Off Grid Trailers | Two Rugged Off Road Teardrop Trailers – Expedition and Pando | Full Review

Pickup towing an Off Grid Trailer Pando 2.o

Off Grid Trailers LP is on a mission to get you into the wilderness. In their own words, “Escape civilization. Wake up in the wild.”

Founded by Duane Leedell, OGT is building some durable off road trailers that will get you there.

Similar to two of our favorites, Escapod and Vintage Overland, Off Grid started as a passion project. And just like Escapod, the first trailers were built in a garage, not knowing the project would lead to a thriving business.

But there are some major differences. OGT has now secured private equity funding and has strong manufacturing partnerships. This allows them to handle volume with a quick turnaround time.

Other Ways OGT Stands Out

  • All-Metal Construction (no wood and no plastic)
  • No deposit required for order
  • 90 day build time (quick)
  • Transparent process
  • Financing is available (and military discounts)
  • Great customer service (supported by a strong Ambassador network)
  • 5 Year Warranty on frame/chassis structural integrity and 1 year warranty on components

Take a look at Off Grid Trailers in the Wild

These compact campers are designed for traversing the backwoods and venturing off the beaten path. Great for boondocking and overlanding (self-reliant) adventures beyond the campground.

OFF Grid Trailer Logo in orange and black

Two Rugged All Metal Off Road Trailer Designs

Off Grid Trailers offers two styles. After listening to customer feedback both models have been recently re-engineered and upgraded. And both offer rugged all metal construction.

The Expedition 2.0 is their most popular camper which has a military inspired square drop shape. The Pando 2.0 borrows a more classic teardrop shape and boasts a rear galley kitchen.

Expedition 2.0 Squaredrop Trailer

Computer rendering of Expedition 2.0 Trailer

Pando 2.0 Off-Road Teardrop Trailer

computer rendering of Pando 2.o trailer

“Off Grid Trailers starts with building AutoCAD Inventor 3d models to design and run testing simulations. Manufacturing and fabrication on our products are state of the art including digital welding, CNC router, laser cutting, and 3D printing.”

– Duane Off Grid Trailers CEO

Expedition 2.0 Squaredrop Trailer

Off Grid Trailer Expedition 2.0 trailer outside profile

The fun starts where the road ends. Built on a 4-inch C-channel steel frame, with a cabin enclosed in vinyl wrapped aluminum, the Expedition is durable, all weather, all terrain, and ready for adventure.

Expedition Specs (Squaredrop)

Expedition Trailer Specs List with dimensions

Our Favorite Features

  • All metal and composite construction (mold and mildew resistant)
  • Rigid foam insulation (all weather)
  • Fully upgraded electrical system (4 USB ports and interior lighting)
  • On board fresh water (31 gallon)
  • Full feature galley kitchen
  • Climate controlled cabin
  • Storage (23 cubic feet inside + 13 cubic feet of shelves in the rear)
  • Drop down stainless steel countertop with seamless backsplash (easy to clean)
  • And we love a rooftop tent (check out the easy set up here)
  • On demand hot water (for a nice hot shower at the end of the day)

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Expedition 2.0 has a Base Price of $25,900 US or $25,900 CN

Standard Features Included

  • Engineered 4-inch C-channel frame construction
  • Timbren 3500HD suspension (4 inch lift)
  • Electric Brakes and Hopkins break away with battery backup
  • Pro Comp Rockwell 17×8.5 inch wheels with 265/70R17 Toyo Open Country ATII off road tire
  • Freshwater on board 31 Gallon tank
  • Powder coated 36x26x52 inch aluminum front box
  • Powder coated aluminum hot water on demand outside shower box
  • Dual 12V deep cycle group 31 batteries
  • Twin dual USB outlets, digital voltmeter display
  • Dual interior and exterior LED lighting (130ah reserve per battery)
  • Integrated multi-speed reversible roof vent and fan
  • Shore Power Charger – Dual 10Amp bank on board charger
  • 1000W Modified Sine Wave Inverter
  • Zamp Solar Ready Port, front box mounted
  • Aluminum propane tank mount with 10lb cylinder
  • Dometic dual burner propane (with glass top) cooktop
  • Dometic hot/cold sink (with glass top) with folding faucet
  • Dometic 60L fridge/freezer
  • 1.2lb high density memory foam mattress with zippered fabric top and vinyl underside
  • 2 – 28″x40″locking, dead-bolting doors

If the standard features aren’t enough there is a lengthy list of options that let you get your perfect set up.

