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Old 01-25-2015, 08:18 AM   #1
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School me on Truck Campers.

I own a Pace 8x20 dual axle cargo trailer, nicely set up for hauling and wrenching on the bikes. Now I feel the need to move away from tents and a truck bed camper seems to be the logical next step.

Any recommendations, advice, or warnings appreciated.

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Old 01-25-2015, 09:41 AM   #2
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First, what kind of truck do you have, with a camper and an enclosed trailer you can hit the limits of a 1/2 ton relatively quickly.
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:49 AM   #3
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Expeditionportal.com has a section dedicated to slide in truck campers, flatbeds with truck campers, full on class c truck chassis.

It's the ADV of the four wheeled world
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:03 AM   #4
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Friend's gave me an old one. A huge beast, bed over the cab, and hanging two feet out the back. Weighed near a ton.

Put it on my 3/4 ton chevy and started home. This overweight boat slowed the poor old truck down so much that by the time I made it home, I knew I'd never use it. Oh well, least I didn't have to buy it to find out.

Something lighter and more aerodynamic would be nice.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:23 AM   #5
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It's probably a smaller unit on a smaller truck than what you're looking at. It's about 3/4 tonne empty.

The truck needed air-bag helper units for the rear shocks to make it drivable. Fuel economy dropped from mid-30s to mid-20s. It'll cruise at over 80 on the flat (if you're not paying attention), and you quickly forget it's there.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:28 AM   #6
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My experience is they're slightly better than a tent

Spent 21 days with wife in one, and any time one of us cooked or used the head, the other hand to stand outside. I trained for 5 days straight. Not Good id someone needs to go to the head when the other person is cooking. The foot print inside a trucker camper is barely big enough for one person. I had much rather have a small trailer.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:29 AM   #7
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:52 AM   #8
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Spent 21 days with wife in one, and any time one of us cooked or used the head, the other hand to stand outside. I trained for 5 days straight. Not Good id someone needs to go to the head when the other person is cooking. The foot print inside a trucker camper is barely big enough for one person. I had much rather have a small trailer.
You must have an odd layout. If space becomes a problem one of you lounges on the bed.

If you plan on staying a while deploy the awning...



We can get 10 in ours (awning, not camper).
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:31 AM   #9
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I have a sun-lite pop up, nice unit, but no longer in business
I like small truck campers the big ones need a 3/4 ton or larger



with popup open


If I were to buy a new one I would go with a Four wheel nice all aluminum build
http://www.fourwh.com/

also check out truck camper magazine lots of info http://www.truckcampermagazine.com/
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:47 AM   #10
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I got an 09' Lance 825 (made for 1/2 tons) that I haul on my Tundra 5.7 with 6.5ft bed, and pull a 21ft boat with extended hitch. It does well, despite what people may think.

The lance is 19** lbs unloaded, I use 10plys, airbags, and swaybar, and it does well. Hasa full bathroom with shower and all the normal stuff.

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Old 01-25-2015, 05:41 PM   #11
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Grew up camping in one, one person can be standing, cooking, talking, etc and everyone else needs to be seated, otherwise you're in each others way, squeezing by, stepping on toes, etc, no worky
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Old 01-25-2015, 06:08 PM   #12
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Weigh your truck, then see what your GVWR is. There is not much left for a truck camper in most instances.

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Old 01-25-2015, 06:15 PM   #13
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Take a look at the truck camper forums at rv.net
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Old 01-25-2015, 06:31 PM   #14
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I am truck shopping now. Looks like I may want to consider trading the cargo trailer in and just biting the bullet on a toy hauler.
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Old 01-25-2015, 06:43 PM   #15
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I am truck shopping now. Looks like I may want to consider trading the cargo trailer in and just biting the bullet on a toy hauler.
If your looking for room I agree. Truck campers aren't for socializing, but sleeping and cooking. And we do a lot of our cooking outside.
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