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Gallery: Multi-personality trailers, camper vans and other RVs of the Off-Road Expo

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Quite the camping rig
Quite the camping rig
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Patriot Campers on show at the 2018 International Off-Road Expo
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Patriot Campers on show at the 2018 International Off-Road Expo
Patriot Campers brings its toy hauler camper trailers up north, showing its largest TH730 at the International Off-Road Expo
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Patriot Campers brings its toy hauler camper trailers up north, showing its largest TH730 at the International Off-Road Expo
Patriot smashes together a boxy camper trailer and a toy-hauling cargo bed to create the TH730
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Patriot smashes together a boxy camper trailer and a toy-hauling cargo bed to create the TH730
You can secure a roof-top tent on the Patriot TH730 camper box for sleeping space
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You can secure a roof-top tent on the Patriot TH730 camper box for sleeping space
The standard Winnebago Revel is already a rugged camper van, as compared to other Winnebagos or camper vans from major American motorhome manufacturers, and it gets a little tougher here with a ruggedized front bumper
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The standard Winnebago Revel is already a rugged camper van, as compared to other Winnebagos or camper vans from major American motorhome manufacturers, and it gets a little tougher here with a ruggedized front bumper
A peek inside the diesel-heated cabin of the Winnebago Revel
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A peek inside the diesel-heated cabin of the Winnebago Revel
This Winnebago Revel includes storage boxes inside its load area, but the standard model uses the empty space below the power-lift bed as a gear garage for bikes, boards and other adventure provisions
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This Winnebago Revel includes storage boxes inside its load area, but the standard model uses the empty space below the power-lift bed as a gear garage for bikes, boards and other adventure provisions
At close to US$135,000, the Revel wasn't a cheap vanlife option when it launched in 2017, and it's now pushing $150,000
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At close to US$135,000, the Revel wasn't a cheap vanlife option when it launched in 2017, and it's now pushing $150,000
We'd prefer the versatility of an open load area, but those Revel-badged storage boxes don't look bad, either
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We'd prefer the versatility of an open load area, but those Revel-badged storage boxes don't look bad, either
We're not sure if South Africa's Conqueror has fully conquered the North American off-road trailer market, but it certainly seems to have made a place for itself
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We're not sure if South Africa's Conqueror has fully conquered the North American off-road trailer market, but it certainly seems to have made a place for itself
The UEV-440, shown here in $55,000 Extreme Platinum Edition trim, is one of Conqueror's ultra-rugged off-road hybrid trailers
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The UEV-440, shown here in $55,000 Extreme Platinum Edition trim, is one of Conqueror's ultra-rugged off-road hybrid trailers
This Conqueror UEV-490 Extreme wore a price tag of $58,400 at the show
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This Conqueror UEV-490 Extreme wore a price tag of $58,400 at the show
Inside the Conqueror UEV-490 Extreme
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Inside the Conqueror UEV-490 Extreme
Conqueror UEV-490 Extreme
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Conqueror UEV-490 Extreme
This Boreas XT off-road trailer from Into The Wild Overland was listed at $28,035 at the show
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This Boreas XT off-road trailer from Into The Wild Overland was listed at $28,035 at the show
This nicely equipped Boreas XT included a forced air furnace, hot shower, 100-W solar system, slide-out stainless steel stove and more
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This nicely equipped Boreas XT included a forced air furnace, hot shower, 100-W solar system, slide-out stainless steel stove and more
Black Series at the 2018 International Off-Road Expo
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Black Series at the 2018 International Off-Road Expo
Black Series at the 2018 International Off-Road Expo
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Black Series at the 2018 International Off-Road Expo
The National Traveler from Regency RV is a Ram Promaster-based camper van
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The National Traveler from Regency RV is a Ram Promaster-based camper van
Inside the National Traveler camper van
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Inside the National Traveler camper van
Regency National Traveler 
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Regency National Traveler 
The 34-foot (10.4-m) Stryker ST 2912 by Cruiser RV is a combination toy hauler/camper with power-lift beds inside the load door
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The 34-foot (10.4-m) Stryker ST 2912 by Cruiser RV is a combination toy hauler/camper with power-lift beds inside the load door
