The open road is a wondrous thing. You drive. You go places. You make your kids listen to classic rock. And when faced with a crossroads, you sleep on it and make the decision in the morning...or at least you do if you have an off-road camper, which is bar none the best way to see America.
Especially with today’s campers: minimalist, comfortable and — in some cases — small enough to hitch to a Prius. Here are five to hit road in this fall. Just make sure you come back.
A rugged crossover between style and utility, this military-inspired teardrop camper can go the distance when searching for seclusion in the wild. Welded steel frame and anodized aluminum exterior. Off-road tires. Handmade in Colorado.
Make no mistake, the Happier Camper will be met with a barrage of compliments. But retro looks aren’t the only impressive feature about this thing. The camper is built from ultralightweight fiberglass with a fully modular and customizable interior. But, yes, okay, it looks damn good.
A compact wooden dome trailer that’s light enough to tow behind a station wagon. There’s a lot to love about the Hütte Hut — canvas roof and blonde wood body, with design nods to geodesic domes. Inside: enough storage and room to sleep two comfortably.
A travel trailer for those looking for the space and comforts of home. Features include a queen-size bed, study area and a full kitchen galley complete with a two-burner propane gas cooktop. Perfect for families or larger groups.
Territorial waters are no match here. The Sealander is a towable trailer that can act as a camper or a boat, and comes equipped with a sizable sunroof, fold-out table and plenty of storage.