Outdoors

Gallery: Minuscule to massive campers of the 2018 Sand-Water-RV Expo

A Black Series Patron camping trailer and caravan nose to nose
A Black Series Patron camping trailer and caravan nose to nose
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Phoenix-based Kokopelli Trailers specializes in boat and cargo trailers, and here it shows a UTV hauler made into a camper via roof-top tent
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Phoenix-based Kokopelli Trailers specializes in boat and cargo trailers, and here it shows a UTV hauler made into a camper via roof-top tent
Hiker Extreme Off-Road trailer with auxiliary tent
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Hiker Extreme Off-Road trailer with auxiliary tent
Hiker Trailer slide-out kitchen
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Hiker Trailer slide-out kitchen
Hiker offers a variety of cabinetry options, and this rear cabinet unit includes a pass-through to the cabin
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Hiker offers a variety of cabinetry options, and this rear cabinet unit includes a pass-through to the cabin
Hiker's Extreme Off-Road trailer starts as a basic trailer for $8,000, and buyers can build up from there with a large variety of options, including a fridge box
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Hiker's Extreme Off-Road trailer starts as a basic trailer for $8,000, and buyers can build up from there with a large variety of options, including a fridge box
The Expedition is the most rugged and popular trailer in the Off Grid Trailers line-up
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The Expedition is the most rugged and popular trailer in the Off Grid Trailers line-up
Off Grid lists the Expedition at US$23,900 for a "well appointed" model
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Off Grid lists the Expedition at US$23,900 for a "well appointed" model
That steep departure angle separates the Expedition from other Off Grid Trailers models
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That steep departure angle separates the Expedition from other Off Grid Trailers models
Off Grid trailers come standard with a Dometic sink and dual-burner stove
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Off Grid trailers come standard with a Dometic sink and dual-burner stove
All Off Grid trailers measure the same 13.8 feet (4.2 m) in length but vary in shape and design - pictured here is the Overlander, which is built taller than the Expedition for added space
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All Off Grid trailers measure the same 13.8 feet (4.2 m) in length but vary in shape and design - pictured here is the Overlander, which is built taller than the Expedition for added space
No fridge slide here - Off Grid shows a different outdoor kitchen layout on the Overlander
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No fridge slide here - Off Grid shows a different outdoor kitchen layout on the Overlander
Off Grid takes wood out of its construction all together, building its trailers with a steel frame and aluminum walls and roof
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Off Grid takes wood out of its construction all together, building its trailers with a steel frame and aluminum walls and roof
Off Grid trailers at the 2018 Sand-Water-RV Expo
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Off Grid trailers at the 2018 Sand-Water-RV Expo
Off Grid offers an optional outdoor Bluetooth sound system with dual marine speakers
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Off Grid offers an optional outdoor Bluetooth sound system with dual marine speakers
Hiker Trailer on show at the 2018 Sand-Water-RV Expo
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Hiker Trailer on show at the 2018 Sand-Water-RV Expo
Hiker Trailer offers a variety of toolbox options for its trailers
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Hiker Trailer offers a variety of toolbox options for its trailers
Hiker shows another layout look
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Hiker shows another layout look
A sort of half rear cabinet with underpass and upper pass-through on a Hiker trailer
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A sort of half rear cabinet with underpass and upper pass-through on a Hiker trailer
Four Wheel Campers Hawk pop-up truck camper
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Four Wheel Campers Hawk pop-up truck camper
Inside the Four Wheel Hawk truck camper
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Inside the Four Wheel Hawk truck camper
Inside the Four Wheel Hawk truck camper
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Inside the Four Wheel Hawk truck camper
Inside the Four Wheel Hawk truck camper
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Inside the Four Wheel Hawk truck camper
AT Overland Equipment shows its Tacoma Habitat 
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AT Overland Equipment shows its Tacoma Habitat 
The flip-out tent of the AT Habitat turns the Toyota Tacoma into a roomy camper
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The flip-out tent of the AT Habitat turns the Toyota Tacoma into a roomy camper
You didn't think AT Overland would use a stock Tacoma, did you?
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You didn't think AT Overland would use a stock Tacoma, did you?
With more than a decade of experience in Australia, Black Series now offers its rugged camper trailers and caravans in the US
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With more than a decade of experience in Australia, Black Series now offers its rugged camper trailers and caravans in the US
Slide-out kitchen with triple-burner stove on the Black Series Dominator
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Slide-out kitchen with triple-burner stove on the Black Series Dominator
A look inside the soft-sided fold-out of the Black Series Dominator
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A look inside the soft-sided fold-out of the Black Series Dominator