Inside the Stryker ST 2912
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Inside the Stryker ST 2912
Stryker ST 2912
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Stryker ST 2912
Bathroom in the Stryker ST 2912
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Bathroom in the Stryker ST 2912
35-foot (10.7-m) Stryker STF 2816 fifth-wheel toy hauler/camper with optional patio package turning the load ramp into an outdoor deck
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35-foot (10.7-m) Stryker STF 2816 fifth-wheel toy hauler/camper with optional patio package turning the load ramp into an outdoor deck
Inside the Stryker STF 2816
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Inside the Stryker STF 2816
The Stryker STF 2816 wore a base price of $58,575 but was optioned up to $73,126 with equipment like the patio kit, generator and 40-in LED TV
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The Stryker STF 2816 wore a base price of $58,575 but was optioned up to $73,126 with equipment like the patio kit, generator and 40-in LED TV
Roomy shower in the Stryker STF 2816
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Roomy shower in the Stryker STF 2816
Quite the camping rig
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Quite the camping rig
2018 Sidewinder 3511DK fifth-wheel toy hauler from KZ RV
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2018 Sidewinder 3511DK fifth-wheel toy hauler from KZ RV
Inside the 38-foot (11.6-m) Sidewinder 3511DK
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Inside the 38-foot (11.6-m) Sidewinder 3511DK
The Gateway 3230 CK from Heartland RV
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The Gateway 3230 CK from Heartland RV
The Gateway 3230 CK includes a slide-out with integrated outdoor kitchen - not a bad dual-purpose module
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The Gateway 3230 CK includes a slide-out with integrated outdoor kitchen - not a bad dual-purpose module
Inside the very cozy interior of the Gateway 3230 CK by Heartland
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Inside the very cozy interior of the Gateway 3230 CK by Heartland
The Gateway 3230 CK is a 38-foot (11.6-m) fifth wheel that sleeps three or four people
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The Gateway 3230 CK is a 38-foot (11.6-m) fifth wheel that sleeps three or four people
Venom 4113TK fifth-wheel toy hauler by KZ RV
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Venom 4113TK fifth-wheel toy hauler by KZ RV
A very nice interior in the Venom 4113TK 
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A very nice interior in the Venom 4113TK 
Venom 4113TK
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Venom 4113TK
A lift-away bed inside the Venom 4113TK garage that gives way to the ramp door deck
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A lift-away bed inside the Venom 4113TK garage that gives way to the ramp door deck
"Shitter's full." A timely ode to "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" 
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"Shitter's full." A timely ode to "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" 
It's kind of nice to see at least one of the big toy haulers hauling a toy
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It's kind of nice to see at least one of the big toy haulers hauling a toy
Attitude fifth-wheel toy hauler
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Attitude fifth-wheel toy hauler
Attitude fifth-wheel toy hauler
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Attitude fifth-wheel toy hauler
Sizing down to the 25-foot (7.6-m) Imagine XLS 21BHE by Grand Design RV
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Sizing down to the 25-foot (7.6-m) Imagine XLS 21BHE by Grand Design RV
The Imagine XLS 21BHE is on the smaller side compared to many of the others, but it makes smart use of its space with double bunk beds in the corner and a murphy bed at the other end
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The Imagine XLS 21BHE is on the smaller side compared to many of the others, but it makes smart use of its space with double bunk beds in the corner and a murphy bed at the other end
The corner bath in the Imagine XLS 21BHE
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The corner bath in the Imagine XLS 21BHE
You can see the Imagine's 60 x 80-in (152 x 203-cm) murphy bed tucked behind the end sofa
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You can see the Imagine's 60 x 80-in (152 x 203-cm) murphy bed tucked behind the end sofa
Imagine XLS 21BHE kitchen
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Imagine XLS 21BHE kitchen
The 43-foot (13.1-m) Momentum 381M by Grand Design wore an MSRP around $110,800, after more than $41K of options. That was before the show price discount brought it back down to $82,900
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The 43-foot (13.1-m) Momentum 381M by Grand Design wore an MSRP around $110,800, after more than $41K of options. That was before the show price discount brought it back down to $82,900
Doesn't look like you'll miss your home kitchen too much when traveling in the Momentum 381M
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Doesn't look like you'll miss your home kitchen too much when traveling in the Momentum 381M
The Momentum 381M is a toy hauler, too
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The Momentum 381M is a toy hauler, too
Deck on the Momentum 381M
