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Truck Campers: The Go Anywhere, Camp Anywhere, Tow Anything RV

Truck campers are the ultimate Go Anywhere, Camp Anywhere, Tow Anything RV.  Forget motorhomes and trailers.  If you want fun, freedom, and adventure, you want a truck camper.

Truck Campers are the Camp Anywhere, Tow Anything RV

A truck camper is a demountable recreational vehicle (RV) that is loaded and unloaded from the bed of a full-size or mid-size pickup truck.  The common feature between all truck campers is the ability to demount the camper from the truck.  As we like to say at Truck Camper Magazine, “If it doesn’t demount, it doesn’t count”.

In the United States and Canada, truck campers are also known as truck bed campers, slide-in campers, pickup campers, and cabover campers.  Europeans call truck campers demountable campers.  In Australia, truck campers are commonly known as tray campers.

Whatever you call them, it’s important to know which truck camper is best for you, how to properly match a truck and camper, and what companies are selling truck campers today.  Let’s dig in.

Pop-Up Or Hard Side Truck Camper?

There are two types of truck campers; hard side campers, and pop-up truck campers.  Hard side truck campers have hard walls similar to a motorhome or towable RV.  Pop-up truck campers have soft walls that pop-up for camping, and pop-down for travel.

Hard side and pop-up truck campers can contain all of the full-size amenities found on motorhomes and fifth wheels including bathrooms with showers and toilets, kitchens with sinks, microwaves, refrigerators, cooktops, and ovens, dinettes with full-booth seating for four adults, and cabover bedrooms with queen-size beds and plentiful storage.

Hard side truck campers with one, two, and even three slide-outs open up truck campers to full-size sofas, huge dry baths, and even kitchen islands.  You can quickly sort and find truck campers by type and features using the Truck Camper Buyers Guide.

For a comprehensive overview of the available truck camper types and how to select the right truck camper for you, please read, “Picking The Perfect Truck Camper” and, “The Best Truck Camper”.

Why Buy A Truck Camper?

There are three reasons why truck campers are the most versatile RV on the planet: the ability to go anywhere a pickup truck can go, the ability to dry camp (boondock) off-road and/or off-grid for extended periods of time, and the ability to tow a wide range of toys, vehicles, and trailers.

From sandy beaches, to unpaved logging roads, to standard parking spaces, to the driveways of family and friends, truck campers can go anywhere a pickup truck can go.  This remarkable capability dramatically opens up the possibilities of where you can drive, camp and explore.  You will love the go anywhere freedom of owning a truck camper rig.

With four-wheel drive trucks and large holding tanks, battery banks, solar panel systems, and generators, truck campers are designed to travel where motorhomes and trailers wouldn’t dare and camp without hookups for a week or more.  If you want to avoid crowded and expensive campgrounds, you have come to the right place.  In a truck camper, you can camp almost anywhere.

Combined with a pickup truck, truck camper rigs have the ability to tow boats, utility trailers, ATVs, Jeeps, motorcycles, snowmobiles, jet skis, horse trailers, and more.  Over 70-percent of Truck Camper Magazine’s readership tows something behind their truck camper rig.  The ability to tow anything means truck camper owners have even more fun.

There’s a good reason why Truck Camper Magazine’s motto is, “Go Anywhere. Camp Anywhere. Tow Anything.”  These are the three main reasons why people buy truck campers.  You can’t find these incredible versatility in any other RV type.

How Do You Match A Truck and Camper?

For proper safety and handling performance, a truck and camper combination must be fit compatible and payload compatible.  To meet these two requirements, there are truck campers manufactured to work with almost every truck size and payload capacity.

Truck campers can be fit compatible with full-size and mid-size long bed, short bed, ultra short bed, and flatbed trucks.  They can also be payload compatible with half-ton, three-quarter ton, and one-ton trucks.

For complete step-by-step guide to matching a truck and camper, please read, “How To Match A Truck and Camper”.  We also recommend, “The Payload Match Challenge: Part 2”.

Hard Side Truck Campers

The following companies manufacturer hard side truck campers.

Adventurer Campers

2017 Adventurer 86FB with comfort step bumper

Adventurer truck campers are manufactured by Adventurer Manufacturing LP in Yakima, Washington.  They produce nine models of Adventurer hard sides from the 80RB non-slide to the 116DS double slide camper.

Depending on the model, Adventurer campers are aluminum and/or wood framed, and laminated with a reactive hot melt roll coater and pinch roll system.  Adventurer Manufacturing has a transferable 1-year bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 3-year limited structural warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Adventurer Manufacturing and their campers, check out the Adventurer Camper Buyers Guide.

