2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Camper - Camping In ComfortPosted in Features on August 25, 2014
Look, we aren’t going to try to make this article into some budget-minded thing. It isn’t. But, if you can afford a $40,000-plus Jeep (unlike us), this is probably not all that expensive for you either. And it’s way better than a rooftop tent.
We recently got some extended seat and sack time in an 2007 Wrangler Unlimited equipped with Ursa Minor’s J30 hardtop camper conversion. The new hardtop basically replaces whatever top your four-door JK comes with and pops open to provide a comfortable roof-top camping experience. The top of it is fiberglass, the sides are fabric, and because of the wedge-shaped way it opens, you can even have it up in high winds. While we pointed the Jeep into the 80mph gusts, we were later told we didn’t have to. We folded the rear seats down to get up into the sleeping area, but by the time you read this, the company will also have external ladders available to make getting in and out of bed easier.
The way it works is the bed is accessible through Freedom top-like panels over the back seat. In practice, we never even rolled up our sleeping bags; we just left them up there and closed the top to go to the next campsite. We pulled our pillow down, but the sleeping bags and even occasionally our books stayed up there.
One thing we don’t like about roof-top tents is the rack required and all the added weight it puts up very high. That changes the center of gravity of the Jeep and makes it tippier, and the tent can grab rocks and trees. This is only a couple of inches taller than a factory hardtop, is only 120 pounds heavier, and sets up a lot easier than any tent we ever had. Plus, in colder climates, it will be warmer than a fabric-topped tent. With this top, the Rubicon still wheeled like it did when it was stock, and that made all the difference in the world to us. And all that extra padding up top meant that in the heat, the factory A/C did better than it ever did in any other four-door we’ve driven.
So we took it out for several days to get a handle on how it works, how it is to sleep in, and how it behaves when wheeling. Here’s what we found.
|Just the Facts|
|Base Price:||$5,750 (includes rear 2007-2009 Mopar glass)|
|Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Overall weight:||266 lbs (weight of entire top as tested)|
|Options as Tested|
|Side Mopar quarter windows:||$250/each|
|Thule rack system:||$650|
|Auxiliary power outlets:||$50/each|
|Front overhead organizer:||$150|
|Rear load bay lighting:||$150|
|Total price as tested (no tax or shipping):||$7,300|