Who says you can’t take it all with you? With RVs like these, you can – just about anywhere!

A report from the Detroit Free Press is touting positive new data for the RV industry. According to numbers gathered by those in the know, 2018 was the second-best year on record for the shipment of new RVs, with nearly half a million of them leaving factory gates. This is down only slightly from a peak of 504,600 units in 2017. In an age where perpetually grim newscasters are doling out depressing news about the economy, this is a pleasant surprise.

Another surprise? There are roughly 75 million active camper households in America, with 2 out of every 5 being millennials. It is hotly contested as to the definition of this demographic but, by and large, it refers to adults born roughly on and after 1980. According to some camper enthusiast groups, such as Tin Can Trailers whose members enjoy vintage tow-behind campers, there is a lot of interest in the lifestyle from people aged late 20s to mid 30s.

So where does off-roading come into all this? As it turns out, there are an abundance of manufacturers making small tow-behind trailers outfitted for life off the beaten path. This Tigermoth Camp, for example, is lightweight and rugged with a mass of only 1300 pounds. Its 15-inch steel wheels are shod with all-terrain tires, allowing for it to be towed into (and out of ) places other trailers dare not tread.

Its integrated pre-wired solar system and water supply are designed to allow for about a week of off-grid camping. There’s a pull-out kitchen drawer with space for supplies, while all manner of attach points and bungees mean you can bring along all the gear you need for seven days away from it all.

One would be ill-advised to take it into a hot tub obstacle at Moab but over some bumpy terrain and perhaps through the desert? This type of camper fits the bill quite well. If the increased participation of a younger generation is any indication, the lifestyle has a bright and fun-filled future.

[Images: TigerMoth]