Arctic Fox Campers

2018 Arctic Fox 811

Arctic Fox truck campers are manufactured by Northwood Manufacturing in LaGrande, Oregon.  Northwood Manufacturing produces eight models of hard side Arctic Fox campers from the 865 non-slide to the 1150 single-slide.

Arctic Foxes are aluminum framed and laminated with a reactive hot melt roll coater and pinch roll system.  Northwood Manufacturing has a one year limited warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Northwood Manufacturing and Arctic Fox campers, check out the Arctic Fox Camper Buyers Guide.

Bigfoot Campers

Bigfoot 2500 Series Rig

Bigfoot truck campers are manufactured by Bigfoot Industries (2010) Inc. in Armstrong, British Columbia.  They produce nine models of hard sides from the 15C8.2FR non-slide to the 25C10.6E non-slide.

Bigfoots are constructed with two-piece molded fiberglass. They have a three-year structural warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Bigfoot Industries (2010) Inc. and their campers, check out the Bigfoot Camper Buyers Guide.

Capri Campers

Capri Retreat Camper blue and white

Capri truck campers are manufactured by Capri Camper in Bluff Dale, Texas.  They produce six models of cabover and cabover-less hard sides from the Capri Cowboy Mini-Truck to the Capri Retreat Long Bed.

Capris are wood framed using hung wall construction and aluminum siding. They have a one year workmanship warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Capri Camper and their truck campers, check out the Capri Camper Buyers Guide.

Cirrus Campers

Cirrus 920 Review Passenger Rear Three Quarters

Cirrus truck campers are manufactured by nuCamp RV in Sugarcreek, Ohio.  NuCamp produces two models of Cirrus hard sides; the 820 short bed non-slide, and the 920 long bed non-slide.

Cirrus campers are aluminum framed and laminated.  NuCamp has a one year warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about nuCamp RV and Cirrus campers, check out the Cirrus Camper Buyers Guide.

Eagle Cap Campers

Eagle Cap 811 front slide side

Eagle Cap truck campers are manufactured by Adventurer Manufacturing LP in Yakima, Washington.  Adventurer Manufacturing produces six models of hard side Eagle Cap campers from the 811 single-slide to the 1200 triple-slide camper.

Eagle Caps are aluminum framed and laminated with a reactive hot melt roll coater and pinch roll system.  Adventurer Manufacturing has a transferable 1-year bumper-to-bumper warranty, and a 3-year limited structural warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Adventurer Manufacturing and Eagle Cap campers, check out the Eagle Cap Camper Buyers Guide.

Lance Camper

2017 Ford F350 and 2018 Lance 1172

Lance truck campers are manufactured by Lance Camper Manufacturing Corporation in Lancaster, California.  They produce nine models of hard sides from the 650 non-slide to the 1172 double-slide.

Lances are aluminum framed and laminated with a reactive hot melt roll coater and pinch roll system. They have a 1 year limited warranty and 2 year structural warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Lance Camper Manufacturing Corporation and Lance campers, check out the Lance Camper Buyers Guide.

Northern Lite Campers

Northern Lite 8-11 EX Buyers Guide Truck and Camper

Northern Lite truck campers are manufactured by Northern Lite Manufacturing, Ltd. in Kelowna, British Columbia.  They produce five models of hard sides from the 8-11Q Classic Sportsman non-slide to the 10-2 EX CDSE Special Edition non-slide.

Northern Lites are constructed with two-piece molded fiberglass. They have a six-year structural warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Northern Lite Manufacturing, Ltd. and their campers, check out the Northern Lite Camper Buyers Guide.

Northstar Campers

Northstar Camper Laredo

Northstar truck campers are manufactured by R.C. Willett Co., Inc. in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  R.C. Willett Co., Inc. produces seven models of hard sides from the Vista cabover-less non-slide to the 12STC side-door non-slide.

Northstars are wood framed using hung wall construction and filon fiberglass siding.  R.C. Willett Co., Inc. has a two-year structural warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about R.C. Willett Co., Inc. and Northstar campers, check out the Northstar Hard Side Buyers Guide.

Palomino Campers

Palomino HS-2901 entry

Palomino truck campers are manufactured by Palomino RV (a division of Forest River, Inc.) in Colon, Michigan.  They produce six models of hard sides from the HS-650 non-slide to the HS-2910 Max single-slide.

Palominos are aluminum framed using a reactive hot melt roll coater and pinch roll system. They have a one-year bumper-to-bumper warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Palomino RV and Palomino campers, check out the Palomino Hard Side Buyers Guide.

