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HARD SIDE RESULTS: 2016 Ultimate Camper Survey

TCM readers who prefer hard side truck campers respond to the 2016 Ultimate Truck Camper Survey and reveal in detail what today’s consumer wants in modern hard-side truck campers.

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The 2016 Ultimate Truck Camper Survey results are in and the data is destined to alter the future of truck camper design, materials, features, and amenities.

Here are the results of the hard side survey.  Click here for the pop-up survey results.


HARD SIDE RESULTS: 2016 Ultimate Camper Survey

The hard side survey results are listed in the order the survey questions were asked.  There are a total of 55 hard side questions spread out over three parts.

To see Part 2 of the hard side survey results, click here.

To see Part 3 of the hard side survey results, click here.

1. What weight (fully wet and loaded) would you prefer for your next truck camper purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Under 1,500 pounds – 2.99%
1,500 to 2,000 pounds – 9.31%
2,000 to 2,500 pounds – 11.86%
2,500 to 3,000 pounds – 16.63%
3,000 to 3,500 pounds – 15.74%
3,500 to 4,000 pounds – 14.52%
4,000 to 4,500 pounds – 9.31%
4,500 to 5,000 pounds – 6.54%
5,000 to 5,500 pounds – 3.33%
5,500 to 6,000 pounds – 2.88%
More than 6,000 pounds – 1.11%
No preference – 5.76%


2. What floor length would you prefer for your next truck camper purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Short bed: 5 feet or shorter – 0.11%
Short bed: 5 to 6 feet- 1.55%
Short bed: 6 to 7 feet- 7.71%
Short bed: 7 to 8 feet – 6.51%
Short bed: 8 feet or longer – 9.27%
Long bed: 8 to 9 feet – 15.89%
Long bed: 9 to 10 feet – 19.98%
Long bed: 10 to 11 feet – 20.53%
Long bed: 11 feet or longer – 18.21%
No preference – 0.77%


3. Would you prefer a camper designed for a pick-up bed or a flat bed for your next hard side truck camper purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Pick-up bed – 80.36%
Flat bed – 12.99%
No preference – 6.66%


4. Would you prefer a rear entry door or side entry door for your next truck camper purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Rear entry door – 42.94%
Side entry door – 42.25%
No preference – 15.01%


5. Would you prefer a basement model or non-basement model for your next truck camper purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Basement model: wheel well height – 45.21%
Basement model: truck rail height  – 14.59%
Non-basement model – 24.50%
No preference – 15.70%

6. Would you prefer a non-slide, single-slide, double-slide, or triple-slide floor plan for your next hard side truck camper purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Non-slide – 43.58%
Single-slide: dinette-slide – 13.16%
Single-slide: full-wall dinette-slide with refrigerator – 11.84%
Double-slide: full-wall dinette-slide with refrigerator and sofa-slide – 10.51%
Double-slide: full-wall dinette-slide with refrigerator and kitchen-slide – 7.85%
Triple-slide: dinette-slide, sofa-slide, and kitchen-slide – 10.73%
No preference – 2.32%


7. Would you prefer a push-out tent room for your next truck camper purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Yes – 8.45%
No – 85.32%
No preference – 6.23%


8. What frame material would you prefer for the next truck camper that you purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Wood frame – 2.76%
Aluminum frame – 44.92%
Composite frame – 10.04%
Wood-stuffed aluminum frame- 12.80%
Molded fiberglass shell – 20.86%
No preference – 8.61%


9. What siding material would you prefer for next truck camper you purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Aluminum siding – 14.11%
Fiberglass filon siding – 32.44%
Molded fiberglass shell – 41.44%
No preference – 12.0%


10. What size fresh water tank would you prefer for the next truck camper you purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Under 10 gallons – 1.22%
10 to 20 gallons – 8.3%
20 to 30 gallons – 20.35%
30 to 40 gallons – 31.53%
40 to 50 gallons – 21.13%
50 gallons or more – 15.49%
None. I do not want a fresh water holding tank. – .66%
No preference – 1.33%


11. What size grey water tank would you prefer for the next truck camper you purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Under 10 gallons – 4.31%
10 to 20 gallons – 19.23%
20 to 30 gallons – 31.93%
30 to 40 gallons – 26.19%
40 to 50 gallons – 10.83%
50 gallons or more – 4.42%
None. I do not want a grey water holding tank. – 1.33%
No preference – 1.77%


12. What size black water tank would you prefer for the next truck camper you purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Under 10 gallons – 6.4%
10 to 20 gallons – 24.17%
20 to 30 gallons – 31.24%
30 to 40 gallons – 18.87%
40 to 50 gallons – 6.51%
50 gallons or more – 2.32%
None. I do not want a black water holding tank. 8.61%
No preference – 1.88%


13. What propane tank capacity would you prefer for the next truck camper you purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
One 10 pound tank – 2.75%
Two 10 pound tanks – 12.56%
One 20 pound tank – 5.73%
Two 20 pound tanks – 50.55%
One thirty pound tank – 2.09%
Two thirty pound tanks – 23.24%
None. I don’t want propane tanks. – 0.88%
No preference – 2.20%


14. What battery holding capacity would you prefer for the next truck camper you purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
One battery – 2.62%
Two batteries – 70.72%
More than two batteries – 19.56%
None. I do not want a battery. – .22%
No preference – 1.88%


15. What type of camper jack system would you prefer for the next truck camper you purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Tri-pod camper jacks – 0.77%
Mechanical camper jacks – 3.63%
Hydraulic camper jacks – 3.96%
Wired electric camper jacks – 13.99%
Wireless remote electric jacks – 74.01%
No preference – 3.63%


16. What type of entry step system would you prefer for the next truck camper you purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Scissor steps – 18.44%
Bumper steps – 61.45%
No preference – 20.11%


17. Would you prefer an extended rear storage bumper, or a standard rear bumper for the next truck camper you purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Extended Rear Storage Bumper – 56.87%
Standard Bumper – 31.62%
No preference – 11.51%


18. Would you prefer a permanently attached shore power cord or a detachable shore power cord for the next truck camper you purchase?

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Permanently attached cord – 26.36%
Detachable cord – 61.02%
No preference – 12.62%


19. What exterior amenities would you prefer for the next truck camper you purchase? Please check all of the amenities that you would prefer.

HARD SIDE CAMPER
Exterior LED lighting – 94.27%
Ladder for roof access -88.64%
Roof rack – 56.01%
Outside shower – 70.01%
Sewer hose compartment – 88.42%
Entry assist handle – 84.45%
Cable television connection – 58.32%
Exterior propane connection – 57.44%
Black tank flush – 76.96%
Slide-out topper awning(s) – 46.42%
Side awning – 70.34%
Rear awning – 61.85%
Stereo speakers – 45.87%

To see Part 2 of the hard side survey results, click here.

To see Part 3 of the hard side survey results, click here.

 

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