Livin Lite Introduces Jeep Branded Campers

Wakarusa, Indiana-based Livin Lite Recreational Vehicles announced that the company is now able to sell its official Jeep branded campers through the Livin Lite network of dealers.

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“Previously, Chrysler/Jeep would only allow these campers to be sold through their official Jeep dealers, but honestly, that didn’t work out as well as any of those dealers hoped it would,” said Scott Tuttle, president of Livin Lite.

“We have been negotiating with them for over a year to get this in our dealer’s hands where dealers are much more comfortable selling campers, and where potential camper owners are much more likely to go and see one in person.”

“Last year, Jeep was the No. 1 selling SUV, and we are excited to be able to offer this unique camper through our Livin Lite dealers,” Tuttle added.

“These campers have earned the prestigious ‘Trail Rated’ badge from Jeep by passing not only the same tough 160,000-mile testing that Jeep vehicles have to go through on the famous Chelsea proving grounds, but they actually took the camper through twice to make it sure it could handle the wear and tear.”

“That means our camper went through 320,000 miles of testing. They also put it through a 24-hour saline bath test to test the durability of the metals we were using. When it came out of that test, the actual camper looked great,” he said.

“But the hitch and the safety chains, items that we add on to the camper, were rusted through.  It was amazing the detailed testing our camper went through. They actually marked every screw in the camper to make sure that it didn’t turn. In the end, we earned Detroit’s respect and their nod of approval to carry the Jeep name.”

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The Jeep camper is the first trailer ever to make the cover of Four Wheeler magazine, Tuttle noted.

The manufacturer suggested retail price of the Jeep camper ranges from $9,999 to $11,999, depending on options.

Livin Lite is showing two versions of the Jeep camper at the 50th annual National RV Trade Show at the Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville, Kentucky, from November 27-29, 2012.

The National RV Trade Show is sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). RVIA is a trade association representing the interests of the manufacturing segment of the RV industry.

Each one will feature 17-inch Jeep rims with 32- to 35-inch off road tires.

The Trail Edition features Jeep fenders, tires, rear bumper, latches, and automotive logos—the same items used on the actual Jeep SUVs, as well as Jeep branded interior sofa/bed and tent.

The Extreme Trail Edition which is designed for extreme terrain, including rock climbing, has a steel underbelly and articulating pintel hitch that allows the camper to be towed at extreme angles.

Each Jeep camper comes with a custom paint scheme to exactly match the owner’s Jeep paint—making it a true one-of-a-kind camper for the Jeep owner, said Tuttle.

Details

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles

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Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles manufactures Quicksilver All Aluminum Ultra Light Campers, Ultralight Campers, Lightweight Campers, and Ultra-Lightweight Campers.

Because the campers are so lightweight, they can be towed by even the smallest cars. Livin’ Lite’s Quicksilver camper was named Roaming Times’ Green RV of the year in 2008 for its energy-saving lightness, long-life all-aluminum construction, and completely formaldehyde-free construction.

Address: P.O. Box 528, 1025 E. Waterford Street, Wakarusa, IN 46573

Phone: (574) 862-2228

Website: livinlite.com

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Sealander Amphibious Trailer

This 840-pound microcaravan comes with an outboard motor. (Credit: sealander.de)
This 840-pound microcaravan comes with an outboard motor. (Source: sealander.de)

Undecided how to spend your upcoming weekend getaway—relaxing in your RV at your favorite campsite or cruising around the lake?

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The Action Camper was designed to have limited impact on the Jeep’s utility. (Source: Gizmag.com)

The Action Camper is a drop-in camper that turns your rugged, all-terrain Jeep Wrangler into a go-anywhere RV.

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.

Given the camper’s lightweight design, it only adds 440 pounds 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 of head room.

Inside, the Action Camper features a single multipurpose space. The king-sized mattress folds out and rests atop the counter space.

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Innovan XC Off-Road Trailer

With on-vehicle controls the trailer’s clearance can increased or decreased. (Source: innovan.com.au)

For efficiency and flexible the Innovan is a knock-out.

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Ecco Camper Van

The Ecco is set to revolutionise the humble camper van with space-age design that includes collapsible walls and a flip-top upper deck. (Source: swns.com)

Life in the traditional camper van has always been a cramped affair.

But design experts have addressed that concern with a cutting edge concept—a futuristic camper van that doubles in size by flipping open “like a Swiss Army knife.”

Since space is the main theme, in design and concept, passengers enter the 15-foot-long electric vehicle from the rear through a huge stairway that folds into the ceiling. The space is then transformed with a flip-out top deck, expandable walls, and fold-down seats for extra room.

Called the Ecco, it is a very green vehicle, topped with a solar-paneled roof that charges its battery and produces zero emissions. An eight-hour charge supposedly lasts a full day, providing enough juice to reach highway-driving speeds.

The eco-friendly camper van can sleep a family of five and boasts a kitchen, bathroom, and lounge area.

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Draco AWD Motorhome

Oshkosh expedition-class AWD motorhome. (Source: gizmag.com)

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Named Draco after the star constellation and the mythical last dragon, the Oshkosh-based luxury bohemoth has been lavished with the finest so he could withstand deserts, mountains, mud, hurricanes, and blizzards while caring for his wife.

The chassis is a diesel pusher Caterpillar 3406A turbo with an engine producing 335 horse power and 1000-foot-pounds of torque at 1400 rpm.

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Action Camper Converts Jeep into Go-Anywhere RV

The Action Camper is a drop-in camper that turns your rugged, all-terrain Jeep Wrangler into a go-anywhere RV.

Jeep Action Camper (Source: Gizmag.com)

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 according to a report on Gizmag.com.

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, said Gizmag.com.

The Action Camper brings cooking and sleeping space to the Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited (Source: Gizmag.com)

The Action Camper was obviously 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 pounds 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 of headroom.

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 Action Camper was designed to have limited impact on the Jeep's utility (Source: Gizmag.com)

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 10.6-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 of clean water capacity and 5.5 gallons 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.

Snow, rain, wind, mud… (Source: Gizmag.com)

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 $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.

Details

Adventure Trailers

The Action Camper gets up close and personal with nature and views (Source: Gizmag.com)

Mario and Martyn, the co-founders of Adventure Trailers, built their first trailers in Martyn’s garage in Truckee, California. From these humble beginnings the company has come a long way to its current location in Prescott, Arizona.

Address: 3035 N. Tarra Avenue, Prescott, AZ 86301

Phone: (877) 661-8097 (toll free)

Website: adventuretrailers.com

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