The Jeep Gladiator Camper

There is no denying the fervent popularity of the new Jeep Gladiator. Given the 5-foot bed and increased payload, the platform is ripe for the perfect camper solutions. While it would be easy to install a rack and roof tent, the opportunity to build-out a complete, weather-tight camping habitat is what really makes sense for this newest Jeep. And to address that demand, the team at Adventure Trailers has launched their Jeep Gladiator Camper, and it is the first of its kind for the newest Jeep.

The First Jeep Gladiator Camper

One of the most important attributes of the new Gladiator is payload, which from the factory can range from 1,200 pounds for the Rubicon model, to 1,600 pounds for the Sport (Max Tow) package. This leaves more than enough reserve capacity to fit the 350-pound aluminum Summit Habitat camper top to the bed, and still have payload for people, equipment, and basic modifications. The Summit has already been sold for other vehicle models and has proven to be extremely popular, like on the full-size Ram.

The roof of the Summit can be fitted with crossbars, which allows for 100 pounds of cargo (like a kayak) to be raised with the roof strut assist. The top is strong enough to support up to 600 pounds of static load when the lid is closed, making it ideal for an elevated photography platform (or high-dive?).

Construction

Constructed from 0.60-thick CNC formed aluminum, the Summit is made nearly entirely in Prescott, Arizona. The walls are insulated and strengthened with 1-inch thick honeycomb composite panels, making the unit both strong and suitable for cold weather. The interior of the shell is covered with indoor-outdoor carpeting, helping to control condensation and improve the overall comfort and fit/finish.

The bed is massive as a result of the longest cab overhang of any wedge camper on the market. This provides the rare feature of a person being able to stand in the truck bed, while another sleeps in. It also allows for the bed to remain made while changing. The Summit top is deep enough to allow all (reasonable) bedding to remain in place when closing the top.

The Tent

No camper is truly great without an excellent tent, and AT Overland worked hard to engineer a durable, weathertight enclosure. It is constructed from Sunbrella fire retardant and UV-resistant FMVSS compliant fabric. There are three windows with snag-resistant mosquito screens and clear vinyl windows. The privacy covers can also be rolled to manage the amount of light. In a thoughtful play, AT also designed an optional Thinsulate tent liner than can be installed and improve the camper’s rating from three seasons to four. Add a small heater, and the Summit is ready for the Arctic!

Final Details

The final details include the options for a full interior buildout. The Rubicon shown has the high-quality Australian MSA drawers installed with carpeted drawer tops. Additional options include topside and rear windows from Tern Overland, 12-volt and USB outlets, interior lighting, solar panels, MaxTraxs, and even fully customized interiors. For more information on this particular Jeep Rubicon Gladiator, check out MaxTrax USA on Instagram. The Jeep Gladiator Camper starts at $9,100 and currently has an eight-week leadtime.  adventuretrailers.com
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Scott is the publisher and co-founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and include three circumnavigations of the globe. His polar travels include two vehicle crossings of Antarctica and the first long-axis crossing of Greenland. He lives in Prescott, Arizona