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Treads Where No Pop-Up Has Tread Before

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All that stood between us and our chosen camping spot was 100 yards of loose rock – Precambrian granite that formed slippery masses of pebbles and shards, which ranged in size from as small as a quarter to larger hunks resembling a freshly sharpened axe head. It's difficult to walk on with hiking boots, let alone drive across.

Did we mention we had no intentions of pitching a tent? No, what we had in mind was a fire, a few hot dogs and a nice warm bed with a roof over our heads. There are only a few vehicles in the world that we would trust with the success or failure of our weekend getaway, and the Jeep Wrangler happens to be one of them.

Better still, we were piloting one of Jeep's shiny new Trail Edition Campers, which was firmly attached to the trailer hitch of a Deep Water Blue 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. This, boys and girls, is how camping is done properly.

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Photos copyright ©2010 Jeremy Korzeniewski / AOL

First, it deserves noting that our Wrangler was fitted with a number of accessories from the Mopar catalog, all of which can be purchased and installed at your local dealership. The most important bits included a two-inch lift kit, which added $2,150 (including eight hours of installation) to the cost of a Wrangler Unlimited, and four 35-inch tires. The treads [Update: the treads themselves don't match, but the size does] match those fitted to the Extreme Edition Camper, providing an impressive 15 inches of ground clearance that would soon come in handy.

After dismounting from the Wrangler, we scouted out the terrain that lie ahead and decided to give it a go. The lever connected to the Wrangler's two-speed transfer case requires a solid yank to change between 2 High, 4 High and 4 Low, and after a quick assessment of the terrain, we opted for 4 Low. Given the undulating nature of the rocks and divots, we hit the button on the dash that electronically disconnects the Wrangler's sway bars to allow for maximum articulation of the solid-axle suspension.

Right about then, our biggest concern centered around the camper at the rear. Based on our previous experience behind the wheel of Jeep's legendary off-roader, we were confident the Rubicon would scamper up the steep grade... the camper, on the other hand, was an unknown variable.

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We needn't have worried. The Wrangler and its Extreme Camper caboose scampered forward with the faintest press of the accelerator pedal. The front wheels began their skyward quest first, followed by the Wrangler's rear pair of BFGs. At that point, the camper was still on the lower level, its 360-degree axis pintle hitch clanking and groaning with the stresses being placed on it by the Jeep ahead and the 1,150-pounds of trailer behind.

Once moving in 4 Low range, the accelerator became largely superfluous – the gearing is so low that the Wrangler could yank the Queen Mary from her moorings, and any meaningful amount of throttle just sends the tires on a wild goose chase to find traction on the slippery surface. And so our chariot climbed slowly but surely, Jeep in the lead, closely followed by our accommodations for the evening.

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We made it to the top with a minimum of drama and finally set up camp. After some back-and-forth to position the camper, we flipped down the wheeled support jack at the front of the camper and cranked the lever until things leveled out. Then it was time time to erect our mobile five-star resort.

Setting up the Jeep Camper is rather straightforward, and you can follow along in our handy-dandy photo gallery (which was snapped at a more tripod-friendly location). To begin, release all the flat black latches that keep the cantilevered top firmly attached to the body of the trailer. Next, fold out the twin jack-stand legs so that they are sticking straight up. The rest is easier with a partner, but we were able to finish the job with a single person in a pinch. Lift up the hinged platform and fold it out so that the two legs are firmly on the ground, then adjust the legs so that everything is level and evenly supported. That's about it.

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The rest is just like any other pop-up camper. Swing up the interior metal bars (there are two), extend the attached inner support bars and lock everything into place. We found that, with a little practice, the process takes about 15 minutes. Naturally, you'll spend some time sorting the inside as well – situating sleeping bags, plugging in electrical accessories (standard outlets can be found at the base of the folding sofa and on the outside wall facing the hitch) and unzipping the windows, which include sun shades and weather-resistant mesh screens.

Less time setting up camp means more time to enjoy the finer things, and after enjoying the great outdoors, it was time to turn in for the night. This is when we fully began to appreciate Jeep's Extreme Edition Camper. There's a queen-sized bed on one side, cantilevered over the ground and supported on a set of sturdy metal stands. Additional sleeping spots are provided by the sofa, which converts to another, slightly more cramped bed. We also emptied our pockets into the aluminum storage locker for safe keeping.

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We fell asleep to the sounds of the howling coyotes and enjoyed a solid night's sleep – certainly much better than what we'd have managed in any kind of tent. In the morning, stowing the camper back into its all-aluminum trailer base was simple: we just reversed the steps we used to erect it, in a matching 15 minutes or so.

Our chairs and cooking utensils packed back into the Wrangler, we took a few moments to reflect on the previous day's activities. Perhaps the single most important reason we had such an enjoyable night was that we were able to find a spot to camp that would be virtually impossible to access without the off-road capabilities of a vehicle like the Wrangler. Add in the comfort and usefulness of Mopar's Extreme Edition Camper and you've got the makings of an off-the-beaten-path adventure as far away from the hustle and bustle of city life as you dare to tread.

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Naturally, all of this baked-in goodness comes at a price. In the case of our Extreme Edition, that equals an eye-opening $11,995. Even dropping down to the standard Trail Edition Camper will cost you a steep $9,995, though you'd be giving up a good bit of off-road readiness with three fewer inches of ground clearance and a somewhat less beefy aluminum frame. If you're truly serious about your all-terrain camping – and let's face it, if you are actually considering a Jeep-certified pop-up camper, you're clearly serious about your all-terrain camping – we suggest going straight for the Extreme Edition.

Jeep's official Camper accessory does exactly what it claims. That is to say, anywhere you can fit a Wrangler, you can now camp in relative comfort. For some, that may be reason enough to purchase one. For the rest of us... well, see you at the closest KOA, tent stakes in hand.


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Photos copyright ©2010 Jeremy Korzeniewski / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder when the first moron will raise it and put massive tires on it will be. And like most just use it at as a daily driver. "Hey Ted, nice jeep trailer. You going camping?" "Wha? No, I'm going to work." "Oh... Just figured you were off on some adventure because your jeep and trailer are jacked up 2 feet and you shoved swamp buggy tires on it. You sure you aren't going cruising in the amazon. No, I'm going to work in my cubicle."
      • 4 Years Ago
      All of you that think $10,000 is too much for an expedition camper don't know what you are talking about.

      First of all... most expedition campers or trailers are a lot more expensive. Albeit better equiped as well. I am not saying this is a bargin, but it is appropriately priced.

      Coleman's for example would have you stuck in the middle of a trail 50 feet in. If you want to see what a real expedition camper/trailer is check this out: http://www.adventuretrailers.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unfortunately the 2" lift that Chrysler uses is crap. Its incomplete and lacking parts that should be required to make it drive properly. Plus, those 35's will rub like crazy on the trail with only 2" of lift (I rub my 32's with a 2.5"). You can buy a complete TeraFlex (or similar) kit with all new arms for less than that, and have it installed for about the same total price. The downside is the warranty.

      But its a great concept, just not quite thought through completely. I do love the offroad style trailers and plan on getting one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone with average mechanical & Welding skills can & should build one for under 2 grand ! why waste money on overpriced acessories ! I personally have an older jeep that in my oppinion is better suited for off road duty,while it is over 15 years old,I don't have to worry about scratching the paint! besides I'm the one who gets the newer Jeeps out of a stuck situation !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Loving that blue color on the wrangler....
        • 4 Years Ago
        It would be nice if the camper came in the same colors as the Jeep!
      • 4 Years Ago
      There are over 100 manufacturers of Campertrailers in Australia. Why would you be paying over $10,000 for a basic one like the one attached to that Jeep?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Our chairs and cooking utensils packed back into the Wrangler" -- isn't the point of a trailer to be able to haul your stuff? I think the problem is the inclusion of the 6 cushions.This thing amounts to little more than a tent on wheels. Get a rooftop tent for $300 if you want to sleep comfortably on the trail that doesn't cost you ground clearance or departure angle. The beauty of an adventure trailer is to have water, a kitchen area, storage, sleeping, and more all in one compact package. This has the sleeping area and if it weren't for the Jeep branding I'd peg it as a complete failure. With the Jeep branding I'm sure it will sell some, but unless I'm mistaken on the intellegence level of most Jeep owners, it will still be a failure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ brettholomew

      Not really. 4 Low gives you the better crawling ratio, better for steep hills, etc... (not that it seems to have been necessary at all here, from what I can see.)

      • 4 Years Ago
      I moved to central Arizona 9 years ago. I thought I knew how to drive off-road, but was quickly disabused of that notion.
      I might come to the end of a boulder-strewn quad trail on my dirt bike and find a minivan with a conventional tent trailer behind it, with the axles flipped to give more clearance. Or even a Class C motorhome. I still don't know how they do it.
      The first time I took my Jeep on some of the rough stuff, I tore off the RF sway bar mount and the rear track bar mount. I thought I was taking it easy on it.
      I think in this place you'd need a pintle hitch if you really wanted to use that Jeep camper to its full potential. That ball hitch would disconnect going across a steep wash.
      Looks nice, though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a rule when buying things. If I can build it myself for half the price, I don't buy it.

      I can't possibly believe that making this myself would cost more than 2-3k dollars. What does an old scrapped Jeep Wrangler cost anyway? Less than a thousand? Get one that's been in a frontal accident and you have all the parts you need. The rear end, the rear seat, two good wheels, the rear suspension and frame. You cut it in two, add a hitch and some electrical bits and you've pretty much got the same thing that's shown above. I'm not saving it isn't cool, but it is a niche product to be sure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First? This thing is full of win. I can't imagine the crazy looks you'd get on the trail but come night time everyone would want to know all about it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tim, these tent trailers aren't anything new.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the trailer, but how can someone justify paying half the price of a new JK for it!?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Justify? Why are you so worried about other people's money and what they spend it on?
        Can anyone really justify the need for say a z06 corvette? much less a ZR-1? no.... but who cares...
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