>Note: It has been brought to our attention that the Action Camper was in fact designed in Austria by Thaler Design. We apologize for any confusion, dizziness, fainting or lack of sleep this may have caused.Somewhere deep in the Arizona Desert, Mario Donovan is trying to make car camping more fun, convenient, and accessible. It was with this in mind that he started designing a camper top for the ever popular four-door Jeep Wrangler. Using 3D CAD to lay out a fiberglass shell and utilizing the construction methods used by boat builders, Donovan has built an extremely lightweight camper that adds just 440 pounds after all the Jeep parts have been removed.
This all translates to a comfy place to sleep, cook, and chill that has a small footprint without sacrificing too much of what the Jeep was designed to do, which is go anywhere. Interior headroom is more than 6’3″. There’s a bed for two, three-burner stove, tons of storage, access from the cab, an optional shower, and more. New for 2012, Jeep is powered by a 3.6L Pentastar V6 that is claiming 17MPG city and 21MPG highway — far from good, but also far from the worst it’s been for a vehicle of this capability — though of course this will be affected by the camper.
At 50 Gs, this is no commodity pickup topper. And obviously, for that kind of money, it’s only for people who really, really want to turn their Jeep into a camper. But for that, it’s one of a kind.
$53,500 (plus Jeep) LINK
Photos by Sinuhe Xavier (1-4), Action Camper (5-10)