If you’ve been considering purchasing a truck camper, or even building a DIY truck bed camper yourself for traveling and camping, you’re in the right place!
we came up with 15 reasons why the decision to use a truck camper instead of an RV was the right choice, and it’s likely the right choice for you too!
1. GO MORE PLACES AND HAVE MORE ADVENTURES IN TRUCK CAMPERS!
The biggest advantage to camping, road tripping, and traveling with a truck bed camper is that you can go places - incredible breath-taking places - that most RVs simply cannot go.
- Off Road Locals & Trails
- Park Road Restrictions
2. MORE ACCESS TO FREE CAMPING
The second biggest reason why you should consider a truck bed camper over an RV is the amount of free camping options that owning a truck camper will give you access to.
- Increased Access to Public Lands
- Easier Stealth Camping
3. TRUCK CAMPERS GET BETTER FUEL ECONOMY
This is largely dependent on the truck bed camper you select for your adventures, but generally you’re going to see better fuel economy with a truck camper than dragging a big RV around.
4. TRUCK CAMPERS FIT IN STANDARD PARKING SPACES
This may not sound like much, but the ability of a truck bed camper to fit in a standard parking space is definitely an advantage!
5. TRUCK CAMPERS AREN’T A HUGE THING TO STORE WHEN NOT IN USE
Depending on the truck bed camper you choose to buy or build, it will likely just live on your truck full-time. Or if you do choose to remove it when not in use, a truck bed camper requires far less storage space than an RV or camper trailer.
6. TRUCK CAMPERS ARE MORE FLEXIBLE (MORE SPONTANEOUS ROUTES & ADVENTURES)
It’s easy to be spontaneous on an adventure with a truck bed camper. If you see a random forest service road or trail that you want to explore you can easily change your plans and check it out on a whim.
7. STOPS ARE EASIER WITH A TRUCK BED CAMPER
Another reason to travel via truck bed camper is that even simple stops like filling up with fuel or going through a fast food drive-through are infinitely easier.
8. YOU CAN STILL TOW STUFF, AND USE YOUR TRUCK LIKE A TRUCK
Want to take a fishing boat on your adventure? Or a couple ATVs? Want to use a trailer to help your friend move, or grab a load of mulch? As long as your truck’s payload capacity and tow rating allow it, you can do it all with a truck bed camper!
9. TRUCK BED CAMPERS ARE OVERALL LESS EXPENSIVE
Not only is the purchase cost of a truck bed camper lower than that of other RVs - heck, you can build a DIY truck camper for a few hundred bucks over a weekend like we did (twice actually) - but the cost of ownership is lower too!
10. TRUCK CAMPERS ARE FASTER, SAFER, AND EASIER TO DRIVE
Because truck bed campers are lighter and take up the same footprint as a standard vehicle, they’re much faster, safer, and easier to travel in.
Though we’re under no delusion that truck bed campers aren’t without their challenges, they're the best mode of travel if you’re seeking adventure in the great outdoors.