Because of its versatility and mobility, the
truck camper is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. It turns the
family pickup or work truck into a motorhome in the time it takes to
back under the camper and lower it onto the truck's bed. Another
advantage of owning a truck camper, rather than a towable RV, is it
allows campers to pull a trailer. Whether trailering a boat, snowmobiles
or hauling a load of wood, truck campers give RV enthusiasts the
versatility to enjoy their interests.
Building a habitable dwelling onto an
existing truck body is not a new idea. In the 1930's, during the depths
of the depression, John Steinbeck first surveyed the American Dream in
what he later wrote about as, "...an old converted bakery wagon,
double-doored rattler with a mattress on the floor."
Before Steinbeck, in 1916, General John J.
Pershing chased the infamous Poncho Villa into Mexico aboard a Packard
"war truck" complete with cots and a cooking stove. In 1922,
Henry Ford himself owned a Lincoln truck converted into a camper
complete with a refrigerator. Ford was one of the first avid RV campers
and his entourage of self-proclaimed "vagabonds" often
included names such as Harvey Firestone, Thomas A. Edison and President
Warren G. Harding. The first manufactured truck campers were produced in
the 1950's. These campers were top-heavy and the weight of the materials
needed to build the campers pushed load limits beyond suggested ratings.
Today's state-of-the-art truck campers have
all the conveniences of home in a variety of configurations. Modern
truck campers are engineered to enhance the camping experience in a more
luxurious fashion. New truck campers are more like a motorhome with
spacious interiors and more features such as double stainless steel
sinks, large double bed, hot water, shower, toilet and sink.
Because of its low cost and incredible
versatility, the truck camper is the perfect recreational vehicle for
the first-time buyer who owns a pickup.