TAXA Outdoors 2021 Overland Trailer Line-Up
The new 2021 overland trailer line-up from TAXA Outdoors is out of this world. Each model is carefully built with NASA-inspired design principles in mind.
The three models include an updated model (Cricket) and two trailers (Mantis and TigerMoth) that previously weren’t offered as overlanders.
The Houston-based company, known for its lightweight travel trailers, designs its units with the intent of making camping simple, relaxing, fun, and secure.
TAXA Outdoors caters primarily to folks that enjoy camping off the beaten path but want more than a tent. As the company boasts, each model is “Adventuring equipment you sleep in.”
“We believe the overlanding editions are a huge growth segment for the market,” TAXA Outdoors CEO Garrett Finney and president Divya Brown wrote in an email to the press. “With the ability to now work remotely and take school on the road, it gives people more time to explore and go further off grid which is what TAXA encourages.”
How does an overland trailer differ from a typical travel trailer?
TAXA Outdoors manufactures travel trailers and overland trailers. There are a handful of notable differences.
Overland travel trailers are designed to endure off-road excursions for off-grid camping. The Mantis, Cricket, and TigerMoth models have equipment that allow the trailers to operate in more isolated places.
- Each model has multiple recovery points that provide safer winching or snatch recoveries if campers get stuck.
- The ground clearance is much higher than typical trailers, allowing minimal damage to the undercarriage on uneven terrain.
- The skeleton of the Cricket and TigerMoth and panels on all overland trailers are built using durable, lightweight aluminum material.
- Powder-coated steel provides a protective barrier, preventing corrosion on the trailer frames.
- All units also come with a lock n’ roll hitch that can rotate 360 degrees, axle less suspension with a four-inch lift, and all-terrain tires.
The Mantis is the largest overland trailer in the line up at 19 feet long. With the pop-up roof, interior height maxes out at 7 feet, 10 inches. The Mantis weighs in at 3,486 pounds with a GVWR of 5,000 pounds. It has a 20-gallon fresh water and a 22-gallon grey water tank. The unit does come with a wet bath that includes a cassette toilet, hence no black water tank.
The Mantis Overlander comfortably sleeps 4 adults. The couch turns into a bunk bed, and the dinette can be converted into a bed. There is even enough room to hang a hammock inside or opt for a rooftop tent for additional sleeping space. The full galley kitchen has a sink, two-burner stovetop, platform with a 12-volt outlet to store a cooler, and plenty of shelving made of milk crates and bungee cords.
You can learn more about all of the features and systems included in the Mantis in the video below. Founder and CEO Garrett Finney gives a thorough tour of the unit, including additional options. The Mantis has a starting price of $49,950.
Finney has a strong connection with the Cricket as it was the first travel trailer he designed for TAXA. Its design was inspired by NASA, where Finney previously worked as a former senior architect for the Habitability Design Center.
The $38,950 Cricket Overland is 15 feet long. It has a ground clearance of 14.5 inches and weighs in at about 2,000 pounds dry with a GVWR of 3,000 pounds. It includes a 15-gallon fresh water and a 16-gallon grey water tank. It also comes equipped with a portable toilet and exterior shower.
The Cricket Overland sleeps 2 adults and 2 children with a café table that converts into a bed and ceiling sling berths that hold up to 130 pounds each. Like the Mantis, the galley comes complete with a sink, a two-burner stovetop, a storage tower using milk cartons, and a space for a cooler. Also, TAXA Outdoors has thrown in a package, including an awning, screen door, and shower tent.
Finney describes more of the unit’s features and systems in the video below.
The smallest and least expensive of the three 2021 overland trailers is the TigerMoth. The $24,950 unit is 12 feet 9 inches long and can fit under standard garage doors with its exterior height of 6 feet, 11 inches.
With a ground clearance of 16 inches, the highest of the bunch, campers can venture far into the wild with little regard to harsh terrain. According to TAXA Outdoors, with its solar, electrical, and water systems, campers can stay off-grid for up to seven days with the TigerMoth.
The TigerMoth sleeps up to 3 people with a lounge area that converts into a bed and an optional rooftop tent. The unit comes with a pull-out kitchenette that includes a camp stove, cutting board, and two large cubbies. The overlander comes with some nifty camping features, including roof rack load bars, a toolbox compartment situated on the tongue, a 5-pound propane tank, and an awning with mosquito nets and screen doors.
The video below gives a quick snippet of campers using many of the TigerMoth Overlander features.
Learn more about TAXA Outdoors’ Overland Trailer Line-Up
TAXA Outdoors has seen a positive response from folks regarding their overland trailers.
“Shipments are up 30% annually, and the backlog is six months right now, which is a 100% increase year-over-year,” mentioned TAXA Outdoors CEO Garrett Finney and president Divya Brown. “Every trailer that has left TAXA’s production line since the start of the pandemic has already been pre-sold.”
Learn more about the TAXA Outdoors overland trailer line up on their official website. You can reserve a Mantis, Cricket, or TigerMoth online as well. If you are in the planning stages of your next road trip adventure and need some out-of-the-way spots to set up camp, check out RV LIFE Trip Wizard and RV LIFE Campgrounds to find your next outdoor escape.
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