Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Truck Campers: What the ??
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Truck Campers

Open Roads Forum  >  Truck Campers

 > What the ??

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 4  
Prev  |  Next
Deb and Ed M

SW MI & Space Coast, FL USA

Senior Member

Joined: 06/07/2004

View Profile



Posted: 12/18/20 06:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any time something "small" needs to perform as though is was a full-sized RV, it's going to cost more.

We bought a used truck camper - we always have a truck around anyway, and sometimes the "little guys" get the most interesting camping sites! Plus we can utilize rustic campsites that may RVs can't get to. We can park in a "regular" parking space. I can go on and on about the handiness of a TC and their long lives...

NRALIFR

Truck Camping Out West

Senior Member

Joined: 11/27/2005

View Profile



Posted: 12/18/20 06:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As said before, I’ve already got the truck, and I’d have a truck even without a TC. Class A/B/C’s are of no use to me when I need to haul something. Anything longer than about 30’ total can’t even make it to my garage where the camper is stored, and wouldn’t be able to turn around if they tried.

While I have a flatbed trailer to use when I have to, I prefer not towing over towing. I especially like NOT towing when we go traveling around for fun in the camper, and there’s always at least one time on every trip that I say to the boss “Sure am glad we aren’t towing anything right now”, or “If we were towing something, that wouldn’t even be an option”.

I’m glad there’s an RV option that suits everyone’s taste, but for over 30 years the TC has fit mine perfectly.

[emoticon][emoticon]


2001 Lance 1121 on a 2016 F450


Grit dog

Black Diamond, WA

Senior Member

Joined: 05/06/2013

View Profile


Online
Posted: 12/18/20 07:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

KansasKen wrote:

versatility, truck can be used during the 85% of the time campers never leave home. ? in my mind is how average worker can afford a new f350.


Always entertaining to hear this point of view. But nothing has changed.
“Average worker” generally can’t afford a new luxury vehicle, or shouldn’t if they do buy them.
No different than my parents being average workers pay scale 30-40 years ago.
And the difference in price, adjusted for inflation isn’t much if any, if you compare somewhat apples to apples.
Yes the “average” truck does cost more than that but the power, longevity, capacities, technology all justify the greater expense.
The nicest model from 40 years ago now leaves a lot to be desired compared to just the base models of today.
It’s all in how you want to spend your money though.


2016 Ram 2500, MotorOps.ca EFIlive tuned, 5” turbo back, 6" lift on 37s
2017 Heartland Torque T29

notsobigjoe

southeast

Senior Member

Joined: 09/15/2016

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/18/20 07:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I bought a 30' 1990 Nomad TT used. Fixed it up, replaced just about everything including brakes and tires etc... Drove from Binghamton NY to fort Bragg NC to visit my nephew. Got home and sold it! Never again. A truck camper creates one vehicle that splits into two for sheer convenience. Although I could never afford anything new a couple of years old is usually around half the price and is in excellent condition. Even if I could afford it I wouldn't pay that kind of money for something that depreciates the moment you drive off the lot. To each there own of course. JMHO
Joe

KKELLER14K

BEAVERTON OREGON

Senior Member

Joined: 12/15/2006

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/18/20 07:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have had 3 trucks and 4 campers..I finally made it to a dually(horse before the carriage) another subject but I can haul or pull anything now(I have every option). A TC is so awesome for it allows you to go anywhere...but the cost is pricey for how small they are. I know, sticker shock. It really boils down to how you want to Glamp. A truck first is utility versatility and I would personally not have any use for an RV that sits as a one piece (A,B or C) TT maybe, but overall, it is the demand for the convenience..again you can go anywhere and are not limited to campgrounds or RV parks. It is the demand for a product that governs the price...obviously truck campers are just that, in demand...That is why we have one, everyone wants one that has a truck and boondocks. That is why we are here to talk about it. It also depends on how much you use it...break down the cost of a trip with airfare, motel stays, car rentals, food etc. and now with covid...who wants to do that? Not me.

valhalla360

No paticular place.

Senior Member

Joined: 08/19/2009

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 12/18/20 07:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

timmac wrote:

I am planning on downsizing my class A to a B+ rv under 25 foot, was also looking at new trucks and a camper as a 2nd option, so with the price of a new F-250 to F-350 and a new camper with a slideout it would cost almost the same price as a new small class A motorhome, {$100,000+}

The BT cruiser class B+ new starts at $72,000 and has twice the room of most campers..