Black Series Dominator interior
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Black Series Dominator interior
Black Series caravans at the 2018 Sand-Water-RV Expo
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Black Series caravans at the 2018 Sand-Water-RV Expo
Much like other Australian caravan brands, Black Series merges a rugged structure with a nicely appointed interior
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Much like other Australian caravan brands, Black Series merges a rugged structure with a nicely appointed interior
Inside a Black Series trailer
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Inside a Black Series trailer
A washing machine is one of those features that sets a very well-equipped caravan or motorhome interior apart from the rest
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A washing machine is one of those features that sets a very well-equipped caravan or motorhome interior apart from the rest
Black Series HQ17
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Black Series HQ17
Bunk beds in the Black Series HQ17
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Bunk beds in the Black Series HQ17
Black Series HQ17 dining nook
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Black Series HQ17 dining nook
One of the middle-roaders of the Black Series, the 23-foot (7-m) HQ15
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One of the middle-roaders of the Black Series, the 23-foot (7-m) HQ15
A look around the Black Series HQ15 interior
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A look around the Black Series HQ15 interior
A look around the Black Series HQ15 interior
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A look around the Black Series HQ15 interior
Black Series HQ15 cabin
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Black Series HQ15 cabin
The baby of the Black Series family, the 19-foot (5.8-m) HQ12 pop-up travel trailer
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The baby of the Black Series family, the 19-foot (5.8-m) HQ12 pop-up travel trailer
The HQ12 has a more compact layout with end kitchen
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The HQ12 has a more compact layout with end kitchen
Inside the Black Series HQ12
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Inside the Black Series HQ12
Inside the Black Series HQ12
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Inside the Black Series HQ12
Compact wet bath in the Black Series HQ12
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Compact wet bath in the Black Series HQ12
The highlight of Black Series exhibit: the new 2019 HQ19T, a combination toy hauler/caravan
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The highlight of Black Series exhibit: the new 2019 HQ19T, a combination toy hauler/caravan
The impressive HQ19T sleeps up to six people after hauling your toys to camp
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The impressive HQ19T sleeps up to six people after hauling your toys to camp
In addition to an interior kitchen, this HQ19T has a slide-out galley
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In addition to an interior kitchen, this HQ19T has a slide-out galley
The convertible living area in the Black Series HQ19T doubles as a gear garage for carrying motorcycles, watercraft, ATVs and other outdoor toys
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The convertible living area in the Black Series HQ19T doubles as a gear garage for carrying motorcycles, watercraft, ATVs and other outdoor toys
The Black Series HQ19T includes a small corner kitchen in the convertible garage/living area
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The Black Series HQ19T includes a small corner kitchen in the convertible garage/living area
In addition to its fancier caravans, Black Series offers fold-out off-road camper trailers
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In addition to its fancier caravans, Black Series offers fold-out off-road camper trailers
A Black Series Patron camping trailer and caravan nose to nose
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A Black Series Patron camping trailer and caravan nose to nose
No Boundaries (NOBO) trailers from Forest River 
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No Boundaries (NOBO) trailers from Forest River 
Forest River is a large Indiana-based RV manufacturer that builds motorhomes and trailers of all shapes and sizes. The No Boundaries line is its answer to the light, versatile on/off-road adventure trailers that have become quite popular of late
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Forest River is a large Indiana-based RV manufacturer that builds motorhomes and trailers of all shapes and sizes. The No Boundaries line is its answer to the light, versatile on/off-road adventure trailers that have become quite popular of late
The 10 Series (10.5 model pictured) is the most compact of the NOBO options, a 1,570-lb+ (712-kg+) 14-foot (4.3-m)-long trailer with versatile interior and slide-out kitchen
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The 10 Series (10.5 model pictured) is the most compact of the NOBO options, a 1,570-lb+ (712-kg+) 14-foot (4.3-m)-long trailer with versatile interior and slide-out kitchen
Nobo 10.5 on show at the Sand-Water-RV Expo
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Nobo 10.5 on show at the Sand-Water-RV Expo
Inside the larger Nobo 16.7 caravan
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Inside the larger Nobo 16.7 caravan
The 16 Series is the mid-level trailer in the NOBO lineup, and this model wore a price of just under $29,550, with about $8,400 of options
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The 16 Series is the mid-level trailer in the NOBO lineup, and this model wore a price of just under $29,550, with about $8,400 of options
Compact wet bath in the NOBO 16.7
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Compact wet bath in the NOBO 16.7
