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We tent camp - have done it for many years and all our gear easily fits in the Gladiator. I could never fit everything I wanted to take with us in our JKU Rubicon - the firewood, water container, and gasoline were always a challenge and typically got left behind. Being able to carry a lot more camping gear was the primary reason the Gladiator ultimately replaced the JK Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.

As detailed in my build thread, I built a rack above the factory tonneau cover. I use the rack to carry our folding chairs, camping table, fire poker, lantern stand and any other long items including a shovel, etc.

The bed is loaded with Rubbermaid Action Packer cases which fit perfectly under the factory tonneau cover. Inside them are camping gear like flashlights, lanterns (I use Milwaukee cordless lights), PT, TP, Eureka Sunrise 9 tent, queen size air mattress, inflator, sleeping bags, camping pillows and blankets. We also carry a Coleman dual fuel stove, dual fuel lantern and a home made DIY camp kitchen box which is the same size as one of the Rubbermaid Action Packer boxes. And we can fit a 5-gallon water container and firewood and there's room for gas (I'll attach it to the rack).

Inside the cab on the platform (where the back seat used to be) is our 12v Whynter fridge/freezer, food and clothes/jackets, etc., and our dog.

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Above pics show the rack before I moved the basket over and added the long gun case (for recovery gear and a first aid kit and TP).
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Here's the camp kitchen box we built - it's the same size as the Action Packer containers so it takes up the same amount of space and it gives me flexibility when loading the bed.

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Update: Off road lighting

Been planning to do the off road lighting right and I'm fortunate to be able to have the best lights made: Ultra Vision Lighting - high performance lighting from Australia

The good news is Ultra Vision Lighting is coming to America - stay tuned and you'll be able to buy their products direct from them: https://ultra-vision.com.au/

First up: Add the Jeep Steel Bumper Winch Guard

2018-2021 Jeep Wrangler JL Gladiator Grille Winch Guard Powder Coated OEM Mopar - Mopar (82215351) Mopar - 82215351 2018-2021 Jeep https://tinyurl.com/y45parvu

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And now for some lights...

Started with Ultra Vision's Power Vision 80W LED Driving Light - Nitro 80 Maxx Widr beam on the Winch Tube and I installed their Ultra Vision's Dura Vision ATOM 25W LED Work Lamp LED lights on the side of the Cowl brackets and bolted up Ultra Vision's larger Dura Vision ATOM 45W Work Lamp LED lights on top of the Cowl brackets.

Note: I'm installed 2 sets of Deutsch connectors to the inside of the front bumper so I could plug-and-play either these lights or the larger Nitro 180 Maxx lights which use a larger Deutsch connector.

I also ran wiring under the hood with 2 sets of Deutsch connectors to both Cowl bracket locations so I can plug-and-play lights there.

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And now for some lights...

Started with Ultra Vision Nitro 140 Maxx on the Winch Tube and I installed their Atom 25's on the side of the Cowl brackets and bolted up their larger Atom lights on top of the Cowl brackets...

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These look great. Can you get us a close up side shot to see them installed on bracket.

My pit chief and I were just talking about this yesterday. With as much dust as we have here in the Great 48, I think it may be time for some ambers And other lighting options.
 
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That's tons of light but I had the luxury of being able to go bigger so I did - installed Ultra Vision's Nitro 180 Maxx LED driving Lights on the Winch Bumper Tube...moar lighting...

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These look great. Can you get us a close up side shot to see them installed on bracket.

My pit chief and I were just talking about this yesterday. With as much dust as we have here in the Great 48, I think it may be time for some ambers And other lighting options.
Sure, happy to help...

Here's the first Dura Vision ATOM 45W LED light mounted...

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And here's the bracket with both lights installed...
1 - Dura Vision ATOM 45W LED bolted up on top of the bracket
1 - Dura Vision ATOM 25W LED mounted sideways

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Here are all 6 lights installed...

Cowl brackets:
1 pair - Dura Vision ATOM 45W LED bolted up on top of the bracket
1 pair - Dura Vision ATOM 25W LED mounted sideways

Winch Tube:
1 pair - Power Vision 80W LED Driving Light - Nitro 80 Maxx Widr beam


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Outstanding. Thank you for adding. Have added these to list of things to look at. It must be color of the JT that makes the whole setup look great 😁👍
 
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Rack update...

1. Added Ultra Vision Lights to the rack - ran a hot wire to a switchbox I made and installed inside the right rear corner of the bed. 3 switches running 1 light on the left side, 1 on the right side of the rack and 2 lights to the rear. I'll use these when camping to light up the area.

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2. Added RotopaX - one 2 gallon Gen 2 (without the twist lock feature) on each side of the rack using the RotopaX Deluxe Mounts.

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Added moar lights today...bolted on 2 of the Rigid Light Cubes - Amber, on the front bumper and ran the wire inside split loom to the Badge Glow panel for the connections to the Switch Panel

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Blinded by the Light...


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3 Switch Box in right rear inside bed - Velcro'd to the side wall in the corner (need to clean up the extra wire):
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Those 80W rounds are sweet. Nighttime pics when you get a chance, please!
 
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Those 80W rounds are sweet. Nighttime pics when you get a chance, please!
Gonna be a while - I moved them over to the Raptor where they're now A-pillar lights - as I'm headed out for Death Valley again. When I get back I'll get some pics of the Raptor with the lights on at night. In the meantime...

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