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World’s Manliest Trailer: Manley Off-Road Vehicle (MORV)

Do you like doing manly things? We’re talking off-road expeditions, your rugged equipment in tow, and setting up camp in the middle of nowhere. We know we do. And that’s why we’re psyched to review the Manley ORV Explore trailer (or MORV). When we come across something this cool, this useful, this well-made, we can’t wait to share the details with everyone.

What’s the Big Deal?

From the Vietnam War until the 1980s, the M151 Jeep was the go-to service vehicle for the US military. With it came the need for a rugged, amphibious cargo trailer – the M416. It was an upgraded version of similar models in use by the Army since WWII.

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And the inspiration for the Manley line of trailers. They borrowed the military trailer’s basic design but didn’t stop there. This bad boy is sleeker, sexier, and fully featured to meet the needs of the demanding outdoorsman and his even more demanding hobbies. Lighter too, at just around 775 lbs.

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The MORV is covered in a gorgeous and long lasting powder coating. The bed is laid with a custom rubber mat and protected with a secure aluminum lid. All of this sits atop 33” M/T tires, suitable for wherever you decide to lead them. And LED lighting keeps it all visible, even in the middle of the woods on a cloudy night.

Sick Features

Sure, it looks good. But we promised features – and features there are. Our personal favorite is the rooftop tent. Just set it up and climb inside.

Suddenly you’re situated safely a few feet from the ground, allowing you to camp comfortably almost anywhere you can bring your Jeep – rocky terrain, woodlands, heck, even a swamp. The tents are provided by Tepui and also provide a pretty nice view.

Another handy addition is the recovery hook. Manley knows the kind of situations you get into, so they stuck one right on the trailer so you don’t have to detach it any time you or your friends need help getting out of a sticky spot.

And of course a trailer rack. Plus, it’s all stainless steel, meaning it won’t turn into rusty junk within a few years.

Let’s Talk Dollars and Cents

Their are quite a few optional features offered with the MORV Explore trailer. Bigger tires, spare tires, and a machine gun turret are all available for an upcharge. Ok, just kidding about that last one.But the trailer starts at $8,895 and goes up from there. All parts and labor courtesy of the good ol’ US of A.

Other Models

This review is primarily about the Explore model and we don’t want to get anyone confused, but let’s take a second to go over some of the other models just in case. It starts with the bare bones “Original”. The idea here is to strip down all the features – the trailer rack, tent, etc. – and give the buyer full customization. Or you can just stick with a simple trailer, if that’s all you (or your budget) want.

The “Utility” takes it up a notch, adding back in some of the more basic features like the rack, recovery hook, and bed mat for a reasonable bump in pricing. Still simple but a little more utility, hence the name.

Things really get interesting with the “Basecamp”. Here you’re going in a completely different direction – sacrificing the rack and lid for a full OZtrail Venturer trailer tent. It’s a lot more spacious (even has a canopy) and comfortable, for those of us who value relaxation over rock climbing.

Picture This

It’s just you, your truck, maybe a few buddies or your girl, and some untouched wilderness. You’re tearing across the terrain, over rocks, through streams, between trees. Or maybe you’re just taking a leisurely ride.

And your Manley trailer is right behind you the whole time, handling everything you throw at it. You don’t have a care in the world because you know it’s back there with your gear and tent the moment it gets too dark – or you find that perfect spot for camp. Checkout Military Machine for the latest on military vehicles.

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The MORV is covered in a gorgeous and long lasting powder coating. The bed is laid with a custom rubber mat and protected with a secure aluminum lid. All of this sits atop 33â€