The American RV market has loads of prohibitively costly Ford-based campers, from US$2 million EarthRoamers to $135K Loki base camps, so it is at all times good to search out one which’s actually reasonably priced. The Ford Maverick is a pure place to begin, because the least costly pickup truck within the US, however its small 4.5-foot (1.4-m) mattress does not play properly with an equipment market based mostly round 5- to 8-ft ( 1.5- to 2.4-m) beds. It took a purpose-built Maverick design from the nice Montanans at Go Quick Campers to make the Maverick camper truck a actuality. Since GFC presents one of the crucial reasonably priced camper options on the market, the ensuing pop-top truck turns into probably the most reasonably priced brand-new camper pickup within the US… for many who can pin down an elusive Maverick.
Go Quick Campers already presents its Platform Camper for the spectrum of American full-size and midsize vehicles, and the light-weight alu-space-frame design is a pure for the Maverick’s restricted 1,500-lb (680-kg) payload. As constructed for the smaller mattress of the Maverick, the Platform Camper weighs even lower than standard, coming in at 255 lb (116 kg) inventory. That leaves loads of payload for truck upgrades and equipment, tenting and sports activities gear, and a very powerful factor of all… the household and associates doing the tenting.
The Maverick Platform Camper options GFC’s well-established system of aluminum house body, machined-from-billet elements, embassy hinges, modular mattress platform, translucent roof and T-track. The ground-less topper attaches to the pickup mattress sidewalls and makes use of a manually raised pop-top to show the truck mattress right into a easy camper inside with sufficient headroom for everybody shorter than a really tall NBA middle.
The mattress platform folds up out of the way in which to clear that headroom throughout the day, dropping down at night time to assist a 50 x 90-in (127 x 229-cm) multi-cushion mattress. That is a really snug night time of sleep for a pair and sure sufficient to suit a small youngster or two, making a viable mild camper for a younger household when paired with the five-seat Maverick.
So what about that low pricing? The Ford Maverick is definitely the least costly pickup truck within the US, and the bottom 2023 Maverick XL with 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain begins at $23,690 after vacation spot. The Maverick-spec GFC Platform Camper prices $7,770, in order that places the before-options worth of an all-new 2023 Maverick and fresh-out-of-the-factory Platform Camper at $31,460 – cheaper than many common passenger automobiles.
The Maverick GFC can even lower your expenses on the pumps. RVs are infamous for poor gasoline economic system, slashing the already-low mpg numbers of their giant truck or van base/tow platforms with a great deal of added weight and aerodynamics-diminishing bulk.
The bottom Maverick hybrid boasts a formidable EPA-estimated 37 mpg (6.4 L/100km) mixed, and GFC says its camper can have minimal impact on that gasoline economic system. The burden of the camper is not more than a pair of passengers, and GFC does its greatest to maintain the over-cab roof simply 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) above the peak of the Maverick’s roof antenna.
These on the lookout for extra of an off-road camper truck can improve to Ford’s 2.0-liter turbo all-wheel-drive for $2,220. That comes with a gasoline economic system drop right down to an EPA-listed 25 mpg (9.4 L/100km) mixed, nonetheless good for a pickup truck.
Patrons can additional ruggedize the truck for off-roading by upgrading to the $25,950 XLT or $31,675 Lariat trim, which opens up the choice of an Superior 4WD and a $800 FX4 package deal with all-terrain tires, skid plates, entrance tow hooks, hill descent management, enhanced engine cooling and extra. That is the package deal GFC used for its authentic improvement truck.
One other $2,995 will improve the client to a Tremor, which incorporates the Superior 4WD system with differential locking, Path Management system, off-road suspension with carry, hitch receiver and extra. The Tremor additionally includes opting as much as an XLT or Lariat.
The dangerous information… Ford closed the order books on the 2022 Maverick earlier this 12 months resulting from excessive demand, and barely every week after MY2023 Maverick orders opened in mid-September, headlines about closed order books began popping up as soon as once more.
So probably the most tough half about proudly owning this explicit reasonably priced camper won’t be the camper itself however the truck on which it rides. However for many who personal a Maverick, have one on order or are capable of finding one to buy, it guarantees to be a uniquely compact, reasonably priced, environment friendly tenting automobile. And possibly Ford will handle to begin constructing sufficient vehicles to fulfill demand generally earlier than year-over-year Maverick pricing rises to less-affordable ranges.
For these on the lookout for one thing much more environment friendly (however definitely not as reasonably priced), GFC additionally not too long ago confirmed a Platform Camper put in on a Ford F-150 Lightning. Not like the Maverick, the Lightning options a normal 5.5-ft (1.7-m) pickup field and dimensions shared with the ICE F-150, so it did not require a resized Platform Camper.
Supply: Go Quick Campers