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JamesDean1234

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Posted: 08/02/19 01:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X. I'm strongly considering getting a used truck camper if I can find a good deal and one that actually fits my 5 ft bed. Is there anything I should know, take into consideration, helpful tips, etc.
Thank you in advance for any advice, information, and personal experiences.

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Posted: 08/02/19 01:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You will VERY limited on what truck camper you will be able to carry on that truck. Pretty much a tent on the truck bed.

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You will be able to carry a small popup; i.e., canvas sided, truck camper. That is it.

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What is your rear axe capacity? Spring capacity? Wheel and tire max load?
Maybe this or this.
But both would be pushing it a lot I suspect. And finding used? I don't know.


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A small pick-up with a 5 foot bed is a poor choice for a camper. Maybe you can find a pop-up camper, but it will not have much room.

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What’s the truck’s payload number minus passengers and stuff?


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a CA company, 4 wheel campers???????????? makes a very light one that I priced out to fit my 5 1/2 bed at $26,000 IIRC
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Think I'd consider getting a new truck first. Something a bit larger.


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A 4Wheel camper or Palomino Backpack is all I think are available in that size. And you'll still need some springs work I bet.


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It will be very small. Issue with TC's is that the rails of the truck bed take up space where a trailer or Class C would have for storage.
I have a full size truck with 8 foot bed, and had a 10' long popup camper once. It was small!
For one or two nighters small works. No shower, no storage, but you are inside and have built-in appliances (stove, fridge, sink) and a feeling of being in a camper.
Popups are tents as far as noise and insulation go.
Putting the TC on, taking it off are not anywhere near as quick as hooking up a trailer.

Cool thing about TC is camper goes anywhere truck goes, but for something that small, you can pull a small trailer a lot of off-road places too. A little truck like this is not going to be doing a lot of rock crawling with a camper in the bed anyway, so what difference is a high-clearance trailer?

I had a popup TC. Hated it. Sold it.
Bought a popup-style trailer (not a popup, but one like a popup TC, just on wheels). Sold it.
Bought a HILO trailer, still not happy. Sold it.
Bought a full-size 10 foot TC. Happy.

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