Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Cars  > Truck Camper

Truck Camper Cost


How Much Does a Truck Camper Cost?

 
low costBasic Truck Camper: $3,000-$15,000average costLarge Truck Camper: $20,000-$50,000
post Post  

A truck camper can be one of the least expensive and smallest types of recreational vehicles, although options can quickly increase the price and size. Also called a slide-in camper or a cab-over camper, a truck camper is a self-contained recreational camping unit that fits into the bed of a pickup.

Typical costs:

  • A standard truck camper can cost $3,000-$15,000. On some units the top folds down to improve the aerodynamics while driving, then pops back up so most people can walk comfortably inside the living space. For example, the 11' folding 2011 Palomino Bronco B600[1] costs $8,000-$15,000 with a double bed, a dinette that converts into another bed, a two-burner stove, a sink and an icebox or a mini-refrigerator.
  • Expect to pay $20,000-$50,000 for a larger truck camper with features such as a bathroom or a slide-out to expand the living space (soft-sided slide-outs are less expensive than hard-sided). The 20' Lance 1191[2] starts at $30,000-$35,000, has about 12' of interior floor length and comes with a queen bed, a dinette that converts into a bed, a three-burner stovetop and oven, a refrigerator and a bathroom (sink, toilet and separate shower stall).
  • Truck campers start depreciating as soon as they're bought, so a well-cared-for camper that's a few years old could be 20% to 30% less than the original purchase price.
Related articles: Class B Motorhome Camper Van, Motorhome RV, RV Trailer, RV Rental, RV

What should be included:
  • A truck camper is basically a narrow room, 8'-22' long, with outside steps up to the door and ceilings tall enough for an average person. Typically there is a bed area (often extended above the pickup cab), a table/sitting area that converts to a bed, and a small food prep area (perhaps a simple sink, icebox and built-in propane stovetop). One advantage of a truck camper is maneuverability; it can go almost anywhere a pickup can go. Frugal-RV-Travel.com discusses the pros and cons[3] of truck campers and other small RVs.
  • When not in the truck, the camper is stored on tall jacks. To load it onto the pickup truck, the truck must be backed into position, and then the jacks are lowered until the camper is in place, with the wiring lights hooked up. For unloading, the process is reversed. The Happijac company lists rules for loading and unloading a camper; manufacturer Hallmark RV posts a video[4] of loading a camper onto a truck.
  • Some campers come with a space-saving "wet bath" where the shower and toilet (plus sink if there is one) are in a single stall. When the shower is used, everything gets wet. A "dry bath" has a walk-in shower and separate toilet area. TruckCamperNews.com describes and illustrates a wet bath[5] .
Additional costs:
  • A pickup capable of hauling a truck camper starts at $20,000 for a half-ton to $50,000 or more for a one-ton truck with dual wheels an extended cab. Fuel efficiency will depend on the specific combination of pickup truck and camper. Most truck-camper owners report getting about 10-15 mpg, or 18-20 mpg with a diesel truck, according to TruckCamperMagazine.com[6] .
  • Truck campers typically cost less to insure than larger motorized or trailer RVs because the pickup is already insured and the camper is considered cargo that can be covered with a relatively inexpensive rider to the insurance policy.
  • Campground or RV park fees can cost $10-$50 a night, depending on the amenities offered. Most truck campers are stored at home but if that's not possible for a larger unit, renting RV storage space can cost $20-$100 a month.
Discounts:
  • Because truck campers can go anywhere a pickup can go, there are many options for low-cost or free[7] overnight camping.
Shopping for a truck camper:
  • The pickup truck and truck camper are often bought separately, but need to be carefully matched. Truck Camper Magazine recommends selecting a camper first and then choosing a truck. The magazine lists tips for choosing a truck camper[8] , choosing a truck[9] and matching a truck and truck camper[10] .
  • Truck camper shows are a good way to see several different makes and models at the same time; admission can be free, or $5-$10, plus any parking fees.
  • Truck Camper Magazine provides a buyer's guide, and Roaming Times reviews[11] specific models.
  • For used truck campers, start with the price estimating tool[12] provided by Nada Guides, but also research prices locally and at eBay[13] and Craigslist[14] .
  • Search for local dealers through the National Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association[15] or GoRVing.com[16] .
post Post  
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


And the Best Bacon Is...
This little piggy went to market.After that, Consumer Reports bought samples and tasted to determine which little piggy offered the best bacon.Top honors go to Costco, it turns out. || Posted October 5 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Truck Camper
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Size of Camper: Manufacturer: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.palominorv.com/Bronco/
  2.  www.lancecamper.com/lance-1191-truck-camper-main.php
  3.  www.frugal-rv-travel.com/small-motorhome.html
  4.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDRWWgzteyw
  5.  truckcampernews.rvtravel.com/2009/05/newbie-corner-whats-rv-wet-bath.html
  6.  www.truckcampermagazine.com/newbie-articles/do-more-and-spend-less-with-a-truck-camper
  7.  rvbasics.com/rv-lifestyle/low-cost-RV-camping.html
  8.  www.truckcampermagazine.com/newbie-articles/how-to-choose-a-truck-camper
  9.  www.truckcampermagazine.com/newbie-articles/how-to-choose-a-truck
  10.  www.truckcampermagazine.com/newbie-articles/matching-a-truck-and-camper
  11.  www.roamingtimes.com/campers/index.aspx
  12.  www.nadaguides.com/RVs
  13.  www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=truck+camper&_sacat=0&_odkw=camper&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286...
  14.  www.craigslist.org/about/sites/
  15.  www.rvda.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Dealer_Info&template=/DealerSearch/Custom/dealer_s...
  16.  www.gorving.com/where-to-find/dealers
More Cars Topics
Check Out All Costs for Cars How Much Does Replacing a Transmission Cost? How Much Do Tires Cost? How Much Does an RV Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Replace leaking supply line40' w/copper from meter to house
Paid: 2150.00
Water supply line leaking, need dig trench, 40' Type L copper pipe. 1st plumber quote $6500. Did some research, 2nd quote is $2150. Depth by city code 16 - 18", both licensed, guarantee 1 year... [more]
-Meeept2000
Replacing Copper Pipes Cost
About to start babysitting
Paid: 6.00
I’m about to start babysitting for their first time ever (for pay) and I was wondering if my pay was too high or too low. Tha family has two boys, a ten year old and an eight year old... [more]
-
Baby Sitter Cost
cost of ear drops
Paid: 67.00
I was prescribed antibiotic drops for an ear infection. Went to pick up at Walgreen's and declined due to price of $219. I asked the medical facility to send prescription to Costco. Picked it up there for $67... [more]
-jeffo
Ear Infection Cost
Be aware
Paid: 0.00
Be aware that many of the listed locksmiths are a call service and many of them are in another state. Some even try to pass as other businesses. Academy lock is a thief and abuses they employed too. There are many... [more]
-Martin Y.
Locksmith Cost
Deep cleaning
Paid: 9999.00
As a dental hygienist with 22 years experience, I can tell you “DEEP CLEANING” is not a SCAM! 1st and foremost remember your insurance coverage is to assist with treatment payments... [more]
-Tasha Nicole
Teeth Cleaning Cost
04 Nissan Sentra
Paid: 120.00
I had one key for the car I just bought a few months back, well... While I was closing the front door to my house my key was caught and severely bent, I tried to gently tap it back straight but needless to say it snapped in half... [more]
-Mz Sentra
Key Copy Cost