While we were at Five-Star RV in Henderson, Colorado, we saw a truck camper literally crawl out of a truck. Like someone who just saw an alien spaceship land, we grabbed our camera and started taking pictures. Darned if this thing isn’t the most unusual truck camper we had ever seen. And who would believe it without pictures? A crawling truck camper? Meet the Sport-Cam 1158Z and get ready to believe!
As if crawling isn’t enough, the Sport-Cam has another insanely unique feature. It’s a two-piece fiberglass shell design joined not with top-and-bottom-halves as with Nothern-Lite and Bigfoot truck campers, but left-and-right-halves! That’s right, this camper has a seam running down the center. The designers were either ingenious or nuts. Judging by the high-quality and excellent condition of the unit we saw, we’d have to go with ingenious.
Inside the Sport-Cam (yes we went inside the spaceship) there was a brochure. There we saw what has to be the craziest option ever to be printed in a truck camper brochure; two optional ice fishing holes! Ice fishing holes? Two? You read correctly, the Sport-Cam had two ice fishing holes as an option. We can’t make this stuff up.
Rather than try to explain how the SportCam 1158Z crawls in and out of a truck, we’ve included the following description from the SportCam brochure.
“Start by disconnecting the running lights and connecting the remote control unit. Make sure the rear tie downs are disconnected. Attach the wheels and insert the locking pins. Then attach the support legs and insert the locking pins. Step back, move the remote control to the ‘R’ position and press the red button to begin unloading the Sport-Cam. At the halfway point, stop the process and turn the leveling jacks to the vertical position. Continue unloading. The Sport-Cam will automatically unhook from the truck. When the Sport-Cam is completely lowered, disconnect the remote control unit and your truck is free to drive away! To reload the Sport-Cam, simply reverse the process. So fast and easy too!”
Ken and Barbara Neechiporenko of Bismark, North Dakota traded in the Sport-Cam on a brand-new Northern-Lite. They told us that Sport-Cam was out of Schofield, Wisconsin and was no longer in business.
As the Neechiporenkos moved their stuff from the Sport-Cam to the new Northern-Lite, you could see the excitement in their eyes. They were a bit sad to see their Sport-Cam go, but they were really looking forward to a new beginning with the Northern-Lite.