The US recreational vehicle market has plenty of expensive Ford-based campers starting at $2 million. Earth to $135,000 Loki base camps, so it’s always good to find one at a really reasonable price. As the least expensive pickup truck in the US, the Ford Maverick is a natural place to start, but its tiny 4.5-foot (1.4 m) bed doesn’t play well with an accessory market that relies on around 5 to 8 feet (1.5 to 2.4 m) family. It took a purpose-built Maverick from good Montanans at Go Fast Campers to make the Maverick camper truck a reality. Because GFC offers one of the most affordable camper solutions out there, the resulting pop-up truck becomes the most affordable new camper in the US…for those who can pinpoint the elusive Maverick.
Go Fast Campers really delivers cart platform For the spectrum of full-size and mid-size American trucks, the lightweight alu-space frame design is a natural for the Maverick’s limited payload of 1,500 lb (680 kg). Designed for the smaller Maverick bed, the Platform Camper weighs less than usual, coming in at 255 lbs (116 kg). That leaves plenty of payload for truck upgrades and accessories, camping and sporting gear, and most of all… family and friends who are camping.
The Maverick Platform Camper features GFC’s proven combination of an aluminum space frame, billet machined components, embassy hinges, a modular bed platform, translucent roof, and T-track. The floorless top attaches to the side walls of the pickup bed and is used Hand-raised loft converts truck bed into a minimalist interior with enough headroom for everyone short of an extra-tall NBA center.
The bed platform folds out of the way to free up headroom during the day, and comes down at night to support a 50″ x 90″ (127 x 229 cm) multi-pillow mattress. It’s a very comfortable night’s sleep for a couple and likely enough to fit a toddler or two, creating a viable light camper for a young family when paired with the five-seater Maverick.
So what about this low pricing? The Ford Maverick is easily the least expensive pickup truck in the US, and the base 2023 Maverick XL with a 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain starts at $23,690 after destination. The Maverick-spec GFC Platform Camper costs $7,770, which puts the price of the previous options for the all-new 2023 Maverick and the factory-new Platform Camper at $31,460—cheaper than many regular passenger cars.
Maverick GFC will also save money at the pumps. RVs are notorious for their poor fuel economy, undercutting the already low mpg numbers of their big truck or base truck/towing rigs with loads of extra weight and bulk from aerodynamics.
The base hybrid Maverick boasts an estimated impressive 37 mpg (6.4 L/100km) combined, and GFC says its wagon will have minimal impact on fuel economy. The camper weighs no more than a pair of passengers, and GFC does its best to keep the cab roof 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) above the height of the Maverick’s roof antenna.
Those looking for more of an off-road camper van can upgrade to Ford’s 2.0-liter turbo four-wheel drive for $2,220. That comes with fuel economy dropping to an EPA-listed 25 mpg (9.4 L/100km) combined, still pretty good for a pickup truck.
Buyers can increase the truck’s power for off-road driving by upgrading to a $25,950 or $31,675 Lariat model, which unlocks an advanced four-wheel drive option and an $800 FX4 package with all-terrain tires, skid plates, front tow hooks, hill descent control, cooling Improved engine and more. This is the GFC package used for the original development truck.
Another $2,995 will upgrade the buyer to the Tremor system, which includes an advanced all-wheel drive system with differential lock, Trail Control, off-road suspension with lift, hitch receiver and more. The shake also includes a choice of XLT or Lariat.
The bad news… Ford closed the order books on the 2022 Maverick earlier this year due to high demand, and barely a week after orders opened for the MY2023 Maverick in mid-September, headlines about closed order books are starting to pop up again.
So the hardest part of owning this affordable camper might not be the camper itself but the truck he rides in. But for those who own a Maverick, have one on order or are able to find one to buy, it promises to be a uniquely compact, affordable and efficient camper. And Ford may be able to start building enough trucks to meet demand sometime before Maverick prices rise to less expensive levels.
For those looking for something more efficient (but certainly not as affordable), GFC also recently showed off a Camper platform installed on the Ford F-150 Lightning. Unlike the Maverick, the Lightning featured a standard 5.5 ft (1.7 m) pickup box and shared dimensions with the ICE F-150, so it did not require a resizing camper platform.
source: Go Fast Campers