Overland Jeep Gladiator Cargo Rack System by Leitner Designs

jeep gladiator cargo rack system with roof top tent

With the Jeep Gladiator being one of the hottest new trucks on the market right now, I had no doubt I’d see at least a few at Overland Expo West 2019.  Sure enough there were, including this white, fully-loaded Jeep Gladiator Rubicon featured by Leitner Designs of Corona, CA. They were showcasing their new, awesome Active Cargo System that was outfitted with overland gear.

I was fortunate to stop by Leitner Design’s booth when owner Bernhard Leitner had a spare few minutes to do a walkaround of their Jeep Gladiator overland setup.

The Active Cargo System is a patent-pending product that Leitner Designs manufactures in the USA for all the other major truck manufacturers as well.  In a nutshell, It’s a fully customizable truck bed rack cargo system with features such as a sliding central load bar so you can still haul big items like a motorcycle, and different size storage boxes that mount on the sides. Some of the other Active Cargo System features include:

  • Lightweight at 74 lbs.
  • 10 & 40 gallon locking gear pods
  • Military-grade aluminum construction
  • TIG-welded for maximum strength
  • Rubber wind diffuser/ load pad to keep your cargo from shifting
  • Quad-slot load beam design for endless mounting option
  • Fits many Thule and rhino-rack accessories
  • Powder coated
  • Fully upgradable
  • 250 lbs. dynamic off-road, 500 lbs. dynamic on-road weight capacity
  • 1000 lbs. static weight capacity
  • Compatible with DECKED storage system

On the particular Jeep Gladiator showcased at Overland Expo, Leitner Designs featured their 10 & 40 gallon cargo pods, along with mounted fuel & water Rotopax. A James Baroud hard shell roof top tent was neatly fixed to the top of the rack – it looks like the system was specifically designed for it. As Bernhard mentions in the video walkaround, “The rack height is a higher than the roof line, but it allows you to fit the larger tents that are now on the market, especially when you have a shortened 5-foot bed like this new Gladiator does.” Larger roof mounted tents clear the cab giving it almost a cabover pop-up camper appearance.

“I think they’ve done a really good job with these Jeep Gladiators”, states Bernhard. “I think they are going to be a big seller in the coming years.” We think Leitner Design’s Active Cargo System will be a big seller in it’s own right as well. It’s a well-engineered, functional and attractive-looking overland product for the Jeep Gladiators.

overland jeep gladiator rubicon with cargo rack system and roof top tent
Jeep Gladiator Rubicon with the Active Cargo System at Overland Expo West 2019