Compact-Trailer Manufacturer Into The Wild Overland Pushes New Boundaries with Enhanced Accuride Slides
SANTA FE SPRINGS, California, March 15, 2018 – A recently-enhanced, heavy-duty drawer slide from Accuride® International is enabling Into The Wild Overland to stretch the limits of technology and design in its compact, overland trailer.
Matt Reichel founded Into The Wild Overland in 2015 to manufacture hand-assembled, durable, space-saving trailers similar to the one he customized for a year of nationwide travel after leaving the construction management business. The Arvada, Colorado-based company is emerging as a significant player in the increasingly popular compact- and mobile-living scene.
“I like to think of this trailer as a Swiss Army knife on wheels,” Reichel said of Into The Wild Overland’s first model, the Boreas XT. The 300-cubic-foot camper comes equipped with 100 watts of solar power; hot water; electric brakes; and the star attractions: a pull-out sink, stove and fridge/freezer in a kitchen out back.
The ingenious design caught on quickly, but Reichel initially faced a challenge. Each kitchen amenity sits on a drawer slide, which must be able to carry hundreds of pounds, lock in place securely, and withstand vibration over rough terrain. Into The Wild Overland’s first slide solution, an inexpensive option from a well-known manufacturer, didn’t make the grade.
“I was messing around with a lower-quality brand of slides that were difficult to install and became a tremendous hassle, requiring untold man-hours and go-backs,” Reichel said. “That’s why I chose Accuride.”
A switch to Accuride’s recently-upgraded 9308 Heavy-Duty Lock-In & Lock-Out Slides has made a dramatic difference. “Incorporating these slides has proved critical to the space-saving design and success of the trailer,” Reichel said. “The Accuride slides stand up to the rigors of off-roading and support the weight of a full kitchen. I’ve saved thousands of dollars in labor, and I can’t put a price on satisfied customers.”
Sid Kalantar, Accuride Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said the Into The Wild Overland experience demonstrates the value of Accuride’s customer-focused approach, based on patented technology and superior engineering.
“Our expert engineers invested more than 10,000 hours in designing, testing and reimagining our 9300 family of slides to help our customers push the boundaries,” Kalantar said. “The slides are ideal for tight spaces and off-road travel. They support up to 600 pounds, outperforming other slides in their class in benchmark testing. A user unlocks our slide with just one push of a tab, and a lock-in/lock-out feature keeps an accessory securely closed or open.”
Amid the boom in compact trailers, RVs and tiny homes, Kalantar sees a bright future for the 9300 series and several other lines of Accuride slides. He said, “We offer many customizable solutions to suit micro living, and we continue working with the market to make our products even more useful and empowering.”
Case study (including video): https://www.accuride.com/customer-stories/into-the-wild-overland/
Product details: https://www.accuride.com/en-us/stronger
Overland Trailer Adds Accuride Slides: https://rv-pro.com/news/overland-trailer-adds-accuride-slides
About Accuride® International:
Accuride®International is the leading global manufacturer of undermount and side-mount ball-bearing drawer slides. For over 50 years, Accuride has produced heavy-duty, medium-duty and light-duty slides for major industries, including residential and automotive segments. Accuride is also the leading producer of specialty ball-bearing drawer slides for OEM manufacturers.