I pose the question not because I own Alaskan Campers, but that was a question I had to answer for myself for reasons I'll mention later. I had admired Alaskans and then had to own an Alaskan and like the Remington Ad, I liked it so well I bought the Company.
I have owned just about every type of RV and always knew I was compromising on what I wanted or felt I needed. I have had converted Greyhound buses, I must have had a desire to be a bus driver. I have pulled trailers from seventeen footers to forty footers for thousands of miles. I have had mini motorhomes and Class A motorhomes, I have sold Fleetwood Bounders and Pace Arrows, I even have a company ready to build the GMC Motorhome, that in it self is a story. And now of course my Alaskan Truck Camper reins above all truck campers , but why? Answer the following questions and you will probably arrive at the same answer. Campers are better. Period. The Pickup Truck Camper is the most versatile form of RVing.
QUESTIONS TO ASK?
Why Truck Campers? Well, it just seems to me that the most versatile RV is a pickup truck camper.
What is the best Truck Camper? Quality, convenience, reputation are the key considerations, we think we have them all.
Parking and Storing? The Alaskan popup camper can usually be stored in your garage.
Interest lost or interest paid?
Towing a second vehicle?
Carrying boats or towing a boat?
Already own a pickup truck?
Too much storage for stuff I never used - loading and unloading?
Depreciation - trucks hold value? The big point here is that, Motorhomes suffer terrible depreciation.
Safety - handling on narrow roads?
Noise inside a motor home while traveling?
Where do we camp tonight? With the Alaskan truck camper can stop for the night anywhere you can park your pickup truck.
Not a lot of 4 X4 RVs at a price you can afford?
Trucks with campers go where you want to go? With 4 X 4 versatility very few locations are unavailable to you and your Alaskan truck camper.
The Truck Camper's Truck Camper, really is The Alaskan pickup truck campers
For those who already own a pickup truck, adding a camper is a logical step. For those who don't own a truck suitable for a camper, approximate $20,000 to $35,000 for a new truck, in addition to the camper. The pickup-camper combo, therefore, is not an especially cheap RV, but it does offer some unique and interesting possibilities. For instance, pickups are available from the factory in four-wheel drive, making them especially suitable for recreation. Anyone who likes to drive backroads and is interested in remote or primitive campsites should consider a pickup and a camper. The fact that the camper and truck are separate units offers some decided advantages. The camper can be set up on its own jacks at home or at the campsite, freeing the truck for separate use. And the pickup, especially a mini model, makes an excellent second car. Probably the major drawback of the pickup-and-camper combination is the compressed living space, although most include full containment. But the smaller overall size allows the combo to go places that are sometimes unsuitable for any other type of RV. Prices for The Alaskan truck camper can range from $4000 to $30,000.
The Truck Camper is loaded onto the bed of a pickup truck and is very popular for remote location camping. Some newer units even have a slide-out for increased living space. The Alaskan truck camper are ideal units for those who already own a truck, making the transition to the world of RVing much easier.
The Alaskan truck camper at a Glance
» Floor Length: 6.5' to 14'
» Roof Length: 6.5' to 18'
» Standard: 69" to 90"
» Wide-Bodies: to 100"
» Two to six people
» Up to six people, depending on floorplan
» Range: $18,000 to $30,000
» Average price range: $18,000 to $20,000
The Alaskan The Alaskan truck camper can offer some distinct advantages over other types of RVs. If you already own a pickup, you can get into the world of RVing on a smaller initial investment. They can be loaded on and off the bed with relative ease, freeing up the truck for other uses. Trucks, especially 4-wheel-drive models, can take you to destinations that would be prohibitive with other types of RVs. And you can get a wide range of features in today's The Alaskan truck camper, even toilets/showers, to make your trip truly a home-away-from-home.
One disadvantage of a Truck Camper would have to be it's size. They are not well suited for larger families and, as manufacturers have to fit as many features as they can into a smaller unit, living space is not as great as with some other types of RVs. However, units are now coming with slide-outs which greatly increase the amount of living space available.
The Alaskan truck camper is not for everyone. But for many, especially those that enjoy remote location camping, already own a truck or are on a more limited budget, the Alaskan truck camper offers the ideal and versatile solution
So what is an Alaskan pickup truck camper? A pickup truck camper is a unit loaded onto, or affixed to, the bed or chassis of a pickup, the truck camper is popular for backroad journeys, accessing remote locales and family recreational camping.
FEATURES: With the boom in pickup sales, adding a camper is an easy, economical way for many first-timers to begin RVing or for those down-sizing to a more convenient way of camping. The Alaskan truck camper combines the best benefits of the self-contained motorhome with those of a towable trailer providing the most versatile form of camping. Compact size makes the truck camper a versatile, manageable and convenient RV for local travel to and from the campsite.
At home or at the final travel destination, the camping unit can be detached and set on its own jacks allowing pickup truck to be used separately.
The Alaskan truck camper are made in a wide array of sizes with floor plans that provide a variety of options such as toilets, showers, kitchen facilities, air-conditioners and the Alaskans most famous telescopic top.
Traditionally built for efficient use of space, maximizing living and storage areas has not been a priority for truck camper buyers. However, with today's manufacturers offering a wide range of floor plans and options such as extended cabovers, The Alaskan truck camper can be more spacious than ever before.
The Alaskan truck camper are those units that are mounted directly onto the pickup bed or chassis of a full size truck, extending over the front cab with their sleeping compartment. They can be removed but more often as not are not removed at camp, they are ready for use wherever you park.
The Alaskan truck camper must fit into the pickup truck configuration, created specifically to mount to the bed/ chassis they are made to be 'carried' on the full size pickup truck.
The average length runs from 6.5 to 14 feet in or on the bed.
An average price runs around *$19,000, campers can range from $16,000 to $29,000, the pickup truck is an additional cost.
Again, the people capacity for sleeping may sleep 6
Self contained convenience.
Many truck camper units are a first step into the "RV" lifestyle, a low cost option, they offer convenience used by many for backcountry travel.
Driveability is simplified as the truck/camper combination allows you the flexibility to drive as you would with your pickup alone while still having the convenience of the camper.
Though limited in space by nature, many units can offer toilets, showers, kitchen appliances, and with extended top-up roof - area to provide more interior standing space. It has to be the right 'fit' for your truck and you. The Bottom Line The Alaskan truck camper can turn your ordinary pickup into a RV, but be sure its the type of camper you want before you buy it. The first thing you need to know when considering a truck camper is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of your truck. Trucks get this rating from the manufacturer to give you an indication of the weight capacity of a combined truck and its cargo. It can be usually found on the door sill of most trucks. Remember, this number is the combined weight of the truck and its cargo. Subtract the weight of the truck and its passengers from this number to get the weight of the cargo it can carry. Many of the newer trucks will have a "Cargo Weight Rating" listed in the glove box. This number, if posted, represents the cargo capacity remaining, assuming all seat positions have been filled with a person weighing 150 pounds.
Still confused? Consider that most trucks are called, half-ton, three-quarter ton and one-ton trucks. This refers to their cargo rating. Remember that a ton is 2,000 pounds.
Now that you know how much weight your truck can handle, take a look at the weights of the campers your considering. Think carefully about trying to put a 3,000 pound camper in your half-ton truck. We put an 8' Alaskan on 1/2 ton trucks and highly recommend a 3/4 or 1 ton truck for the 10' Alaskan. Our experience indicates the trucks are more than adequate using this equation. The trucks rated capacities seem to have a "fudge factor" built-in which makes the rating a conservative figure. Also the truck title does not actually coincide with the actual posted rating for a particular truck, in other words a 1/2 ton title may well have a higher rated capacity. You've also got to consider the length of your bed. Most campers are made for an 8-foot bed, but some of the shorter campers will fit nicely into a six-foot bed. Where will you take the camper?
There are several reasons people choose The Alaskan truck camper over the more popular fifth-wheels or travel trailers. Your reason for having a truck camper will help determine what options are important to you. The Alaskan truck camper can come with as many or as few options as any other RV. They can be fully self-contained with generators, full bath, galley and a queen-sized bed in the overhead. Or you can get a spartan camper that has litter more than a refrigerator and a bed. We have used our a top of the line Alcan for four years taking it all over the country and to Europe before we sold it in Iceland. We had all the options except a generator. People often asked to see our camper and were amazed at the space and features that were packed into its 11-6 frame. Even before you look at campers, find the right truck first. A one-ton truck with or without dual wheels is your best choice, but a three-quarter ton truck will handle an Alaskan without problems since the Alaskan is lighter than say a Lance. I think the dual wheels on the truck make it more stable than without them but they do protrude and require more care while driving to avoid coming too close to objects and hitting them and they are not really necessary. Remember, when that camper is loaded on the back of the truck, it will drive more like a big rig than a pickup truck. It will take longer to stop.
LOADING THE CAMPER:
The one downside to having the truck camper is having to load it in the bed of the truck whenever you want to use it. Unlike a trailer or fifth-wheel, which you can just back up to and put on the hitch an take off in about five or 10 minutes, a truck camper must be jacked up so you can back under it. The jacks are attached to the four corners of the camper, which must be lowered close to the ground for storage so the wind won't tip it over during a storm. Jacking it up, backing under it, lowering it into the bed of the truck and attaching it with the tie downs takes about 30 minutes.
Truck campers are very versatile and require low maintenance. Like motorized RVs that tow a vehicle, a good truck camper can tow another RV, boat, small car, flat trailer with ATV or a motorcycle
So, why buy an Alaskan Pickup Truck Camper? The answer is best summed up in the following,
VERSATILITY. A truck Camper is the only RV that allows you to travel with the 3-in-1 combination of vehicle, camper and trailer. Drive to your destination, unload your camper and take your boat (or other recreational vehicle) out for a ride!
EASIER TO MANEUVER. Alaskan truck campers mount directly to the bed of a pickup truck, which makes it less intimidating to drive or park than a tag-along or large motor home.
FOUR SEASON CAMPING. Whether touring Alaska or Arizona.........truck campers can be equipped to endure extreme weather conditions year-round
COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE. Many truck campers are equipped with everything you need to make it your "home away from home", such as full bathrooms, refrigerators, stoves and comfortable beds. Also enjoy features such as air conditioners, microwave ovens and generators.
GO ANYWHERE! Beaches, back roads and snowy areas are more accessible with a truck camper than a trailer or a motor home.
LOWER OWNERSHIP COST. Unlike trailers or motor homes, there is no engine, transmission, or tires to maintain or repair on a truck camper. Insurance is generally less expensive than other RV's and no registration is required in most states. Fuel expenses are also lower due to better mileage. In Europe Caravaning with a Caravan is their mode of RVing, but when we compared our accommodations we felt the Alaskan Pickup Truck Camper was a better choice.
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The Alaskan Camper, long the favorite of the outdoorsman, and the oldest production pickup camper remains the most versatile RV on the market today. The Alaskan pickup truck camper combines into one RV all the features necessary for the Happy Camper.