Deep-Dive Review: Taxa Mantis Overland
Take the whole family along in this distinctive camper
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Taxa’s Mantis Overland (from $57,874) is one of the more unique camping trailers on the market. It’s big enough to sleep four adults comfortably, but weighs just 3,486 pounds and can fit in a standard-height garage. To me, the best part about the trailer is the pop-up roof—you get a lightweight, go-anywhere trailer with plenty of standing room (even for tall folks) and space to hang out inside.
The rear dinette converts into a bed that’ll comfortably sleep two adults, and there are two fold-out bunks towards the front of the camper. I can confirm that they’re adult friendly, because my father-in-law joined my wife and I on an elk hunt last year and slept comfortably on one. Note: the cushions aren’t the most comfortable, so be sure to do a test run on them before heading out in case you need an additional sleeping pad.
You can leave the top bunk lowered and keep the bottom one as a couch, or you can fold them both up and gain a ton of storage space up front for bulky items like mountain bikes. If you need to sleep more than four, you can throw a rooftop tent on the rear, fixed roof section.
The interior has Taxa’s signature modular, modern feel. The cabinets are aluminum framed and milk crates slide into place rather than having heavy doors on the fronts. This also allows you to bring the crates inside your house to load up with your gear. Another cool feature is the rear hatch, which lets you load kayaks or other gear in through the back, and creates a nice, open-air feel when you’re stuck inside. There’s a furnace, AC unit, and a hot water heater in the trailer, as well as a space-saving pop-up wet bath with a cassette toilet and shower. Basically, this thing has all the amenities you could ask for in a travel trailer.
As for off-road chops, the Mantis Overland has 14 inches of ground clearance and Timbren’s Axle-Less Suspension underneath, which gives you four inches of lift over the standard Mantis and helps soak up the bumps when the pavement ends. LT225/75/16 All-Terrain tires and a Max Coupler articulating hitch up front add to the trailer’s off road readiness, and really lets you drag this thing anywhere you’d want to pull a 17 foot trailer.