21 inches of ground clearance, if that is not enough for you, we also offer a suspension upgrade. By working directly with Fabtech Motorsports we have designed and developed the proprietary OGT Evolution Series Suspension by Fabtech Motorsports. The OGT Evolution Series Suspension increases your ground clearance to 25 inches and allows for 8 inches of wheel travel. The innovative trailing a-arm design utilizes a Fabtech Motorsports 2.25” Dirt logic Shock with custom valving to create the optimal dampening whether your trailer is loaded or unloaded.
The biggest issue in the RV and camping trailer industry is water intrusion and rot. This is especially true when you are looking at an off-road capable overland camping teardrop, square drop, or adventure trailer. When overlanding it is not uncommon to cross a rushing river, spend days in rain or snow, as well as time in hot and dry deserts, even all on the same trip. When traversing rough terrain sub-par materials such as wood and fiberglass tend to warp, stretch, or crack which can allow moisture to enter the substrates. When moisture meets wood, you are bound to develop mold, mildew, and rot which can completely ruin a trailer. When you are looking at such a confined space, as in a small teardrop camping trailer, developing mold and mildew can become quite dangerous to be around and cause long-lasting health effects if not treated or removed. Wood, as a naturally occurring substance, is prone to decay, rot is the first sign that your wooden camping trailer is decaying and becoming structurally unsound. When you compare fiberglass and wood construction methods to that of an all-metal camping trailer, it is easy to see why the all-aluminum option will hold its value better. With an aluminum body, there is no lifespan to worry about as the aluminum will last indefinitely if maintained properly.
At Off Grid Trailers we understand an overland camping trailer is a big purchase decision, for some, it will be the 3rd largest purchase right behind their home and tow vehicle. To ensure that our camper trailers will outlast you we have worked with 3rd party engineering and testing firms to truly put our components to the test. Our trailers have undergone military-grade testing to ensure longevity in the frame, chassis, and other structural components.
With any major purchase, one of the most important factors to consider is the post-purchase service. At Off Grid Trailers our customer service does not end after you receive your trailer, it is just the beginning. We offer a 5 Year Structural and 1 Year comprehensive warranty, where you will work directly with the Off Grid Trailers team to resolve any issues with your trailer that may arise. A long warranty is only as good as the brand that stands behind it. One huge benefit to purchasing through Off Grid Trailer is that we are owned by a large private equity fund, TriWest Capital Partners. The partnership with TriWest gives Off Grid Trailers the financial support to continue to innovate, grow and produce high-quality off-road capable camping trailers and teardrops for years to come.
OGT guarantee: our roof will not leak or become compromised.
Off Grid Trailers LP offers a limited lifetime warranty, following the Owner’s purchase of the Trailer from either (a) the Manufacturer or (b) a Dealers (the “Roof Warranty Period”), against leaks and manufacturing defects in the roof and will conform to all written specifications provided by the Manufacturer. For clarity, the “roof” begins above any rear hatches/doors/or other ingress areas and continues fore and on both overlapping sides to the interface of the front wall to the frame. This warranty is provided to the original owner and is not transferable.
The Trailer Frame Chassis only will, for a period of sixty (60) months following the Owner’s purchase of the Trailer from either (a) the Manufacturer or (b) a Dealer (the “Frame Warranty Period”), be free from defects in material or workmanship and will conform to all written specifications provided by the Manufacturer.
The Trailer Components will, for a period of twelve (12) months following the Owner’s purchase of the Trailer from either (a) the Manufacturer or (b) a Dealer (the “Component Warranty Period”), be free from defects in material or workmanship and will conform to all written specifications provided by the Manufacturer.
Our dedicated customer service team will always be there to support you and your Off Grid Trailer. Whether you are looking for replacement parts or advice, we are only a phone call or email away.
The Expedition is an all-metal overland camping trailer designed to take you anywhere. The 21 inches of ground clearance and 50-degree departure angle will allow you to tow it anywhere your vehicle can go. Inside the Expedition, you will see a queen-sized bed, storage cabinets as well as interior lighting, and a control panel for your furnace and battery monitoring system. The kitchen is a passenger-side drop-down including a hot & cold water sink and dual burner cooktop along with 2 Fridge/Freezer options. The 31-gallon water tank will ensure there is plenty of water flowing through the hot water on-demand system for both your outdoor shower and kitchen needs. With ample storage, there will be plenty of room for all of your gear.
The Pando is an all-metal Tear Drop trailer designed for overland-style camping. The rugged all-metal construction and 21 inches of ground clearance make it one of the most capable teardrops on the market. Inside the Pando, you will find a queen-sized bed, storage cabinets as well as interior lighting, and a control panel for your furnace and battery monitoring system. The rear galley kitchen follows a classic teardrop styling with a hot & cold water sink and dual burner cooktop along with a 57L Fridge/Freezer and plenty of counter space. With the 1000 lbs. storage capacity on the roof rack, there will be plenty of room to bring all of your gear along on your next adventure.
The Switchback is an all-metal overland adventure trailer. With 21 inches of ground clearance and 50-degree departure angle you can take this compact trailer anywhere, your vehicle can tow it. The kitchen is a thoughtfully designed rear slide or side drop down which includes a hot & cold water sink and dual burner cooktop along with 3 Fridge/Freezer options. The 31-gallon water tank will ensure there is plenty of water flowing through the hot water on-demand system for both your outdoor shower and kitchen needs. With 40 cubic feet of interior storage in the front box, there is plenty of room to bring all of your gear along on your next adventure.
The Sprocket has a modular design, which means you can start small and work your way up by adding more creature comforts and accessories to your rig over time.
The all-new Sprocket is a lighter-weight, more affordable camping trailer built on our popular Expedition chassis. This all-metal off-road capable camping trailer is built to last with the same quality craftsmanship and engineering you would find in our other models. However, we have designed the trailer with modularity in mind, to make way for the after-market and passionate D.I.Y enthusiasts at an affordable entry price.n.
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