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Game, Set, Match: The Need For Better Matching Advice

Having spent countless hours reading numerous camper reviews and helpful articles posted on Truck Camper Magazine, we’ve reached a decision on the truck camper model we desire. The next task is finding the right truck.

If trucks and truck campers were matched and available on RV lots, our research and decision making could be considerably easier.” – David Gibbs, No Truck Yet, No Camper Yet

“From a marketing point of view, it makes sense to offer a truck and camper solution to customers who have the cash.

Our set up brand new would be about $100,000 brand new. By finding a used truck with 26,000 miles, rebuilding the suspension, tie downs, brakes, wheels and tires, and getting a brand new but previous model year Bigfoot, we were able to get in for approximately $70,000. For us, the math is easy and I liked the challenge.” – Tom Scholtens, 2010 Chevy 2500 HD, 2013 Bigfoot 25c10.4

“Maybe it should be more of a list of exactly what truck would go with a specific camper. There are so many variables with each that it might be too expensive for an individual dealer to have an inventory of trucks and campers matched on the lot.

A truck and camper might be something you could order from the dealer. Most people don’t buy a truck and camper package. As a result, they sometimes get into trouble. Too many RV dealers aren’t knowledgeable as to what the truck needs to have for a given camper.” – Kim Brinn, 1997 Ford F-350, 2009 Lance 981

“Professionally matched truck and camper rigs would be good. They might also help cut down insurance costs and improve safety.

My camper was dealership installed, but they failed to add spacers to keep the camper centered side-to-side. This caused the camper to shift around by four inches. The two front rubber bumpers disintegrated, which damaged the front of the bed.

I added 2x6s to rectify the problem. You would think the dealer would have known about this fit problem given how many campers they sell. Dealers, please be aware of this.” – Gaston Belanger, 2017 Ram 3500, 2017 Northern Lite 9-6 QSE

“I love the idea of dealers providing a prepared list of possible weight matches to specific truck models and builds. It would not really be too time consuming to prepare a chart of all suitable truck models with their maximum payloads, and a similar chart to subtract common truck options from the starting payload for a bare bones truck. A counselor to help purchasers make those choices would be dandy.

However, since vehicle purchases are so personal, with a myriad of available colors, upholstery, and a massive number of other options, the chances of a dealer having just the right truck for a particular buyer would be rather slim in my opinion. And the holding costs to dealers for stocking trucks in addition to campers would be prohibitive, with the added risk of not finding a buyer.” – John Wells, 2011 Chevy 3500HD, 2012 Chalet Ascent S100F

“I think professionally matched rigs would be a positive thing for dealers to do as a showcase. Consumers could see the ride as well as the ease of navigating roadways and parking lots before they buy.

I found that information was a forbidden fruit for any buyer. It did not matter who manufactured the vehicle. Dealers generally were making things up as they went along. I accidentally stumbled into a fleet dealership selling Fords. They had the right information to make a good buying decision (model, GVWR, etc.).” – Luther Lloyd, 2016 Ford F350, 2016 Arctic Fox 990

“I think professionally matched rigs would be a great idea. It would help those not familiar with the load and weight capacity of their current or prospective vehicle.

Most people do a lot of research before buying. From what I’ve seen online, eventually these folks get told to look at Truck Camper Magazine to make a more informed decision.

But, like other things in life, some find out about this information after they have already bought into this lifestyle.” – Rick Law, 2005 Ford F550, 2003 Bigfoot 30C10.11SL

“While professionally matched rigs might be nice for newbies, I don’t see the need for it. What I would rather see is a rating system for RV dealers so one could distinguish responsible dealers from reprehensible dealers.

I once heard the owner of an RV outlet say, in regards to truck camper matching, “If I worried about that, I wouldn’t sell a single truck camper.” This person was only concerned about his bottom line and had no business selling truck campers. There needs to be a way that dealers like this can be identified so the truck camper buying public can avoid them.” – Arn Chamberlain, 2000 Ford F-250, 2004 Palomino Maverick 8801

“I said yes in the poll, but professionally matched rigs would be a option for people who don’t want to go through the hassle of having to figure it out themselves. I remember my first try was an expensive experience. If it is all figured in the price and you just sign and go, some people might like that.” – Jeff Hagberg, 2002 Ford F250, 2006 Travel Lite 800 SBX

“As long as the professionally matched set-ups are legitimate. For example, most truck campers that are promoted for half and three-quarter trucks are right at the GVWR limit, without options or stuff.

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