If you’ve been in the market for a small, lightweight teardrop trailer (approx. 1100 lbs dry weight) that’s off-road capable with top-quality components, craftsmanship and loads of options, you might want to check out Overkill Camper’s T.K.4.7 squaredrop (square teardrop). I’ve been following this Oregon based company for a little while now. The things that immediately stood out to me with their products were innovation, quality of design & construction. Overkill Campers are amongst the top of the food chain when it comes to craftsmanship and materials/products used.
At the Northwest Overland Rally (NWOR) 2019 in Washington, I met Brandon Pink, who’s official job title is production manager, but unofficially he has his hands in many different areas at Overkill Campers. With two trailers on display, we did a full walkaround of each.
The T.K.4.7. squaredrop trailer is a 4’x7’ compartment that sits on 2”x3”x .120” wall steel box frame construction. Panels on the trailer are made of fiberglass reinforced honeycomb composite which provide insulation. According to Brandon, it’s about a third of the weight compared to traditional wood construction. He mentions, “The panels are impermeable to water so it won’t rot, and it’s about 5x stronger than wood” – impressive! Overkill Campers purposely left this T.K.4.7.’s swing out hatch without its final finishing for display at NWOR to showcase the quality of construction in their trailers.
The tongue is designed so it gives increased clearance when off-roading in breakover angles. Brandon states it’s “super beefy” being made of 3”x3”x.188” wall square tube.
T.K.4.7. Trailer Suspension & Chassis
The trailer uses Timbren’s 3500 HD axle-less suspension for superior trailer articulation and clearance on rough terrain. It includes electric brakes and can run on your choice of wheels/tires. The trailer has a lock n’ roll articulating hitch.
The tubular fenders are so beefy, they have integrated hi-lift jack points – intelligent design! Rock sliders are present in the front and a bumper with tow points and a 2 inch hitch receiver round out the rear. It’s all sealed in Raptor Protective Coating.
One thing Brandon pointed out that differentiates their Overkill Camper squaredrop: it has a foot well. Contained within the foot well is a Dometic CD-30 drawer fridge (interior access) and the control panel for lighting, charging controls, fuses, etc all of which tie into the on-board battery bank. An aluminum panel fits right over the foot well, completing the full-size bed for two. Air is moved through the interior via a Dometic Fan-tastic vent.
Overkill Campers uses double pane Arctic Tern Windows on their builds, which unlike slide windows, hinge out and allow you to open the full size of the window for improved ventilation. They also include retractable fine mesh insect screens and blackout blinds.
On the front of the trailer are two large storage compartments. The top compartment is general storage, and apart from a locking exterior door, is open to the interior of the trailer. The bottom compartment can house an optional full slide-out kitchen with a Cook Partner propane stove.
In the rear of the T.K.4.7 is a low storage compartment that extends below the interior floor of the camper. This compartment houses a slide out tray comprised of Zarges containers that lock into place. Additionally housed in this storage area are an optional Propex propane cabin heater that comes with a digital thermostat, and the 12-Volt deep cycle battery bank. “We can also do an AGM battery or whatever the customer prefers”, mentions Brandon.
Some other standard features beyond the above-mentioned include keyless entry with backup keys, LED lighting inside and out, 12V USB & socket ports, and SAE solar plug locations for panels.
Other options include an 80/20 slim roof rack, a rear swing away spare tire rack that’s been tested with a 37” tire, a ClimateRight CR-5000 air conditioner, various solar panel arrays, various awning setups and more.
To learn more, visit Overkill Campers