Perfect overland rigs simply don’t exist, but if they did, they’d look like the Defender 130, the Toyota Troopy, or the Jeep Gladiator, all of which provide excellent 4WD capabilities and just enough payload and space to accommodate a lightweight camper setup. And with enough power and amenities for extended periods off-grid, they come pretty close to perfect. Like many overlanders, I believe the best options for long-term travel provide maximum comfort in the most compact package possible (it goes without saying that comfort and size are also subjective).
We’ve had a number of these expedition-ready overland rigs posted to our forum recently, including this 78-Series Toyota Troopcarrier, Land Rover Defender 130 Expedition Camper, and a 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon with AT Overland Summit Camper. Today I’m excited to share another overland-equipped Gladiator build, this time from Overland Journal Senior Photographer and Canon Explorer of Light, Bruce Dorn. The meticulously-serviced truck has covered a mere 22,820 miles, features premium modifications, a color-matched A.R.E bed topper, and is priced at $63,000.
From the Seller:
“This truck is a smaller version of my (famous?) Ford F-250 Super Duty, ‘The Asp Kicker.’ The asp-kicking Ford, set up for the rescue and transport of deadly Mojave green rattlesnakes, was previously featured in Overland Journal. Do as you wish, but I heartily recommend the transport of various vicious vipers. No one EVER parks or camps too close to a snake wrangler, and break-ins are virtually unheard of. Asp Kicker II comes complete with a pair of professional snake tongs and honorary certification as a completely untrained member of the Rattlesnake Rescue Squad. Shy adventurers need not apply!”
2021 Jeep Gladiator Mojave
The Gladiator is fitted with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 285 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque, and returns a combined 19 mpg. A dependable, albeit slightly underpowered motor, is matched with excellent go-anywhere performance. This is thanks to Fox 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks, hydraulic bump stops, a brake-based torque-vectoring front axle, locking rear differential, Falken Wildpeak A/T3W tires, and intelligent systems such as Jeep’s Off-Road +, which limits traction control interference. These rugged credentials are balanced with interior comforts, including:
- Leather-trimmed interior
- Remote start
- Cold Weather Group with heated seats and steering wheel
- Jeep Active Safety Group with Park Sense, Blind Spot, and Cross Traffic Detection
- Adaptive cruise control with collision warning
- A.R.E bed topper
- Genesis Off-Road dual battery kit with two Renogy 100-watt solar panels
- Titan Tank removable fuel tank
- Goose Gear 40/60 back-seat delete kit
- Mopar steel wheels with Falken Wildpeak A/T3W tires
- Warn VR Evo winch, 12,000-pound
- Old Skool foot-actuated dimmer switch controlling bumper-mounted Pro-Comp LED driving lights
This 2021 Jeep Gladiator Mojave is listed for $63,000 and is currently located in Prescott, Arizona. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.
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