6 Best Truck Topper Camper Shells for the Jeep Gladiator

My, how time flies. It seems just like yesterday when FCA introduced the Jeep Gladiator in 2018. With a maximum payload rating of only 1,700 pounds, the off-road pickup lacks the requisite payload to haul a large, slide-in truck camper, but that’s okay. The Gladiator was made to play in the dirt and mud, which is why this mid-size truck so popular. Aside from it’s iconic good looks, the Gladiator features a number of things that endear it to off-road enthusiasts, including removable body panels, Dana 44 wide axles, Trac-lok front and rear lockers, skid plates, an electronic disconnecting rear sway-bar, 30 inches of water fording, and a standard 3.6L V6 that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque coupled with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic. So without further adieu, let’s look at the 6 best truck topper camper shells for the 2023 Jeep Gladiator.

1. OVRLND Campers

The best of the best. This Flagstaff, Arizona-based company revealed its first pop-up truck topper at the 2018 Overland Expo and hasn’t looked back since. Unlike the traditional slide-in truck camper, which easily weighs over 1,000 pounds, the base model of the OVRLND Camper weighs only 300 pounds, making it light enough to be safely hauled on any mid-size or full-size, half-ton truck, including the Ram Power Wagon. The camper features a vertical pop-top with a canvas height of just under 28 inches and comes standard with a pull-out, north-south 60×80-inch queen bed. The vertical walls of the camper maximize usable space and feature an aluminum “T track” on either side that can be used to secure and mount kitchen counters, stoves, and equipment to provide additional functionality, features, and comfort. Moreover, the topper’s internals can be easily be removed should the owner need the truck to haul plywood, firewood, or any other gear. This can’t be done with a regular slide-in camper. OVRLND Campers are custom-built, so owners can pick from a number of options available such as roof rack tracks, solar power, windows, awnings, extra bedding height, cabinets, counters, rear barn doors, lift jacks, etc. The frame is constructed using welded aluminum tubing, making it easy for interior or exterior hard point mounting of Jerry cans, propane cans, or other recreational equipment. The tubing construction also makes it easy to add 1-inch insulation for thermal protection against the elements. OVRLND Camper pricing starts at $6,900 for small/mid-size trucks and $7,600 for full-size trucks.

2. AT Overland Summit

One of the best selling truck topper camper shells from our friends at Arizona-based AT Overland. The Summit features a wedge-style tent for great interior head room. Like the Atlas, however, the Summit is built from CNC-cut and formed aluminum with a bonded honeycomb composite and features a distinctive wedge-style pop-top that provides up to 8 feet of headroom and a 48×80-inch sleep platform with a 2.5-inch mattress that can support up to 500 pounds. Each topper is custom made to order. The Summit features a durable, fire-retardant canvas tent that is breathable and waterproof. For cold weather, an optional fire-retardant, light-blocking, Thinsulate liner is available with matching window openings and a R value of 1.4 (34-36-degree heat retention). This combination of materials makes the Summit comfortable, whatever the weather. Other options include a cab slider window, a roof rack, side slider windows, Seitz “Euro-style” side windows (17×43 inches), side hatch doors (17×43 inches), a rear lift-gate insert window, a 12 volt power system, interior lighting, awnings, interior cabinetry with pull-out refrigerators and cooktops, forced air heating, and a color match to vehicle. Easily, one of the best truck topper camper shells. Designed by AT Overland co-founder and truck camper designer extraordinaire Mario Donovan and sold factory direct at the company’s headquarters in Prescott, Arizona or at select dealerships nationwide. Pricing starts at a very affordable $13,200.

3. Go Fast Camper Platform Camper

A top name in the truck topper industry and worthy to be included in this survey, the Go Fast Camper Platform Camper comes in three sizes depending on the size of your truck. The “standard” size is made for mid-sized trucks like the Ford Ranger, Jeep Gladiator, and Toyota Tacoma, while the “XL” version is made for full-sized short-beds like the Ford F150, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra. Full-size long-bed trucks with 8-foot beds get the appropriately named “8-Footer Camper.” All Go Fast Platform Campers offer a whopping 7.5 feet of head room, and come with an upholstered 2-inch mattress that works with what the company calls its “Transform-A-Floor” modular floor system. The sleeping dimensions are surprisingly large with 50×90 inches for the standard model, 56×90 inches for the XL, and 56×90 inches for the 8-Footer. The weights are surprisingly light too, with only 270 pounds for the Standard, 300 pounds for the XL, and 320 pounds for the 8-Footer. The Go Fast Camper Platform Camper top is activated by pulling two levers and pushing the roof of the tent up a few inches. From there, the gas struts take over, fully releasing the tent the rest of the way. It only takes a few seconds. Collapsing the tent is just as easy, just pull down on the tent fabric, hit it inside the extruded aluminum hinges, close the latches, and you’re on the road. Closed, the tent measures just six inches in height, making it perfect for your off-road truck camper adventures. Pricing for the Go Fast Camper Platform Camper starts at $7,700.

