If you’re looking to do outdoors better, the Brüder EXP-6 GT trailer should be your next camper upgrade. It can go anywhere your truck can, thanks to a four-corner independent air suspension system that gives it twice the adjustability and wheel travel of any other house on wheels.
It’s also up to 50 per cent lighter than your usual off-road mobile hotel, as the EXP-6 is made from 30mm closed-cell epoxy-bonded composite, which makes it supremely insulated and incredibly strong. And, like many 4x4s, the body and chassis are separated with dual-compression isolation mounts. What does that mean? Significantly reduced off-road vibrations in the cab.
At just 1,980kg, the Brüder is 5m long but, significantly, just 2m wide – meaning even the tightest country road or car park should not instil fear. The 170-litre onboard water storage should see you through the toughest, most arid of trips.
With over 12 inches of wheel travel, the suspension offers the smoothest pull and level out on even the deepest ruts and undulations in terrain. The contoured chassis can withstand more than 11 times its own weight and is completely airtight, so no water or sand can get caught inside.
But on the inside the two-way fully loaded kitchen allows access to the hobs and cabinets both from inside and out, plus the suspension can lower to bring the worktop height to the perfect level.
When you’ve parked up for the night the Brüder can sleep six in a series of bunk beds, cots and a double tucked into the front of the cab. There’s app control for heating, lighting and air con. To make sure you get a comfortable night’s sleep the EXP-6 automatically adjusts its suspension to create a perfectly level cab.
What to put in your Brüder
Primus Tupike Stove
Combining the style of a retro portable radio with the high efficiency of a backpacking stove, the Tupike comes pre-fitted with a durable gas hose that tucks in neatly under the stove when transporting, fold-out windshields to improve efficiency and two supremely powerful burners with reliable piezo ignition. The result is super-fast boiling, simmering and sautéing and, thanks to the cast-iron griddle pan, perfectly seared steaks. €249.95, primus.eu
Alpkit Arctic Dream 1400 sleeping bag
The ultimate four-season sleeping bag designed for the harshest of conditions, the Alpkit is stuffed with Nikwax Hydrophobic goose down and, despite weighing just 1.9kg, is rated to keep you toasty down to -48ºC. Designed for once-in-a-lifetime polar adventures, it remains highly packable, so it doesn’t feel like you’re carrying a double duvet. £449.99, alpkit.com
Snow Peak Titanium Mug 450
Founded in Japan in 1958, Snow Peak makes everyday camping equipment without equal, nowhere better demonstrated than with the super-insulated, double-walled mug made from solid titanium. At just 118g it is phenomenally light, and impressive insulation means your cuppa will stay warm. The handles fold flat for easier transportation. Titanium Hip and Sake flasks also available. £52, https://www.snowpeak.co.uk
BioLite SiteLight XL
Headlamps are great for task work, but they’re far too aggressive to be useful for ambient lighting. That’s where this smartly engineered collapsible fabric lantern comes into its own, offering 300 lumens of dimmable light that can hang easily thanks to the 4.5m cord, and can be daisy-chained multiple times to illuminate a larger area. Powered by USB, it packs small and weighs just 92g. $29.95, biolightenergy.com
Designed to give campervan convenience to a plethora of multi-vans, 4x4s and SUVs, the Nestbox all-in-one design slots seamlessly into the boot space – secured using seat rails and strapping – and includes pumped water, sink, fridge, cooker and hob plus valuable storage. A fold-out bedframe with fitted hydrophobic mattress rests neatly on the folded passenger seats. The main unit is mounted on heavy-duty runners and pulls out clear of the van, while dropleaf worktop and sink sections lift up creating an impressive amount of worktop. From €2,796, egoe-nest.eu
Where to take your Big Brüder
El Camino del Diablo
The Devil’s Highway is a historic 250-mile journey across Arizona’s border with Mexico. Notorious as the last journey many travellers ever take – historians believe there may have been more than 2,000 fatalities in the last half of the 19th century alone – so fill the water tanks, watch out for conquistadors, missionaries and prospectors, and enjoy the expansive, mesmerising scenery.
Canning Stock Route
Through the vast deserts of Western Australia, the Canning Stock Route is possibly the toughest and remotest track in the world. It runs to Halls Creek in the Kimberley region from Wiluna in the mid-west region of Western Australia, and with a total distance of around 1,850km it is also the longest historic stock route – an authorised thoroughfare for moving livestock – in the world.
Sani Pass, Drakensberg
In south-eastern South Africa, the Sani Pass is the only link from Kwazulu Natal into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, and a road as hair-raising as you’ll find, but the mountain range at the end of it is jaw-droppingly beautiful. The world heritage route starts at 1,544m and rises 1,332 vertical metres to an altitude of 2,876m – and it’s only passable by 4×4.
Midburn Festival, Israel
An offshoot from Nevada’s Burning Man festival, this desert destination offers the same inclusive, community-minded music, entertainment and dust as the Black Rock original. As such will be the ideal place to test out the Brüder’s pressurisation snorkel that sucks in filtered air and creates positive pressure inside the trailer, forcing dust particles outside.
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