Pickup truck popularity in the overlanding community is no accident. Truck bed campers allow owners to pack their belongings neatly away, and not deal with the hassle of unpacking and setting up a tent. Ford has already announced several camper-equipped trucks the automaker will show off at SEMA. Equipment manufacturers make sure they offer a camper for as many makes and models as possible. Particularly focusing on trucks designed for heavy off-roading, like the Jeep Gladiator. For a while, only Arizona-based Adventure Trailers offered a Gladiator-specific camper. Then, Go Fast Campers debuted the multi-truck-compatible Platform. And now, FiftyTen has joined the mix with the Mid-Size Camping System.
The MSCS Jeep Gladiator Camper: Design
The MSCS is designed around a modular system that FiftyTen uses for all its camper products. The first component is the tray, which attaches directly to the Gladiator’s frame. The tray isn’t only a base, but is also a weather-proof storage area, with access on all three sides.
Above that is the main box around which the entire MSCS is centered. Made of steel, as is the rest of the camper, it can be accessed by three weather-proof panels—one rear, two side—that lift via gas struts. The center compartment functions as a living area, and has rigging inside to secure tools, cargo, and anything else you bring on your expedition.
On top is the rooftop tent. FiftyTen claims it can open and close in seconds, held in place with a single securing hook. The tent can also be loaded with gear—airline rails are installed either side to assist. Inside is an 80mm Froli spring mattress with adjustable firmness. Hey, off-roading is tiring, OK? You need a good night’s sleep.
FiftyTen MSCS vs. Jeep Gladiator Camper Competition
FiftyTen has not revealed the MSCS’ weight, but considering its steel construction, the GFC Platform is undoubtedly lighter. And, unlike both the Platform and AT’s Summit Hardtop, the MSCS attaches directly to the frame of the Gladiator. This adds additional support and stability to the camper’s payload.
Unfortunately, the MSCS’ design means that it replaces the Gladiator’s bed completely. The central box and tent can be removed when not in use, but you aren’t getting your truck bed back. FiftyTen’s tray is weather-proof, but both the GFC Platform and AT Summit Hardtop leave the more easily-accessible bed intact.
However, the MSCS does offer a degree of customizability that even the Summit Hardtop doesn’t quite have. Although, you will pay for it.
FiftyTen MSCS: Ordering and Pricing
FiftyTen’s official dealer, Goose Gear, is a company that provides overlanding gear and modifications for a wide range of trucks. The MSCS’ modular design enables Goose Gear to fit a wide range of accessories inside. Cabinets, additional rails, iceboxes, a kitchen—all available in several different colors. Even the specific tent fabric and MSCS exterior color choice can be customized. However, due to this customization and demand, there is a 10-week lead-time at the time of writing.
All this doesn’t come cheap. The base MSCS starts at $32,800 before any options. That is significantly higher than the $9100 Summit Hardtop and the $6450 Platform. In fact, the MSCS costs almost as much as a standard base Gladiator. A highly patronizable, made-in-Germany camper doesn’t come cheap.