An introduction to recreational vehicle types
This is a brief introduction to the Truck Camper type of
intended to provide essential information for choosing the best RV type.
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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.
The following RV checklists on our web site are applicable to truck campers:
A list of recommended truck camper resources on our web site: