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2016 Ultimate Camper Survey – Hard Side Comments

Here are the Hard Side comments for the 2015 Ultimate Camper Survey.

Question 19: What exterior amenities would you prefer for the next hard side truck camper you purchase?  Responses for “Other (please specify)”.

Horizontal LP tanks

Wall light switch in bathroom

Several storage compartments

Electric outlets


Wireless back up camera

Exterior speaker(s)

Generator, solar, satellite, big television

Painted graphics, no front window

Exterior 120V and 12v outlet(s), 20 amp

Back up flood lighting

Propane generator

Front positioned bathroom

Dark tented windows


Wireless speaker

Electric awning, deck option, more dinette options

Longest side awning possible to nose of camper

Sewer hose compartment that holds at least 25-foot hose

Compartment to hold a Weber Q1000 and space for Honda EU2000i

Cassette toilet

A window on the door to see through when driving.  Lots of storage.  A light on the entry door.

Large roll-out pantry drawer

Grey tank drain separate from black tank

Television bracket to hold TV

More outside lighting

Solar ready wired

Tracking satellite antenna and awning with LED lights built in


Regarding exterior lighting, I’d like some real lighting, not something that one can’t see the ground on a dark and rainy night (like my current camper).  Something with some real lumens.  These should be controllable either from inside the camper or from the cab of the truck, perhaps with a wireless remote.  This would be a great help when parking in a dark spot.

Small wind turbine

Padlocks on the doors

Outside television entertainment center

Solar panel(s), bike rack attachment, flip down deck for shoes

Outdoor sink pull out

Reinforcing next to entry door for user added handicapped lift system

A low-brightness exterior light just to identify the camper and light the steps without annoying the neighbors

External table slide-out

Outside accessible storage

Heavy duty ladders are a must.  Small ladders are no good.

The battery compartment and door should be large enough to accommodate a sliding tray for removal and maintenance of the batteries.  The box should also have a dedicated connection to attach portable solar panel hook-ups.  Another outside convenience would be a door either vertical or horizontal to store a 120 watt portable solar panel system.

BBQ shelf

Solar, and storage for small inverter generator

Radio and CB radio antenna hook-ups

Swing out propane grill

100 watt solar panels

Outside water for dishes

Solar panel racks

The ability to turn off the propane appliances from the outside of the camper on the same side as fueling on the vehicle.

Thermopane windows

800 watt solar array

Outside entertainment system

Adjustable dimming, adjustable colored lighting, higher quality speakers

Backup lights, storage compartments

Better step for getting in and out with a hand rail

Solar panels and generator

Installed solar system

Retractable rear steps, easier sewer drain hook-up

Hard wired rear view camera

Kitchen stove and sink

Back up camera

Lots of storage compartment space for hoses, etc.

Factory solar panels and controller

Fast Charge for 12-volt

Solar and wind power charging for batteries

Mesh enclosed room with side awning detachable with zip-in rain shield sides

Low access for lifting propane tanks

Built-in attachment to carry bicycles

Dual pane tinted windows, side overhang storage boxes, aluminum one-piece roof, colored fiberglass extended nose.

Solar power, wind turbine, bike rack, and doggie door

Crank out (as opposed to slider) windows

Exterior cable television jack

Window awning, proper exit roof top

Outside television, detachable screen room placed under awning

Outside audio and video feeds

Slide out BBQ

Sewer hose compartment that a hose can actually fit in to

Grey water tank flush

Rear BBQ hookup on step platform

Fresh water inlet

Stovetop which can be converted from inside to outside, outside storage compartment

Generator, satellite dish, oven, microwave

Extra 110-volt outlets

Two to three solar panels

Battery compartment tall enough for two 6 volt batteries.

Satellite television connection for dual satellite/cable box

Satellite radio, mounted satellite dish

More storage that is outside accessible

LED lights throughout

Exterior TV connection

Interior propane connection with cut off outside

Side lights


Solar panel to keep two batteries charged

Outside 120 volt power plug

Tool rack for shovel ax, solar power, bubble levels, night vision/day rear camera,

Some kind of trash receptacle

Always-on rear camera, outside speakers, on both sides and on rear, Honda EU3000is generator, four or five roof 100 watt solar panels, 10 gallon electric/propane hot water tank, convection microwave

Outside storage for grill and more.


Grill bracket/gas connection, slide-folding table

Sturdy steps that extend as necessary for easy entry

TV compartment on the outside under the awning

Side awnings on driver and passenger sides

Back deck

Stair railing

Solar panels

Solar charging should be standard

Outside television/entertainment system; window awnings


Flat screen television with antenna

Water proof Bose surround, quality, like the camper!

Electric Awning

Question 26. What other kitchen amenities would you prefer for the next hard side truck camper you purchase?  Responses for “Other (please specify)”.