Build the perfect trailer here.

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Additional Upgrades and Options

  • Custom designed wrap
  • Bluetooth stereo system with dual marine 6.5 inch speakers
  • 24″ smart Chromecast LED TV
  • Bed Upgrade – convertible side couch bed option
  • 360 degree Maxcoupler Hitch
  • Levelling/Stabilizing jacks – BAL C jack (pair)
  • Furnace (6500BTU)
  • Maxxfan Deluxe 7500 Fan Upgrade (thermostat, electric lift, remote control)
  • Front storage box rack
  • Spare tire carrier (including rim & tire) front mounted
  • Zamp 90 Watt portable solar panel with integrated charge controller
  • Canada Proof 180 Watt portable solar panel with integrated charge controller
  • 1750W Modified Sine Wave Inverter
  • Awning – Darche Eclipse 180 passenger side
  • Awning – Darche Eclipse 270 drivers side
  • Awning – Darche Eclipse 270 passenger side
  • Rooftop Tent Options 23 Zero

Easy Tent Assembly

Bonus Feature (Expedition Graphics)

The Expedition has 6 standard wrap packages to choose from. For an additional fee you can choose “custom wrap” during the build phase to color match your tow vehicle or completely personalize the outside decals.

Here is an example of a standard wrap. Pretty sharp. This one is called Nightscape. (Six standard color options.)

Design mock-up of Nightscape wrap on Expedition Trailer

And now, inspired by the classic teardrop shape… Option #2

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Pando 2.0 Teardrop Trailer

Pando 2.0 Off Grid Trailer exterior in the mountains

The Pando by Off Grid Trailer has a more traditional shape but it’s just as sturdy, durable, and rugged as the signature Expedition.

Pando Specs (Teardrop)

Pando Spec list with dimensions

Our Favorite Features

  • All metal and composite construction (mold and mildew resistant)
  • Rigid foam insulation (all weather)
  • Climate controlled cabin
  • High capacity roof rack
  • Storage (12 cubic feet inside (and rear galley pantry storage and spice racks)
  • Stainless steel countertop with seamless backsplash (easy to clean)
  • On demand hot water (for a nice hot shower at the end of the day)

Pando 2.0 has a Base Price of $25,900 US or $31,999 CN

Standard Features Included

  • Engineered 4-inch C-channel frame construction
  • Timbren 3500HD suspension (4 inch lift)
  • Electric Brakes and Hopkins break away with battery backup
  • Pro Comp Rockwell 17×8.5 wheels with 265/70R17 Toyo Open Country ATII off road tire
  • Freshwater on board (31 Gallon tank)
  • Powder coated 36x26x52 aluminum front box
  • Powder coated aluminum hot water on demand outside shower box
  • Dual 12V deep cycle group 31 batteries
  • Twin dual USB outlets, digital voltmeter display
  • Dual interior and exterior LED lighting (130ah reserve per battery)
  • Integrated multi-speed reversible roof vent and fan
  • Shore Power Charger – Dual 10Amp bank on board charger
  • 1000W Modified Sine Wave Inverter
  • Zamp Solar Ready Port, front box mounted
  • Aluminum propane tank mount with 10lb. cylinder
  • Dometic dual burner propane (with glass top) cooktop
  • Dometic hot/cold sink (with glass top) with folding faucet
  • Dometic 57L fridge/freezer
  • 1.2lb. high density memory foam mattress with zippered fabric top and vinyl underside
  • 2 – 28″x40″locking, dead-bolting doors

And of course, you can personalize your Pando 2.0 with these optional upgrades. Build your very own off-road trailer here.

