Black Series Campers are Perfect for Boondocking and Overlanding
Get Off-Road with These Rugged Towables Built to Go Anywhere
After conquering the outback of Australia, the rugged tent campers and travel trailers from Black Series set their sights on the US a few years back. The off-road-focused towables have garnered plenty of attention from boondockers and overlanders looking for an RV they can take anywhere. That’s what the company promises with its trailers, designed with key features to overcome rough terrain.
A Success Down Under
Black Series has spent more than a decade making a name for itself with Australian RVers and overlanders. During that time, the campers have earned a reputation for being durable and dependable, even when exploring remote locations. Better still, the trailers offer a variety of features and technologies that make them ideal for extended off-grid camping trips.
The company sells two different styles of RVs—pop-up tent campers and more traditional travel trailers. The pop-ups are low-profile towables well suited for off-roading and overlanding, while the travel trailers bring a luxury experience to the campsite. Both designs have much to offer adventurous campers, including various amenities that make them good options for boondocking.
The rugged campers have struck a chord with Australians, with Black Series claiming more than 30,000 units sold back home. The family-owned and operated company believes it can find similar success stateside by appealing to RVers who want a camper that can travel into the wilderness without having to make unnecessary compromises.
Designed for use in the outback, Black Series trailers are off-road-ready straight from the factory. Each camper comes on a heavy-duty frame built to take on rugged terrain, giving them the ability to be towed into remote places without fear of a major breakdown or catastrophic structural damage. The company is so confident in its build quality that it even offers a 15-year warranty on the chassis.
The frame isn’t the only thing that makes Black Series campers ideal for off-road travel. Each wheel is equipped with four shock absorbers rather than just two, dramatically improving the ride on and off the pavement. The enhanced suspension also ensures that the shocks have a longer lifespan, help prevent damage to the trailer, and handle rugged terrain safely.
Additionally, Black Series campers offer excellent ground clearance, all-terrain tires (with two spares), electric braking systems, and stone/skid guard protection underneath. These simple and effective design elements enhance the camper’s off-road capabilities even further, ensuring safe and dependable performance no matter the conditions–a real asset for boondocking safely.
Black Series Pop-Up Trailers
Currently, Black Series offers four pop-up tent camper models, including the Dominator, Patron, and Classic Double. Each trailer comes with a built-in tent made from highly durable and weather-resistant fabrics that fold down into the camper’s body when not in use. This gives each model a low-profile design when being towed, allowing it to travel over rough terrain and under trees with ease.
The three pop-ups vary in size and sleeping capacity, with the Dominator representing the smaller entry-level model while the Patron and Classic Double come in at the higher end in terms of size and price. Those two campers can accommodate five or six people, respectively, with the Dominator designed to sleep four. All models come equipped with an outdoor annex that extends the living space, and each is light enough to be towed behind smaller SUVs and trucks.
Standard amenities across the pop-up tent line include an outdoor kitchen and shower, compartmentalized storage spaces, integrated batteries—recharged via portable solar panels—and spare fuel and propane mounts. Each camper also features numerous mesh windows—and in some cases skylights—that allow natural light in and provide enhanced ventilation. At night the cabin is illuminated using built-in LED lighting.
While the build quality for all four trailers is excellent and the materials used in their construction are top-notch, there are differences between the models as you move up the scale. The interior on each unit gets slightly better, and the floor plans are unique to each camper. Additional features are added too, most notable on the Patron, which comes with two onboard batteries rather than one, and ships with a portable toilet and boat racks for hauling kayaks. Deciding which of these models best suits your needs—and wallet—comes down to personal preferences.
Black Series Travel Trailers
The Black Series line of travel trailers is more extensive and diverse than the company’s pop-up campers. It includes seven unique models starting with the Classic 12 and ranging up to the TH22. In between, you’ll find the HQ12, HQ15, HQ17, HQ19, and HQ21, all occupying a unique place in the lineup. Sleeping capacities range from three to six people depending on the camper and floorplan.
As with the pop-up campers, each travel trailer is built on a heavy-duty chassis and comes with a quad suspension system. But these campers offer a more classic design that includes comfortable interior living spaces decked out with propane stoves, microwave ovens, sinks, well-appointed bathrooms, and ample sleeping and living areas. They also include interior and exterior storage, an outdoor slide-out kitchen, electric awnings, integrated Bluetooth speakers, an HD TV, and a powerful HVAC system.
Onboard plumbing is standard with all Black Series travel trailers. Each unit includes fresh-, gray-, and black-water tanks, along with a separate triple-filtered drinking water tank. A built-in water heater provides warm water to the kitchen and shower, with integrated batteries and solar panels generating power. The campers also come with interior and exterior LED lighting and safety features like smoke and CO2 detectors.
Some models come with smart home-like features, allowing owners to monitor electricity, gas, and water usage on a tablet or smartphone. Queen-size beds are in most units, and all trailers offer large windows, screen doors, and premium wood paneling. The HQ19T—a variant of the standard HQ19—and the HQ22T are also toy haulers with a dedicated garage for ATVs and motorcycles.
Boondocking and Overlanding in Style
With all these features and amenities—not to mention exceptional off-road capabilities—it’s easy to understand why Black Series trailers have piqued the curiosity of so many boondockers and overlanders. Not only do these towables allow owners to travel over rough terrain with confidence, they let them do so in style and luxury.
If you’re interested in learning more about Black Series campers, the company’s website is a good place to start. You’ll find detailed information about each of the different models, and you can download a brochure with further details.
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