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Truck Camper FAQ

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Q: If I have a truck camper, can I still tow my boat or trailer behind it?

A: Yes, that is a great question. That is one of the many benefits that truck campers offer, the ability to tow a boat or trailer while having a truck camper attached to your truck. Depending on the floor length of the truck camper and the bed of your truck, the camper may stick out further than the bed, and may require a tongue extension on the trailer you are wanting to tow. But good news, at Access RV we are a one stop shop and can help with both!

Q: Do I have to have Tie Downs for my truck camper?

A: Yes, Tie downs are vital to ensure your camper does not slide off your truck. Tie downs attach to the frame of the truck, underneath, and have turnbuckles that attach to the eyelets on the camper to ensure proper and safe transportation of your camper.

Q: Do I want a pop up or hard sided truck camper?

A: One question we hear a lot here at Access RV is why would I want either a pop up or hard sided camper over the other? While there are lots of similarities in price and weight there are a few main advantages to consider with a pop up. The biggest benefit is that with the roof down it can drastically lower your center of gravity. With lighter duty trucks one thing that is a major concern is what is called body roll or camper sway, which is the "top heavy" side to side motion that can occur when cornering. By having the roof lowered it reduces the overall height which contributes to body roll. By reducing the overall height you also gain clearance if you are driving through low trees or other lower clearances. Another pop up advantage is by having a shorter front foot print you have less surface area causing drag and can slightly affect fuel economy. The advantages of a hard side is that you don't have to worry about soft side (tent) restrictions that some camp grounds have and by not having a section of wall made up of canvas you will be better insulated against heat/cold. Since hard sides don't have the mechanisms for raising and lowering a roof you have less moving parts to worry about maintaining as well.

Q: I have a bed liner, will that affect my ability to haul a truck camper?:

A: When it comes to bed liners we typically see one of three major set ups; a spray in (Rhino Lined), bolt in plastic, or no bed liner at all. The more ideal system would be the spray in bed liner because it is permanently and physically attached to the bed and cannot shift. It also gives a highly durable textured surface for the camper floor to make contact with that will help alleviate shifting and scratching. The next best option is to have no bed liner at all. With no bed liner most are concerned with the camper scratching and marring the painted surface. We highly recommend in that case adding a rubber bed mat. The rubber gives a "sticky" surface area in between the camper and the bed of the truck that will prevent the camper from shifting and protects the trucks paint. The last set up is the bolt in plastic bed liner. While technically you can still load and carry a camper with the plastic liner it is less than ideal because the liner is slid into the bed and simply secured by a few bolts. With that liner you do run the risk of the bolt head breaking through the plastic during shifting and can result in the camper moving and becoming unsecured. There are also warranty issues with tiedown manufacturers if a customer is using a plastic bed liner.

Q: Can passengers ride inside of a truck camper while driving?

A: While it is always best to refer to your own state and local laws for this we can tell you that it is in fact perfectly legal in many states for passengers to ride inside of a truck camper. Some states may have stipulations where the truck camper will have to have a pass through window in the front knee wall to access into the cab of the truck. It may not be the safest idea to be riding inside the camper while traveling on highways and city roads, but doing so will not violate any regulations.

Q: How do I attach a slide-in truck camper to my truck?

A: All slide in truck campers require a tie down package to secure it into the bed of a truck. There are a variety of systems ranging from use on highways and grated gravel roads up to frame mounted systems designed for rough off roading so that your camper can accompany you anywhere your truck can get to.

Q: What equipment do I need for a truck camper?

A: While there are lots of extras that simplify the use of a truck camper the only required equipment is a tie down package to secure the camper, and a 7-round plug either at your bumper or in the bed to run brake lights, recharge your battery, etc./h3>

Q: What are the advantages of a truck camper?

A: Truck campers are making a comeback in a huge way. With technology and materials improvement over the decades we are seeing campers equipped with more than ever before while also being lighter. One of the main advantages of a truck camper are that you can get off of the beaten path and camp anywhere you'd have access with your truck. The biggest selling point of a truck camper is that you have the RV in the bed of your truck leaving your hitch free to tow a boat, ATV's, etc., eliminated the need for two trucks.

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