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Everything you need to know about Pickup Campers

One of the smallest and most mobile options of all recreational vehicles is the Pickup Camper.

What is a Pickup Camper?

A Pickup Camper, also known as a “Truck Camper” is a type of recreational vehicle that is carried in the bed of a pickup truck.

Depending on the style and model of camper, pickup campers are available with slide outs which greatly increase their space and amenities.

Pickup Campers | Small RV OptionsPalomino RV

Advantages of a Pickup Camper:

1. Versatility

One of the biggest benefits of this type of camper is that it can go anywhere a truck can go. It rides in the bed of the truck, so it doesn’t require special parking spaces, or altered driving habits, and can be taken off-road as long as the truck is able.

2. Modern amenities

Despite it’s small size, truck campers offer kitchens, beds and in most models, even bathrooms. This brings all the comforts of home with you, wherever you want to go. All in the back of your pickup truck.

3. Options for more space

Some models of pickup RV campers even offer slide outs which greatly increases the amount of living space inside the camper.

4. Truck hitch remains available

Because this camper sits in the bed of your truck, the ball hitch on the truck remains open for towing other things such as a boat.

5. Save money on insurance

Most states don’t require separate RV insurance for a truck camper, because it’s considered part of your truck. It only needs to be added onto your truck’s policy.

States may vary in their specific rules pertaining to this though, so make sure to check with your specific state.


Disadvantages of a Pickup RV Camper:

1. Small size

Regardless of the model, pickup campers are among the smallest of the RV options.

If you’re looking for space to sleep a lot of people or plan to stay in your camper for extended periods of time, you might want to look into other options like a small travel trailer.

2. Limited amenities

In some models and styles, the available amenities might be limited. Some pickup campers don’t have toilets or showers because of the limited space.

As is often the case with pop up campers, a portable toilet is a commonly used solution if a bathroom is not available in the camper.

3. Soft Sided Pop Up style lets the weather in

There are pickup campers that combine the Pop Up soft-side style with a traditional truck camper, meaning the top roof of the pickup camper raises up to give the camper more height and the walls are usually made of canvas up at the top.

This is a good thing for increasing interior space, but the soft sides of the pickup camper can be a disadvantage if you’re trying to camp in cold or very hot weather. It can let the weather in and make camping less comfortable.

Soft Sided Pickup Camper
Travel Lite Soft Sided Pickup Camper


Requirements for Pickup Campers:

One thing to keep in mind when choosing a pickup camper is how much your truck can carry or tow.

Trucks have a GVWR or a gross vehicle weight rating – this is the maximum amount of weight the truck can carry, as specified by the manufacturer.

That means that your truck’s weight plus the camper’s weight can’t exceed your truck’s specific GVWR.

Make sure to refer to your truck’s information as well as the camper you are considering in order to determine if your truck is able to carry the weight of the camper.


Styles of Pickup Campers:

There are lots of variations among the different brands, models and styles of pickup campers.

The first is the type of sides that the camper has: Soft-Sided or Hard Sided

Pickup Campers are available in Soft-Sided styles list this:

Palomina Soft Side Pickup CamperPalomino

Or in Hard Sided styles like this:

Palomino Hard Side Pickup CamperPalomino

Typically, the soft sided models have a lower price tag, but in return can limit the climates that you are able to camp comfortably in.

Another variable in the styles is the length. Depending on the type of truck and the length of the truck bed, there are campers made for short bed trucks, campers made specifically for trucks with long beds, and everything in between.

The height of the ceiling in the pickup campers varies depending on the model as do the amenities inside. Slide outs are available in some models which dramatically increase the living space inside the camper.

[The Hard Side Max models on the right in the graphic below show the slide out options.]

Palomino Hard Side Truck Campers with Slide OutsPalomino 


Pickup campers are widely loved by outdoor enthusiasts for use during hunting trips and backcountry camping trips. They love the versatility; the ability to take the comforts of home anywhere their truck can take them.

Thanks to the many benefits such as the small size which allows for easy storage, usually not requiring separate RV insurance, and the modern models offering high end amenities including slide outs for added space, pickup campers are becoming more popular with a wider audience, including casual campers and people looking for a cross-country alternative to hotel rooms or tents.

Everything you need to know about Pickup Campers

A Small RV – What is it?

What is a Small RV?

RV is an abbreviation for “recreational vehicle”.

An RV is defined as a term for a motor vehicle or a towable trailer that has living space in it, and many of the amenities that are often found in people’s homes.

Usually used for travel and vacations, or a mobile home on wheels, RVs are popular across America and even the world.

There are many different kinds of recreational vehicles. They range in type and size from a small pop up camper to a huge 45 ft Class A motorhome, and everything in between. Regardless of a client’s needs, there is a perfect RV for them.

While the term “small RV” is a subjective term, on this site we cover a broad range of options of small and moderately sized RVs.


What are the different types of Small RV’s?

There are a wide range of types and styles of small RV’s to choose from.

  1. Pickup Campers

A Pickup Camper or a “Truck Camper” is an RV that is carried in the bed of a pickup truck.

There are many different styles and sizes of pickup campers, as well as a range of amenities.

The biggest benefit of this type is that they are small, affordable, and can go anywhere a truck can go.

Pickup Campers | Small RV Options Palomino


  1. Pop Up Campers

A Pop Up Camper or a “Tent Trailer” is a type of RV that is towed behind a vehicle on a ball hitch. It is collapsible for easy travel and storage, and looks like a flat rectangle when it’s traveling down the road.

The camper is then “popped up” in order to use it. The roof is raised and there are canvas tented ends that slide out which increase the sleeping capacity inside.

The biggest benefit of this type of recreational vehicle is that they are affordable and can be easily collapsed for storage and travel.

Pop Up Campers | Small RVPalomino


  1. Travel trailers

A Travel Trailer is an RV that is towed behind a vehicle on a ball hitch, in order to offer people a place to sleep and the amenities of home on the road.

There are a wide variety of sizes and types of travel trailers, from very small RV’s like the Scamp to 37 feet spacious homes-on-wheels.

Because there is a wide variety of travel trailer types, there are options for every budget and every style preference.

Travel Trailers | Small RV OptionsForest River


  1. Class B Van Campers

A Class B Motorhome is also known as a Van Camper.

This is a type of RV in which the beds, bathroom and kitchen are all in the back end of an extended van with a raised roof.

The benefits of this type are they are easy to drive, can be parked in most normal parking spaces, can be used as a second vehicle when not being used as an RV and they are more fuel efficient than many of the other types of RV’s.

Class B Motorhome | Van Camper | Small RVWinnebago / Leisure Travel Vans


  1. Class C Motorhomes

A Class C Motorhome is a smaller version of the huge Class A motorhomes that look like big buses.

The distinctive feature of a Class C RV is the bunk bed that sits above the cab.

There are a variety of styles and lengths of Class C’s with different layouts and slide-out options.

The main benefit of this type of camper is that it’s a home on wheels and doesn’t require a tow vehicle. They offer more space than a Class B van camper.

Class C Motorhome | Small RVForest River


  1. Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers are a type of recreational vehicle in which it is attached to the bed of a pickup truck with a special “fifth-wheel hitch”.

Fifth wheels have taller ceilings and the option of more slide-outs than the standard travel trailers offer, and they are often noted to have better handling on the road.

Like the rest of the larger RV’s, they come in a variety of sizes and offer a range of amenities from more simple to extreme luxury.

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers | Small RVForest River


With each type of recreational vehicle, there are a range of amenities and in most cases, sizes of RV’s that are available.

The right RV awaits you, depending on your wants and needs!