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
Wireless back up camera
Generator, solar, satellite, big television
Painted graphics, no front window
Exterior 120V and 12v outlet(s), 20 amp
Back up flood lighting
Front positioned bathroom
Dark tented windows
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
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.
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.
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
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
Solar charging should be standard
Outside television/entertainment system; window awnings
Flat screen television with antenna
Water proof Bose surround, quality, like the camper!
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
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
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
Corian counter tops
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
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
Towel racks paper towel holder
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)
Waterproof TP holder like my 1983 Sundrader had
Fold-down Euro-style sink
Good lighting at mirror for shaving
Clothes drying pole
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
Mirror, but not a medicine cabinet. Wall mounted water proof storage area for towels, soap, toilet paper, etc.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Low pile rugged carpet, except in bathroom
Laminate wood floor
No carpet anywhere would be best
Floating faux wood
Good quality flooring for the walking area and good quality carpeting for the area under the table
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