Camping can take many forms, and more often than not, our camping style doesn’t include full service campgrounds. We hike in with everything on our backs, or we drive down forest service roads, to a private oasis and build a basecamp. Away from the crowds and the noise we enjoy the nature around us, going out on hikes and coming back to camp for lounging and dinner.
For our style of camping tents fit the bill. If you camp like us and are looking to upgrade off the ground to an RV or trailer, or even if you just like to venture out of full service campgrounds every now and then but are looking to upgrade from a tent, there are many options.
When you’re ready for a basecamp a little bigger than your tent, or if you’re thinking that every once in a while hard walls between you and the outdoors wouldn’t be so bad, or maybe when you’re tired of camping on wet ground one too many times, you may start to look into options.
Rooftop tents sit onto your existing vehicle, or a cargo trailer. They’re the easiest upgrade form a standard tent. Unlike traditional RVs, any vehicle you currently drive can work with a rooftop tent. They get you up off the ground, away from standing water, critters that may crawl or walk through your campsite, and they’re relatively easy to set up. Maggiolina, Cascadia, Tepui, Treeline, ARB, and James Baroud are some of the popular manufacturers.
If rooftop tents don’t fit the bill, there are always teardrop trailers. This small trailers can be towed by most vehicles, and offer hard sided walls and a great sleeping area. Beyond the sleeping area they offer a simple galley at the back of the trailer. SoCal and AT Trailer offer offroading models for the adventurous.
If the size and practicality of teardrops appeal to you, but you aren’t set on the teardrop shape you can look into mini trailers. Like teardrops, these offer a great sleeping space indoors, and often (though not always) a galley in the back. Without the teardrop shape there is often additional headroom. Leaddog and Hiker Trailers are two that offer mini trailers.
Pop Up Trailers
A more traditional RV-like option is the pop-up trailer. Easier to tow than a standard RV, the pop-up is the tried and true entry-level camper. A hard base, with fabric pop-up walls this is the best of both worlds for many. An indoor bed, available indoor kitchen and sometimes even an indoor bathroom.
Along the lines of pop-up trailers are the harsided a-frame trailers. They fold down for easy towing just like pop-up trailers, though have all hard sides when assembled. Just like pop-up trailers these are often considered entry level campers. They are available with indoor kitchen and bathrooms, though more often than not they include indoor sleeping and lounging.
No matter the form you take, RV or backpacking tent, get out there and enjoy the great outdoors!