Ford F-150 Baja camper may very well be Winter 2022’s final journey RV


Colorado’s Rossmönster is one among the many small military of Rocky Mountain camper van converters that make the kind of homey lodges-on-wheels that encourage individuals to promote every little thing and declare the highway their residence. Now the corporate takes a giant step off-road into the overland truck market, providing a hard-walled pop-up camper truck that is each bit as heat and comfortable as its camper vans. Customized camper van model meets full-size 4×4 truck utility for a four-season journey camper able to make winter and summer season much more enjoyable.

Rigorously avoiding insulting its camper vans within the course of, Rossmönster explains its determination so as to add an “Overland” department and get into truck campers, noting that some prospects simply desire a truck. Regardless of the recognition of all-wheel-drive vans as rugged camper base automobiles, some drivers nonetheless demand the smaller total footprint, actual 4WD with locking differentials, larger floor clearance and all-around higher off-road ruggedness a truck provides.

“We all know that many individuals, together with ourselves, desire to journey in hard-to-reach locations the place getting there’s a part of the expertise. As such, we needed to construct a car with the identical craftsmanship and dedication to design that we’ve been using in our van builds for years however with a bit extra functionality to discover,” founder and proprietor Ross Williamson, the Monster Ross behind Rossmönster, defined when saying the Baja earlier this yr.

The entrance bumper additionally brings a Warn winch

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Williamson and crew reached for a succesful platform that additionally occurs to be America’s long-standing best-selling car, the Ford F-Collection, tearing the 6.5-foot (198-cm) mattress off an F-150 and attending to work.

The large distinction between making a camper van versus a camper truck is that the latter entails constructing your individual cabin from the bottom up. From the appears to be like of the Baja, Rossmönster has completed a masterful job on its alu-framed composite construct, growing one of many extra convincing camper designs we have seen of late by combining the peak and house advantages of a pop-up roof with the climate safety of stable partitions. As a substitute of lifting as much as reveal wraparound cloth, the actuated Baja roof reveals solely a barely tapered part of window-covered wall because it rises, sustaining floor-to-ceiling hard-wall protection for stable four-season safety.

The actuated roof lifts to add roughly a foot of extra headroom at camp

The actuated roof lifts so as to add roughly a foot of additional headroom at camp

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Inside, cozy winter residing appears to have been prime of thoughts for the Rossmönster design workforce, a minimum of on the debut Baja truck that options darkish wooden all through to create the texture of a timber-heavy ski lodge or snow-topped log cabin. Warming pure and LED gentle soak the complete size of the camper. After all, patrons may go along with an easier motif, just like the brighter white-and-slate look proven in different images.

Talking of purchaser choices, Rossmönster provides a two-sleeper and two four-sleeper flooring plans, together with the choice of going absolutely {custom}. The four-sleeper layouts each flank a transparent heart aisle with all the principle tools and cabinetry. The kitchen dominates each side, with a passenger-side single-burner induction cooktop constructed into a big countertop and a driver-side Ruvati multipurpose sink with built-in drying bin/strainer and slicing board prime. An under-counter 85-L Isotherm fridge/freezer finishes off the kitchen tools checklist.

Rossmönster Baja camper truck interior

Rossmönster Baja camper truck inside

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Relying upon flooring plan, a pair of vis-a-vis leather-upholstered benches occupy the sidewall house on the entrance or rear finish of the kitchen blocks. A Lagun desk completes the eating space, which converts over right into a smaller mattress that appears greatest for kids. Dad and mom sleep within the alcove double under the skylight, accessed through a small driver-side staircase within the rear-dinette flooring plan.

With out the necessity for a bigger convertible dinette-bed, the two-sleeper flooring plan is ready to accommodate an indoor bathe room. The four-sleeper fashions depend on an obtainable outside bathe, and all three variations have a Rixen furnace/sizzling water system. One merchandise conspicuously lacking from each the Baja customary and non-obligatory options lists is any type of a bathroom, an amenity that appears fairly vital for a camper with four-season aspirations. However within the unlikely occasion Rossmönster would not provide one in any respect, it will be simple sufficient to hold one’s personal moveable bathroom.

Benches converted over into the second bed

Benches transformed over into the second mattress

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To maintain its home equipment and multi-zone electrical lighting system operating tons of of miles off-grid, Rossmönster equips the BaJa with a robust electrical system constructed round a 400-Ah lithium battery. A 400-W roof-secured Zamp photo voltaic array assists a 120-A alternator charger in holding the battery operating, and a 3,000-W inverter distributes AC energy across the camper.

As a substitute of losing money and time on custom-embroidered quilted leather-based seats, carbon fiber dashboard trim or the like, Rossmönster leaves the four-seat truck cab inventory past carving out the pass-through. It does provide different truck upgrades, although, just like the airbag rear suspension, {custom} entrance and rear bumpers, and entrance Warn winch.

The camper exterior might be dressed with an inlaid Baja Designs entrance LED bar, modular rear storage rack, Fiamma awning and MaxTrax facet desk. Occupants enter the camper by the use of a power-actuated drop-down rear hatch door with built-in steps.

If you don't slide in via the front pass-through, you can board using the drop-down rear hatch

Should you do not slide in through the entrance pass-through, you’ll be able to board utilizing the drop-down rear hatch

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Past the Ford F-150 or 250, Rossmönster additionally builds the Baja on Ram 2500 and Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 2500 pickups with 6.5-foot beds (2019+). A whole Baja truck begins at US$175,000, however Rossmönster is cautious to level out that the bottom value can fluctuate primarily based on the truck mannequin and trim the customer selects, to not point out camper and truck choices and upgrades.

Repeated sticker shock hasn’t but numbed us fairly sufficient to name that value “reasonably priced,” however evaluate it to different latest overland truck choices just like the $325K TruckHouse Toyota BCT or $289K 3500 HD-based EarthCruiser Terranova and it begins to look a little extra budget-friendly. The worth additionally lands within the common ballpark of well-liked 4×4 camper vans, slotting not removed from the ever-rising $193,272 value of the Winnebago Revel and the $153,748 to $198,746 vary of Storyteller’s vans.

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