Truck camper with surboards mounted to the roof driing along the coast of the ocean.

Luxury or Roughing It? These Truck Campers Push the Envelope

Truck campers are one of the most common camping units. But can they be luxurious? They may be small, but we’ve found some truck campers that push the envelope.

Whether you’re shopping for a truck camper or looking to upgrade, keep reading to learn about some of the best luxury models on the market. Some of their features may surprise you. Let’s dive in!

Truck camper with surboards mounted to the roof driing along the coast of the ocean.

What Is a Truck Camper? 

Truck campers are enclosed shelters that sit on a truck bed. Sometimes they’re called pick-up campers. You can attach them to a truck bed, or they can sit on the ground with jacks extending from underneath the camper. 

Truck campers come in a variety of floorplans. They also vary in construction and features. Some simply provide a place to sleep when you’re camping or on a road trip. At the same time, others have kitchens, bathrooms, TVs, outdoor awnings, and more.

What Is the Most Luxurious Truck Camper? 

Truck campers may look simplistic on the outside, but some exude luxury on the inside. Host Campers’ Mammoth 11.6 is the most luxurious truck camper on the market today.

It has three slide-outs and the option of a washer and dryer. You read right: a wash and dryer in a truck camper!

The feet of two campers cozy on a bed in a truck camper with clouds out the window.

These Truck Campers Push the Envelope

Are you past the roughing-it stage of camping and ready to have some luxuries? These truck campers push the envelope, and we can’t get enough of them. See what you think.

Host Campers Mammoth 11.6

About: Host Campers’ Mammoth 11.6 has a 100% aluminum structure and fiberglass exterior. It also has vacuum bonded foam insulated walls, floors, and ceilings. The roof is a one-piece TPO, and it has radius cornered windows.

The truck camper’s base weight is 3,955 lbs with an overall length of 19’3”. Its freshwater tank holds 65 gallons. The gray water tank holds 51 gallons, and the black tank holds 32 gallons. In addition, it’s a four-season camper with a 25,000 BTU furnace and freeze-resistant water lines.

Tour a 2022 Host Mammoth 11.6 Truck Camper

Most Luxurious Features: The Mammoth 11.6 has loads of luxury features. It has three slide-outs with toppers. One of the slide-outs has the option of a couch, wardrobe, or laundry center with a washer and dryer.

The camper also has a full dry bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower. And it has features such as a U-shaped dinette, a fireplace, and a spacious kitchen.  

MSRP: $79,995


About: Lance’s 1172 is an all-season truck camper with a 20,000 BTU furnace and Dometic air conditioner. The overall length is 20’4”, and the dry weight is 4,174 lbs. Its fresh water tank capacity is 42 gallons, and the gray and black tanks both hold 35 gallons. 

In terms of construction, it uses aluminum frames for the walls, floor, cab-over, and roof. It also has block foam insulation and Azdel interior walls with laminated, insulated flooring. 

Tour a 2022 Lance 1172 Truck Camper

Most Luxurious Features: The Lance 1172 includes Euro-ply cabinet construction with hardwood framed doors. There are also day and night shades throughout. It has two slide-outs with a couch and a dinette, and the entry door is on the passenger side. Another key luxury is the full dry bathroom.

MSRP: $53,404

Eagle Cap 1200

About: The Eagle Cap 1200 truck camper has a massive floorplan with three slide-outs. It has a full dry bathroom with a toilet, sink, and a separate shower. The camper is all-seasons with enclosed, insulated, and heated tanks. Its furnace is 30,000 BTU. In addition, it has a Fantastic roof vent fan and a skylight in the bedroom. 

The exterior length of the Eagle Cap 1200 is 21’3”. Its freshwater tank holds 66 gallons. And both the gray and black holding tanks have a capacity of 34 gallons.

Tour an Eagle Cap 1200 Truck Camper

Most Luxurious Features: The Eagle Cap 1200 has a crawl-around California king bed above the cab. And it has cabinets and nightstands on each side. The luxury truck camper also has a large kitchen with an L-shaped countertop for ample room to work. And it has a solar capacity of up to 300 watts.

MSRP: $53,060

NuCamp Cirrus 820 Truck Camper

About: The NuCamp Cirrus 820 is a four-season truck camper. Its gross weight is 3,251 lbs, and it’s 17’5” long. While the camper has a small 18-gallon black holding tank, the freshwater tank holds 33 gallons, and the gray water holds 32 gallons.

The Cirrus 820 is compact with no slide-outs, but it offers luxury regardless. It has a wet bath with a sink, toilet, and shower. And the galley kitchen is surprisingly spacious and highly functional.

Tour a 2022 NuCamp Cirrus 820 Truck Camper

Most Luxurious Features: The truck camper has electric jacks, which are a luxury, especially after a long travel day. It also has a lot of storage for a camper its size. In addition, the decor and interior finishings add to the luxurious feel. The clean lines and light colors make the camper feel a lot bigger than it is.

MSRP: $47,335

Hot Tip: Check out the NuCamp Cirrus 920 for another great truck camper with a fantastic price point and luxurious features.

Host Campers Tahoe 9’6” (Shortbed)

About: Host Campers’ Tahoe 9’6” is designed for a shortbed truck. It has a double slide-out on opposing sides of the camper and a rear-entry door. The slide-outs have toppers, and the camper also comes equipped with other conveniences such as electric jacks with remote control.

The truck camper is 17’1” long and has a base weight of 3,340 lbs. The Tahoe comes with a 25,000 BTU furnace. And it has a massive 65-gallon freshwater tank for optimal boondocking. The gray water tank holds 43 gallons, and the black holds 32 gallons.

Tour a Host Campers’ Tahoe 9’6″ Shortbed Truck Camper

Most Luxurious Features: The Tahoe 9’ 6” (shortbed) is a luxury home on wheels. With opposing slide-outs, the living space opens up big time. It has a full dry bathroom with the sink and toilet sitting on the slide-out to allow a more spacious bathroom. And there’s more wardrobe space next to the bed than other truck campers on the market.

MSRP: $49,834

Palomino Real Lite HS-1916 Truck Camper

About: The Palomino Real Lite HS-1916 Truck Camper has an exterior length of 20’ and a dry weight of 3,595 lbs. Its freshwater tank holds 45 gallons, and both the gray and black holding tanks can carry up to 20 gallons. 

The truck camper has an aluminum frame with a laminated roof. It features hardwood cabinets inside. The floorplan consists of a wet bath, a small kitchen, and a sofa in the living area. There’s a queen bed over the cab. And this compact truck camper has a lot of creative storage spaces, even without having slide-outs.

Tour a Palamino Real Lite 1916 Truck Camper

Most Luxurious Features: The Real Lite HS-1916 has an on-demand water heater, so you have the luxury of hot water any time during your trip. This all-season camper also has an enclosed and heated basement. 

MSRP: $39,000

Can You Live Full-Time in a Truck Camper? 

It’s possible to live full-time in a truck camper. Similar to any type of RV living, there are pros and cons.

The more luxury features you have, the more comfortable you’ll be with day-to-day life in a truck camper. And having the ability to leave the truck camper at a campsite and use your truck for daily driving is a perk versus a camper van or motorhome. 

Are Truck Campers Worth It? 

We think truck campers are an excellent option for one or two people traveling. They’re quite versatile in terms of your ability to park nearly anywhere.

And being able to detach the camper from your truck when needed is convenient. In addition, if you already have a truck, they can be more cost-effective than purchasing a separate motorhome.

Are you ready to go the truck camper route for your next RV?

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