Dry camping is a great way to spend time with nature away and to relax, and get your mojo back after being surrounded by the stress of everyday life, with its fast pace and needing to meet deadlines all the time.
It is usually done in a vehicle of some sort, but travel trailers are probably the best option in comparison to others. In this article, we will be discussing the best travel trailers for dry camping.
What is Dry Camping?
Dry camping is basically choosing to spend time away from everyday distractions and becoming one with nature, or as close as you can get it.
It also means independent parking or wild camping, and it means getting away for a while in an RV, van, car, or vehicle to camp.
It includes boycotting all electronics such as smartphones, laptops, T.V.s, etc. and it excludes any kind of piping for water, hook-ups for electronics of any kind, bathhouses or outhouses, or campground facilities.
People who regularly do this either like to find an isolated spot where they are completely surrounded by nature or join other people or communities that like to escape from the hustle and bustle of life.
What Makes a Travel Trailer Great For Dry Camping
Travel trailers are a great option for dry camping, especially for people who regularly take part in and enjoy this activity. The reasons for this are as follows:
While dry camping, you do not have a continuous supply of freshwater available whenever you want it. This is where freshwater tanks come in, which are probably a great facility in that situation. You can store water in them, and the storage capacity varies according to size, so your trailer can be fitted with the biggest one it can accommodate or more than 1 in case of an extended holiday.
If you dry camp in a car, you do not have the facility of a bathroom for washing up or other bodily functions. Doing your business in the wild is definitely not an ideal situation, so trailers are great in the way that they come with bathrooms and storage tanks, which can store your grey and black water, (separately of course) so that they can be disposed of later on properly.
Room For Extra Batteries
In general, most dry campers don’t get away for too long, so they make do with one battery for electricity, heating, etc. in trailers. But if you are planning an extended stay, do keep extra ones in case the first runs out. Also, you can’t get any of these facilities in a car or van.
Space For Generator
You can’t keep a backup power generator in a car or a van. It would be of no use there as there is no electricity or hookups for your electronics there. But in case of a trailer, you have all that and much more. And if you run out of battery power, since you are in a trailer, you probably have a backup generator for all your electricity.
Review of the Best Dry Camping Travel Trailers
Now that we have discussed some general features and points about dry camping and travel trailers, here are some of our own top picks of trailers for dry camping and why we believe they belong on this list.
What we love
- Sleeps: 2 to 3
- Length: 19.8 ft.
- Width: 84.375 inches
- Weight: 2600 lbs.
People who love dry camping but do not like to go to new places alone can really have fun with this trailer. It can sleep 2 to 3 people, so you can take your friends or an acquaintance with you, depending on the time you want because let’s face it, friends make everything better.
The interior design is gorgeous, looking very homey but chic at the same time. You can definitely chill in here if so inclined to.
It consists of a great bathroom, lounge, and bedroom inside, with a full bathroom consisting of a shower, a bedroom with a queen-sized mattress, and a lounge that has multiple connecting ports available for your electronics, plus much more.
It is also foam insulated, so it’s great for camping in any weather and has interior and exterior LED lighting so that you are able to see perfectly even into the night.
Northwood Arctic Fox Camper 811
What we love
- Sleeps: 4
- Length: 16.8 ft.
- Width: 8.1 ft.
- Weight: 2873 lbs.
For someone who wants to take more than just one person with them on their adventure, this little trailer is perfect. It can sleep 4 people comfortably and is able to provide a comfortable space for all of them.
It is really well ventilated for a trailer, with a high-speed fan vent and arched ceilings helping immensely with the process.
While it is heavier than our previous option, it has less length to it. Also, the colors of the interior are warmer in this one, giving a more cozy feel to the trailer overall.
It consists of a few special features other than the regular bathroom, lounge, and bedroom. This trailer has smoke and gas detectors, magnetic luggage door catches, an interior command center, a thermostat, a microwave, etc. The list is a little extensive, to say the least.
Best for the Money:
Jayco Baja Toy-Toting Camper
What we love
- Sleeps: 6 to 8
- Number of Floorplans: 2
- Length: 22.6 ft.
- Width: 85 inches
- Weight: 2910 lbs.
We find this to be a great pick for someone with a lot of friends or a big family as this trailer can sleep from 6 to 8 people, which is quite impressive considering it is a trailer and that it has one proper bedroom.
It consists of actual furniture that has been made by the company itself, such as the dinette and the J-steel sofa, which also comes in multiple designs that you can choose from.
This one is a little different from the rest as it has an actual outside deck as well as a big water-resistant DuraTek tent that covers it as well as the back. The material is double stitched and is mildew, scratch, and crack resistant as well.
What we love
- Sleeps: 4 (2 adults and 2 children)
- Length: 15 ft.
