Owner Transforms Ford Maverick Into Overlanding Warrior

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It has a custom slide-in camper weighing just 700 lbs.

By now it's no secret that Ford absolutely hit it out of the park with the Maverick. A staggering 97% of customers recently purchased a Maverick directly from Ford. And these customers are more than willing to wait for their Mavericks, which they prefer over similarly priced crossovers and hatches.

Owners are also customizing their Mavericks, though some mods are on the naff side. Tuning it to sound like a Focus RS is a bit much, but we really dig the overland vibe that Wandering The Weekend (Justin and Amber) have going on.

This couple basically travels the states in a modified Maverick with a custom slide-in camper. The overall quality of the camper is so good that you could be forgiven for thinking it's a mass-market product.

Wandering The Weekend/YouTube
Wandering The Weekend/YouTube

Alas, no such camper exists, which is why Justin and Amber had to make one from scratch. The main reason a third-party manufacturer has yet to introduce something similar is Maverick's payload capacity. An EcoBoost model like the one you see here can only carry 1,500 pounds in its bed.

This couple's slide-in camper weighs just 700 lbs without gear, thanks to the lightweight construction. The entire trailer is made from laser-cut aluminum and is TIG welded together. Though the structure is light, it's strong enough to support a pop-up tent with solar panels, a side awning, and a side-mounted shower.

Their Maverick isn't just for show either. It has a two-inch lift kit and 265/70-17 BFGoodrich all-terrain tires. It's not a hardcore off-roader, but the AWD system is good enough for a dirt road and some light off-roading.

Wandering The Weekend/YouTube
Wandering The Weekend/YouTube
Wandering The Weekend/YouTube
Wandering The Weekend/YouTube

On the inside, it has a small bed, but that's perfectly fine. The rooftop tent has more than enough space for the adults. Other amenities include a fridge, sink, a lithium battery bank, 14 gallons of water, and a three-gallon stainless steel water heater.

According to the couple, the Maverick is still frugal on the highway. They say it only consumes 22 mpg on the open road, which is quite far from Ford's claimed highway figure of 29 mpg. It's still impressive, considering the weight on the rear and the additional wind resistance from the rooftop tent.

This is just another example of Maverick owners creating their own accessories while waiting for the actual third-party manufacturers to come to the party.

Wandering The Weekend/YouTube
Wandering The Weekend/YouTube
Wandering The Weekend/YouTube
Wandering The Weekend/YouTube

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