Rugged Mountain RV

Rugged Mountain Polar Camper

Rugged Mountain truck campers are manufactured by Rugged Mountain RV in Boise, Idaho.  They produce two single-slides; the Polar 860 and the Polar 990.

Rugged Mountains are wood framed using hung wall construction and filon fiberglass siding. They have a one year warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Rugged Mountain RV and Rugged Mountain campers, check out the Rugged Mountain Buyers Guide.

Travel Lite Campers

Travel Lite 625 exterior

Travel Lite truck campers are manufactured by Travel Lite, Inc. in New Paris, Indiana.  They produce eleven models of hard sides from the Rayzr SS cabover-less to the 1000SLRX Ultra single-slide.

Travel Lites are wood framed using hung wall construction and filon fiberglass or aluminum siding. They have a one-year warranty.   Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Travel Lite, Inc. and their campers, check out the Travel Lite Buyers Guide.

Wolf Creek Campers

Wolf Creek Campers graphics for 2017

Wolf Creek truck campers are manufactured by Northwood Manufacturing in La Grande, Oregon.  Northwood Manufacturing produces two models of Wolf Creek hard sides; the 840 non-slide and the 850 non-slide.

Wolf Creeks are aluminum framed and laminated with a reactive hot melt roll coater and pinch roll system.  Northwood Manufacturing has a one year limited warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Northwood Manufacturing and Wolf Creeks, check out the Wolf Creek Buyers Guide.

Pop-Up Campers

The following companies manufacturer pop-up truck campers.

Alaskan Campers

Alaskan Camper traveling in Winlock, Washington

Alaskan truck campers are manufactured by Alaskan Camper, LLC in Winlock, Washington.  They produce nine hard side pop-up truck campers from the 6.5 short bed to the 10FD Flat Bed Side Door long bed.

Alaskan pop-ups are wood framed using hung wall construction and aluminum siding.  They have a one year warranty and a lifetime warranty on the hydraulic pump motor.

For more information about Alaskan Camper, LLC and their hard side pop-up truck campers, check out the Alaskan Buyers Guide.

Four Wheel Campers

Four Wheel Hawk Pop-Up Review Camper

Four Wheel Campers are manufactured by Four Wheel Campers in Woodland, California.  They produce nine pop up camper models from the Swift short bed to the Grandby long bed.

Four Wheel pop-ups are aluminum framed using hung wall construction and aluminum siding.  They have a five year warranty on the frame, pop-up soft wall, and roof.  The interior has a one year warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Four Wheel Campers and their pop-up campers, check out the Four Wheel Campers Buyers Guide.

Hallmark Campers

Hallmark Milner Camper Top Up

Hallmark truck campers are manufactured by Hallmark Manufacturing, Inc. in Fort Lupton, Colorado.  They produce seven pop-up camper models from the LaVeta short bed to the Guanella long bed.

Hallmark pop-ups are wood framed with molded fiberglass body panels and one-piece molded fiberglass roof construction. They have a five year structural warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Hallmark Manufacturing, Inc. and their pop-up campers, check out the Hallmark Camper Buyers Guide.

Northstar Campers

Northstar Popup Campers

Northstar truck campers are manufactured by R.C. Willett Co., Inc. in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  R.C. Willett Co., Inc. produces seven models of pop-up camper models from the 600SS to the 950SC.

Northstar pop-ups are wood framed using hung wall construction and filon fiberglass siding.  R.C. Willett Co., Inc. has They have a two-year structural warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about R.C. Willett Co., Inc. and Northstar pop-ups, check out the Northstar Pop-Up Camper Buyers Guide.

Palomino Campers

Palomino Pop-Up Campers

Palomino truck campers are manufactured by Palomino RV (a division of Forest River, Inc.) in Colon, Michigan.  They produce six models of pop-up camper models from the SS-500 to the SS-1500.

Palomino pop-ups are wood framed and laminated using a reactive hot melt roll coater and pinch roll system.  They have a one-year bumper-to-bumper warranty.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Palomino RV and their pop-ups, check out the Palomino Pop-Up Camper Buyers Guide.

Phoenix Campers

Phoenix Mini-Max front

Phoenix Campers are custom built by Phoenix Pop-Up Campers in Commerce City, Colorado.  They are a custom truck camper company.

Phoenix pop-ups are aluminum framed using laminated construction and fiberglass siding.  They have a one year bumper-to-bumper warranty with a two-year warranty of the lift mechanism, liner, and frame.  Individual appliances have their own warranties.

For more information about Phoenix Pop-Up Campers and their custom pop-ups, check out the Phoenix Pop-Up Buyers Guide.

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