Optional Upgrades for Pando 2.0

  • Custom designed wrap
  • Bluetooth stereo system with dual marine 6.5 inch speakers
  • 24″ smart Chromecast LED TV
  • Bed Upgrade – convertible side couch bed option
  • 360 degree Maxcoupler Hitch
  • Levelling/Stabilizing jacks – BAL C jack (pair)
  • Furnace (6500BTU)
  • Maxxfan Deluxe 7500 Fan Upgrade (thermostat, electric lift, remote control)
  • Front storage box rack
  • Spare tire carrier (including rim & tire) front mounted
  • Zamp 90 Watt portable solar panel with integrated charge controller
  • Canada Proof 180 Watt portable solar panel with integrated charge controller
  • 1750W Modified Sine Wave Inverter
  • Awning – Darche Eclipse 180 passenger side
  • Awning – Darche Eclipse 270 drivers side
  • Awning – Darche Eclipse 270 passenger side
  • Rooftop Tent – 23 Zero

Bonus Feature (Pando Graphics)

The Pando has 6 standard wrap packages to choose from. For an additional fee you can choose “custom wrap” during the build phase to color match your own tow vehicle or completely personalize the outside decals.

Here is an example of a standard wrap. This one is called Grey Mountain. (All six standard color schemes.)

OGT Grahics Custom Design Grey mountain

Serviceability

We appreciate the thoughtful design for practical use.

Design and theory is one thing. But when you get off the grid and need to service or maintain your gear, it can be a pain.

Off Grid Trailers has listened to feedback and worked hard to make every part accessible for easy service and maintenance.

Here are some examples:

  • 31 gallon tank – interior full panel access for removal
  • Rear storage cabinet panel access to water pump and drain
  • Removable two-piece fenders
  • Removable rear bumper taillight guards
  • Modular electrical component bay
  • Serviceable wire track access for all trailer (and frame) electrical components and accessories
  • Integrated drivers and passenger side steps for roof access

Transparent Order and Build Process

Another thing we like about OGT is their commitment to the customer.

They make every effort to make sure the process is easy, and the buyer knows what to expect. And it doesn’t stop when the trailer is delivered. Often, Duane Leedell (CEO) is the one to follow up.

Design your very own Off Grid Trailer online with the Build Your Trailer tool.

And here’s how the build process works.

Financing is available in both Canada and the US

Image of financing options for US and Canada
(as low as $100 bi-weekly)

Pros

  • All-metal construction (built to last)
  • Easy access for maintenance and repair
  • Transparent order process
  • 90 Day build time (quick)
  • Customizable – tons of upgrades
  • Financing available
  • Warranty and customer service
  • Ambassador network 

Cons

  • Only 2 models
  • Limited head room
  • Rooftop tent not standard

Improvements for 2020

OGT listens to users and constantly works to improve their trailers. Here are some of the innovations rolling out in on new models.

  • Curb weights lowered by 100lb.
  • Easier to access furnace and water heater
  • Integrated night tables and better cabinet access
  • Maintenance free plumbing system
  • Weatherproof electrical harness
  • Air conditioning option
  • Stainless steel galley sink
  • Black out shades
  • Water level windows on freshwater tanks
  • Added interior shelving
  • Front storage rack now standard
  • 1500 lb trailer jack (premium)
  • Maxxair 400 roof vent now standard
  • Aluminum shower enclosure option

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FAQs

Where is Off Grid Trailers located?

Off Grid Trailers is a custom maker of off road teardrop campers. The company is located at 8716 48 Ave NW #107, Edmonton, AB T6E 5L1, Canada. Founder and CEO Duane Leedell.

Does Off Grid Trailers deliver to the US?

Off Grid Trailers is a direct to consumer manufacturer. Which means they charge you directly for shipping, unlike dealers who add the shipping to the cost of the invoice. The process for ordering a trailer is completely upfront and transparent. If you finance the trailer the shipping costs can be rolled into the price. Estimate shipping costs to your location in the US.

How much does a teardrop trailer cost?

Teardrop trailers come in all shapes and sizes with tons of different options. Off Grid Trailers makes all-metal teardrop campers to order in two different styles. Their classic teardrop, the Pando, has a base price of $25,900 US or $31,900 CN. The military inspired square drop version, Expedition, starts at $23,900 US or $29,500 CN. Both models have a long list of possible upgrades to customize your set up.

How long does it take for Off Grid Trailers to custom build a camper?

Once the customer signs off on the build sheet OGT can complete the design within 90 days. The customer will know what to expect during every phase manufacturing from design to delivery.

The End

Thanks for reading! We hope you find this helpful. If you have suggestions, content ideas, feedback or want to contribute send us a quick email at [email protected].

Special thanks to Jennifer, who is head of marketing at Off Grid Trailers. She was helpful, accessible, provided great information, and we really appreciated her insights into adventure travel.

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