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The Action Camper makes your Jeep an all-terrain RV

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February 13, 2012

When you're done with a day of off-roading, just pop the top and relax

When you're done with a day of off-roading, just pop the top and relax

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The Action Camper is a drop-in camper that turns your rugged, all-terrain Jeep Wrangler into a go-anywhere RV. The pop-up allows two adventurous souls to explore the vast wilds and enjoy sleeping, sitting, cooking and bathroom use within the confines of their vehicle, wherever they wish to stop.

Unlike larger campers and recreation vehicles, Jeeps have the ability to explore all kinds of wild lands. By bolting a pop-up camper to the back of your Jeep, you get the built-in ability to camp in all those wild lands. The Action Camper was designed to have a minimal effect on the Jeep's abilities to explore anything and everything, while still offering the conveniences of other campers. It looks like a true all-terrain camper.

The Action Camper was designed for overlanding and expeditions, and is compatible with the JK Wrangler Unlimited, a four-door Wrangler model. The stock hardtop, rear seats, rear roll cage and tailgate are removed to make room for the fiberglass camper. Given the camper's lightweight design and the components removed upon install, it only adds 440 lbs. (200 kg) to the total weight of the Jeep. The fiberglass roof is sturdy enough to stand on and use as a viewing or photography platform. It pops up to provide up to 6 feet 3 inches (1.9 meters) of headroom.

The pop-up roof gives you more than 6 feet of clearance inside

Inside, the Action Camper features a single multipurpose space. The king-sized mattress folds out and rests atop the counter space. It can also be folded out halfway so that a single person can sleep while the other has access to the stove. The edges of the counters double as nightstand space when the bed is folded out. Next to the kitchen/bed area is an adjustable dining table with chairs on either side.

The "kitchen" gives you a three-burner stove and sink built into one surface. The unit has a fold-down glass top for sleeping configuration. The 40-liter (10.6-US gallon) refrigerator sits within the border of the camper where it can be accessed from both the front of the Jeep and the camper itself. The kitchen faucet pulls out and can double as a shower - the dining area or outside of the camper can be fitted with shower fixtures.

There is a chemical toilet with 4 gallons (15 liters) of clean water capacity and 5.5 gallons (21 liters) of dirty water capacity. Given the compact nature of the camper, there is no bathroom area, so the toilet has to be pulled out from its storage area and used in the main room or outside. The pull-out faucet can be used as a bidet to wash up.

The camper also offers plenty of storage. The dining room seats fold up to access large storage compartments underneath. The kitchen has cabinets and shelving, and the floor pops open to reveal a "basement" storage area designed for heavier tools and equipment.

The camper was designed by Austria's Thaler Design and is being tested and distributed in North America by Adventure Trailers, Inc. in Phoenix. Mario Donovan of Adventure Trailers told us that they're currently looking at modifying the Action Camper platform for use on other vehicles in the future.

There are plenty of other Jeep pop-up campers and trailers - Jeep even offers its own line of camping trailer in conjunction with Chrysler sibling Mopar - but this one looks particularly well-designed and functional. It clearly makes the most out of a small amount of space and weight, and blends seamlessly with the vehicle itself.

Of course, as is typically the case with well-designed automotive equipment, you're going to pay for it. The Action Camper retails for US$53,500, and that price doesn't include the Jeep to mount it to. The camper will be available beginning in July and will be built to order. Interested buyers can fill out a request form, which is available on Adventure Trailers' website.

Source: Action Camper via Adventure Journal

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
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13 Comments

53K?

You could buy a cabin, a jeep, and a small bit of land for that money.

Or a second hand full sized tour bus with a hot tub and a big screen tv.

John Hemingway Parkes
13th February, 2012 @ 05:19 pm PST

I agree, you can probably get a decent 2nd hand 4WD and create your own offroad RV, customised to your own specifications, for less than US$ 53,5K all in. I know, crisis and all that, but guys can we keep things real?? What market is there for this sort of thing? How does a middle class person ever get to this sort of stuff without having to mortgage his house?

Bas Klein Bog
13th February, 2012 @ 08:27 pm PST

The amount of modifications required means that it seems pretty permanent, so unless you're okay with taking it down to the shops, you also need to buy an everyday vehicle, plus rego, insurance, etc. Pretty costly toy, for the few weeks a year that you might use it...

