RMT Overland Gladiator : From Showroom Floor to Outdoor Adventure

RMT Overland is well-known in the off-road and truck lift arenas as a premium outfitter. Most of the company’s background is in lift kits and performance parts for pickup trucks and sport utilities. Now, RMT Overland has an overland-ready kit for the Jeep Gladiator pickup.

The commercial from RMT Overland shows a guy walking into the dealership, making a deal on an RMT Overland Gladiator, and driving out of the lot and to the wilderness with his girlfriend to an idyllic campground shot. It’s pretty epic and, with the exception of maybe where you’d go, totally realistic as shown.

That’s a stupendous thing to think about: buying a ready-to-go rig from a dealership and heading immediately into the wilds, no add-ons required. That, in nutshell, is the overlanding setup of the RMT Overland Gladiator we got to test drive for a week or so. Holy amazeballs was it great. And the number of Jeep enthusiasts who took photos, stopped to talk about it, and generally got enthusiastic about the getup on this rig was also surprisingly awesome. 

The RMT Overland Gladiator starts with a stock Jeep Gladiator Sport, to which are added a few interior comforts like the upgraded infotainment. From there, it’s all about the upfit. RMT uses Mopar parts whenever possible, since there’s no reason to reinvent an already well-done (and factory-approved) wheel. So the rock rails, Max Tow kit and Dana axles are all from the Mopar family. So is the rear bumper and its tow pins. 

Up front, however, the steel front bumper and its tow pins are unique but the Warn winch inside is also a Mopar option. The protective plates on the edges of the front fenders with their mounted LED lighting (which switch through the auxiliary ports inside) are from RMT Overland. The wheels are Mopar bead locks, but the huge BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain K3 tires and the 3.5-inch lift kit that comes with them are RMT’s. Augmenting the lift are FOX Performance Elite 2.5 shock absorbers. Underneath the front end are improvements from both Mopar and others for sway bar disconnect and control and suspension changes. 

Running from the left front fender is a snorkel, which is fully functional to the top fitting. It’s positioned, as are the LED lights, in such a way as to leave the windshield’s fold-down capability intact. As with all Gladiator models, the roof and doors can also be removed without impediment from RMT Overland’s additions.

In the rear is another big add-on. An RMT-made rack with modular attachment points and customization options is attached to the Gladiator’s bed. This can be removed, though it will take a couple of people to do it, and can disassemble into pieces for storage or swap-out. On this particular Gladiator, RMT Overland attached a one gallon fuel and one gallon potable water bottle. Also attached were MaxTrax MkII mud sleds.

On top is a two-person (though it can fit four in a pinch) rooftop tent that folds out from the rack and sets up in about five minutes. Underneath the bed, Mopar’s large spare rack allows another K3 to mount out of the way. The ROAM Adventures tent can be removed fairly easily from the rack, allowing any of a number of other things to go up there instead. We’d probably opt for a kick boat, kayaks, or something similar. We’d also drop the water bottle and get a larger fuel can and probably add a short-handled shovel and hi-lift jack to the getup. But your preferences may vary.

The rack system from RMT Overland leaves the bed of the Gladiator totally unused and available for gear and some options. The Mopar Truck Bed Storage System would be a great add-on here. 

Downers for the RMT Overland? For one, the Sport model used has a lower tow rating than does the Rubicon this setup would likely replace. The difference is about 1,000 pounds in towing. The 1,100-pound payload capacity is unchanged. The larger tires, of course, mean a more sway-prone ride and rougher on-road experience, but Jeep enthusiasts are already familiar with those attributes. 

Off the road, the added lift means a lot more capability in getting around. One of the complaints Gladiator owners have had is that the truck just isn’t as capable off the road as is the Wrangler, which has a much shorter wheelbase and thus better breakover numbers. The lift on the Gladiator mitigates that problem and the larger tire options it brings means that serious off-pavement rubber like the K3s that come with this are now possible. 

The price tag for the RMT Overland Gladiator depends on the dealership it’s purchased from. Prices range from about $61,000 to $65,000 as shown. Customization options are available, of course, and when compared to a similarly-outfitted Gladiator Rubicon, the RMT Overland option is very appealing. Especially since the upgrades are still part of the overall purchase and thus vehicle loan. A three-year warranty comes with each RMT Overland Gladiator sold. 

For those who aren’t interested in doing a lot of wrenching, parts sourcing, and waiting for a mechanic, an off-the-shelf option like this RMT Overland Gladiator is a great thing. For more details, check out this walk-around video we made with Pickup Truck & SUV Talk.

Aaron Turpen

Aaron Turpen is a freelance writer based in Wyoming, USA. He writes about many subjects, nearly all of which are in the transportation and automotive arenas. Aaron is a recognized automotive journalist and member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) and the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP).

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