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Rig Roundup: 7 best RVs for going off the grid

It's worth researching a variety of trailers before choosing your next rig. Here are some of the best off-grid travel trailers on the market right now.

Thanks to their mobility and self-contained nature, RVs are ideal for creating unforgettable adventures, even far from traditional campgrounds. Luckily there are many lightweight travel trailers specifically designed for off-grid RV excursions. And good news for your wallet—many of them can be towed with an SUV, so no truck purchase is required to tow your new trailer. 

Important Features to Look for in Off-Grid RVs

If you want to leave the campground in your rearview mirror and head off the grid, it’s important to purchase an RV that’s designed for rugged terrain and boondocking conditions. Here are some features that will keep you safe and comfortable even while camping far from shore power and bathhouses. 

12-Volt and Propane Appliances

When you can’t hook up to shore power, you’ll want your refrigerator, cooktop, oven, and TV to work on 12-volt batteries or propane gas. Avoid residential appliances as they will require a more robust energy draw. 

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Solar Prewiring or Manufacturer Solar Packages

If there is even a small possibility that you will add an aftermarket solar package, make sure you look for an RV that is prewired for solar. Better yet, find one that is prewired for an inverter as well, which will allow you to use 110-volt power even while boondocking. Many of the RV models featured in this roundup offer roof-mounted solar kits as optional upgrades. We highly recommend choosing the manufacturer packages when available.

Large Fresh Water Tanks

The size of your fresh water tank is an important consideration when camping off the grid. These tanks vary greatly in size from trailer to trailer, so make note of this feature when shopping. You’ll see that within this article’s featured RVs, the fresh water tanks are anywhere from eight gallons to 55 gallons, which is a large variance within the same class of travel trailer. 

Large Gray Water and Black Water Tanks

The bigger your gray and black water tanks are, the longer you can use your sink, shower, and toilet without needing to dump them. Note that some travel trailers within this category won’t have any gray or black water tanks, some have combo tanks, and others have separate tanks that are up to 30 gallons each. Pick a model that suits your needs. 

Robust Frames and Raised Axles

If you want to take your travel trailer down unpaved roads and over rugged terrain, make sure you look for solid framing and raised axles that provide plenty of ground clearance. Many trailers in this class also offer all-terrain tires as either standard or an optional upgrade. 

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Off-Grid Travel Trailers We Love

Does an off-grid trailer fit your lifestyle? These travel trailers are some of the best on the market and will make your next boondocking or off-roading adventure more comfortable.  

A rugged black travel trailer with its awning out, parked on a sandy beach
Photo courtesy of inTech

inTech O-V-R Expedition Off-Grid Travel Trailer

The latest off-roading lineup from inTech makes off-grid adventures comfortable and spacious for the whole family. The O-V-R lineup offers three models, ranging from a toy hauler to the smaller, 5,200-pound Expedition travel trailer. When purchased with inTech’s off-grid package, this rig comes with 400 watts of solar power, a 200-amp hour lithium battery, and a 2,000-watt inverter charger.

The interior features a spacious U-shaped dinette, a full-size kitchen with a farmhouse sink, two twin-sized beds, an optional drop-down bunk bed, and a large wet bath. Plus, there’s plenty of storage space throughout, and the dinette can also be used for sleeping space.

UVW 5,200 pounds
GVWR 7,500 pounds
Overall Length 22 feet, 4 inches
Fresh Water Tank 44 gallons
Gray Tank 30 gallons
Black Tank 26 gallons
Propane 40 gallons
MSRP Starting at $58,380

Features and options we love for off-grid adventures:

Although this rig is equipped to take you to remote destinations, the interior provides all of the comforts that you’d expect from a travel trailer. Plus, with the optional drop-down bunk, you’ll have plenty of room to bring the kids along for your adventures.

More information on this off-grid travel trailer can be found here.

A truck with the Lance Truck Camper on a lawn surrounded by trees and farmland
Photo: Lance Camper

Lance Truck Camper

The 650 Truck Camper was designed by Lance for short-bed, half-ton trucks. The standard package offers ducted heat, a marine toilet, and pre-wiring for a solar panel. The three-way refrigerator and selection of 12-volt, USB, and 110-volt outlets will allow you to keep everything powered whether you’re hooked up at a campground or dry camping. If you’re just beginning your hunt for a truck camper, Lance has a helpful and detailed compatibility guide

SPECS: 650 Truck Camper
UVW 2,061 pounds
Overall Length 15 feet, 6 inches
Fresh Water Tank 22 gallons
Gray Tank 15 gallons
Black Tank 16 gallons
Propane 5 gallons
MSRP $25,016

Features and options we love for off-grid adventures:

Think about adding the 100-watt solar panel and lithium battery if you plan to boondock, and the 19-inch, 12-volt TV if you still want to enjoy the creature comforts of home. 

More information on this off-grid travel trailer can be found here

A product photo of the Airstream Basecamp set on a white background
Photo: Airstream

Airstream Basecamp

The Basecamp trailer is designed to pair well with midsize SUVs that many off-road adventurers already own. Large wheels, side skirts, and wheel flares protect the camper from the gravel and debris on unpaved roads. There are four different floor plans available, ranging from 16 to 20 feet in length, and all versions include an onboard restroom with a toilet and shower. Goodyear tires and 12-volt tank heaters also come standard. 

