Red River Rigs’ American Safari JXL

The Jeep Wrangler is the off-road icon in the United States, but it’s not a super-popular base for overland expedition rigs. You can tow a trailer with it, or top it with a roof-top tent, but full-blown Wrangler motorhome conversions remain fairly rare.

According to a New Atlas report, Texas-based Red River Rigs hopes to change that by bringing the American Safari JXL to market. The bolt-on kit not only puts a four-sleeper pop-up camper on the back of a Wrangler Unlimited, it adds 50% more cargo room in the process. Few campers out there have the JXL’s combination of tried-and-true off-road grit and cozy, all-in-one camping.

Strangely, the best Jeep Wrangler camper conversion kits tend to come from Europe, where the Wrangler isn’t all that popular. 

BBF Gazell is the same French company behind the GZL campers that EarthCruiser offers in the American market. As with the Action Camper, it seems a little strange that such a clean, integrated Wrangler camper was available in Europe and not in the U.S. where the Wrangler is an absolute rock star that sold to the tune of nearly 200,000 last year.

Glen Pratt, owner of Red River Rigs, started experimenting with the idea of bringing the JK Gazell over at last year’s Overland Expo West, where the very first JK Gazell/JXL model in the Western Hemisphere made an appearance. Reaction was quite positive.
 
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