Truck Camper

An introduction to recreational vehicle types

This is a brief introduction to the Truck Camper type of recreational vehicle, intended to provide essential information for choosing the best RV type. (Looking for Truck Camper Manufacturers?)

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Truck Camper

Photo courtesy of Lance Camper Mfg. Corp.

The truck camper is not a vehicle in itself, but an add-on living quarters designed to slide into the bed of a full size pickup truck. The camper is fastened to the truck frame during transport and slides out onto its own legs at the camp site.

Truck Camper Pros

  • One of the least expensive RV's.
  • Mounts in the bed of most full size trucks with minimal modifications.
  • Easy to drive on highway and around town. This RV is attached to the bed of a truck, so it is just as easy to drive.
  • Truck doubles as local transportation.
  • Can tow a small trailer or support a carrying platform on hitch receiver.
  • Truck can be used as a family or work vehicle when not traveling.
  • Requires no special storage when not in use. Fits in standard driveway or back yard.
  • Can reach less accessible camping sites that are too tight for large RV's. When attached to an off-road truck, it can reach camping sites that no other RV's can.

Truck Camper Cons

  • Road handling can be an issue when mounted on a truck with light suspension.
  • Limited space, practical only for short trips.
  • Driving and living compartments are separate. Living area inaccessible while moving.

RV Checklists

The following RV checklists on our web site are applicable to truck campers:

Other Resources

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