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saDgit

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BradW wrote:

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RobertRyan wrote:

Martin I did a "sticky" for RV NET. See below It is under generally "More Truck Camper Info" under the sticky section under Truck Campers. Please add any new ones or notify of any defunct makers.


European Truck Camper Listing.Clicky.


Thanks all for your welcome. Yeah Robert, I'll check it out and make what contributions I can.

Martin


Thanks Robert/Martin.

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Hi Brad and Robert
I've checked through the list of manufacturers you'd posted - only found one dud, Burkhardt Caravans, so I've taken that out and have added all others that I'm aware of. These are all current and active sites. Some may include expedition vehicles in their range of products but the criterion I apply for inclusion is that the unit must be demountable. I've left my comments in, hoping that they may be helpful and may explain some of the relationships between the listings, e.g. S.Karosser, Nordstar and Polar, but by all means chuck them out if they're inappropriate.


Andrade - (Portugal)
Autocaravanas Andrade has been in business since 1946 making a wide range of motorcaravans that currently includes two truck campers, the 'Polar 360' for twin-cab pickups and the 'Polar 360S' for extended-cab pickups. Website in Portuguese.

Apollo Motorhomes - (U.K.)
Apollo are the longest-established truck camper manufacturer in the UK having produced their first model in 1982. Website in English.

Arkdesign Camper - (Italy)
Arkdesign Camper produces a full range of motorhomes of all types including one truck camper model, the 'Sahara'. Website in Italian.

Artica
- (Germany) Artica specialize exclusively in truck campers. Comprehensive details of options and weights. Website in English.

Atlas Diffusion
- (France) Atlas Diffusion produces two ranges of demountable units - the Atlas and the more rugged Touareg. Website in French.

L'Azalai
- (France) L'Azalai manufacture expedition vehicles (l'Azalai tout terrain) as well as a slightly less rugged truck camper range (Lababouch' tout chemin). Website in French.

Batari
- (Germany) Harald Batari makes a range of campers, to order, including demountable truck campers. Click on 'Wohnkabinen' to see examples. Website in German.

Bimobil
- (Germany) Bimobil produce a range of camper units on a unique 'quick-mounting' system. Website in English.

Biwakbox - (Slovenia) Slovenian 'BiwakBox' claims to be a "new category of double-cab pickup camper". It's certainly compact and very light but its "rigid tent" approach inevitably means that it tends towards the austere rather than the luxurious. Website in English.

Camper AB
- (Sweden) Camper AB have come up with a stylishly innovative, GRP-bodied truck camper - though they obviously ran out of new ideas when it came to choosing the name! Website in English.

Camperbouw - (Holland)
Manufacturer, to order, of a range of motorhomes including a truck camper. Website partially in English.

Camper Track
- (France) Camper Track import the Northstar range of campers from the U.S. into France but also manufacture their own expedition vehicles including one demountable, the 'Kyoga'. It has an interesting, and as far as I know unique, double elevating roof. Website in French.

Cap Lander - (France)
Cap Lander's three-model range of truck campers is aimed primarily at LandRover owners but, according to the site, they will produce campers for other vehicles. Although the Cap Lander units are demountable they do not have an integral jacking system and don't look as though they could be
used when off the vehicle. Website in English.

Clemenson - (France)
Clémenson build truck campers (the Explo range) and other motorcaravans to order. Website in English.

Dodoo
- (Belgium) Oh my goodness, I thought the Swedish Toppola (see below) was a one-off but it seems the idea of a car-mounted demountable has got to Belgium as well. It's called the 'Dodoo' which, in English anyway, seems to be halfway between 'dodo' and 'doo-doo', neither of which has particularly positive connotations! Website in Dutch.

ExKab - (Germany)
Exkab (Expedition Kabine) builds (to order only) demountable pop-top campers that it claims fill the gap between the austerity of a fully-fledged expedition vehicle and the comfort of a 'cab-over' coachbuilt demountable. Website in English.

Fehlner Freiheits Mobile
- (Germany) Fehlner build camper and race vehicle bodies to order. Pictures on their website would indicate that they have built at least one truck camper. Website in German.

Fernweh-Mobil
- (Germany) Das Fernweh-Mobil, manufactured by Cramer Technik, is an angular, pop-top demountable which the manufacturer claims is suitable for all pickups and expeditions. It appears to have a peculiarly over-engineered mounting/demounting system which you certainly couldn't carry with you. Website in German.

Galluccio - (Italy)
Manufacturer of the Gall-up camper for two- and four-door pickups. Recently updated site is very fancy but slow to load. Website in Italian.

Geocar
- (Austria) Geocar range of GRP-bodied expedition vehicles includes a couple of demountables, the 'Condor' and the 'Vikunja'. Website in German.

S.Karosser AB
- (Sweden) Manufacturer of the Easy Camper range of truck campers. Sold throughout Europe under Easy Camper, Nordstar and (briefly) Leisure Camper badges. (See Nordstar and Polar below.) Website in English.

Lelycampers
- (Holland) Lelycampers make a range of motorcaravans to order including demountable units. Website in Dutch. Click on 'Producten' and then 'Afzetunit' to see truck campers.

Modulidea
- (Italy) Modulidea, manufacturer of a range of GRP,
pop-top camper units, some suitable for expedition use. Website in Italian.

Mondo Pick-up
- (Italy) Manufacturer of the very stylish Musica camper for the Isuzu pickup, Mondo also import Tischers (see below) into Italy. Website in English.

Nomad Camper
- (U.K.)
Nomad, who currently just sell Truck Tents for pickup beds and awnings for demountables, are planning a move into full demountable truck camper manufacture in the spring/summer of 2012. A website to watch.

No Mad Evasion
- (France) No Mad Evasion make three standard models and also build custom orders. Website in English.

Nordstar
- (Germany) Major outlet for the S.Karosser range of truck campers which are badged as Nordstar outside Scandinavia. Website in German.

Ormocar - (Germany)
Ormocar Reisemobol manufacture all sorts of motorcaravans and expedition vehicles including an enormous range of demountable "cabins for pickups". Units can be made to order for any vehicle and can range from 'shell only' to fully equipped and furnished. Website in English.

Overcar
- (Italy) Overcar make a variety of campers and motorcaravans including a small range of truck campers. Website in Italian. Click on 'Produzione' and then 'Cellule abitative' to see details of the truck campers.

Polar
- (Sweden) Polar Caravans manufacture a range of trailer caravans and two truck campers - the 'Camper 3,5' and the 'Nanoq'. The striking resemblance to models in S.Karosser's Easy Camper range is not coincidental. They are all made by S.Karosser AB and outside Scandinavia the 'Nanoq' is actually
marketed as the 'Camp Flex' in the Nordstar range. Website in Swedish, Finnish or Norwegian. Click on 'Husbilar & Campers'.

ProActiv
- (Germany) ProActiv are primarily manufacturers of expedition vehicles but include demountable truck campers within their range. Website in German.

Ranger Motorhomes - (U.K.)
Ranger Motorhomes manufacture campers and motorcaravans of many different kinds including their well-established Ranger demountable truck camper. Website in English.

RB Mobile
- (France)
LogeMobile was a long-standing French camper manufacturer with an excellent reputation but recently became the victim of difficult financial times. RB Mobile has emerged from the ruins and produces models that go by exactly the same names as the LogeMobile originals, i.e. 'Mangue' and 'Dynamis', and
appear to be identical to them. Website in French.

Solo Campers - (Holland)
Solo's website contains very little information but if you click on 'Producten' and then 'Afzetunit' you'll get some idea of what Solo will build to order. Website in Dutch.

Tischer
- (Germany) Tischer is one of the longest-established European manufacturers. Their range is extensive and exported throughout much of Europe. Website in English.

Tollare
- (Sweden) Although primarily a boat builder Tollare make a number of other products which exploit their expertise in glass-fibre fabrication. This includes the Tollare Camper 383, an all plastic demountable unit. Website in Swedish.

Tonke Campers - (Holland)
Tonke Campers are unlike any other truck camper in the world. They ooze class and romance. Website in English.

Toppola
- (Sweden) Has to be seen to be believed - manufacturer of a demountable camper for Saab hatchback cars! They also make a version for pickup trucks. Website in English.

Trend Up
- (Italy) Trend Up produce three models of truck camper. Website in Italian. Click on 'Gamma' to see the range.

Variocab - (Germany)
Variocab's website is a little short of detailed information regarding layout and construction and the pricelists don't apparently exist. Website in German.

Wagner - (Germany)
Wagner - specialists in glass-fibre (GFK) products - produce a range of camper units for all sizes of pickup bed (S-, D- and K-series), including American long-beds (A-series), as well as the C-series for flatbeds. Website in German.


As you are probably aware, truck campers are much less popular in Europe than they are in North America or Australia. Consequently the market is very much more volatile and businesses selling and making truck campers come and go with frightening regularity. Many of these are very small companies dealing directly with their customers, building only to order, maybe with only one model, and probably building more than just truck campers in order to stay viable. Only three, I think, i.e. Artica, S.Karosser and Tischer, build truck campers exclusively and on a significant scale.

I hope this is useful.
Martin


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Chief 2 wrote:

Martin,
Welcome to the forum. The wife and I have been discussing going on a European camping excursion summer of 2013. Can you tell me if there are companies that rent campers for a couple of months? Thanks!
Gary


Hi Gary,
The only U.K. company that I believe hire out truck campers are Apollo Motorhomes. There are probably many more on mainland Europe but, again, the only one I'm aware of is Tischer.
Hope that helps.
Martin

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and missing URO-Camper from Spain, ultralight:

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Posted: 12/09/11 04:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Welcome to the Forum, Martin.

Nicely put together resource you have there!

Many thanks for doing this.

Cheers,
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Thanks Martin for the input. I did a survey some time back.

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Welcome Martin,
Thanks for sharing the information.

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saDgit wrote:

As you are probably aware, truck campers are much less popular in Europe than they are in North America or Australia. Consequently the market is very much more volatile and businesses selling and making truck campers come and go

Same in Australia for a very different reason. A Lot of TC's here are custom one off units. There are approximately 130-140 Campertailer builders in Australia and any of them can start making a TC. So it is hard to track how many builders are around.
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Thanks for the info Martin.
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Hi Martin and welcome to the forum.

I remember seeing your site in the past, but hadn't looked at it for ages - what camper are you using now?

Cheers,

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sabconsulting wrote:

Hi Martin and welcome to the forum.

I remember seeing your site in the past, but hadn't looked at it for ages - what camper are you using now?

Cheers,

Steve.


Hey Steve
Thanks for the welcome. A Ranger (a year older then yours sadly) with a Leisure Camper/Easy Camper/Nordstar EC8L on the back (in bits at the moment because of a cracked shower tray).
Martin

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