Prescott, Arizona-based AT Overland recently released a Summit truck topper for the Jeep Gladiator, the first enclosed camping solution for the popular 4WD pickup truck. With a base weight of only 350 pounds, no other product offers the lightweight, durability, and ruggedness of this off-road capable, aluminum topper. The first public showing of the Jeep Gladiator Summit will occur at the Overland Expo East, October 11-13.
“We’re really excited to show this topper to the public,” said Mario Donovan, co-owner of AT Overland. “The Gladiator Summit, and our soon to be released Gladiator Habitat, are the first to market light weight enclosed camping solutions for the Gladiator. Built by Overlanders for Overlanders who understand the rigors of backcountry travel on a global level, our box beam and honeycomb construction is unique in the industry and ensures that our products deliver durability and reliability.”
“The Jeep Gladiator has a GVWR of 5,800 to 6,250 pounds depending upon the trim package selected from the factory. This leaves 1,080 to 1,600 pounds of available payload making the Summit and Habitat excellent camping solutions for the Gladiator,” Donovan said.
Constructed of thick 0.60-inch CNC formed aluminum and insulated with 1-inch thick honeycomb composite panels, the Gladiator Summit is both durable and well-insulated. Aluminum plating is added in strategic locations throughout the camper to add additional strength while the honeycomb interior is overlayed with a stain-resistant indoor outdoor carpeting to eliminate condensation build up. In a testament to the strength of the overall design, AT Overland recently circulated a photo on social media showing eight members of the staff standing on the roof, a total of 1,680 pounds.
The pop-top portion of the Summit is made of a fire retardant FMVSS compliant fabric by Sunbrella that is designed for 24/7 exposure. The fabric is complimented with mil-spec “snag-proof” mosquito screening and clear vinyl windows to make an enjoyable living space even better. In addition, an optional Thinsulate tent liner is also being offered that provides even better insulation for the rugged, off-road topper.
The AT Overland Summit offers the longest cabover overhang of any wedge topper in the market. This makes it possible to include a hinged bed that drops down from the ceiling when needed, freeing up the living space when the bed isn’t being used. Even with the bed deployed, however, there is still plenty of room for an occupant to get in and out of bed as well as stand next to the deployed bed.
In order to accommodate the removal of the Gladiator’s Freedom top panels, the Summit features a 3-inch gap between the cabover and top of the Gladiator. This gap not only allows removal of the panels for those who wish to drive “topless,” but also provides room for the installation of an Eazi-Awn K-9 steel camp table.
Options for the Gladiator Summit include windows, hatches, tent insulation, 12 volt power and USB ports, lighting, roof racks, solar panels, Maxtrax mounting, and interior cabinetry including a combo slide-out kitchen, which not only holds a Partner Steel high-output two-burner stove, but also a 50L or 60L top-loading refrigerator.
The list price of the AT Overland Gladiator Summit is $9,100 base. The wait time is approximately eight weeks.
The Jeep Gladiator Summit will be shown at the Overland Expo East, October 11-13, at the Infinity Downs in Arrington, Virginia. Look for it at the AT Overland/Maxtrax Booth A4.
That is a smart design on the part of Overland. I can picture one with a house door and the Jeep tailgate removed from the truck, as an option.