4. Super Pacific Switchback X1

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The Switchback XI is Super Pacific’s flagship model and one of our favorites. Like most of the truck toppers featured in this survey, the Switchback X1 is a lightweight, wedge-style camper for mid-size and full-size pickup trucks. It offers a four-season roof-top tent, a commercial-grade, riveted aluminum canopy plus a gear mounting system that’s designed to integrate with any camping setup. The company claims that the camper has been designed with the experience of the end user in mind and we believe them. It offers a four-season tent using a 450 denier polyester textile that is treated with an acrylic coating for resilience against the elements. The tent also features a unique adjustable venting system that makes it easy to control the interior air flow. The owner can completely open the vents to keep things cool and reduce condensation, or can be sealed to trap heat in cold weather. The tent also features three, large screened doors that allow access from the exterior via a ladder if desired. Alternatively, you can remove one or both of the small modular floor panels so you can easily climb from inside the truck bed to the tent without disrupting your sleep set up. The interior of the canopy is lined with M6 threaded bosses that are evenly spaced throughout the interior of the frame for attaching accessories such as molle plates, tools, racks, storage nets, whatever you want. The possibilities are endless. Built like an airplane and made in the USA, the Super Pacific Switchback weighs between 325 and 390 pounds, depending on the truck it’s mounted on. One of the 6 best truck topper camper shells for the 2023 Jeep Gladiator. The Switchback X1 sells for $12,995 for the mid-size model and $13,495 pounds for the full-size model.

5. ECO Rover Campers Truck Topper

Unlike the other companies featured in this survey, ECO Rover Campers is a one-man show operated by founder and CEO, Kevin Mullen. Built in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, ECO Rover Campers are constructed entirely of aluminum, which includes a welded aluminum frame, 1-inch block foam closed cell insulation in the roof, and a one-piece aluminum tractor trailer roof for extra strength and durability. The camper features marine-grade canvas with four windows (with fine “no see-um” screens, clear vinyl, and a privacy panel), roof life assist gas struts, Velcro strips at the top of the canvas for hanging insulation, and a locking, flip-up style rear hatch. Standard colors include which and a raw aluminum mill finish. Features that distinguish the ECO Rover Camper from other truck toppers include a longer cab overhang, a full pop-top (no wedges), a full 80×60-inch queen size sleeping platform, a interior height of 6 foot 8 inches with the top popped up, and slightly angled sidewalls, which give the camper a less “boxy” look. The roof framing has also been spaced to accommodate a 14×14-inch MaxxAir or Fan-Tastic Vent roof fan. The ECO Rover Camper weights are excellent too at 385 pounds for the mid-size model and 425 pounds for the full-size truck model. Base model pricing is $8,935 for the mid-size short-bed or long-bed model, $9,245 for the full-size 5-foot short-bed model, $9,758 for the full-size medium 6-foot bed, and $10,272 for the full-size long-bed version.

6. Go Fast Camper Platform Topper

A different approach to truck topper design, the Go Fast Camper (GFC) Platform Topper offers a “cabana” rather than a pop-up tent. At only 135 pounds, the Platform Topper is also incredibly strong, capable of supporting a 4,500-pound Ford F250 pickup truck. GFC’s Platform Topper achieves this lightweight strength by employing a tubular aluminum space frame reinforced with billet aluminum parts. That spreads loads evenly across the entire perimeter of a pickup truck’s bed. All connections in that space frame are bolted rather than welded, eliminating the potential for stress fractures. Up top, a pressure-formed aluminum load halo supports a 1-inch thick thermoplastic honeycomb roof panel. That panel is translucent, allowing light to enter the topper, while reflecting solar radiation and providing insulation, which helps keep loads from overheating. The load halo includes T-track accessory mounting rails on all four sides, allowing owners to mount lights, awnings, tools, or other accessories. The T-track also supports up to four of GFC’s Beef Rack crossbars, which each offer 200 pounds of dynamic load, and also feature T-track on top, and underneath, enabling even more accessory mounting options. The GFC Platform Topper can be custom-sized for each specific make and model of pickup, including the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, and Jeep Gladiator. Those will be followed shortly by the Ford F150 (including the EV Lightning). Lists for only $3,995.

Last Words on Payload

Choose your Jeep Gladiator options wisely. Off-road capability means less payload, which is why the feature-packed Rubicon trim offers only 1,200 pounds of payload (seven skid plates pack a lot of weight). This is also why we recommend truck toppers like the ones featured in this article, yet still have enough payload remaining for other necessities needed for your off-road adventures. Still, a maximum payload of 1,700 pounds is a decent amount of payload for this off-road beast, which makes it an irresistible mule for carrying one of these toppers.

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Mello Mike is an Arizona native, author, and the founder of Truck Camper Adventure. He's been RV'ing since 2002, is a certified RVIA Level 1 RV Technician, and has restored several Airstream travel trailers. A communications expert and licensed ham radio operator, he retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years, holds a BS degree, and now runs Truck Camper Adventure full-time. He also does some RV consulting, repairs, and inspections on the side. He currently rolls in a 4WD Ram 3500 outfitted with a SherpTek truck bed with a Bundutec Roadrunner mounted on top. - KK7TCA

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