Marcus Carr
13th February, 2012 @ 11:10 pm PST

Yes...easier to buy this official JEEP accessory and save the cash tow MORE gear and be able to go off roading without a weird cap.

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/07/20/jeep-to-offer-trail-edition-camper-as-official-mopar-accessory/

gilla
14th February, 2012 @ 08:52 am PST

All that price tag and there is not even one solar panel on all of that rooftop real-estate. The designers obviously had some flaws in their plan as it seems they focused on the ergonomics of the sleeper aspect of this camper, rather than the efficiency of storage or the strain on the vehicle's electrical system to power the lights and water systems. Instead of a nonsensical, bulky, and quite frankly out of place toilet, they should have just chucked in a shovel. This seems to me to be the brainchild of a desk-jockey who pines for the fjords. I apologize for the harsh criticism, but there seems to be a huge lack of modern green thinking on this one.

lSd3d
14th February, 2012 @ 06:04 pm PST

I'm just saying that more could be done in that price, your paying a premium for pain and discomfort. At least give proper toilet and shower, and the sleeping area can pop up full, not hinged, there can be a better design for that area. I wonder whose placing order for the pain.

Dawar Saify
15th February, 2012 @ 10:36 am PST

$53k is 5x what I thought the price would be when I reached the bottom of the article. I guess they only want to sell a few of these. Clearly it's not worth 2-3x the price of the vehicle that's carrying it.

gilla, that trailer looks like a much better choice, at only $10k.

Steve Pender
15th February, 2012 @ 02:14 pm PST

Seems to be missing the spare tire.....

Cian Smith
15th February, 2012 @ 02:32 pm PST

Here is another, although more expensive, variant. http://www.earthroamer.com/galleries/xv-jp_first_photos/index.htm

Also, for what it's worth, I've got about 75K invested in my Jeep (price of vehicle plus upgrades) to set it up for overland use and still about 15K under the cost of this camper kit. Mine is still the same basic configuration as from the factory so I can still take 3 other people plus the necessary gear for 5-7 days of camping. The main difference of course is that we sleep in tents and cook outdoors.

Rt1583
16th February, 2012 @ 04:26 am PST

This should be considered a challenge for some Jeep enthusiaist somewhere to develop a better, less-expensive version of this concept using materials found at the local hardware store. Then they can populate the market with an affordable product more people -not just the insane(ly) rich people- can enjoy and perhaps build on their own, thus adding to the plethera of things you can modify on your Jeep.

Cody Z. Curtin
16th February, 2012 @ 05:17 pm PST

Just google second hand truck campers. They are a much better option basically the same thing but much much cheeper.

Ryan MacDougall
26th February, 2012 @ 12:04 am PST

In reference to the post listing this link

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/07/20/jeep-to-offer-trail-edition-camper-as-official-mopar-accessory/

These are made by Livin Lite and are also known as a Quicksilver, of which there are a number of models. They also make truck campers, trailers (Camplite), toy haulers... they are aluminum, no wood to rot, light weight, they make an off road version, etc.

Here is where to find their entire line. They are also on facebook and there is a yahoo group for people who use their products.

http://www.livinlite.com/

kidsandliz
2nd March, 2012 @ 07:10 am PST

The problem with the Jeep as a platform is that its frame is not designed to carry the load of the camper nor are the axles or stock rims and tires. I foresee a lot of cracked frames if this setup was ever taken off road or even extensively on paved roads. The brakes of the Jeep are also no going to be up to the task of stopping the vehicle with the added weight of the camper even without the addition of water and other items.

The Jeep Wrangler also lacks the driving range for offroad use. It has a 18.5 gallon tank of which 17 gallons is going to be usable and the Wrangler average 14-18 mpg without the load and wind drag of a camper like the one from Action Camper. With the drag and weight the Wrangler's will be averaging around 12mpg at best and that means a driving range between gas stations of 204 miles at best.

Owners of the Action Camper and Wrangle rigs will need to pull a trailer with a large fuel tank around behind them if they go off road. By way of comparison my 2011 Silverado 2500HD diesel powered truck with a 3300# cabover camper has a real world driving range of 476 miles. Cost of the new truck and the camper combined was $54,000. And I can in ten minutes remove the camper and have a 15-20mpg 3/4 ton pickup for daily use. Which way would you go?

Calson
25th April, 2012 @ 10:28 am PDT
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