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Deck on the Momentum 381M
American Fastbacks turns the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a sweet, off-road four-sleeper mini-RV
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American Fastbacks turns the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a sweet, off-road four-sleeper mini-RV
This American Fastbacks Badlands includes a slide-out Tailgate 'N Go kitchen area, different from the standard kit listed on the website. Perhaps its a new model, a new option or just a show car
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This American Fastbacks Badlands includes a slide-out Tailgate 'N Go kitchen area, different from the standard kit listed on the website. Perhaps its a new model, a new option or just a show car
The Badlands Jeep camper sleeps four people - two in the roof-top tent and two in the cabin
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The Badlands Jeep camper sleeps four people - two in the roof-top tent and two in the cabin
Global motorhome giant Erwin Hymer, now owned by Thor Industries, acquired American Fastbacks to add small, light, rugged off-road camping vehicles to its robust line of motorhomes
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Global motorhome giant Erwin Hymer, now owned by Thor Industries, acquired American Fastbacks to add small, light, rugged off-road camping vehicles to its robust line of motorhomes
Another kitchen set-up for the American Fastbacks Badlands 
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Another kitchen set-up for the American Fastbacks Badlands 
That roof-top tent features power-pop operation
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That roof-top tent features power-pop operation
Spend the night up high in the American Fastbacks Badlands
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Spend the night up high in the American Fastbacks Badlands
American Fastbacks also offers several models without the roof-top tent and just the in-cabin sleeping area and kitchen
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American Fastbacks also offers several models without the roof-top tent and just the in-cabin sleeping area and kitchen
Notice the front axle - this one is actually a motorhome and not a trailer/fifth-wheel
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Notice the front axle - this one is actually a motorhome and not a trailer/fifth-wheel
A pretty well-equipped motorhome, the Class A 2018 Thor Outlaw 37GP includes rear and side decks, multiple expansion slide-outs, an outdoor TV compartment and plenty more
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A pretty well-equipped motorhome, the Class A 2018 Thor Outlaw 37GP includes rear and side decks, multiple expansion slide-outs, an outdoor TV compartment and plenty more
By far the most expensive vehicle in the gallery, the 2018 Thor Outlaw 37GP wore a regular price of $206,813 but was marked down to $135,000 at the show
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By far the most expensive vehicle in the gallery, the 2018 Thor Outlaw 37GP wore a regular price of $206,813 but was marked down to $135,000 at the show
Thanks to kitchen and living area slide-outs, the Outlaw 37GP has plenty of elbow room
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Thanks to kitchen and living area slide-outs, the Outlaw 37GP has plenty of elbow room
It's not quite as impressive as the supercar garages on some of the motorhomes we checked out earlier this year, but the 8 x 10-foot (2.4 x 3-m) garage in Thor's Outlaw 37GP provides some hauling capacity 
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It's not quite as impressive as the supercar garages on some of the motorhomes we checked out earlier this year, but the 8 x 10-foot (2.4 x 3-m) garage in Thor's Outlaw 37GP provides some hauling capacity 
Feels like home inside the Durango Gold 382MBQ luxury fifth wheel (no toy haulin' garage on this one)
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Feels like home inside the Durango Gold 382MBQ luxury fifth wheel (no toy haulin' garage on this one)
Island kitchen, residential-like refrigerator and more in the Durango Gold 382MBQ
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Island kitchen, residential-like refrigerator and more in the Durango Gold 382MBQ
The KZ Durango Gold 382MBQ includes a queen-size loft area amidships
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The KZ Durango Gold 382MBQ includes a queen-size loft area amidships
A look inside the Napier Outdoors pickup tent
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A look inside the Napier Outdoors pickup tent
Possibly the simplest camper at the entire Off-Road Expo, a pickup bed tent from Napier
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Possibly the simplest camper at the entire Off-Road Expo, a pickup bed tent from Napier
KZ Durango Gold 382MBQ
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KZ Durango Gold 382MBQ
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With winter about to set in, many Americans have already stored their camping trailers and motorhomes away. But that doesn't mean they've forgotten about RVs completely. Campers of all shapes and sizes were very much alive, well and ready for travel at last week's International Off-Road & UTV Expo in Scottsdale, Arizona. New Atlas stopped by and took a look at all the adventure camper vans, toy-hauling camping trailers, $200K expanding motorhomes, and other large and small camping vehicles spread out around the show grounds.

