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The Action Camper makes your Jeep an all-terrain RV

The Action Camper makes your J...
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 brings cooking and sleeping space to the Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited
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The Action Camper brings cooking and sleeping space to the Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited
You can sleep with the top up or down
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You can sleep with the top up or down
The Action Camper adds about 440 lbs of weight when installed
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The Action Camper adds about 440 lbs of weight when installed
The Action Camper adds about 440 lbs of weight when installed
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The Action Camper adds about 440 lbs of weight when installed
The pop-up roof gives you more than 6 feet of clearance inside
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The pop-up roof gives you more than 6 feet of clearance inside
The dining room table adjusts so that you can get around it
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The dining room table adjusts so that you can get around it
One counter is for cooking, one for prep
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One counter is for cooking, one for prep
The refrigerator can be accessed from the camper and Jeep cabin
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The refrigerator can be accessed from the camper and Jeep cabin
The refrigerator can be accessed from the camper and Jeep cabin
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The refrigerator can be accessed from the camper and Jeep cabin
Two seats and an adjustable table make up the dining room
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Two seats and an adjustable table make up the dining room
Three burners and a sink in one countertop unit
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Three burners and a sink in one countertop unit
The lid folds down to cover the sink and burners
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The lid folds down to cover the sink and burners
The dining room table adjusts so that you can get around it
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The dining room table adjusts so that you can get around it
The faucet pulls out
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The faucet pulls out
The toilet tucks away in a storage compartment
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The toilet tucks away in a storage compartment
The sink faucet doubles as a bidet
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The sink faucet doubles as a bidet
Extra storage under the floor
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Extra storage under the floor
The king size bed folds out on the counters and sleeps one or two
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The king size bed folds out on the counters and sleeps one or two
Adjust the table when you need to walk through
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Adjust the table when you need to walk through
The king size bed folds out on the counters and sleeps one or two
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The king size bed folds out on the counters and sleeps one or two
The Action Camper's roof is strong enough to stand on
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The Action Camper's roof is strong enough to stand on
It may be cozy, but there's room for two
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It may be cozy, but there's room for two
Eat, play games and relax in the dining area
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Eat, play games and relax in the dining area
It may be cozy, but there's room for two
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It may be cozy, but there's room for two
One person can sleep and one can use the stove and sink
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One person can sleep and one can use the stove and sink
One person can sleep and one can use the stove and sink
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One person can sleep and one can use the stove and sink
It may not be as comfortable as home, but it gives you more amenities than any tent
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It may not be as comfortable as home, but it gives you more amenities than any tent
There is plenty of space for cooking and prep
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There is plenty of space for cooking and prep
Adjust the table when you need to walk through
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Adjust the table when you need to walk through
A king size bed for two
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A king size bed for two
Adventure Trailers does some testing at the Grand Canyon
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Adventure Trailers does some testing at the Grand Canyon
Adventure Trailers does some testing at the Grand Canyon
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Adventure Trailers does some testing at the Grand Canyon
The Action Camper gets up close and personal with nature and views
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The Action Camper gets up close and personal with nature and views
The Action Camper gets up close and personal with nature and views
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The Action Camper gets up close and personal with nature and views
The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most capable off-road vehicles there is
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The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most capable off-road vehicles there is
The Action Camper gets up close and personal with nature and views
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The Action Camper gets up close and personal with nature and views
When you're done with a day of off-roading, just pop the top and relax
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When you're done with a day of off-roading, just pop the top and relax
The Action Camper was designed to have limited impact on the Jeep's utility
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The Action Camper was designed to have limited impact on the Jeep's utility
When you're done with a day of off-roading, just pop the top and relax
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When you're done with a day of off-roading, just pop the top and relax
Snow, rain, wind, mud...
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Snow, rain, wind, mud...
Testing included a trip into the Mojave Desert
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Testing included a trip into the Mojave Desert
Testing included a trip into the Mojave Desert
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Testing included a trip into the Mojave Desert
Backcountry camping with the luxury of a camper
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Backcountry camping with the luxury of a camper
You wouldn't want to take the average RV here
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You wouldn't want to take the average RV here
You wouldn't want to take the average RV here
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You wouldn't want to take the average RV here
The Action Camper tackles cacti and desert sun
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The Action Camper tackles cacti and desert sun
The Action Camper tackles cacti and desert sun
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The Action Camper tackles cacti and desert sun
The Action Camper may be available for other vehicles in the future
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The Action Camper may be available for other vehicles in the future
The Adventure Camper is distributed in North America through Adventure Trailers, Inc.
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The Adventure Camper is distributed in North America through Adventure Trailers, Inc.
Production on the made-to-order camper will begin this summer
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Production on the made-to-order camper will begin this summer

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
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

13 comments
John Parkes
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.
Bas Klein Bog
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?
Marcus Carr
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...
gilla
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/
lSd3d
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.
Dawar Saify
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.
Steve Pender
$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.
Cian Smith
Seems to be missing the spare tire.....
Rt1583
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.
Cody Curtin
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.