Magnetic knife strip mounted to wall or conveniently located places to add your own organizing things

Extra electrical outlet

Drawers in pantry

Garbage disposal

USB chargers, and upgraded Fantastic Fan with built-in cover unit

Large storage drawer in place of oven

Built-in trash can

Large counter space

Counter extension

Outlets for a portable ARB fridge.  Fittings for camp stove at counter.  I cook outside mostly on a camp stove. but would like to use it inside if needed without weight penalty of two stoves.

Ventilation to the outside

Soap dispenser in the sink

Extra counter work space

More vents by the kitchen

Lots of drawers or food storage

Silverware/utensil drawer

Corian counter tops

Back splash


Wall around stove that can be easily cleaned, maybe with stainless steel panels

Coffee pot under cabinet

Drawer space.  We like our slide-out pantry very much.

Better fan and lights in range hood

Molded one piece sink and countertop

Regarding the refrigerator, my current three-way draws way too much power when it’s running on propane.  It creates a significant phantom load.  Since I do quite a bit of boondocking, I’d select the option with the least 12 volt load.

System levels built into stove range

Above range, effective quiet exhaust fan exhausting outdoors, non-recirculating

With plumbing, avoid P-traps.  Use one way elbow to reduce intrusion.

Design the two-burner stove to be front and back burners, not side-by-side.  This would allow for more counter top space for food prep.

Cover over two burner stove

Several 12 volt outlets

Splatter covers on walls around stove top

110 volt outlet, faucet sprayer

USB charging ports

Pull out cutting board shelf for food prep

Shallow closet, adjustable shelf pantry

Wireless charge station

I installed a very quiet hood fan and a lot better LED hood light.

Diesel cook stove and hydronic heater

The ability to access the area forward of the trucks wheel in the bed for storage.  I also do not use a residential level type kitchen faucet.  They are too easy to bump.  They do not have positive shut offs needed for a RV.  The faucet has to have positive shutoff valves; righty tightly, lefty loosey types.

More counter space, built-in coffee maker and toaster

More kitchen drawers

Cupboard rails, restraints, and dividers

Pull out faucet head

Slide out pantries are nice to have

Soap dispenser, paper towel holder

LED lighting, 110 outlet, storage

Reinforced drawers for pantry under dinette

An extra shelf attached to the wall.  Pull out sink sprayer.  Hanger for pot holder.  Hanger for sink cover, or something to slide into the sink side when using the sink.

Under sink filter with drinking water faucet

With the molded fiberglass sink, it should have molded backsplash, too.

Single kitchen slide


Three drawers

Multiple spice racks if space is available around back

Tea towel rack

Direct area LED lighting

Mounted coffee maker, Keurig

Paper towel holder, high sprayer faucet, hooks to hold hot pads

Household 110 volt refrigerator

Drawer, pantry, cupboard organizers, LED panel light

Window over sink

Filtered water

Towel racks paper towel holder

Stove cover

Basement storage long enough for fishing poles

Flexibly segmented shelving/cubby for secure dish storage

110 volt electrical outlet for plug-in appliances

More kitchen storage drawers, kitchen pantry storage

120 volt outlets above within two feet of counter top, LED light over counter

Wire rack system on kitchen walls to hang storage baskets

Multiple 12 volts by dinette, sofa, and bed both sides

Question 38: What other bathroom amenities would you prefer for the next hard side truck camper you purchase?  Responses for “Other (please specify)”.

Wall light switch

Fold out shelves/towel rack.  The medicine cabinet should be like a Pelican case that is removable.

Extended shower curtain

Don’t waste space with a big sink

Leave out cabinets to allow more room for your legs when using the toilet.  Big men are cramped with their leg space

More storage cabinets

Pull down shower curtain (similar to shades)

Storage cabinet

Waterproof TP holder like my 1983 Sundrader had

Fold-down Euro-style sink

Clothes rod

Good lighting at mirror for shaving

Clothes drying pole

Sound proofing

If no window, a vent that opens

A toilet paper holder that actually rolls when pulling out the toilet paper

Additional hooks and shelf space.

Stuff always falls out when I open the medicine cabinet

120 volt outlet

A real tub, not a flat plastic area

Soap holder and shampoo holder

Compostable toilet option, and expand fresh and grey tanks

Good heat from ducted furnace

Towel cabinet

Mirror, but not a medicine cabinet.  Wall mounted water proof storage area for towels, soap, toilet paper, etc.

Linen closet/cabinet

Soap dish and bathroom wall rack for razor/gel, toothbrush/paste

For a dry bath enclosure, the tub should be designed with an 8-inch depth and at least 3-feet long.  My wife likes to take baths.  A little more thought from the manufacturers could make tub/shower enclosures a little more useful for consumers.

Space saving flip-up sink over toilet

Medicine cabinets are worthless in the bathroom if they will not stay closed.  Put a quality cabinet that is positioned so you can see the mirror without doing yoga.

