Overlanding is fast becoming industry speak in the camping world. However, don’t let that put you off. The essence of the word is actually quite important to modern adventurers. It describes self-guided land-based exploration. While this can involve trampling any terrain, it usually implies reaching remote destinations. As such, overlanding often requires some measure of off-roading and overnight camping. In order to empower travelers with these needs, TAXA now includes overland adventure trailer offerings in our fleet.
We customize these models for prolonged survival amidst tough conditions. In order to explain the possibilities of such a vehicle in greater detail, here is a quick primer on how overland adventure trailers make living remotely a reality.
Planning Ahead – Packing an Overland Adventure Trailer
Typical adventure vehicles limit the duration of an expedition based on cargo capacity. This limitation can play out in a number of ways. Maybe it’s running out of food too quickly. Maybe it means not bringing along restroom amenities. Perhaps it reduces how many batteries to bring for the power supply. In any case, the point is clear. Unless you are a survivalist extraordinaire, most people require carrying supplies with them rather than finding them strictly within their environment. In essence, cargo capacity matters. It can be the difference between going on a 3 day trip and a 30 day trip.
With this in mind, TAXA Overland models maximize storage potential. However, this does not mean adding to the footprint. The Overland Cricket and Mantis in particular pack on 300 and 600 lbs of extra cargo capacity without adding on square footage.
Additionally, all TAXA Overland vehicles come equipped with pre-wired solar input. This saves packing a generator or multiple replacement batteries. In short, a few modifications go a long way in creating space for larger supply loads. Leave the limitations at the door. Expeditions can now go on as long you’d like them to go.
Getting There – Traveling with an Overland Adventure Trailer
Overland adventure trailers really shine while in motion though. They can stand up to rougher terrains than conventional travel vehicles for several reasons.
These trailers are built tough. Most use steel, titanium, or aluminum where it counts. They come equipped with several recovery points. This prevents getting stuck on uneven paths. Their above-average ground clearance also helps with the cause. By avoiding run-in’s with the road, these vehicles tend to last. Overland mods keep it moving and improve longevity. What’s not to like?
Elaborating on these standards, TAXA creates our overland habitats with ground clearances that range between 14″ and 18″. We also engineer our suspensions without an axle while incorporating a lock n’ roll hitch. This design enables 360 degrees of rotation and 3 axis movement. Such a combination results in a quiet, smooth ride even with a few bumps in the road. A little more peace of mind… and again longevity.
For a more in-depth presentation of these features, check out this walk-around video of the Overland Cricket.
Habitat Turned Home – Prolonged Survival in an Overland Adventure Trailer
Overland adventure trailers face a difficult challenge once out in the wild. Even in remote expeditions, they should provide some semblance of home. This isn’t easy to say the least. Unlike most travel trailers, these vehicles must stand up to the scrutiny of hosting explorers for weeks or months rather than days.
In response to these needs, we outfit our Overland models with robust amenities. All of these vehicles come standard with plenty of space to store and prepare food. That ranges from the two-burner pull-out TigerMoth kitchen or the full galley kitchen found in the Mantis. Nutritious food at the end of a hard day of exploration is important for morale. For similar reasons, we provide solutions for running water and climate control. A reasonable level of comfort seems to distract the least from the broader task at hand.
Further, we understand that spatial priorities might shift over the course of a long trip. Thus, we arm these vehicles with adaptability. Most living areas can be changed or stored away if not currently needed. This includes beds, seating, and restroom amenities.
Finally, as previously referenced, TAXA Overland models feature pre-wired solar inlets, built-in electrical systems, and external water systems. These act as vital energy solutions for expeditions lasting 7+ days off-grid. This keeps the trailer and explorers functional around the clock if needed.
Overlanding involves self-guided exploration of the wild. To meet relevant demands, TAXA Outdoors builds overland adventure trailers a little differently than our standard models. More specifically, we infuse the vehicles with storage efficiency, rugged design, and living amenities necessary for prolonged survival in remote locations.
All in all, we understand that overlanding is more a state of mind than anything. It’s finding your own path, yes. However it’s also an attempt at deep connection with a specific environment. This comes from a place of adventure and respect for the wild at large. We at TAXA support this idea completely. Our intention is to put you right where nature intended, outside, and we believe that our overland vehicles do just that.
Our campers combine purposeful design with quality construction. In doing so, we maximize space, value, and engagement with the natural world. For more info on these offerings, check out the Mantis Overland, Cricket Overland, or TigerMoth Overland.