A light attack vehicle for the primitive camper, the Overland concept Wrangler is designed to get to places where others cannot go, and allow its occupants to make themselves comfortable in most any setting. It's a highly mobile, rolling campsite based on a 2009 four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. To maximize utility, the rear seats have been replaced with a flat, rubberized floor and a cargo rack was added to the top. The rack carries an ARB/Simpson II rooftop-mounted tent and touring awning, which deploys into a two-person penthouse tent setup and shaded area in the shelter of the Wrangler.
Helping improve off-road capability is a Mopar 2.5-inch suspension lift, allowing the addition of aggressive 35-inch tires. In keeping with the idea of reliable self-sufficiency, it uses 17-inch Mopar winter/off-road wheels, and a Warn 9.5ti winch has been mounted in an American Expedition Vehicle (AEV) steel bumper. The full-size spare, already mounted and balanced on a spare wheel, has been relocated to a swing-away rear carrier. The rear bumper contains a molded compartment that can hold 10 gallons of fresh water, and a Class III hitch provides a ready towing or rescue attachment point. For night visibility, Mopar windshield-mounted off-road lights and Daystar bumper-mounted lights have been installed. A military-style AEV heat-reduction hood and snorkel kit enhances reliability in desert settings.
Inside, the Overland Wrangler is equipped with water-resistant Mopar front seat covers, slush mats, and an extra dash bin. Lighting and other gear are operated from a separate switch panel designed by Daystar.
2009 Grand Canyon II
Let's say you like your four-wheeling luxury-style, but you don't want to pull any punches. What you have here is a brand-new, fully optioned Grand Cherokee, set up for serious off-road use. It's lifted four inches, so it can travel rougher roads at higher speeds, and it has 285/70R18 tires to add ground clearance. As a result, angles of approach and departure are substantially improved. The wheels are from a Wrangler Rubicon.
Hardening the exterior is a high-clearance ARB front bumper and Mopar heavy-duty rock rails. The doorsill plates have been replaced with stainless-steel plates; slush mats have been added and a cargo liner installed to control dirt. Based on these mods, this Grand Cherokee will tolerate rough use far better than a stock unit, but retains a largely stock appearance and driving manner.