- Width: 6.7 ft.
- Weight: 1800 lbs.
This trailer can be marketed as the ideal family trailer, with room to sleep exactly 2 adults and 2 kids, plus the bedroom for the adults and the bunk beds for the kids really make it more convincing.
It is lighter in weight than the previous entries on our list and seems smaller as well, so it may really be able to easily fit in a standard garage.
It consists of a great ventilation feature, a pop-up roof as well as a roof exhaust fan, which is an important feature in a smaller trailer as it can very easily get cramped in there.
Features such as ports for USBs and devices, an external shower, water heating, and LED lighting plus more are present and make it better to stay in.
What we love
- Sleeps: 2 to 3
- Length: 26.24 ft.
- Width: 7.54 ft.
- Weight: 6122 lbs.
Though it only has the sleeping capacity of 2 to 3 people, this trailer is the heaviest and largest one on our list. It also meets the criteria of “not wanting to camp alone, so I brought a friend or two (or my significant other) with me.”
It also has a bathroom, a bedroom, and a lounge area, with a full-size bathroom with a shower, toilet, and shower curtain. There is also a bedroom with a queen-size bed as well as a lounge table that can be converted to a bed, along with different appliances as well as connective ports. In addition, there are drawers and cabinets made out of Malaysian honeycomb timber for a luxurious vibe.
The ventilation is great in this one, with 5 windows and a roof hatch to combat any stuffiness that may be felt.
Though it is larger in size, its freshwater tank capacity is the same as some of the smaller ones, which could possibly be problematic. However, it still makes for a great option.
Pros and Cons of Dry Camping in a Travel Trailer
We have established that dry camping can be quite entertaining; getting away from all the hustle and bustle alone or with your loved ones can be an enjoyable experience. But it is not all fun and games. Just like any other thing in life, it has its pros and cons. So below, we will be discussing some of the pros and cons of dry camping.
The pros for dry camping in travel trailers are as follows:
A positive note is that dry camping is much easier in travel trailers than in cars or vans, as trailers have almost all or at least the main facilities of a working mini home. The water storage, toilet, kitchen, bedrooms, etc. are all facilities available in a house, and usually, trailers have all of these or simplified versions of these.
It is obvious that staying in a trailer with facilities is better than staying in a car or a van for dry camping. Cars are cramped and do not have much space or the same facilities that a trailer has. The same goes for a van. Both of these are vehicles good for travel, but not good for staying in.
Trailers are cheaper and cost less in comparison to staying in a hotel or a resort while on holiday or getaway, plus there is usually room for more than one person in a trailer, so you can travel with family or friends in case you do not like to go around alone. And it could be like an adventure of some sort.
Even though the pros do outweigh the cons, there still are some, some of which are as follows:
Beginners may feel that the space of a trailer is way too cramped to be comfortable, or that having family and friends with you may make you feel that way. It is true that they do not have the same amount of room as one in which the person regularly lives in or has all of the luxuries and facilities, so people can become easily fed up with the situation.
Sometimes the elements are just against you. Nature may have a bone to pick with you, so your sudden lounge day in the sun can turn into a torrential rain shower or some other thing. All trailers offer a bit of protection against weather, but in most cases, it is only temporary as not all of them are equipped to deal with harsh weather.
All the trailers listed here have been chosen by us and our own picks. We have gotten the information on them through research and reviews. All of them are great whether you are a first-timer in the case of a dry camper or a professional or avid enthusiast. They all come with a lot of facilities that will definitely make your time away easier, especially if you are thinking of going away in a car or a van, which pale in comparison to these.
People Also Ask
Now even though we have given a lot of information regarding the trailers and their features, there may still be some confusion for some people that need to be cleared up. So for that, we have compiled a list of commonly asked questions, which is present below, to help:
What is the Difference Between Boondocking and Dry Camping?
Dry camping and Boondocking are often called one and the same, but there is a slight difference. Boondocking is camping outside developed camping areas, while dry camping can be done at developed camping areas.
How Long Can You Dry Camp in a Travel Trailer?
People who are professional dry campers can go as long as 2 weeks or 14 days without any sort of problem, meaning without having to empty their grey and black water tanks or refilling their freshwater tanks. Beginners usually last anywhere from 2 to 4 days.
How Long Will Battery Last Dry Camping?
On average, a battery will last for 2 to 3 days, but its use can be extended by limiting or completely not using heating or electricity.
What is the Best Size Travel Trailer For Dry Camping?
Smaller travel trailers that can hold 1 to 2 people are preferable because a really large trailer is limited to stay in certain areas as not all grounds are able to accommodate its size. But a smaller trailer is easier to drive around with, plus you are able to go further into the wilderness to the best scenic spots.