Patriot Campers brings the toys in time for Christmas

About two years after we took a look at the Australian-market Patriot Campers TH610 off-road toy-hauling camper back in 2015, Patriot expanded into North America, focusing first on its compact X1 and X2 off-road camping trailers. At this year's Overland Expo West, it told us it would be bringing over its toy haulers (TH610 and 730). It just didn't have them ready to show just yet.

Patriot smashes together a boxy camper trailer and a toy-hauling cargo bed to create the TH730
Patriot smashes together a boxy camper trailer and a toy-hauling cargo bed to create the TH730

Jump ahead half a year, and Patriot toy haulers are out and about on the show circuit. The US$49,990 TH730 is the full-size flagship of the toy hauler lineup, featuring a flatbed in back of a camper/utility box. The 730 comes standard as a very rugged but fairly basic toy/cargo trailer, but it can be built up into toy-hauling camper with options like the driver-side slide-out and James Baroud roof-top tent. The boat winch system we looked at back in 2015 is only available on the smaller $47,990 TH610, however.

Oklahoma's Exploration Outfitters is Patriot's North American distributor.

American Fastbacks gets you camping in the Jeep Wrangler

We've seen the American Fastbacks Badlands at other shows, including quite recently at the 2018 LA Auto Show. But it had previously been shut tight, and we mistook it for a basic Wrangler with roof-top tent. Big mistake.

Another kitchen set-up for the American Fastbacks Badlands 
Another kitchen set-up for the American Fastbacks Badlands 

In Scottsdale, American Fastbacks, an Erwin Hymer Group brand, flung the doors wide open, revealing a comprehensive off-road motorhome inside a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. This four-sleeper Jeep camper puts two people on the power-open roof-top tent above and two on the folding seats in the cabin. It also comes standard with a tailgate kitchen area with a dual-burner stove, stainless steel sink and mini-fridge.

Beyond the camper bits, American Fastbacks also ups the Badlands' game with a 2.5-in (64-mm) suspension lift, Fox shocks, 35-in A/T tires, a 10,500-lb (4,760-kg) winch and other upgrades. Long story short, the Wrangler becomes a proper go-anywhere, sleep-anywhere exploration machine. The company's website doesn't give a base price, listing it in "contact your local dealer" fashion, but the white model above wore a bright-yellow $69,343 sticker at the show.

Winnebago revels in the off-road

The RVs on exhibit were mostly trailers and fifth wheels, but there were a few camper vans scattered about, including a particularly nice version of the Mercedes Sprinter 4x4-based Winnebago Revel. The Revel was already among the most rugged North American camper vans available from a major manufacturer, and this particular model was upgraded with the chiseled chin of an off-road bumper. In back, it carried a set of Revel-badged boxes below the power-lift bed.

The standard Winnebago Revel is already a rugged camper van, as compared to other Winnebagos or camper vans from major American motorhome manufacturers, and it gets a little tougher here with a ruggedized front bumper
The standard Winnebago Revel is already a rugged camper van, as compared to other Winnebagos or camper vans from major American motorhome manufacturers, and it gets a little tougher here with a ruggedized front bumper

At $135,000, the Revel was already quite pricey when it launched last year, and it's only gotten pricier since, now sporting a base of $149,299. Winnebago doesn't skimp on standard equipment, though, outfitting the van with 200 watts of solar, an induction cooktop, a 71-L compressor fridge, a wet bath, hydronic heat and more. The 188-hp 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo-diesel works with on-demand AWD with high/low range to keep the optional all-terrain tires spinning forward across the map. The 140-cu ft (4-cu m) storage garage below the power-lift bed ensures you have the gear you need to enjoy every natural playground along the way.

There were rows upon rows of additional trailers and motorhomes in Scottsdale, so hit the complete gallery to see them all.

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3 comments
VincentWolf
We need proactive RM makers to make a fully electric RV. Having a Tesla semi pulling them would provide all the electricity they need for an extensive stay anywhere with 500 kW on demand!
guzmanchinky
I looked at a Revel, but the quality of the build was really bad, and online forums are showing them to be very poorly put together. I just put a deposit on a 2019 4x4 Sprinter, and I'm having a local van upfitter put an interior in it of my own design. The price should be about the same...
KrakaTaoJones
@ VincentWolf: I'd love to see the RV that has the ability to produce 500kw (500,000 watts), since the typical PV array on an RV produces only a few hundred watts. Even a big class A motorhome will seldom have need for more than 1000 watts.