One of the big debates with overloading is where to sleep? There are some really cool options out there in the way of roof-top tents (RTTs) for off-road trailers and kitted-out Land Rover Defenders. So here is a quick rundown of the considerations used to ultimately decide on a teardrop trailer.
First off was an RV or "single" option wasn't high on the list. We'll be traveling for a year and want some ability to not always deal with the living part of our journey. We also wanted to be able to park at a site and drive back to the store without packing up everything. And we will need to use typical parking structures, so a 7' max height was an important consideration.
Tent vs Trailer This was pretty easy. We love tents, David spend 31-days hiking John Muir Trail in 2015 so sleeping on the ground isn't an issue. It's packing it up that's the problem. You get really good at it, but when it's down pouring rain, the last thing you want to do is stake out a tent and rain fly. Roof-top tents solve almost all this, but still have some similar issues. Don't get me wrong, we may have one in the future, but for this expedition, solid walls were important.
Trailer vs Teardrop Let's be honest, most every travel trailer looks like most every travel trailer. Fiberglass siding, faux wood interiors and cheesy appliances and features. Don't get me wrong, some are simply amazing little beasts. But none can get us into the wilderness and a hard-core trailer that can seems to be built in Australia.