Travel Lite cuts the cabover to create an entirely fresh truck camper product line. Half-ton trucks, meet the 2016 Travel Lite Rayzr, a hard side match that needs no payload apologies.
There has long been an empty space between the hard side truck camper category and the truck topper category. Both product types are designed to be loaded on the back of a pickup truck to provide shelter and storage, but the similarities end there.
The traditional truck topper (also called a truck cap, shell, or canopy) is essentially a rigid truck bed cover that follows the height and contours of the truck to minimize weight and wind resistance. While it is not unusual for folks to camp in truck toppers with an air mattress and a cooler, truck toppers are not considered to be RVs.
The traditional hard side truck camper (also called a pickup camper, slide-in camper, or cabover camper) features a cabover bedroom, RV-style cabinetry and storage, corner jacks, and other common RV amenities. These amenities often include a built-in propane heater, refrigerator, toilet, holding tanks, 12-volt battery bank, lighting, and outlets. With these features and amenities, truck campers are considered to be RVs.
Truck topper shoppers looking for something with RV amenities have long been out of luck. Hard side truck camper shoppers looking for something relatively light weight, affordable, and simple have also been out of luck. They could have something custom built, move up to a basic truck camper, or settle for a truck topper.
That is, until now.
“We are so excited about this. I’m emailing images to you now. Did you get it?”
This wasn’t the first time Dustin Johns, President of Travel Lite, has called us fired up to tell about his latest creation, but he was even more inspired than usual.
“Hold on Dustin, it’s not here yet… Oh, it’s here. Wow! That is different.”
Above: The rendering Dustin Johns sent us of the 2016 Travel Lite Rayzr
On our computer screen was the rendering of an all-new cabover-free truck camper, one of three cabover-free floor plans Travel Lite Campers was preparing to debut. With RV-style cabinetry, amenities, and corner jacks, it’s clearly not a truck topper. Without a cabover, it’s clearly not a traditional truck camper either. So what the heck is this?
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a canaper; half truck camper, half topper. Introducing the 2016 Travel Lite Rayzr SS (Super Sleeper), FB (Front Bed), and FK (Full Kitchen).
2016 Travel Lite Rayzr SS Specifications
The 2016 Travel Lite Rayzr SS is a hard side, non-slide camper made for long or short bed trucks. The interior floor length of the 2016 Travel Lite Rayzr SS is 6′ and the interior height is 6’2”. The 2016 Travel Lite Rayzr SS has no fresh tank, no grey tank, and no black tank. It can accommodate one battery and has no propane tanks. Travel Lite is reporting the base weight of the Travel Lite Rayzr SS to be 885 pounds. The base MSRP for the 2016 Travel Lite Rayzr SS is $5,495.
2016 Travel Lite Rayzr FB Specifications
The 2016 Travel Lite Rayzr FB is a hard side, non-slide camper made for long or short bed trucks. The interior floor length of the 2016 Travel Lite Rayzr FB is 7’3″ and the interior height is 6’2”. The 2016 Travel Lite Rayzr FB has a 9 gallon fresh tank, no grey tank, and no black tank. It can accommodate one battery and has one twenty-pound propane tank. Travel Lite is reporting the base weight of the Travel Lite Rayzr FB to be 1,070 pounds. The base MSRP for the 2016 Travel Lite Rayzr FB is $6,995.