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Backcountry-grade ATV camping trailer provides an electric lift to penthouse level

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The Timberline trailer can be equipped with a solar charging system to keep the battery running
The Timberline trailer can be equipped with a solar charging system to keep the battery running
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Colorado Backcountry dedicates one side of the Timberline trailer to the slide-out kitchen
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Colorado Backcountry dedicates one side of the Timberline trailer to the slide-out kitchen
Colorado Backcountry makes the trip to Overland Expo West 2019
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Colorado Backcountry makes the trip to Overland Expo West 2019
The kitchen includes a roomy three-burner stove and sink with hot and cold water
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The kitchen includes a roomy three-burner stove and sink with hot and cold water
The Gordigear fold-out roof-top tent comes standard, as does the power tent lift
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The Gordigear fold-out roof-top tent comes standard, as does the power tent lift
Furrion three-burner stove
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Furrion three-burner stove
By lifting the tent up, Colorado Backcountry frees access to the trailer top, which can be used as a work surface or just to place gear and other items on 
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By lifting the tent up, Colorado Backcountry frees access to the trailer top, which can be used as a work surface or just to place gear and other items on 
A look inside the belly of the Colorado Backcountry Timberline trailer
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A look inside the belly of the Colorado Backcountry Timberline trailer
Rotopax fuel canister storage
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Rotopax fuel canister storage
Electrical controls
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Electrical controls
Standard hot water heater and other components
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Standard hot water heater and other components
Colorado Backcountry does some R&D
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Colorado Backcountry does some R&D
Packed up and ready to drive
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Packed up and ready to drive
The Timberline trailer can be equipped with a solar charging system to keep the battery running
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The Timberline trailer can be equipped with a solar charging system to keep the battery running
Ready to camp
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Ready to camp
Colorado Backcountry has put the Timberline through the paces in some of the roughest parts of its namesake state
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Colorado Backcountry has put the Timberline through the paces in some of the roughest parts of its namesake state
Colorado Backcountry Timberline trailer
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Colorado Backcountry Timberline trailer
Making the most important meal of the day ... coffee
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Making the most important meal of the day ... coffee
A better look at how access to the trailer top will help out at camp
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A better look at how access to the trailer top will help out at camp
Doing some meal prep
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Doing some meal prep
Colorado Backcountry's tow vehicle of choice is a side-by-side
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Colorado Backcountry's tow vehicle of choice is a side-by-side
A look at the tubular steel frame as the steel skin starts to go on
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A look at the tubular steel frame as the steel skin starts to go on
Heading on the road to Overland Expo West
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Heading on the road to Overland Expo West
Putting the Timberline through the wringer
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Putting the Timberline through the wringer

The camping trailer market continues pushing out new and unique designs, in part because camping has grown in popularity, and in part because every single person to ever call a patch of public dirt home for a night has a different idea on the best way to lay out a camper. Colorado Backcountry Trailer is the latest startup to put its own spin on capable towing and spacious living. Its Timberline trailer follows an ATV or UTV like a loyal Labrador and relies on an electric-lift tent, deluxe kitchen and smart storage solutions to let you live like a king, even when your only throne is a folding camp chair or cassette toilet.

What initially caught our eye at Colorado Backcountry's Overland Expo booth was the Timberline's large slide-out kitchen facing the dusty aisle. The Loveland, CO-based company's idea of a backcountry cookout starts with a full kitchen that takes up the entire driver side of the trailer. The stretched unit includes a triple-burner stove from Furrion, providing a little extra cooking power over the usual dual-burner. The meal-prep powerhouse also includes a slide-out sized for an optional Yeti 65 cooler or 63-quart (60-L) ARB fridge/freezer, a sink and storage drawers.

Colorado Backcountry dedicates one side of the Timberline trailer to the slide-out kitchen
Colorado Backcountry dedicates one side of the Timberline trailer to the slide-out kitchen

As we continued our guided Timberline tour, little innovations and nice touches continued to pop out. The biggest among them was the custom-designed electric lift holding the roof-top tent to the trailer. The lift is there to keep the center of gravity low during driving while offering a higher sleeping platform at camp and opening up access to the diamond-plate trailer top, which can be used for work and storage.

In our experience camping, you can never have too much worktop/table space, because that's about the only thing keeping your food, gear and other essentials from being absorbed into the dirt, dust and mud below. So having access to the entire Timberline trailer top is definitely a plus.

Another little touch that we liked was the flush-mount compartment for 2-gal (7.6-L) Rotopax fuel canister, keeping the canister readily accessible without having it dangle off the side of the trailer. This compartment sits in the rear corner, back from the drop-down electrical controls access door and hot water heater hatch on the passenger side.

Colorado Backcountry does some R&D
Colorado Backcountry does some R&D

The folks at Colorado Backcountry developed their trailer specifically for towing behind side-by-sides and UTVs, making it compact enough to tow on trails measuring 50 in (127 cm) wide and tough enough to take anywhere. The idea was to create something akin to the burliest premium off-road camping trailers out there, but smaller, lighter, more maneuverable and more affordable.

With that in mind, Colorado Backcountry builds the Timberline like a little brick, skinning the steel-tube frame in steel body paneling for hardwearing off-road use. A 2,000-lb (907-kg) Timbren trailing arm suspension cushions away the bumps and dips under-tire, while a Max Coupler hitch offers full articulation. The trailer weighs 1,550 lb (703 kg) dry.

Rather than offer an empty lockbox that customers build up into their perfect trailer, Colorado Backcountry offers a well-equipped package straight out of the gate, ensuring every buyer enjoys some homey comfort in the boondocks. The Gordigear roof-top tent is part of the package, as is the electric lift. The 17.9-gal (67.8-L) fresh water tank comes piped to a water heater, keeping both hot and cold water available at the tap. The kitchen comes with the three-burner stove, sink and LED lighting, but the cooler or fridge/freezer is optional.

Colorado Backcountry has put the Timberline through the paces in some of the roughest parts of its namesake state
Colorado Backcountry has put the Timberline through the paces in some of the roughest parts of its namesake state

Timberline pricing starts at US$18,900, and the Overland Expo show model was modestly optioned to $20,250.

In the video below, Colorado Backcountry co-owner Austin Kopf provides a walkthrough of the Timberline's features and set-up.

2018 Timberline Walk Around

Source: Colorado Backcountry Trailer

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