It’s starting to feel like little pop-up top covers (like this or this) were destined to look exactly the same from one brand to the next, but the innovators at Rossmönster come to offer the ever-more unique design. The market has seen so far. The all-new Lagom camper van isn’t one of the very few solid-wall uppers, but it expands with a high roof backed by full-height front and rear windows that makes it a rooftop observatory optimized to accommodate a local sight.
Rossmönster announced its arrival on the land truck market last year with the high-powered Baja, a Ford F-150 pop-up land truck with a snug and cozy ski lodge inside. It positioned the new Lagom series as the entry point into its land line compatible with smaller pickup trucks such as the Toyota Tacoma and Jeep Gladiator. In transitioning to a smaller, simpler camper van, the Colorado company stuck to a totally rugged design, joining co-brand Hiatus in eschewing plain and common fabric construction in favor of solid walls that fold in accordion style.
The aluminum top folds nicely and flat while driving, then rises to shape in seconds with the help of two large strut arms on each side. The front and rear sides have folding center beams and are complemented by swing-down windows that attach to the roof during transport. The result of the design is a tall, spacious rooftop camping bin that blurs the gap between indoors and outdoors. Rather than just peeking through a small lattice window, campers at Lagom get views stretching from bed to ceiling, front and back.
The towering Lagom pop-up roof eliminates 6.7 feet (204 cm) of interior standing height above the pickup bed and 3 feet (91 cm) of headroom in the sitting position above the double bed that extends to the front above the cab. The upper walls around the bed are upholstered for added warmth and comfort, and each lagoon has window coverings.
Away from the bed, Rossmunster kept the cabin clean and tidy with the goal of maintaining access to a full pick-up bed for use in hauling camping and adventure gear or for everyday chores. The optional Goal Zero Yeti 1500 portable electrical system saves campers power and can be easily removed when not needed. Paired with up to 200W of solar charging.
The Lagom Base model starts at $14,000, and the Base Plus model with the Yeti 1500, solar power, MaxxAir fan and dimmable LED interior lighting, starts at $17,000. The $4,000 Expedition package offers roof rails, MOLLE panels, an exterior ladder and front LED lighting strip to Base or Base Plus models. Lagom is compatible with 2016+ Tacomas with 5- or 6-foot beds, all Jeep Gladiator models, and 2015 through 2020 F-150 with 6.5-foot beds. Rossmönster is working on variants for additional trucks and encourages interested parties to contact them with the model(s) they wish to equip. For those who want to try before they buy, the company offers Gladiator and Tacoma Lagom rentals from its Longmont, Colorado, headquarters for $205 per day.
Rossmunster tells us that the average Lagom weighs between 350 and 400 pounds (159 and 181 kg), depending on the truck model/bed size it was made for and the options the buyer made.