Rig Roundup: The 6 Best RVs for Going Off the Grid

Oct 12, 2020 | Rigs

Rig Roundup: The 6 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.

By Stephanie Puglisi

Photo: inTech RV

Thanks to their mobility and self-contained nature, RVs allow millions of people to travel safely and have unforgettable adventures, even under extraordinary circumstances. If you are looking to level-up your social distancing skills, 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 of the 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. 

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. 


Off-Grid Travel Trailers Perfect for Social Distancing

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.  

inTech RV Flyer 

The inTech RV Flyer sitting on a lawn with two camp chairs in front of it
Photo: inTech RV

The Flyer lineup from Intech offers four options for lightweight, rugged travel trailers. The Discover is our favorite—a micro-lite toy hauler with tip-out beds and an aluminum, fully-welded cage frame that can stand up to off-road conditions. With more than 2,000 pounds of cargo carrying capacity, your dirt bike, four-wheeler, or motorcycle can come along for the ride. Boondockers will appreciate the 12-volt outlet and USB ports, along with the 12-volt refrigerator. The fiberglass exterior comes in five different colors: Charcoal Storm, Silver Moon, Arctic White, Red Blaze, or Midnight Black. 

Specs: Flyer Discover

  • UVW: 2,475 to 2,750 pounds (depending on options)
  • GVWR: 5,200 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 525 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 216 inches
  • Exterior Height: 109 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 8.5 gallons
  • Black Tank: None
  • Gray Tank: None
  • MSRP: $22,085 to $27,090

Features and options we love for off-grid adventures:

The 2-inch lift package gives you extra clearance on rugged terrain, and roof racks make it easier to bring along all your toys. 

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


Lance Truck Camper

A truck with the Lance Truck Camper on a lawn surrounded by trees and farmland
Photo: Lance 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: 1,700 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 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


Airstream Basecamp

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

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, 3 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: $38,400

Features and options we love for off-grid adventures:

Buyers can upgrade to a 180-watt solar package with two AGM (absorbent glass mat) batteries. 

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


Jayco Jay Feather Micro

Product photo of the Jayco Jay Feather Micro on a white background
Photo: Jayco

This lineup of lightweight travel trailers is a new addition to the Jayco brand for 2021. Choose from five different floor plans designed to take you off the beaten path, while still providing a high level of comfort. The 166FBS prototype 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. Jayco recently announced an exclusive partnership with Blackstone Griddles, and each Jay Feather Micro model includes a griddle with an integrated stand and heat shield. 

Specs: Jay Feather Micro 166FBS

  • UVW: 3,990 pounds
  • GVWR: 4,996 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 480 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 19 feet, 8 inches
  • Exterior Height: 10 feet, 4 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 55 gallons
  • Black Tank: 30 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 30 gallons
  • Propane: 60 pounds
  • MSRP: $25,950

Features and options we love for off-grid adventures:

The optional solar power package includes a 190-watt solar panel and a 30-amp controller. 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


Winnebago Hike 

A truck pulling the Winnebago Hike with two bicycles attached to the back and a surfboard on the roof.
Photo: Winnebago

The Winnebago Hike trailer lineup consists of five different floor plans that range from 20 to 25 feet in length. The H172BH is particularly attractive to adventurous families, offering bunk beds and a large U-shaped dinette that transforms into an extra bed. The exterior of the travel trailer is outfitted with a rack system, gear storage box, and a 15-inch off-road tire and axle lift. 

Specs: Hike H172BH

  • UVW: 3,340 pounds
  • GVWR: 4,200 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 620 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 20 feet, 7.5 inches
  • Exterior Height: 10 feet, 2 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 31 gallons
  • Black Tank: 25 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 25 gallons
  • Propane: 20 pounds
  • MSRP: $27,513

Features and options we love for off-grid adventures:

The Hike comes equipped with roof mount solar prep and the rugged exoskeleton can easily haul bikes, kayaks, and surfboards. 

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


Rockwood Geo Pro 

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

The Rockwood Geo Pro offers a wide range of floor plans, from a 10-foot teardrop to a 20-foot toy hauler. The entire series comes equipped with 100-watt, roof-mounted solar panels and a 1,000-watt inverter. Most models offer a 12-volt TV, WiFi Ranger signal booster, and Showermiser water conservation system. The G15TB floor plan has rear twin beds that can convert into a king-size bed depending on what layout you need. 

Specs: Geo Pro G15TB

  • UVW: 2,483 pounds
  • GVWR: 3,866 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 366 pounds
  • Exterior Length: 15 feet, 10 inches
  • Exterior Height: 9 feet, 7 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank: 37 gallons
  • Black Tank: 12 gallons
  • Gray Tank: 12 gallons
  • MSRP: $22,090

Features and options we love for off-grid adventures:

Buyers can add on Pro Rac mounting bars, a removable ladder, and additional Pro Rac gear accessories. The optional off-road package includes 15-inch Mud Rover radial tires and a lift kit.

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


A Note on Rig Specs

It’s incredibly 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, and never trust the word of a salesman or social media “expert.”

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. 

UVR (Unloaded Vehicle Rating): The weight of your trailer as manufactured with no cargo, propane, or water.

CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity): This is the difference between your UVR 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. 


Disclaimer: Togo RV is part of a joint venture, partially owned by Thor Industries, Inc., of which Airstream and Jayco are subsidiaries.

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Stephanie Puglisi

Stephanie Puglisi is the head of content for Roadtrippers and Togo RV. She is the author of two books—See You at the Campground: A Guide to Discovering Community, Connection, and a Happier Family in the Great Outdoors; and Idiot’s Guide to RV Vacations.

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