It may be our mid-life crisis. My husband and I are obsessed with adventure camper trailers. We want one. We don’t want your typical “RV type” trailer that you pull behind your truck. We want a super light-weight, go anywhere, down any forest road, cool looking, tough, off-road camping trailer. We want tent camping combined with “glamping” amenities. We imagine super easy “pack up and go” family camping trips to quiet forests isolated from humans and surrounded by the sounds of nature and our happy children. Cue rainbows and unicorns here.
Try It First With a Rental
So given our preoccupation with all things “trailer” and “camping,” we finally found Rove Rentals, a relatively new business that rents Blue Ridge Expedition trailers with the optional “tent on top” for the kiddos. Even though it required a 5-hour drive to Winston-Salem, we were determined to try it. We packed up the kids, picked up the trailer, and headed toward our forest road of solitude and contentment. Unfortunately, Tropical Storm Nate turned our “forest road of contentment” into “the forest road of destruction” so we changed tactics and drove to one of our favorite campgrounds in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. We practically had the campground to ourselves-score!
So here are our thoughts:
Yes, we love the freedom to go anywhere, but anywhere often does not include a toilet. Also, even though it weighs less than 2000 pounds, you still have to pull the trailer everywhere you go. And believe me, it’s not a simple task to turn around on a forest road pulling anything, no matter the weight. On the plus side, it is light enough to pull with your SUV. You don't even need a truck.
I absolutely loved the covered stainless-steel kitchen complete with battery-operated lights, a refrigerator cooler, and all the storage you need for your cooking supplies. We cooked rigatoni with homemade bolognese sauce (cooked and frozen at home), enjoyed hot coffee, oatmeal, and sausage in the morning, prepared sliced carrots and apples--all with ample counter space, sharp knives, and a sink for easy clean up.
It’s hard to find an adventure travel trailer that sleeps a family of 4. The roof-top tent was a hit with the girls and they slept “awesome” on the built-in mattress. Bonus for them: Climbing the ladder to get into the tent. Bonus for us: Set-up and break-down of the tent was super easy.
The interior of the trailer sleeps 2 (plenty of room though for cozy family reading time), has lights, screened windows, storage, a comfortable mattress, and most importantly in our area of the country- a fan. In summary, we slept great and admittedly better than we do in our tent.
Need to wash your dishes? Take a hot shower? It’s here. Plumbed and ready with a heated 26 gallon water tank.
Overall, we had a fantastic weekend. The Rove Rental process was easy, the folks running it are super nice and helpful, and the trailer is in perfect condition, loaded with everything you need. Just bring food, clothes, and sleeping bags for the tent--that's it.
For us, we discovered that the simplicity of tent camping still reigns supreme but acknowledge one could get the best of both worlds with this type of camping trailer.
We’d like to try it again on a trip driving to multi-destinations. It’s just that easy to set-up and breakdown camp and go. While I don’t think we’re ready to indulge in a purchase, we will definitely rent from Rove again and look forward to actually trying it, weather permitting this time, on the “forest road of contentment.”