Built like a tank–and with all the badass looks of one, too–the Jeep Wrangler Camper is set to make tracks on the overland scene.
Texas company Red River Rigs are confidently bringing about this change with the arrival of the American Safari JXL. A big name in the American market, this camper conversion could be the one that finally brings Wrangler back into the forefront of an off-road fold. Let’s take a closer look.
Meet The Jeep Wrangler Camper
From the Overland Nissan Titan XD to trusty Four Wheel Campers, overland vehicles are the Goliaths of the camping world. Thus, you might not think to lump the modestly sized Jeep Wrangler in with this titanic category of Earth crawlers. Think again.
Jeep Camper – The Newest Off Road God?
The bolt-on conversion kit for this Jeep Wrangler Camper instantly creates a 4-person sleeping quarter and increases the cargo room by over 50%–but more on this later. Whilst most Wrangler conversion kits hail form Europe, Red River Rigs seeks to “make Wrangler great again” with their American Safari JXL kit. Packing some of the best off-road gear that your after-market dollars can buy, they may just succeed…
The Rugged American Safari JXL Exterior
The main build of this Jeep camper conversion is based around a poly-shell. It bolts seamlessly onto the back of any JK Wrangler Unlimited vehicle, giving you an instant pop-top roof and bed space. It’s surprisingly comfy and spacious, with ample room to lay and look out at the night sky.
It’s not just luxurious, either. With an air inlet pipe, spare tyre storage, and oversized tyres that eat mountainsides for breakfast, the American JXL goes toe-to-toe with the most rugged adventure busses on the market.
For quality of life, this Jeep Wrangler Camper also comes with extra outboard storage facilities. These include van life essentials such as a towel and dishes rack, and there’s even a place to hang your camper shower.
Jeep Camping: Inside The Wrangler Camper Conversion
If you’re used to off-road busses, Red River Rigs’ Jeep Wrangler Camper might seem a little sparse and Spartan on the inside. However, there’s plenty to appreciate about the American Safari JXL’s simple, no-nonsense approach to off-grid living. (Just think of it as a tiny home on wheels!)
The pop top bed area creates plenty of space to stand up inside, which is arguably the most important mark of a good camper. There’s a beige countertop with an integrated sink, plus a cooker with ample space to put your array of cooking accessories to good use. We also appreciate the extra cargo space, wherein you can store units like the iKamper Eatout to take advantage of good weather.
Sure, the cupboard and table aren’t anything special to look at. But, they definitely get the job done without hogging space. In fact, the table folds away to make space for a lower-level bed which comfortably sleeps two. This is no mean feat, as most high-end luxury campers typically only have room for two van dwellers. (And, unlike the American Safari JXL, they’ll have trouble powering over anything crazier than a speed bump in a Walmart parking lot!)
The American Safari JXL Wrangler Conversion – Final Thoughts
The American Safari JXL takes the best parts of European “mall-crawler” styles like the JK Gazelle, and supercharges them. The result is a surprisingly luxurious package that installs seamlessly onto your 4WD vehicle with ease. When (or if?) you decide to return to domestic life, you can easily remove the conversion package without much hassle.
Compared to the price of an off-road RV, the American Safari JXL is a pretty solid investment–especially if you already own a Wrangler! The base bolt-on roof/body Jeep Wrangler Camper extension kit starts at $17,760. You can tack on another $1,500 if you want the dining furniture package, but you could also look into your own builds to save some cash. (Check out the Nissan Camper mobile workshop for some excellent inspiration.)
A Personal Take
Van-life is all about going with what works for you. If you’ve already got a Jeep and you’re not looking to go out for the longest of long-hauls, this Wrangler conversion is a good option.
In the meantime, I’ll keep parking on level ground and going over the odd bump in my Vauxhall Movano, but we certainly wish Red River Rigs the greatest of luck in their future ventures. Check them out for more information on their conversions and to find out more about the American Safari JXL!