I have never felt that camping trailers—at least the “house on wheels” variety that most people think of when you say “trailer”—are worth the hassle for hunters.
For starters, getting them into truly remote places where you actually want to go is pretty difficult, if not impossible. In that case hunters are relegated to an “improved” (and I use the term lightly) campground with power, septic, water, lights, bathroom facilities and other people “camping” right next door (waking up and saying “howdy neighbor” to a complete stranger should not be part of anyone’s camping experience).
Factor in the extra fuel expended towing one of these monsters, plus the fee for the campground, and it would be cheaper and much less stressful to simply stay at a five star hotel.
Then I discovered off-road/overland trailers. With go-anywhere clearance, rugged design, camp and cooking provisions, and enough room to haul dead animals out of the woods, these trailers are ideal for the vagabond hunter. We have tested many of these models across the American West, Africa and New Zealand. Here are a few hunting trailers that stand above the rest.
Light and corrosion-resistant, it is ideal trailer material, especially when it is Huck Bolt riveted, which “provides a stronger, more flexible bond” than welding. Lighter weight material allows for a larger bed size without significant weight increase, and this is the only overland trailer we found that can carry an ATV—a must for many hunters.On a hunting field-test in December, I towed the XV2 over 1,500 miles. Even with a Jeep Wrangler it was barely noticed and didn’t affect MPG significantly. If towed behind a full-size pickup it would be impossible to tell it was there. It tows that well. While the model we tested is completely kitted out and ready for any overland adventure, it is important to note that the XV2 is a modular design and can be ordered bone stock, upgrading as the budget allows, or adding your own equipment, such as freezers, coolers, and tents.