For lovers of the great outdoors who prefer to avoid friendly bears interrupting their slumber, Jeep offers the industry's first off-road camper trailer. Nice and tidy while traversing the rough stuff, yet blooming into a full-size affair that can accommodate four adults, the $9,995 Jeep Trail Edition Camper comes standard with a queen-size bed, a couch and hideaway table, a built-in aluminum cabinet, and a 110-volt power supply.
Before scoffing at the notion of a $10,000 caboose following Jeep's Wrangler and cribbing its iconic look, consider how serious the Jeep folks were in designing this camper. Far from throwing an axle and some springs underneath it in typical trailer fashion, they designed the mechanical parts with real truck hardware – like a torsion bar and trailing-arm suspension. This allows the camper's wheels to react to – and absorb – rough terrain. Those wheels, incidentally, are the same 17-inch aluminum versions found on the Wrangler Rubicon. They're shod with 32-inch mud terrain tires and provide a full 12 inches of ground clearance.
Tubular aluminum, as opposed to wood and fiberboard, is used extensively, keeping strength up and weight down (curb weight for the camper starts at 850 pounds). Tough aluminum skid plates are deployed underneath to protect its moving parts.
Still not tough enough for you? Jeep also offers the Extreme Trail Edition Camper for Bear Grylls wannabes. It has a sturdier frame, earth-mover tires (35 inches), a full 15 inches of ground clearance, and one giant full-underbody skid plate. All for $11,995.
Both the Trail Edition and Extreme Trail Edition Campers will be available in Bright Silver Metallic with Black, Flame Red, Mango Tango Pearl, or Natural Green Metallic. They go on sale in August as Mopar accessories at Jeep dealerships.
While added length and mass are detrimental to off-roading ability, it appears Jeep went to great lengths to ensure impressive capabilities for the Trail Edition Campers. Kudos to Jeep for taking the camper off the highway and into the woods.