8 Best Truck Campers for 1/2-Ton F150-1500 Trucks (2022)

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Of all the questions we get, the most commonly asked is can my half-ton pickup truck haul a hard-side truck camper with a wet bath? Most of the time we tell them, no. Why? Because most half-ton pickup trucks lack the requisite payload to haul a hard-side truck camper. In fact, if you were to look at the payload ratings for today’s Ford F150, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Frontier, and GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500 short-bed trucks, most would fall under 2,100 pounds. Sure, you might find an F150 4×4 with a payload rating around 2,800 pounds, but those are few and far between. To get anything around a 3,200-pound payload, you’ll need to get a Ford F150 long-bed, single cab pickup, one of the ugliest trucks in the market. Still, today’s half-ton trucks have fairly decent payload ratings, if you get the right options. In this article, we rank the 8 best truck campers for half-ton F150-1500 trucks.

Truth be told, when it comes to hauling a truck camper, we actually recommend doing it with a more capable one-ton truck, but this isn’t always practical. Many half-ton truck owners have already paid-off their trucks and don’t want to invest in something bigger, heavier, and more expensive. Fortunately, truck camper manufacturers know this and have done their homework by building a wide variety of campers that are both lightweight and capable. Remember, you saw this comprehensive, well-researched list here first, well before Internet copycats with nearly identical lists publish theirs. So without further adieu, and ranked in order, let’s take a look at the 8 best truck campers for half-ton F150-1500 trucks:

1. Lance 650

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When it comes to luxury and comfort for today’s half-ton pickup, nothing compares with the Lance 650. Indeed, the F-150 and Lance 650 combination is so luxurious and easy to drive, it remains one of Cruise America’s most popular rental RVs. The Lance 650 is one of our favorites as well. Not only does it provide a north-south queen bed and a full size wet bath with a sink, but it also features a large kitchen and a dinette long enough to sleep an adult. With standard equipment, the Lance 650 weighs just 1,700 pounds dry and 1,903 pounds wet. It has a floor length of 6 feet 10 inches long and offers a spacious 6 feet 9 inches of interior height. The tank sizes of this short-bed camper are excellent with 22 gallons fresh, 15 gallons grey, and 16 gallons black. We’re also big fans of Lance’s new exterior one-piece TPO nose cap, which gives the camper a sleek and aerodynamic look, the on-demand tankless water heater, the Battle Born lithium battery upgrade, and Lance’s new Easy Charge exterior charging center for quick battery charging. Versatile enough to fit on both 6.5-foot and 5.5-foot pickup trucks and a great little camper, the Lance 650 offers everything you could possibly want except for the excessive weight. Still, many F-150s will need to have the suspension upgraded and have higher rated wheels and tires installed to haul this luxury hotel around—unless, of course, the truck is already equipped with the heavy-duty payload package. We also recommend getting the 5.0L V8 for extra climbing power. The base MSRP for the Lance 650 is $23,738. Available at top dealerships nationwide.

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2. Loki Icarus 6

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A brand-new entry from a relative new company. The Icarus 6 is built by Loki Basecamp, a Canadian manufacturer. This is a quality camper that features an amazing attention to detail and true four-season capability. Loki offers two sizes: the Icarus 6 for short-bed full-size trucks and the Icarus 8 for long-bed full-size trucks. The Icarus 6 floorplan offers a complete kitchen on the driver side and a bench dinette on the passenger side, including a storage compartment for a portable toilet. The 6.5-foot camper offers Loki’s trademark rear double-door with a pull-down screen to keep the bugs out, R16 insulation, overhead storage, an air compressor, a DC compressor refrigerator, insulated walls, heated floors, and a Webasto furnace and water heater. The holding tanks are decent too with a 15-gallon fresh tank, a 4.2-gallon water heater, and a 13-gallon grey tank. The camper uses a portable toilet so no black tank is included. The electrical system in the Icarus 6 is practically identical to the Icarus 8. We were blown away with the off-grid electrical system in the Icarus 8 and feared that Loki’s might downsize the system, but fortunately, that didn’t happen. The 6.5-foot floorplan of the Icarus 6 offers the same 600 amp hour lithium battery bank, 2,000 watt inverter, 270 watt solar power system, Redarc RedVision Total Management System, and Autoclima 12 volt air conditioner as the Icarus 8. Like the Icarus 8, the smaller Icarus still offers a quality, space-age interior with a Tern Overland roof hatch and insulated side windows plus front cabover windows reminiscent of something you’d see in Star Wars. Weighs 2,000 pounds fully loaded. The Loki Basecamp Icarus 6 lists for $69,000.