How in the world does the truck camper makers stay in business with these high prices..

[emoticon]


Truck campers are specialty tools. And many don't stay in business, they make up a tiny percentage of the RV market. If you look at all the parts, they are cramming all the same parts into a smaller package. The box itself is a small part of the cost of an RV.

Now to your comparison...I question the comparison of costs you made (I'm using new prices as used prices have to many variables but like for like should follow a similar pattern):
- Class B+ may be $72k but you presumably have a separate car. Average new car price is $35k...let's say you downsize a bit and go $28k...that gives us a baseline of $100k for the motorhome option. Even if you say you aren't going to pull a toad, you still need a car for at home (A $100k class A would be $128k with toad)
- Travel Trailer: A 25ft B+ is going to have interior space roughly equivalent to a 20-23ft travel trailer and could easily be pulled by a 1/2 ton truck. It's no where close to the level of needing a 3/4 or 1 ton truck. We just bought a new 28ft trailer for $18k out the door...saw some smaller ones that we could have got for $15k. Add $35-40k for a 1/2 ton truck to pull it and you are around $50-55k and the truck can be your daily driver. Yes, it will use a little more gas but it will take many years to make up the $45-50k in up front savings.
- Truck campers really are a tough nut unless you need a tool that does what a truck camper does. Even the biggest will have a smaller living quarters and less storage than the other two options. Due to the weight unless you go incredibly tiny, you are at least into a 3/4 ton but more likely in 1 ton truck territory. On the positive side, unless you are pulling a trailer behind it, not much point in upgrading to the diesel...in fact diesel hurts as it eats up payload. So $60k for a truck plus say $40k for a modest truck camper and you are at the Class B+ price. You don't need a toad as you can use the truck for running around.

So why would someone go truck camper?
- They like to go offroad camping. Short of dedicated expedition vehicles, the others won't do nearly as well once you get away from the paved roads. Sure you can creep down a dirt road with most RVs but once things get rough, most people won't want to take their RV any further while truck campers may be happy to keep going.
- If you want to tow something like a boat. Double towing with a travel trailer is illegal in most states (5th wheels are more doable). With a MH, you have the choice of toad or toy.

There are probably a couple other use cases that could be argued but it's mostly a specialty tool.


Tammy & Mike
Ford F250 V10
2021 Gray Wolf
Gemini Catamaran 34'
Full Time spliting time between boat and RV


JimK-NY

NY

Senior Member

Joined: 05/12/2010

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 12/18/20 08:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you want to get a lot of space cheap, buy a trailer. There are a lot of really poorly built cheap models available.

Kayteg1

California > Nevada

Senior Member

Joined: 06/18/2015

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/18/20 08:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

timmac wrote:

the price of a new F-250 to F-350 and a new camper with a slideout it would cost almost the same price as a new small class A motorhome, {$100,000+}

The BT cruiser class B+ new starts at $72,000 and has twice the room of most campers..

[emoticon]

Not fair comparison.
To have the same luxury in ClassB, that you have in modern pickup - you need to go to Sprinter conversions.
Prices start at $150,000 and about a year wait this season.
TC has the highest price per sq ft in whole RV industry, but that is becouse I would compare it to Space Shuttle, where everything has to be light and reliable.





Buzzcut1

Norcal

Senior Member

Joined: 10/04/2010

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 12/18/20 08:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IF you winter camp in the snow 4x4 truck with a TC is way more fun than dragging around a trailer. plus no exposed plumbing. Class A in ice and snow? nope. 4x4 class C probably not


2011 F350 6.7L Diesel 4x4 CrewCab longbed Dually, 08 Lance 1055, Torqlift Talons, Fast Guns, upper and lower Stable Loads, Super Hitch, 48" Super Truss, Airlift loadlifter 5000 extreme airbags


mkirsch

Rochester, NY

Senior Member

Joined: 04/09/2004

View Profile



Posted: 12/18/20 08:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

timmac wrote:

The BT cruiser class B+ new starts at $72,000 and has twice the room of most campers..


So the largest, fanciest, most top-of-the-line, high-end, truck and camper combination is more expensive than the smallest, most basic B+...

That's what you're saying?


Putting 10-ply tires on half ton trucks since aught-four.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 4  
Prev  |  Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Truck Campers

 > What the ??
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Truck Campers


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.