The truck camper or slide-in-camper is an add-on living space with amenities, loaded onto a pickup truck.

The bottom and central part of the camping unit slides into the box between the inside wheel wells. It can also be affixed directly to the bed or chassis of the vehicle.

The floor length sitting in the box varies from 6 to 11 feet. The lighter 6 foot camper fits in the short box of a lighter truck.

The larger truck campers would fit in a 8 foot long box extending passed the rear bumper of the pickup. The total length of the camper including the overhang over a crew cab pickup can be as long as 21 feet.

  • normally sleeps 2 to 6 people
  • cost $8,000 to $26,000 new
  • length of 18 to 21 feet

Let's look at the advantages and disadvantages of this choice.

PROS: (advantages)

  • recognized for its rugged construction and very popular among nature enthusiasts and hunters who want to boondock and drive on rougher roads in remote parts of the country. It can then be installed on a 4X4 truck with higher clearance.
  • even with the load of the truck camper added, the pickup is still as easy to drive in traffic.
  • can be removed from the truck and left on jack poles at the campground or for storage, permitting the use of the unloaded vehicle as regular transportation.
  • can be traded or sold separately from the motor vehicle upgrading one or the other.
  • is one of the least expensive RV option for someone already owning a pickup truck with sufficient payload capacity, not having to pay extra for insurance or annual license fees on another motor vehicle.
  • the truck having the camper on can still support a platform on a hitch receiver or the capability of towing any travel trailer or one loaded with equipment.
  • does not occupy much space at home when in storage.


  • minimal living space and often no holding tanks and bathroom in smaller units.
  • no direct access from the pickup cab to the living area. Having to step outside is inconvenient in inclement weather and a safety concern.
  • harder access getting in and out with a few steep steps to climb.
  • more difficult to reach the sleeping area over the cab having to crawl head down.
  • not really practical for full time RVing
  • has to pay quite a fair amount of money for a slight increase of living space area for a camper with full bathroom, holding tanks, air conditioning, generator and slide outs

POP-UP Truck Camper (option):

Their roof is collapsible and put down while driving reducing the draft, resulting in better gas mileage.

When at camp, the roof is pushed upward to allow more headroom, the upper sides being canvas as in a tent trailer.


  1. the tent trailers (or pop-up RVs)
  2. the travel trailers [conventional)
  3. the fifth wheel trailers


Check the PROS and CONS of MOTOR HOMES

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