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3. NuCamp Cirrus 620

8 Best Truck Campers for 1/2-Ton F150-1500 Trucks (6)NuCamp’s first attempt at building a true half-ton capable truck camper in 2019 failed with the company releasing the excellent Cirrus 720 for 3/4-ton trucks instead. But where the Cirrus 720 failed, the brand-new Cirrus 620 succeeds. The Cirrus 620 weighs only 1,491 pounds dry making it an excellent payload match for most half-ton pickups. The floorplan features a refrigerator and a hideaway Thetford swivel cassette toilet on the driver side, a small kitchenette on the passenger side, and a small dinette and north-south queen size bed up front. The interior height is a shade over 6 feet 4 inches. Unfortunately, nuCamp designers were unable to shoe-horn a wetbath into the camper’s diminutive 5-foot 9-inch floorplan though you can take a shower outside using the company’s excellent Nautilus Water Management System. Standards include a 2.3 cubic foot DC compressor refrigerator, a 19-gallon fresh water holding tank, a 15-gallon grey water holding tank, the all-in-one Alde hydronic water heater and furnace, the Froli Modular Sleep System, one 5 gallon propane tank, a 210 watt solar power system, and a vented battery compartment large enough to hold two group-24 batteries. The general shape of the camper is very reminiscent of the popular and much larger Cirrus 820 model, though you won’t find anything like the 820’s rear bumper and entry steps on this model. Easily one of the 8 best truck campers for half-ton F150-1500 trucks. The nuCamp Cirrus 620 truck camper lists for a $38,591. Available at top dealerships nationwide.

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4. Scout Olympic 6.5

8 Best Truck Campers for 1/2-Ton F150-1500 Trucks (8) A revolutionary approach to truck camper design by Yakima, Washington-based Adventurer Manufacturing, the Scout Olympic incorporates a number of industry-first add-ons to save on weight. These removable add-ons include a roof-top pop-up tent, that increases the sleeping capacity by two, a Dometic CFX3 75L refrigerator-freezer with WiFi, a 4.9-gallon removable water tank, a removable dining table, a Yeti Goal Zero 1500x lithium battery pack, and a removable propane cooktop. Standard features include a Renogy 160 watt solar panel, a moon roof with a screen and solar reflective shade, a four-person dinette with sleeper conversion, and dual 5-pound propane bottles. With a dry weight of only 1,133 pounds, the Scout Olympic 6.5 was designed for today’s half-ton pickup truck, including the Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra, Chevy Silverado 1500, and Ram 1500. The Olympic supports four-season travel with an optional Newport Real Flame 4,500 BTU propane fireplace and standard robust insulation. The camper will last for generations thanks to the camper’s rugged aluminum, exo-skeleton framing and no-wood composite structural panels that will never rot. Particularly noteworthy, is that the Scout Olympic can sleep up to six people when you include the roof-top tent, an unheard of number for a truck camper let alone a camper built for a half-ton truck. Interested in a long-bed model for a half-ton truck like the Ford F150? The company has that angle covered too with the Scout Kenai, which features a floor length of 7.6 feet, a dry weight of 1,370 pounds, and a Thetford cassette toilet. The starting price for the Scout Olympic base model is only $19,980.