SPECS: Basecamp 16
UVW 2,650 pounds
GVWR 3,500 pounds
Hitch Weight 410 pounds
Exterior Length 16 feet, 2 inches
Exterior Height 8 feet, 8.75 inches
Fresh Water Tank 21 gallons
Black and Gray Tank Combo 24 gallons
Propane Two 20-pound tanks
MSRP Starting at $55,400

Features and options we love for off-grid adventures:

Buyers can upgrade to a 200-watt solar package. Get extra ground clearance with the Basecamp X-Package, which features a 3-inch lift, Goodyear Wrangler tires, and a raised hitch jack pad.

More information on this off-grid travel trailer can be found here.

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Photo: Jayco

Jayco Jay Feather Micro

The Jayco Jay Feather Micro lineup features four different floor plans designed to take you off the beaten path, while still providing a high level of comfort. The 166FBS has 16-inch diameter Goodyear tires with reinforced wheel wells and is prepped for roof-mounted solar power and prewired for an inverter. It also contains a 55-gallon fresh water tank. The JayPort external propane connection makes it easy to hook up the included 17-inch grill.

SPECS: Jay Feather Micro 166FBS
UVW 3,895 pounds
GVWR 4,996 pounds
Hitch Weight 420 pounds
Exterior Length 19 feet, 7 inches
Exterior Height 10 feet, 6 inches
Fresh Water Tank 55 gallons
Black Tank 30.5 gallons
Gray Tank 30.5 gallons
Propane 60 pounds
MSRP $36,585

Features and options we love for off-grid adventures:

One optional solar power package includes a 200-watt solar panel and a 30-amp controller, and another adds the 1,800-watt inverter. Add a Thule roof rack system or bike storage rack if you like to travel with your toys.

More information on this off-grid travel trailer can be found here

A truck parked the a Winnebago Micro Minnie FLX
Photo: Winnebago

Winnebago Micro Minnie FLX 

The Winnebago Micro Minnie FLX trailer lineup consists of four different floor plans that range from 22 to 22.5 feet in length. The H172BH is particularly attractive to adventurous couples or small families, offering bunk beds and a large dinette with bed conversion.

SPECS: Micro Minnie FLX 2100BH
UVW 4,177 pounds
GVWR 5,500 pounds
Hitch Weight 462 pounds
Exterior Length 21 feet, 11 inches
Exterior Height 10 feet, 3 inches
Fresh Water Tank 31 gallons
Black Tank 25 gallons
Gray Tank 25 gallons
Propane 40 pounds
MSRP $64,421

Features and options we love for off-grid adventures:

At less than 22 feet long and less than 4,200 pounds in dry weight, the Micro Minnie FLX is easy to tow for most SUVs and Trucks.

More information on this off-grid travel trailer can be found here

Product photo of the Rockwood Geo Pro with its awning extended, on a white background
Photo: Forest River, Inc.

Rockwood Geo Pro 

The Rockwood Geo Pro offers a wide range of floor plans, from a 15-foot travel trailer to a 20-foot toy hauler. The entire series comes equipped with 200-watt, roof-mounted solar panels and a 1,000-watt inverter. Most models offer a 12-volt TV, Teton All In One Wi-Fi Booster with LTE Prep and Antenna, and Showermiser water conservation system. The G15TB floor plan has rear twin-sized beds that can convert into a king-sized bed depending on what layout you need.

UVW 2,667 pounds
GVWR 3,877 pounds
Hitch Weight 357 pounds
Exterior Length 15 feet, 10 inches
Fresh Water Tank 31 gallons
Black Tank 12 gallons
Gray Tank 12 gallons
MSRP Starting at $32,441

Features and options we love for off-grid adventures:

Buyers can add on Pro Rac mounting bars, a removable ladder, a second 200-watt solar panel, and a tongue-mount bike rack.

More information on this off-grid travel trailer can be found here

A rugged off-grid trailer with an outdoor kitchen and open awning

Palomino Pause Travel Trailer 16.4

The Pause is perfect for solo travelers or couples looking to go off the beaten path. Ruggedly constructed with an aluminum frame; composite walls, flooring, and roofing; and independent suspension, this towable is built to handle all of the bumps and turns of an off-road adventure. The cozy, stylish interior comes with a spacious dry bath, a full-sized kitchen with bar seating, and a foldable queen-sized bed that’s perfectly placed under a large dual-pane window for stargazing. An integrated Garmin navigation system comes standard on all models, as does 200 watts of solar power, a 400-amp hour Lithium battery, and a 3,000-watt inverter charger.

UVW 5,773 pounds
Overall Length 21 feet, 2 inches
Fresh Water Tank 54 gallons
Gray Tank 30 gallons
Black Tank 30 gallons
Propane 60 gallons (two 30-gallon tanks)
MSRP $99,997


The Pause comes with an offboard air compressor for easy tire inflation and deflation, and the outdoor kitchen comes fully equipped with cooking space, storage, a sink, and a fridge. You can also upgrade your solar package to 1,000 watts.

More information on this off-grid travel trailer can be found here

A Note on Rig Specs

It’s important to pay close attention to specs when shopping for a travel trailer. Use the VIN (vehicle identification number) to find the towing capacity and payload capacity for your specific tow vehicle.

GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)

The maximum loaded weight of your trailer as determined by the manufacturer. You should never exceed this weight rating when your RV is stocked with all of your gear, propane, and fresh water. 

UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight)

The weight of your trailer as manufactured with no cargo, propane, or water.

CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity)

This is the difference between your UVW and your GVWR, telling you how much weight you can safely add to your trailer. Pay close attention to the cargo carrying capacity if you intend to travel with a lot of gear. 

Tongue Weight

This is the amount of weight pressing down on the hitch ball that is attached to your tow vehicle. It is extremely important to make sure that the tongue weight of a travel trailer does not exceed your tow vehicle’s payload capacity.