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Mother Of All Bivouacs (MOAB) off-road trailers done two ways

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The all-new BCT MOAB Gobi off-road teardrop trailer
The all-new BCT MOAB Gobi off-road teardrop trailer
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The all-new BCT MOAB Gobi off-road teardrop trailer
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The all-new BCT MOAB Gobi off-road teardrop trailer
The Gobi includes a slide-out kitchen area with sink and cooktop.
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The Gobi includes a slide-out kitchen area with sink and cooktop.
Both the Gobi and Crawler launched this year
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Both the Gobi and Crawler launched this year
The Gobi trailer sleeps two inside and more when equipped with a rooftop tent
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The Gobi trailer sleeps two inside and more when equipped with a rooftop tent
A look inside the Gobi trailer
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A look inside the Gobi trailer
Launched in 2012, the BCT MOAB Yak trailer is built to haul vehicles, gear and camping equipment
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Launched in 2012, the BCT MOAB Yak trailer is built to haul vehicles, gear and camping equipment
Since the Yak's deck is dedicated to hauling motorized toys, it uses a slide-out tent design below
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Since the Yak's deck is dedicated to hauling motorized toys, it uses a slide-out tent design below
BCT MOAB Yak at camp
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BCT MOAB Yak at camp
The MOAB Yak is designed for OHVers looking to take overnight trips
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The MOAB Yak is designed for OHVers looking to take overnight trips
BCT MOAB Yak
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BCT MOAB Yak
BCT MOAB Yak
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BCT MOAB Yak
MOAB Gobi trailer at Overland Expo 2015
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MOAB Gobi trailer at Overland Expo 2015
The all-new MOAB Crawler weighs just 400 lb
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The all-new MOAB Crawler weighs just 400 lb
The MOAB Crawler gets a unique tow vehicle at Overland Expo
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The MOAB Crawler gets a unique tow vehicle at Overland Expo
The fully equipped Crawler includes a gear-storage rack inside
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The fully equipped Crawler includes a gear-storage rack inside
The MOAB Crawler has a two-person rooftop tent
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The MOAB Crawler has a two-person rooftop tent
BCT specializes in off-road trailers, but it can also build customers a highway Crawler
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BCT specializes in off-road trailers, but it can also build customers a highway Crawler
BCT offers an optional kitchen area on the MOAB Crawler
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BCT offers an optional kitchen area on the MOAB Crawler
BCT MOAB Crawler
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BCT MOAB Crawler
The BCT MOAB Crawler gets a UTV tow
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The BCT MOAB Crawler gets a UTV tow
The Crawler is built to go where larger trailers can't
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The Crawler is built to go where larger trailers can't
The MOAB Crawler fights the mud
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The MOAB Crawler fights the mud
BCT MOAB Crawler trailer
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BCT MOAB Crawler trailer

Since 2008, Phoenix-based Bivouac Camping Trailers has been offering stout, versatile camping trailers meant to haul recreational gear deep into the wild and set up camp for a night or more. The new MOAB Gobi breaks the mold of cargo box + pop-out tent, giving BCT buyers the option of a rugged teardrop with go-anywhere grit. Also new to the line, the MOAB Crawler is a tiny aluminum box built to go "where no MOAB has gone before."

Since launching its company-defining MOAB Fort trailer, BCT has designed a number of well-equipped expedition trailers to meet the diverse needs of off-road travelers and adventurers. In browsing its line, we were particularly intrigued by the MOAB Yak, a toy hauler built to carry ATVs, UTVs or dirt bikes atop its specially designed deck. Below the deck, it features a cargo bay with more than 82 cu in (1,344 cu cm) of storage capacity. That cargo area can be used to carry basic tools and gear or it can be equipped with a slide-out tray holding a fold-out Tepui tent for up to three people. The design is an innovative way of offering a compact trailer that can tow motorized off-road vehicles and still offer overnight camping capabilities.

BCT MOAB Yak at camp
BCT MOAB Yak at camp

BCT did not have the Yak on display at Overland Expo, but the room it saved was dedicated to showing its two latest designs, the MOAB Gobi and MOAB Crawler. Both trailers appear to be solid additions to the off-road trailer market.

BCT's first teardrop trailer, the MOAB Gobi is a burly off-roader fully equipped for multi-day camping. It includes a 7-in foam mattress for two, a dual-burner cooktop hooked up to a 20-lb propane tank, a 24-US gal (91-L) water tank, a tankless propane water heater for the outdoor shower, and an electrical system with charger, inverter, 12/110V outlets and LED lights. The base price for a model with such equipment is US$14,995. An optional rooftop tent increases sleeping capacity, and buyers can also add the available refrigerator.

The Gobi trailer sleeps two inside and more when equipped with a rooftop tent
The Gobi trailer sleeps two inside and more when equipped with a rooftop tent

The Gobi measures 13 feet (4 m) in overall trailer length, with the teardrop box stretching along 9 feet (2.7 m) of that overall length. It includes torsion axles and electric brakes. BCT lists 31-in off-road tires on aluminum wheels as standard but also says that the customer can select from other wheel/tire sizes. The two-person cabin has a door on each side for easy entry and exit.

The MOAB Crawler gets a unique tow vehicle at Overland Expo
The MOAB Crawler gets a unique tow vehicle at Overland Expo

BCT's other new trailer, the MOAB Crawler, is so compact that it almost looks like a model trailer upon first glance. The 400-lb (181-kg) trailer is built to be lighter and more maneuverable than other off-road trailers, allowing it to hitch a ride with smaller vehicles like the pictured UTV. The aluminum cargo chest (can be smooth metal or diamond plated as pictured) prices in at $3,995 when equipped with the two-person Tepui Ayer tent top, 48 x 30-in (122 x 76-cm) folding table and shovel/axe/gun/gear rack on the inner lid. BCT can also swap out a set of road tires for those looking for a light, versatile trailer for pavement-only use and can add a kitchen area or shelf for an additional charge.

The off-road camper market is highly customer-driven, and BCT works with customers to design a trailer around their specific needs. While both the MOAB Crawler and MOAB Gobi include standard packages, BCT president and cofounder Rick Russek told us that the company can remove or change package options as requested. A base-level Crawler, basically a towable gear chest without tent, table or gear rack, costs $2,995, and a base Gobi, essentially an empty teardrop box atop off-road chassis, prices in at $8,000.

Both the Crawler and Gobi models launched about a month ago, and BCT is now taking orders.

Source: Bivouac Camping Trailers

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