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5. Capri Lone Star

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With a dry weight of only 1,235 pounds, Texas-based Capri took a page out of Scout Camper’s design book, by building its own modular truck camper called the Lone Star. This modular approach to truck camper construction saves on a tremendous amount of weight through nine optional add-ons that can be used either inside or outside the camper. These modular add-ons include a Dometic CFX3 55L refrigerator-freezer, a Yeti Goal Zero 1500x lithium battery pack, a Camco Wave-3 catalytic heater, a Duxtop 1,800 watt induction cooktop, a RinseKit 3.5 gallon fresh water tank, a Geek Aire Portable Fan, Rieco-Titan manual jacks, and a Dometic 976 Porta Pottie. Standard features include a four dual pane thermal windows with screens, a Renogy 175 watt solar panel, a Lagun rotating table, a 5-gallon propane canister, R11 insulation, a fiberglass-lined storage locker that can be accessed either inside or outside the camper, and a dinette that can be converted into a 43×80-inch bed. The Lone Star features a “universal” fit that allows it to fit on any short-bed half-ton pickup truck. Like all Capri Campers, the Lone Star is constructed of wood and features Capri’s trademarked diamond pattern aluminum exterior that can be ordered in grey only. Available only from the Capri factory with no additional changes, modifications, or add-ons allowed. A terrific little camper with the right amount of weight, the Capri Lone Star lists for a very affordable $15,995 for the base model. Add-ons cost extra.

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6. Northstar Liberty

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Designed to fit on both regular short-bed and mini short-bed half-ton pickup trucks, and loaded with features, the Northstar Liberty is a winner. According to Northstar, the Liberty is basically a whittled down version of the company’s popular Arrow 8.5 model without the rear overhang. The Liberty floorplan features an L-shape dinette forward, a large and spacious kitchen, a wet bath with a Thetford cassette toilet, and a north-south queen size bed. This low profile camper, with 6 feet 4 inches of headroom, provides a surprising amount of storage for a half-ton camper, including the capacity for two 5-gallon propane tanks and two AGM batteries. With a 20-gallon fresh water tank, a 13-gallon gray water tank, a 6-gallon water heater, and a removable 5-gallon cassette for the black water, the holding tanks are fairly large, too. In an industry first, the Liberty can now be ordered with a flip-out top bunk that extends partially into the cabover. Even with all that the Liberty offers, the camper still weighs only 1,775 pounds dry and is a consistent top seller for the company. Like all Northstar truck campers, the Liberty’s frame and walls are constructed entirely of wood. One of the 8 best truck campers for half-ton F150-1500 trucks. The only real negative is the Liberty’s dated oak interior—a interior facelift is badly needed in all Northstar campers. MSRP for the base unit is $24,115.

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7. Capri Retreat

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Based out of Bluff Dale, Texas, Capri Campers makes an excellent, lightweight, no-frills style of truck camper that’s ideal for today’s half-ton pickup. Built entirely of wood and wrapped in aluminum, Capri campers can be ordered as either a lightweight shell with a bed, or completely decked out. One of the Capri’s most popular options it what the company calls “The Works,” which includes a Polar Cub 9,200 air conditioner, a shower, a 30-gallon fresh water holding tank, a two-way Dometic 3-cubic foot refrigerator, 4-gallon DSI water heater, a microwave, a cooktop, a sink and faucet, an audio/video package, a 12 volt electrical system, a dinette table, manual jacks, and blackout shades. Single options can also be ordered, including a Fantastic Vent Fan, a furnace, porta pottie, remote operated electric jacks, and a large dinette window. All Capri campers feature an attractive, diamond pattern aluminum exterior that can be ordered in 10 different base colors with different colored accents and stripes. The company also offers four different interior wood paneling options—Cypress, Weathered Cedar, Ridge Pine, and Pecan—and can be ordered in different bed lengths, including 8-foot, 6.5-foot, and 5.5-foot truck bed lengths. Overall, an excellent, well-built camper. Easily one of the 8 best truck campers for half-ton F150-1500 trucks. A Capri Retreat with the options listed above, including “The Works,” retails for $21,845 and weighs 1,750 pounds dry.

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8. Capri Cowboy

8 Best Truck Campers for 1/2-Ton F150-1500 Trucks (16)The only cabless model that made the list, Texas-based Capri Campers has carved a niche for itself by catering to the American rodeo circuit, which makes the Capri Cowboy name even more appropriate. But you don’t have to be a cowboy to like this particular camper. Standard features include a 48×80-inch east-west bed, a dedicated 12 volt battery system, a Fan-tastic Vent, three overhead cabinets, three windows, wood grain flooring, multiple interior and exterior 110 volt AC outlets, and a 12 volt charging station. One of Capri’s best options is what the company calls the “Cowboy Premium Package,” which includes a Polar Cub 9,200 air conditioner, an AC/DC compressor refrigerator, a hand-pump sink, manual jacks, and blackout shades. Other worthwhile options include an exterior shower, a furnace, and the “Sink and Faucet,” upgrade, which comes with a stainless steel sink with chrome faucet assembly, a 10 gallon fresh water holding tank, a 4-gallon DSI water heater, a 12 volt water pump, and 5-gallon propane tank. All Capri campers feature an attractive, diamond pattern aluminum exterior that can be ordered in 10 different exterior base colors with different colored accents and stripes. The company also offers three different interior wood paneling options for its campers—Weathered Cedar, Ridge Pine, and Pecan. A great little camper, the only real negative with the non-cabover design is its 5-foot interior height—meaning you’ll need to watch your head. One of the 8 best truck campers for half-ton F150-1500 trucks. Sold factory direct, the base model of the Capri Cowboy is only $7,995 and weighs only 750 pounds dry.

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Read This Before You Buy

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Before purchasing your camper, make sure your half-ton truck can handle the extra weight. When it comes to hauling a truck camper, the payload rating trumps all other performance numbers including horsepower, fuel-mileage, and torque. For a Ford F-150 with the heavy-duty payload package, this rating can be a low as 1,844 pounds or as high as 3,270 pounds. This means the camper you buy, plus passengers and gear, must be below this number. Determining the payload rating of your truck is easy. It can be found either on the driver side door jamb sticker (pictured here) or can be determined by taking the truck to the scales and subtracting the weight of the truck from the truck’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). You’ll also need to ensure that the wheels and suspension are up to the task of hauling a camper. This is because only a small number of factory half-ton trucks are made to do it. One 4×2 Ford F-150 SuperCrew that we recently looked at illustrates this shortcoming with a mediocre 1,760-pound payload and ill-equipped p-spec (passenger-rated) tires (see photo). In order for this truck to carry more weight, light truck (LT) load range C or D wheels and tires and a set of Hellwig LP-25 Helper Springs at a minimum will be needed. Aftermarket suspension mods like these won’t officially increase your truck’s payload rating, but they will make hauling your camper easier and a whole lot safer. Of course, some of these changes might not be needed if your truck is already equipped with a “heavy-duty payload package.”

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FAQs

Can I put a truck camper on a 1/2 ton truck? ›

The problem is unlike many of the 3/4- and 1-ton trucks on the market, most half-tons are not equipped to handle the bulkiness of a full-size camper. None of the current or even older half-ton pickups can safely haul a 1,000- to 2,000-pound payload in the bed.

Can I put a truck camper on an f150? ›

The simple truth of the matter is that a half-ton truck like the Ford F-150 wasn't designed and built to haul a large truck camper. Indeed, when it comes to hauling a truck camper, the Ford F-150 is better suited to go small and light, which is why we recommend so many pop-ups and toppers in this list.

Can you put a truck camper on a 1500? ›

With the Silverado 2500 Standard and Long box trucks, you'll easily be able to handle a truck camper that weighs over 3,000 lbs., while this would not be possible with any size of 1500.

What size truck is best for truck camper? ›

We almost always recommend that you buy a one-ton truck to haul a truck camper. Why? Because one-ton trucks feature the largest payload ratings for non-commercial trucks and are equipped with the suspension and brakes required to safely haul a heavy load like a truck camper.

What size camper can a 1/2 ton pickup haul? ›

Most half-ton trucks have a towing capacity rating between 7500 lbs and 14000 lbs. So, a 30-foot RV weighing between 8,000 and 12,000 lbs with filled tanks and gear included would get pulled without any problem.

Do I have to remove my tailgate to carry a truck camper? ›

In most cases, yes. Any camper that extends beyond the truck's bed will require removal of the tailgate. But even if your camper does load with the tailgate down, you should still remove it. When it comes to truck campers every pound matters, especially when that weight is behind the rear axle.

How do I know if a camper will fit my truck? ›

How To Match a Camper to Your Truck. Truck manufacturers provide consumers with certain ratings to help determine the capacities of the truck, as manufactured. Some of these ratings are posted on the driver's side door jam, on a label in the glove box, or in the owner's manual or other literature.

What size camper can I tow with f150? ›

According to RVknowhow, the simple and general answer is that the average Ford F-150 towing capacity will fall between 5,000-8,000 pounds. Of course, that range is highly dependent on engine size, rear-axle ratio, and the addition of available options. Understand, there are exceptions to this general weight range.

Can you put an 8 ft camper on a 6ft bed? ›

Can You Put a 8ft Camper on a 6ft Truck - YouTube

How do I choose a truck camper? ›

By selecting your truck camper first, and then calculating what that camper will weigh (with options, wet, and loaded with your gear), you can then purchase a truck with the bed length and payload your camper requires. That gives you the truck camper you want, with the truck (and payload) you need.

What does the inside of a truck bed camper look like? ›

What the inside of a truck box camper looks like - YouTube

Why are truck campers so hard to find? ›

Truck campers can be hard to find. Unlike the most popular styles of RVs and motorhomes (class A, class C, fifth wheels, and travel trailers), truck campers have fewer units manufactured, and the amount produced yearly is a lot lower than other RVs.

Can a truck camper tip over? ›

Yes, it's possible for a camper or RV to tip over. Fishtailing, taking corners too fast, and driving in windy conditions can all cause RV rollovers. Wind can be generated from semi-trucks and other large vehicles as well, putting your camper at risk.

Can you sleep in a truck camper off the truck? ›

Many campers are designed to be removable and then to reattach later. They include turnbuckles and tie-downs that can be undone as needed. Sleeping in a camper off the truck is no different from when it's on the truck.

What is the best truck to haul a camper? ›

Top 10 Vehicles for Towing
  • Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup. For absolute maximum pulling power with fifth-wheel trailers, the Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup leads the way with a tow rating of 31,200 pounds. ...
  • Ford F-450. ...
  • Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD. ...
  • Ford F-150. ...
  • Chevrolet Silverado. ...
  • Nissan Titan XD. ...
  • Hyundai Santa Fe. ...
  • Chrysler Pacifica.

What's the biggest camper a 1500 can pull? ›

Due to the steel frame on the Chevy 1500, the most basic model has a maximum towing capacity of approximately 7,000 lbs. A good margin of safety of roughly 20% would cut that down to 5,600 lbs.

What size camper can you pull with a 1500? ›

Review the maximum towing capacities of the trucks in the RAM lineup to find out which one is the right choice for you: RAM 1500 Towing. 3.6L V6:Maximum towing capacity – 7,610 lbs. 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel: Maximum towing capacity – 7,890-9,130 lbs.

Which 1/2 ton truck has the best towing capacity? ›

Best 1/2-Ton Trucks For Towing: 2022 Ford F-150 | Max Tow Rating: 14,000 Pounds. A great choice in the full-size ½-ton truck class is the venerable Ford F-150. There's a reason it's America's best-selling pickup and that it has a solid record for dependability and versatility.

Can you put a 8 foot camper on a short bed truck? ›

As long as it fits between the tailgate opening, you can put an 8 foot on a 6 foot bed, just leave the tailgate on. I did that on a Ford Ranger extended cab shortbed pickup, had to leave the tailgate on, the camper overhanged the tailgate by a couple inches.

Are truck campers hard to drive? ›

Drivability. Unlike larger Class A and Class C motorhomes, driving a truck camper is as simple as driving a truck. Granted, it is a bit top-heavy and you do need to take safety precautions when driving. But in general, you are simply driving a truck that is carrying cargo.

What is center of gravity on truck campers? ›

The center of gravity on a truck camper is the point where most of the weight sits. This point on the camper should sit on a specific part of your truck bed to have a safe, secure, and stable towing experience.

What size truck will pull 8000 lbs? ›

For long trips or frequent towing at or more than 8,000 lbs, a heavy duty (2500) pickup truck is recommended.

How much does a 30 foot camper weigh? ›

The average weight of a 30 foot camper is between 5,200 and 5,800 pounds dry weight which is the weight of your camper with empty water tanks and no gear on board. Filling your tanks and throwing in your gear will bring the weight of most 30′ campers up to 6,700 and 7,300 pounds.

How much tongue weight can an F-150 handle? ›

For our sample truck above, towing a 6,000-lb trailer (600-ish pounds tongue weight) would leave a safe 1,050 lb for passengers and their gear. It is impossible to over-emphasize the importance of tongue weight to payload, since just over 1,000 lbs for passengers and cargo isn't a lot.

What do you call a camper that fits in the bed of a truck? ›

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 them demountable campers.

Can you put a short bed camper on a long bed truck? ›

You will not have any problem. The difference between a short bed and long bed is all in front of the axle. The distance from the rear of both beds to the axle is identical. There are numerous folks that run a short bed camper on long bed trucks taking advantage of the extra 18" of cargo space in the front of the bed.

How wide is a slide in truck camper? ›

The width is 90-inches, about 6-inches narrower than Adventurer's larger units. If I had to guess, I would say this is yet another way the Adventurer team kept the weight down. With truck campers, every inch of floor length and width costs weight.

How do you secure a slide in truck camper? ›

Truck Camper Tie Downs/Turnbuckles - YouTube

How do you move a truck camper without a truck? ›

6 Ways to Move an RV Trailer Without a Truck
  1. Dealer Transport.
  2. Borrow a Truck.
  3. Rent a Truck.
  4. Trailer Valet.
  5. Utilize Shipping Marketplaces.
  6. Hire a Transportation Company.
  7. Final Thoughts.
  8. Recommended Gear for Towing.

How do I keep my truck camper cool? ›

Ways To Keep Cool While Camping
  1. Camp in the mountains and get higher in elevation.
  2. Park in the shade. ...
  3. Turbo Cool Swamp Coolers work great in dry climates.
  4. Hang a hose mister from the awning to cool off.
  5. Fantastic Vent Fan or an Endless Breeze Fans keep your camper cooler.
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Can you ride in the back of a truck camper? ›

Is it Legal to Ride in the Back of a Truck Camper? In general, the answer is yes. With just a few exceptions, most states allow passengers to ride in the camper while the truck is in motion. This is a little surprising since most of the same states don't allow passengers in a travel trailer or 5th-wheel.

What is the point of a camper shell? ›

The top of the camper shell is usually even with or above the top of the truck cab. Even though use for camping may have been its initial purpose, it now seems most often to be used for utility and storage purposes - particularly the protection of cargo from the elements and theft.

How fast can you drive with a truck camper? ›

62 to 70 miles per hour is the most common.

How much does a truck camper affect gas mileage? ›

Fuel Economy

For example, a gasoline-powered one-ton truck hauling a 3,000 pound truck camper at 60 mph, will typically get 9 to 10 mpg, while a similar size truck with a diesel engine doing the same speed will easily achieve 14 mpg.

Do truck campers hold their value? ›

Make no mistake, all RVs depreciate a lot. The good news is that because truck campers are built better, they tend to hold their values better too. This is a particular benefit when compared to motorhomes which lose resale value for every mile added to their odometers.

Can the wind turn a camper over? ›

So, can my camper van blow over? Technically yes, but you're going to need some incredibly high winds and if that happens it's probably going to do more than just topple over. Campers carry almost all their weight low down so whilst it might feel like you're swaying all over the place in reality you're pretty secure.

Are truck campers stable? ›

So yes, truck campers are stable off the truck, and you can live in them just as you would if they were mounted in the truck bed.

Can a camper tip over in wind? ›

But can high winds flip RVs? There's no need to panic. High winds can flip RVs driving on the highway but it takes a perfect storm to toss your rig when you're parked.

What are the cons of a truck camper? ›

Cons:
  • You Have To Have A Truck.
  • A Truck Camper Can Be Top Heavy.
  • Truck Campers Have Height Issues.
  • A Truck Camper Can Be Difficult To Load and Unload.
  • Getting In And Out Of A Truck Camper Can Be Difficult.
  • Truck Camper Layouts Are Limited.
  • The Price Per Square Foot Is Higher.
  • Truck Campers Reduce Cargo Space.
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Whats it like living in a truck camper? ›

Living in a truck camper is perfect for those who want to explore remote locations but don't want to sleep on the ground under a tent, have a decent place to cook meals and comfortable place to use the restroom. Although it is incredibly fun, truck camper full time living is not necessarily a never-ending vacation.

Can you live out of a truck camper? ›

But…the great thing about a truck camper is that it does offer flexibility, so you can live both lives (the social one and the recluse one) in the same vehicle if you choose. And if small spaces and simplicity are absolutely your thing regardless of what you're up to, then keep reading!

