Ford launched the all-new Maverick small pickup final 12 months. With its reasonably priced value level, base hybrid powertrain and flexibility, it was a simple decide to make our GP100 checklist. The speedy thought for a lot of was the best way to convert the Maverick right into a camper. And that is now means simpler.
The Maverick is not ultimate for generic, one-size-fits-all truck add-ons. It has a 4.5-foot mattress, shorter than a typical body-on-frame truck mattress. Nonetheless, as The Drive first noticed, Go Quick Campers simply introduced they’re providing a model of their pop-top Platform Camper that’s custom-tailored for the Maverick.
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The Maverick Camper is a exact match for the 4.5-foot mattress. It presents a low profile, including simply 6.5 inches to the automobile top and solely 255 kilos, properly beneath the Maverick’s 1,500-pound-plus payload. Go Quick Campers says the mix “doesn’t seem to impair gasoline economic system.” Throughout our preliminary testing, the Maverick hybrid nonetheless averaged a gasoline economic system of 37 mpg whereas hauling a full pallet of mulch within the mattress.
The Maverick Camper presents a 50 x 90-inch sleeping space. Gasoline struts present straightforward setup and maintain the pop-top in place throughout dangerous climate. The ground additionally presents reconfigurable panels that may reform the cabin right into a bunk mattress and supply room for a standing desk (or child altering station).
Go Quick Campers says the Maverick Camper solely prices $7,700, making it the market’s most reasonably priced new automobile to camper choice. Theoretically, you possibly can pair the Maverick Camper with a base XL hybrid Maverick and nonetheless come out below $30,000. However even when you swap to the straight fuel powertrain to get AWD and degree up with the Fx4 bundle, you’ll nonetheless come out beneath the bottom value for many mid-size vehicles and off-roaders (and have already got a slick pop-top camper).
It has been onerous to discover a Maverick for the reason that launch with manufacturing points and heavy demand. However Ford plans to reopen Maverick ordering for the 2023 mannequin 12 months in September.