- Introduction To Campers And RVs
- May 9, 2020
There are many types of campers like RVs, caravans, and truck campers, which is the type of camper you’re going to learn more about. Truck campers are great since they take up less space than most campers, but they come with unique issues. The following are 10 issues you need to know about so that you’re prepared for them.
1. The Truck Issue
One thing to consider is that trucks don’t work with any camper. This means the truck you own may not work with a camper you like. You have to look up information about the potential camper and find out if it will fit your truck. This puts you in a strange situation because you need to do some careful planning and may have to get a camper you don’t like.
2. The Top Heavy Issue
Another issue to mention is that these types of campers make your truck top heavy. When designing a vehicle, the goal is to make it as safe as possible, but when you add something like a camper, that throws everything off. Essentially, you have to drive like you’re top heavy, so that means driving slower. It means you have to turn more carefully, and it means you don’t want to drive if the wind is blowing too strongly that day.
3. The Height Issue
The height problem is another thing you have to keep in mind. Some campers could make your truck much taller than it was before. This means some of the places you normally drive through might not be as easy. Gas stations, tunnels, and bridges could be a problem if they are short. The good thing is this issue could be solved if you choose the right camper. What you want is a pop-top camper that can be shortened when you’re driving so that it’s not too much of an inconvenience.
4. The Load/Unload Issue
Loading and unloading the camper of your truck is going to be a problem. These campers aren’t light, so you’ll have to deal with that. You need to disconnect or connect straps so that you can load or unload the camper. At some point, you’re going to want to use your truck without the camper, so you’ll have to move it. This is an issue you won’t be able to escape, so it’s something to keep in mind.
5. The Access Issue
The other thing you have to worry about is access. Getting in and out of your camper isn’t easy. Sure, it’s fun for kids and folks without any mobility issues, but if you have mobility issues, then you’re going to have a problem. The camper is high, so you’ll have to climb a ladder to reach the beds, and you’ll have to climb down afterward. Normally, you’ll find the bed at the top of your camper. If you think this won’t be a problem for you, then you should be okay.
6. The Layout Issue
If you love choices, you won’t get many with the truck camper. The layout doesn’t offer much standing room. If you want to chill in your camper after watching the sunrise, you may feel cramped. This layout works best for solo travelers, couples, or a couple with one kid. If you’re not planning on being in the camper too much, then this will not be a big deal for you.
7. The Price Issue
The reality is you’ll be likely paying more for your camper than you would for other campers. It won’t appear that you’re paying more, but you have to consider the price per square foot. Most of these campers are quite small, especially compared to other types of campers, yet you’re still paying a hefty price. Keep in mind that you have to find a slide in that fits your truck. What if the camper that fits is pricier than other options?
8. The Cargo Issue
When folks travel with a camper hooked to the back of a truck, you can put all sorts of stuff in the back. Stuff that couldn’t fit in your camper will go in the trunk. This freedom is gone with a truck camper. This type of camper sits over your cargo area, so if it doesn’t fit in your camper, you’ll have to leave it behind. You know that it’s always better to bring too much than too little when you go on a road trip.
9. The Gas Mileage Issue
Trucks may have poor gas mileage after carrying something heavy like your camper. It takes a while to get back to normal, even after you drop off your camper at your campsite. On top of that, while you’re driving, this camper is forcing your vehicle to eat up more gas than it normally does. You know trucks aren’t great with gas already, so this is going to make things worse for you. Maybe one day things will be better with the introduction of electrical vehicles and hybrids, but that isn’t the case for most trucks.
10. The Breakdown Issue
Road trippers know that a breakdown is always possible, and things get dicey if you’re hauling this type of camper. You have to tell the towing company you have slide-in. There’s no telling if the towing company is going to have a truck that can handle the extra weight and size. If that’s not possible, you may have to have your truck towed on its own and then the camper. Once you tow everything, you still have to figure out where to stay. With a travel trailer, you could just rent a car with a hitch and keep going. Finding a truck that fits your camper may be more difficult.
Now, you know more about these types of campers and the types of issues linked to them. Each camper has its own set of issues, so make sure you learn about them to find the one that fits you best.