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Leitner Reveals ACS Forged for Ford Maverick

The Ford Maverick has been making waves since its debut as this affordable, spacious, fuel-efficient, and capable pickup that has proven to be an excellent all-rounder. If you can get your hands on one, maybe you know a guy who knows a guy? The good news is that the Maverick will be available on order from late September 2022, with the entry-level XL Hybrid model starting at just above $20,000. Whatever you save on the purchase of the vehicle can be invested in flexible gear and accessories which will equip the Maverick to serve you as a workhorse from Monday to Friday and then take you and your family out to relax in the great outdoors during the weekends and holidays.

Leitner Designs recently revealed the new Active Cargo System (ACS), which they claim is the toughest modular rack system on the market.

“Combining the affordable, compact, and incredibly popular Maverick with our modular Active Cargo System is a perfect pairing for workers who rely on their trucks. Like the Maverick, the ACS Forged is designed to optimize a truck’s carrying capability. Smart features, like patented and lockable eye-level storage and sliding top load bar, enable small business owners to organize everything they need in a compact and efficient work truck.”

said Keith Munemitsu, Leitner Designs’ VP of Marketing.

Leitner holds nine patents and two innovations, which in particular, were instrumental in the design of the Active Cargo System, namely the sliding rear load bar (which allows owners to fit taller items in their truck without removing the rack) and side-mounted GearPods that offer eye-level, locking storage.

Lucky Maverick owners can install additional utility and storage features on the ACS Forged as their needs change, thanks to Leitner Designs’ comprehensive line of accessories.

“As a truck owner and entrepreneur, I designed the Active Cargo System to be modular and fit with a variety of load-carrying possibilities. It’s intentionally overbuilt, feature-rich, and looks good while doing it all,”

said Leitner Designs Founder and CEO Bernhard Leitner.

We love the idea that a rooftop tent can easily be mounted and removed from the load bars without the weight and limitations of a full-length roof rack, while practical storage units can be swapped out – overland gear for tools and work-related products. That the rack fits many Thule, Rhino-Rack, and Yakima accessories is encouraging and welcomed as universality is desirable when on the road.

ACS Forged Technical Specifications:

  • weighs 85-pounds
  • 400-pound off-road dynamic weight capacity
  • 800-pound on-road dynamic weight capacity
  • 1,400-pound parked static weight capacity
  • 23-inches tall when measured from the top of bed caps
  • Forged aluminum construction
  • Heavy-duty 2-inch square load bars
  • Rubber wind diffuser/load pad keeps cargo from shifting
  • Quad-rail load beam design for endless mounting options
  • Dual-stage powder-coated steel brackets
  • Upgradable with an ever-growing line of accessories
  • Compatible with DECKED storage system
  • Designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA

$1,950 (including a two-year limited warranty).


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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell