Pickup Truck Camper Buying Guide

January 27, 2012

A pickup truck will look and perform better with the addition of a camper. This will increase the functionality of the pickup bed and will enable you to properly store your stuff without fear of theft or damaging the truck. Truck campers are also designed to minimize drag and increase the aerodynamic efficiency of your truck in high speed driving conditions. This alone will have a huge effect on handling and fuel efficiency.

Camper Buying Guide

It would be best to properly determine the make and model of your truck before buying a camper. Pickup trucks are classified according to the size of the bed and could either be a short bed, long bed or full size truck. These dimensions will be a vital part of the overall cost of the camper you wish to install.


The addition of other accessories such as sliding covers with lock, roll bars, lights and storage compartments will increase the overall cost of the camper, especially when buying brand new. Custom camper shells could also be ordered according to the specifications of your truck. Expect to pay at least $1,000 for a basic camper shell design. The addition of accessories might add or double the basic asking price.

Used Campers

The market is flooded with used campers for the truck enthusiast, but sizes and model ranges will vary. It would be tough to find a used camper according to your preferences and even harder to find one that is the perfect fit for your pickup truck. Proper research should be done, because a used camper will help you save hundreds of dollars in parts and installation.

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