We are currently working on finding the perfect camper for the two of us. When we first decided that we wanted to go full time, we already knew that a truck camper would fit our needs perfectly. Even though truck campers are smaller than most other RVs, there are several reasons why it appealed to us.
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” – Oscar Wilde
Benefits of Buying a Truck Camper
- MPG – RVs in general don’t usually have the best MPG to start off with, but since we want to spend less on fuel than most other RVers, truck campers are the best way to go. (Most RVs use an average of 5 – 12 MPG. Truck campers can get 10 – 16 MPG, depending on size of the camper and truck of course)
- Size – Truck campers are small which is both a pro and a con. They obviously are limited in storage, but have superior maneuverability. Almost anywhere you park a truck, you can park a truck camper.
- Best Off Road Performance – We’d like to do some National Forest dry camping, also known as boon docking, and beach camping. We don’t want to go four wheeling, but would like to have the option of taking our camper off the beaten path.
- No Registration Required (Usually) – In most states you don’t need to register a truck camper. This saves both time and money.
States that require a truck camper to be registered are:
- Rhode Island
States that require a truck camper to be titled are:
- Get Around Vehicle – Whether or not we are camping one night at a time or 6 months, truck campers can easily slide off the truck and be left at the campground, which allows us to use the truck as a get around vehicle. This is something class A, B & Cs cannot do unless they tow a car behind the camper.
- Cheaper to Maintain – This applies to both camping and general maintenance. Truck campers are usually built better than most other RV’s. Except the normal truck upkeep, they are also simpler, do not require regular break and tire maintenance, or an oil change. This is great news for us since we love simplicity, and saving money. Also, like mentioned above, truck campers don’t need a 36+ foot spot in the campground, a lot of times a hybrid tent/camper location will do. Unless the truck camper is on steroids, they only require a 30 AMP plugin and sometimes even 110 electrical line.
A con is that you can get a much larger camper for the same price or less.
We are looking on craigslist, RV trader.com, and locally for a good deal on a used truck camper and hope to purchase one within the next few months. Any advice or past experience you have and would like to share, please let us know in the comments below!