A $15,000 Ultra Light Wagon Makes the Jeep Gladiator a 4-Men RV Micro

Setting a new lightweight standard for an all-enclosed minivan, RoverKing is looking to convert some of the most capable off-road mid-size trucks on the market — such as Jeep Gladiators, Toyota Tacomas and Chevy Colorados — into an all-in 4×4 Micro. -RVs. The Canadian startup thinks of the Capra Capra as a backpack for your truck, and at under 700 pounds, we call it the equivalent of a Dyneema backpack weighing less than a pound stuffed with equally lightweight camping gear.

It’s never easy to build a full camper around the limited loads of popular midsize trucks, which is why pop-up toppers like the Hower Base Camp and AT Overland Summit are so popular. The Tacoma, America’s best-selling mid-size pickup truck and a very popular choice with ground vehicles, has a maximum payload of 1,685 lb (764 kg). But start adding the kind of factory upgrades you want for wild or primitive camping with family or friends — 4WD, double cab, V6 — and that number drops quickly to 1,155 lb (523 kg). That’s before you even consider aftermarket add-ons like a winch or roof rack.

Likewise, the Jeep Gladiator Sport features a solid 1,700 lb (771 kg) payload, but the Gladiator Rubicon, craved by off-roaders and over-roaders everywhere, cuts the payload down to 1,200 lb (544 kg). Campers rarely hit their full potential at such low weights, and when they do, they leave very little payload for actual passengers, baggage, and supplies.

For example, the two-person Kimbo 6 weighs 900 lb (408 kg) in its lighter weight; The four-person Scout Yoho weighs 884 lb (401 kg); And the Alu-Cab Khaya for two comes in at 881 lb (400 kg). These minimum weights are taken directly from the manufacturer’s website as of publication, and some differ from the original larger or smaller estimates available when we first looked at them. The EarthCruiser GZL, which is no longer available in the US, weighed about 850 lbs (386 lbs) when we first looked at it in 2016.

These are the lightest fully enclosed campers we’ve encountered over the years, and none left more than 300 pounds (136 kg) of payload on the previously mentioned Tacoma 4×4 Double Cab. This number may work for two people traveling lightly, but start loading family members, pets, luggage and sports equipment, and you’ll quickly overload. Sure, you just need to Google “overland Tacoma” to realize that a lot of people are pushing beyond payload, but staying well is better for vehicle safety, performance, and longevity, among other considerations – and that starts by not eating it all just by camp .

RoverKing says it worked with an aeronautical engineer and the Capra underwent multiple tests to improve aerodynamics for reduced drag and lift and better fuel efficiency.

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RoverKing has reduced weight to make traveling and camping comfortably in a midsize truckload more practical. The Capra’s advertised base weight beats the competition by 200 lb (90 kg) at just 640 lb (290 kg), which still includes beds for three or four people plus a dining area. It doesn’t rise much from there, weighing in fully loaded “Premium Plus” specs at a still very light 684 lbs (310 kg).

RoverKing started its Capra lightening program by keeping the dimensions compressed. Other small, mid-sized campers tend to come out the back door, and some also extend over the bedsides. By contrast, the Capra sits inside the locked tailgate and has walls that align well with the width of the truck. To put it in numbers, the base Capra is 4.6 feet (1.4 m) long, fits neatly inside a 5-foot-high bed, and the upper cabin extends a maximum of 64.6 inches (164 cm) at the windows, nearly identical to the rear track of the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon It measures 64.4 in (163.6 cm) and a touch wider than the rear track of a Ford Ranger 61.4 in (156 cm) or Ranger Trimore 62.4 in (158.5 cm) track.

RoverKing focuses most of its marketing on the Jeep Gladiator, but the Capra is designed to fit the full spectrum of North American midsize pickups, including Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

RoverKing focuses most of its marketing on the Jeep Gladiator, but the Capra is designed to fit the full spectrum of North American midsize pickups, including Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

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RoverKing filled the Capra’s compact dimensions with lightweight materials like a welded sheet metal frame, aluminum body panels and 20mm felt-encased Styrofoam insulation. The wagon is called a four-season design, but we’re not sure how good this long, lightweight canvas upper will handle Canadian winters without an oven and maybe some extra weather resistance.

At campground, a full-length pop-up capra roof is raised high to create 6.6 feet (2 m) of height. A combination of lift tail hatch, truck tailgate and swing out wagon door opens a grand entrance. The interior has seating on each side terminating in a front dinette with padded face-to-face seating and a foldable dining table. The seats also double as storage space, both for optional RoverKing gear and for the owner’s personal use.

Since it leaves the tailgate of the truck in place, the Capra involves opening three doors for entry

Since it leaves the tailgate of the truck in place, the Capra involves opening three doors for entry

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The dinette converts into a 30 by 59 in (76 by 150 cm) bed, which complements the 77 by 63 in (195 by 160 cm) high bed. The latter extends at night to provide a full sleeping space, and retracts during the day to make room for a dinette.

The Capra would probably be quite comfortable and snug based on its compact overall dimensions, but it’s an impressively functional, dynamic little design. It’s certainly not a sleeping option for four strong hunting pals, but between the main queen bed and the convertible bed, it should be able to sleep a two-parent family with two young children or an older child…at least until the older child slept more than 5 feet, it may be tent time.

All three levels of the Capra include basic amenities, as well as double sliding windows and plastic floors. The mid-range premium package makes things better with an 80-Ah gel battery, 170W solar panel, electrical control panel, 110V external plug, LED lighting, USB ports, 30L chrome water tank, water pump, and a pump. Chrome shower head. The Premium Plus package contains everything from the Premium package and adds four height-adjustable camping plugs and a set of four canopies and mosquito nets.

RoverKing shows how campers can use an outdoor shower sprayer to create a simple tub that goes with a portable stove

RoverKing shows how campers can use an outdoor shower sprayer to create a simple tub that goes with a portable stove

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RoverKing doesn’t advertise any kitchen equipment, but it shows how a shower sprayer can team up with a simple bowl to make a sink. Campers can pack their own portable stove, fridge or cooler and a cassette toilet and have a very practical mini base camp for cooking, eating, sleeping, cleaning and general daily life.

Campers RoverKing is available to order now, with the Standard model selling for $15,400, the Premium for $19,500, and the Premium Plus for $20,900. Larger camper series of full-size trucks such as the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado are in development.

Source: RoverKing via Expedition Portal

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