The latest off-the-grid, go-anywhere trailer from Opus is a hard-side hybrid built for hard-core adventure.
Opus, a manufacturer of premium folding trailers designed for off-grid use, recently introduced its first hard-sided hybrid that sets a high bar on the luxury end of overland-style trailers. Named for its 15-foot travel length, the OP 15′ Hybrid Caravan has a rear extension that enlarges the living area, and a pop-up top that raises the roof for 6 feet, 5 inches of headroom. Making the interior seem even roomier, the kitchen is outdoors, with two pullout compartments housing a stainless-steel sink, large four-burner stove and 70-liter Dometic electric cooler.
The OP 15′ rides on a galvanized steel chassis with a trailing-arm independent suspension and dual shocks. An articulating coupler allows easy towing over rugged terrain. Diamond plating protects the two tanks that carry a combined 63 gallons of freshwater. Gray- and black-water tanks hold 17 and 10 gallons respectively.
The trailer is as well appointed as it is rugged looking. Bamboo cabinetry and leatherette seating line the interior, and amenities range from a 76-by-71-inch king-size bed and twin bunks to a wet bath with a shower, sink and plumbed toilet. A built-in air conditioner and Truma furnace and hot-water system are standard. Power is supplied by triple AGM 12-volt batteries linked to a 300-watt solar panel or via a 30-amp-hour main power inlet. It’s off-grid camping in style.
The low-profile trailer (7 feet, 10 inches tall when the roof is closed) has a 6,600-pound gross vehicle weight rating, a claimed 1,640 cargo-carrying capacity and a $45,000 price tag.
2020 OP 15′ Hybrid Caravan
Exterior Length: 15′
Exterior Width: 7′
Exterior Height, Closed: 7′ 10″
Interior Height, Open: 6′ 5″
Interior Height, Closed: 5′ 5″
Freshwater Cap.: 63 gal.
Black-Water Cap.: 10 gal.
Gray-Water Cap.: 17 gal.
LP-Gas Cap.: 10 gal.
UVW: 4,960 lbs.
Hitch Weight: 410 lbs.
Axle Weight: 3,500 lbs.
GVWR: 6,600 lbs.
MSRP, Base: $45,000
A respected automotive and RV journalist and longtime Trailer Life contributor, Bruce W. Smith has held numerous editorial titles at automotive and boating magazines, and authored more than 1,000 articles, from tech to trailering. He considers his home state of Oregon a paradise for RVing and outdoor adventure.