This Off-Road Popup Camper Makes Boondocking Better

Published on March 22nd, 2023 by Rene Agredano
This post was updated on April 3rd, 2023

Better boondocking happens when your favorite gear is along for the ride. A new ultralight off-road popup camper can do just that for minimalist RVers. The TAXA Outdoors Woolly Bear makes cozy backcountry camping a reality.

Couple using Wooly Bear TAXA Outdoors off-road trailer
Get ready for off-grid camping with the Wooly Bear.

TAXA’s Woolly Bear Off-Road Popup Camper is the Go-To Boondocking Trailer

Sometimes taking your regular RV into backcountry campsites isn’t such a smart idea. We discovered this more than once since we started full-time RVing 15 years ago. The first time we beat up our RV in the backcountry, desert sand dunes nearly sank the wheels of our Arctic Fox fifth wheel. Several years later, frost heaves on the Alaska highway broke a trailer leaf spring and severed our electric-over-hydraulic trailer disc brakes line. Fun times.

Boondocking is always better when you have the right RV for the roads you’re traveling. The new TAXA Outdoors Woolly Bear off-road popup camper is that rig. Here’s why I love this little trailer.

Rugged enough for rough roads, light enough for Almost any car

Forget beating up your large travel trailer or luxe motorhome by taking it onto rough roads. With a low MRSP of just $13,123, the Woolly Bear is an ideal base camp RV that goes where no typical RV has gone before.

Weighing in at an astonishing 1,270 pounds dry weight, this off-road popup camper features a rugged powder-coated steel chassis, torsion axle suspension, and electric brakes that make it ready to go nearly anywhere your passenger car can take you. Use your normal RV tow or toad if you want. There’s no special truck you need to tow it. The Woolly Bear comes ready for adventure.

Tons of Cargo Space for Backcountry Boondocking Comfort

I’ve attended plenty of overlanding adventure expos to check out off-road popup camper models. Lots of manufacturers make backcountry trailers that can go anywhere. But few also design them small enough for any vehicle, with the kind of full-size cargo space typically only seen in larger popups. The TAXA Woolly Bear is one of the few that has both features, and more.

Lockable Storage Drawer with 12V Outlet (Sized for 45 qt Cooler)
Laser Cut Steel 600 pound weight capacity cargo Deck
Lockable Storage Compartments (on driver & passenger side)
Open Storage Sized for NATO Cans

Camp Kitchen Space and a Tent Platform too!

I don’t enjoy cooking on a single burner backpacking stove precariously perched atop a rock, or sleeping on the ground. The Woolly Bear has a civilized tent platform, plus a stainless steel countertop and LED lighting that makes outdoor sleeping and cooking easy. This off-road popup camper with full-size kitchen won me over.

Woman cooking in a full camp kitchen off-road popup camper
A full camp kitchen for civilized boondocking!

Features Highlights of the Woolly Bear Off-Road Popup Camper

  • Powder-Coated Steel Chassis
  • 15″ Steel Wheel with All-Terrain Tires 
  • Quad Stabilizer Jacks
  • 800 pound Swivel Tongue Jack
  • Torsion Axle Suspension
  • Electric Brakes
  • 600 pound Weight Capacity Cargo Deck
  • LED Underbody Light
  • 12V / USB Accessory Outlets
  • Birch Plywood Kitchen Organizer
  • Lockable Storage Drawer with 12V Outlet (Sized for 45 qt Cooler)
  • Stainless Steel Countertop
  • Lockable Storage Compartments 

Maybe one of the biggest reasons to love this off-road basecamp rig is that it’s a trailer that fits in a garage. That’s a feature not found in most campers, and it comes in handy when you don’t have tons of room for RV storage.

If you’re just getting started with overlanding and RVing, this tough little camper is a great entry point into an entirely new world of rugged minimalist RVing. The TAXA Outdoors website has even more details about the Woolly Bear that will inspire and allow you to try camping in more remote, beautiful places.


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3 thoughts on “This Off-Road Popup Camper Makes Boondocking Better”

  1. There are dozens of similar campers available. To me, the most important points to consider when buying one:
    – how often are you really going to go off-roading?
    – is the bed really more comfortable than a tent/air mattress/sleeping bag combo? (For the $$, it should be a lot more comfortable.)
    – how awkward is the bed to get into/out of?
    – is there a water tank? How much? Which will last how many days?
    – does it have any toilet facilities? How much of an improvement over pooping in the woods?

    In other words, are you getting a real benefit in return for the money and the trouble of towing a trailer into back country?

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