What truck gets the best gas mileage while towing? ›

Best Trucks for Towing Capacity + Gas Mileage

Our top choice is the 2017 Ford F-150. It features fuel economy numbers of 19/26 mpg. That's with the 3.5-liter V6 engine. This truck does offer a towing capacity up to 8,000 pounds and a payload of 2,329 pounds.

Can a half ton carry a truck camper? ›

The problem is unlike many of the 3/4- and 1-ton trucks on the market, most half-tons are not equipped to handle the bulkiness of a full-size camper. None of the current or even older half-ton pickups can safely haul a 1,000- to 2,000-pound payload in the bed.

What trucks can tow 7000 lbs? ›

Top 10 Most Efficient Trucks: Towing a 7,000 Lbs Trailer on a 100-Mile Highway Loop
EngineTowing MPG
2017 Chevy Silverado 15006.2L gas V810.6
2016 Nissan Titan XD5.6L gas V89.6
2017 Ford F-1503.5L twin-turbo V69.1
2018 GMC Yukon XL6.2L V89.1
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Is a Ford 150 a half-ton truck? ›

The Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are an examples of half-ton trucks. Whether you're in need of a new truck for work or for recreation, half-ton pickup trucks like the Ram 1500 are great options for those in need of power, versatility, and a go anywhere attitude to get any job done with ease!

How much does a truck camper weight? ›

There is some variation depending on the type and the model of the camper, however, the range weight for a truck camper varies from 1,000 to 5,000 pounds dry weight.

How much does a slide on camper weigh? ›

Costs, styles, weights and sizes vary greatly between the various options, but it is pretty safe to say that we have most brands of slide on's sitting on top of our six wheelers around the country. Most campers start at a dry weight of around 500Kg, with heavier units around 1.2 tonnes.

How do you put a truck camper on? ›

How to Load and Unload a Truck Camper on a Pickup Truck - YouTube

What does F stand for in F-150? ›

Now that you know the F-150 meaning, and that it simply classifies this full-size pickup as Ford's half-ton truck, it's time to get behind the wheel and experience its power!

How much weight can a Ford F-150 half-ton carry? ›

The half-ton pickups have a maximum tow rating of 13,200 lbs. and a payload capacity of 3,270 lbs. Other F-150 specifications include: Bed length: 5.5-ft., 6.5-ft. or 8-ft.

What is the top of the line Ford F-150? ›

As the top-of-the-line trim in the F-150 family, the Ford F-150 Limited comes with all the cutting-edge features and technologies listed above as well as a unique design that's sure to turn heads. It comes standard with the SuperCrew cab style and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine.

How fast can you drive with a truck camper? ›

62 to 70 miles per hour is the most common.

How do I prepare my truck for a truck camper? ›

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Why are truck campers so hard to find? ›

Truck campers can be hard to find. Unlike the most popular styles of RVs and motorhomes (class A, class C, fifth wheels, and travel trailers), truck campers have fewer units manufactured, and the amount produced yearly is a lot lower than other RVs.

Can you ride in a slide-in camper? ›

In general, the answer is yes. With just a few exceptions, most states allow passengers to ride in the camper while the truck is in motion. This is a little surprising since most of the same states don't allow passengers in a travel trailer or 5th-wheel.

What is the lightest slide on camper? ›

Trayon is the lightest class II slide on camper on the market because when you compare two slide on campers with those exact specifications – Trayon will always be the lightest. So be sure to compare apples with apples when looking at the “Dry Weight”.

What are truck bed campers called? ›

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 them demountable campers. In Australia, they are commonly known as tray campers.

Are truck campers hard to drive? ›

Drivability. Unlike larger Class A and Class C motorhomes, driving a truck camper is as simple as driving a truck. Granted, it is a bit top-heavy and you do need to take safety precautions when driving. But in general, you are simply driving a truck that is carrying cargo.

Can you sleep in a truck camper off the truck? ›

Many campers are designed to be removable and then to reattach later. They include turnbuckles and tie-downs that can be undone as needed. Sleeping in a camper off the truck is no different from when it's on the truck.

Can a truck camper tip over? ›

Yes, it's possible for a camper or RV to tip over. Fishtailing, taking corners too fast, and driving in windy conditions can all cause RV rollovers. Wind can be generated from semi-trucks and other large vehicles as well, putting your camper at risk.

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