Stepping up in size (and price) to a massive triple-axle fifth-wheel toy-hauler/camping trailer
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Stepping up in size (and price) to a massive triple-axle fifth-wheel toy-hauler/camping trailer
Keystone Raptor trailer touches like the theater-style seats and kitchen island remind one of home
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Keystone Raptor trailer touches like the theater-style seats and kitchen island remind one of home
The very homey "Nightshade" interior of the Keystone Raptor 426TS fifth-wheel trailer
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The very homey "Nightshade" interior of the Keystone Raptor 426TS fifth-wheel trailer
Inside the bathroom of the 2019 Keystone Raptor fifth-wheel trailer
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Inside the bathroom of the 2019 Keystone Raptor fifth-wheel trailer
The 2019 Keystone Raptor wears a base price of $78,293, but with all the options, the show model was listed at $115,576
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The 2019 Keystone Raptor wears a base price of $78,293, but with all the options, the show model was listed at $115,576
Entertainment system inside the Keystone Raptor
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Entertainment system inside the Keystone Raptor
Keystone Raptor kitchen
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Keystone Raptor kitchen
Of course, the massive Keystone Raptor offers a garage for gear
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Of course, the massive Keystone Raptor offers a garage for gear
The Raptor garage, which converts over to a living area, even has its own bathroom
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The Raptor garage, which converts over to a living area, even has its own bathroom
At $145,482, this 2019 Mobile Suites 36RSS83 fifth-wheel is the most expensive vehicle of the gallery
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At $145,482, this 2019 Mobile Suites 36RSS83 fifth-wheel is the most expensive vehicle of the gallery
Another residential-style interior in the Mobile Suites fifth wheel
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Another residential-style interior in the Mobile Suites fifth wheel
Six figures buys you a little touch of home inside your triple-axle fifth-wheel trailer
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Six figures buys you a little touch of home inside your triple-axle fifth-wheel trailer
Mobile Suites range and microwave
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Mobile Suites range and microwave
Mobile Suites bathroom
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Mobile Suites bathroom
Thor Hurricane Class A motorhome at the 2018 Sand-Water-RV Expo
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Thor Hurricane Class A motorhome at the 2018 Sand-Water-RV Expo
Thor Hurricane Class A motorhome at the 2018 Sand-Water-RV Expo
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Thor Hurricane Class A motorhome at the 2018 Sand-Water-RV Expo
We recently looked at the InTech RV Luna Rover, and here's one of inTech's Flyers, a combination small fold-out camper/toy hauler
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We recently looked at the InTech RV Luna Rover, and here's one of inTech's Flyers, a combination small fold-out camper/toy hauler
Unlike on the NOBO 10.6, this inTech Flyer's bed occupies the pop-out, not the main garage area
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Unlike on the NOBO 10.6, this inTech Flyer's bed occupies the pop-out, not the main garage area
InTech includes a slide-out kitchen on this Flyer trailer
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InTech includes a slide-out kitchen on this Flyer trailer
Keystone HC Montana 380TH fifth-wheel trailer
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Keystone HC Montana 380TH fifth-wheel trailer
The living room of the Keystone HC Montana 380TH
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The living room of the Keystone HC Montana 380TH
Both the living room and bedroom wing of the Keystone HC Montana 380TH are set higher than the kitchen/dining area
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Both the living room and bedroom wing of the Keystone HC Montana 380TH are set higher than the kitchen/dining area
Keystone HC Montana 380TH trailer bedroom
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Keystone HC Montana 380TH trailer bedroom
Keystone HC Montana 380TH bathroom
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Keystone HC Montana 380TH bathroom
The roof of the storage garage in the Keystone HC Montana 380TH fifth-wheel trailer can raise or lower, depending on the height of cargo, raising/lowering the bed inside along with it
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The roof of the storage garage in the Keystone HC Montana 380TH fifth-wheel trailer can raise or lower, depending on the height of cargo, raising/lowering the bed inside along with it
More than the other camper/toy hauler trailers on show, the all-aluminum 2019 ATC 40FW puts the emphasis on toy-hauling storage, with up to 25.5 feet (7.8-m) of garage space
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More than the other camper/toy hauler trailers on show, the all-aluminum 2019 ATC 40FW puts the emphasis on toy-hauling storage, with up to 25.5 feet (7.8-m) of garage space
The ATC 40FW's water-resistant furniture can fold out of the way to make room for toys
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The ATC 40FW's water-resistant furniture can fold out of the way to make room for toys
The ATC 40FW kitchen area
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The ATC 40FW kitchen area
The $107,075 ATC 40FW still has some proper interior space for the bedroom
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The $107,075 ATC 40FW still has some proper interior space for the bedroom
ATC 40FW bathroom
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ATC 40FW bathroom