A light

Composting toilet

Shower door instead of curtain

I want the toilet area big enough for me to actually be able to use it.  That’s why I don’t need a sink or anything else that takes up space.

I love my pull out shower curtain rod extension

More room to shower.  Keep the toilet and sink to one side of the stall

Large dry bath shower.  A few inches makes a big difference.

More space for the toilet.  Ours is too close to the wall.

Enough room for a 6’4″ person to use the toilet and shower.

Shampoo shelf, built-in bench seat in wet bath

Mirror with small counter space

Bathroom accessible when slides are in for use while on the road

A seat

110 volt outlet with waterproof cover

Foot operated flush toilet

Holders for Bronners soap, shampoo, and razors in the shower

3-way water pump switch

More leg room.  A fold-up sink and counter might be good.

Corner shelves.

Fold up and out of the way towel racks when not in use.

Place fold-down sink in shower area to conserve space

Several towel racks

Shower should be a watertight enclosure, not curtains

Bathroom drying rack for swim suits

Hand soap holder on wall

Full length door mirror, expandable shower curtain bracket, shampoo and body lotion wall mounted container

LED lights

Useable storage beneath the sink, enough space at the sink to set a bar of soap, glass, or razor, etc.

Do not position the towel rail over the toilet

Enough room to use it as a wet bath and proper toilet angle to sink and door.

I want a large wet bath the size of a dry bath so you have more room.  I want the ability to stand up and turn around with no problem

Shower head on a hose at the sink

Towel hangers in the shower.  That would allow full towel exposure for quicker drying.

Fold down sink, soap/shampoo dispenser

Short tub, and shower

Built in hamper for dirty clothing

Question 47. What material would you prefer on the floor of your next hard side truck camper purchase?  Responses for “Other (please specify)”.

Wood laminate (like Pergo)

We installed 3/8” thick interlocking 2′ x 2′ squares covered 4′ x 8′ sheet rubber.  Easy on the feet and warm.

Add optional removable wall-to-wall carpet

Vinyl flooring with removable wall-to-wall carpet over the flooring

Beauflor resilient flooring

Top quality linoleum or vinyl, whichever is most durable

Lino or faux wood

Something durable, like truck bed liner, then a runner

Laminate Pergo

Low pile rugged carpet, except in bathroom

Laminate wood floor

No carpet anywhere would be best

Floating faux wood

Wood flooring

Oak flooring

Good quality flooring for the walking area and good quality carpeting for the area under the table

No carpet

Heated wood

Linoleum or vinyl makes no difference.  We use our own oval rugs placed where we want them

Aluminum sub-floor with vinyl options

Aluminum with pull out carpet

Real hard wood; thin 5/16-inch ply construction top layer real under carpet fitted rug

Linoleum over aluminum.  Get away from wood for construction.

Question 54: What of the following power sources would you prefer for the next hard side truck camper you purchase? Responses for “Other (please specify)”.

No power source

Built-in Honda EU2000i inverter/generator.

A fuel cell system?  Am I towing a Toyota Mirai behind me?

It’s nice to have a quiet running built-in generator, such as a Honda EU2000i

300 amps of solar, and generator ready

A well thought out pre-wired system for solar

Expandable ground-based solar collectors

I really like the mid-day convenience of the built-in propane generator.  It’s easy to start to quickly heat something up.  Once at the camping site, I would prefer the option of getting the generator out of its travel compartment so the noise and vibration were not so bad inside the camper.  It would have the same remote controls and same propane power, it just would not be bolted to the camper.

Propane lighting and a catalytic heater

Storage area with hook-up for portable generator.  I have propane generator but it gets very little use.

Six deep cycle marine batteries with at least 300 watts of solar

Provide the option for four 6 volt batteries and a more substantial amount of solar.

A spot for a Honda EU2000i with a propane hose

None, I’ll supply my own

A built-in propane generator is extremely convenient, if only Onan could make one that is whisper quiet.  Both Honda and Yamaha need to come out with a propane 2500 watt unit that weighs less than 70 pounds and under 60 decibels.  Also a portable solar panel system with a thirty to fifty foot cord for optimal placement for sun gathering.  I like to park under trees for shade and roof panels would not be as efficient.

A built-in Honda 3000 with sturdy slide-out tray.

A 12 volt inverter located near television for Blu-ray player and satellite receiver.

A real solar panel, charge controller system, and room for the battery bank to go with it

Dual high output alternators

A quiet propane generator no louder than a Honda gas generator

The best batteries you can buy

Built-in gas generator

Modern battery system to power 12 and 120 volts

Inverter with modern batteries

I do not use a generator on many trips, so a portable makes more sense.  The generator compartment equals more exterior storage.

A built in inverter for 12 volt to 110 volt operation

Efoy fuel cell only!


A built in gasoline tank as seen with many toy haulers for fueling generator

A 3000 watt inverter

Outside storage for a generator

The ability to use radiant heat versus fan

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