Outdoor toys, and lots of them – that's the short of what last weekend's 7th annual Sand-Water-RV Expo in Lake Havasu State Park, Arizona, was all about. New Atlas ventured there in search of the latest boats, water toys, off-roaders and campers. We'll look at the "sand and water" in our next gallery, but first things first: the RVs. We weren't sure what to expect, but the show included a very interesting range of RVs, from small off-road squaredrops to massive fifth wheel campers and toy haulers, some large enough to carry a four-door Jeep Wrangler and then some.

Best small trailer of show

Canada's Off Grid Trailers (OGT) offers its own take on compact, ultra-rugged off-road camping trailers, ripping any and all wood construction right out and replacing it with stronger, more reliable metal. That means a steel main frame with aluminum side panels and roof sheeting.

Off Grid lists the Expedition at US$23,900 for a "well appointed" model
Off Grid lists the Expedition at US$23,900 for a "well appointed" model

The Expedition pictured is OGT's military-inspired off-road trailer, and though it's the company's burliest build, it's also lighter than its others at 1,750 lb (794 kg). The sharp-angled, 13.8-foot (4.2-m) squaredrop rides on a lifted 3,500-lb Timbren suspension and 32-in Toyo Open Country AT II tires that give it close to 24 in (610 mm) of ground clearance. It also comes standard with a queen mattress, dual deep-cycle batteries, a fold-out kitchen with sink and dual-burner stove, a 60-L fridge/freezer, and an exterior-mount on-demand hot water heater with shower attachment. Base price lists in at US$23,900.

Best BIG trailer of show

This was a tight race because there were a few stretched, toy-hauling fifth wheels that looked nicer than home inside. The 2019 ATC 40FW wasn't one of them, but it showed a unique construction, layout and toy-hauling capability that made it stand out.

More than the other camper/toy hauler trailers on show, the all-aluminum 2019 ATC 40FW puts the emphasis on toy-hauling storage, with up to 25.5 feet (7.8-m) of garage space
More than the other camper/toy hauler trailers on show, the all-aluminum 2019 ATC 40FW puts the emphasis on toy-hauling storage, with up to 25.5 feet (7.8-m) of garage space

While other fifth wheel manufacturers place small garages in the back of spacious camping trailers, ATC flips the script with its 41-foot (12.5-m) aluminum 40FW toy hauler, dropping a small living area in front of a stretched 25.4-foot (7.8-m) garage. The garage is actually a dual-purpose space that includes a kitchen block, along with sofas that fold out of the way when it's time to load in the toys - company materials show a motorcycle bunking quite comfortably with a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. A 4,000-lb (1,800-kg)-rated ramp door and drive-over wheel wells assist owners in loading gear. The small dedicated living cabin certainly isn't as homey or fancy as some of the other fifth wheels featured in the gallery, but it offers a roomy bedroom and full bathroom.

Much like Off Grid, ATC rips the wood right out of its build process, but it also removes the steel to keep weight down and promote corrosion-free performance. That means all aluminum. The ATC 40FW was listed at $107,075 at the show.

Best small hybrid toy hauler/camper of show

Not everyone has $100K to spend for hauling around tens of thousands of dollars more worth of toys. What if you want to haul gear for less money ... a lot less money?

The No Boundaries family is one of the latest product lines from RV industry giant Forest River and looks like its answer to the light, simple adventure trailers that have become quite popular around the States, kicking up dust all dressed up in awnings, roof-top tents, roof racks and outdoor toys. NOBOs are designed to be towed by four- and six-cylinder vehicles.

Forest River is a large Indiana-based RV manufacturer that builds motorhomes and trailers of all shapes and sizes. The No Boundaries line is its answer to the light, versatile on/off-road adventure trailers that have become quite popular of late
Forest River is a large Indiana-based RV manufacturer that builds motorhomes and trailers of all shapes and sizes. The No Boundaries line is its answer to the light, versatile on/off-road adventure trailers that have become quite popular of late

The NOBO 10.5 pictured above doesn't haul toys, but its brother the 10.6 does, loading up with a drop-down rear ramp and open floor plan. It's designed to haul a full-size ATV to camp, where its multi-position folding mattress serves as sofa, lounge chairs and bed, and its slide-out kitchen makes easy work of meal prep.

Forest River's website doesn't list pricing for the NOBO models, so we don't have a specific 10.6 price, but the 10.5 we looked at wore an original price of $19,638 and was marked down to $14,455.

See all the other small, medium and large adventure trailers, toy haulers and motorhomes in our complete 2018 Sand-Water-RV Expo photo gallery.

1 comment
guzmanchinky
These are some amazing vehicles, they pack so much into such a tiny space! I've been camping off road for over two decades. Nothing beats a 4x4 van with a dual-sport motorcycle on the back for versatility, security and utility.