6 Best Truck Camper Models In 2021
With so many options available, how will you choose your next truck camper? Here’s a look at 6 of the best models for 2021.
1. Lance 960 – ‘Cause there has to be a Lance on the list
No truck camper list is complete without an option from Lance. Undisputed by many as the leader in campers, Lance has a name unmatched in the industry.
The Lance 960 is all-new for 2021 and was designed with lots of feedback from experienced owners. One common need from owners was tank size and Lance delivered. Standard sizes on the 960 are as follows: fresh tank 45 gallons, grey tank 30 gallons, black tank 28 gallons. This allows for extended time exploring!
Some add-ons to upgrade this already well-optioned camper include dual lithium batteries, a 12-foot power awning with LED lighting, Onan 2500-watt propane generator, and up to two 100-watt solar panels.
In typical Lance quality, the 960 utilizes aluminum-framed walls, floor, cab-over, and roof with Azdel interior walls. Combine this with enclosed, insulated, and heated holding tanks and you have a solid 4-season camper with a base weight of right around 3000 lbs.
Along with all the quality and features that make Lance some of the best campers available, they are also some of the nicest looking with full exterior graphics.
2. NuCamp Cirrus 620 – Hardside for the 1/2 ton owners
Large one-ton trucks are not the only option for truck campers anymore. The NuCamp Cirrus 620 is a full-size, hard-side camper designed specifically for 1/2 ton owners.
Tank sizes are smaller than larger campers as expected, however, are still respectable with an 18-gallon fresh tank, 12-gallon grey tank, and a 5-gallon cassette toilet.
The very reliable Rieco-Titan electric power jacks with remote are standard equipment on this model. The convenience package gets you a very well-optioned camper with a 210-watt solar, a backup camera, and Bose Bluetooth speakers.
Add-ons include microwaves, upgraded A/C units, and power awnings. At under 1500 lbs, this is a lightweight camper that doesn’t sacrifice amenities.
3. KingStar Camino 88 – The new kid on the block
KingStar is a new entry to the truck camper game. Known previously for its quality horse trailers, their start into the camper marketplace is being well received.
The Camino 88 is available in 6.5′ and 8′ bed lengths. The design of the 6.5′ model allows for the tailgate to be up when traveling.
As with their horse trailers, these campers have high-quality construction and feature a 24 gauge stainless steel roof system for durability. The base weight is 2250 lbs, making them light for their size.
Interior headroom of 6’7″ is standard in all configurations and there are four floorplans to meet your needs. Options include a convertible couch that has a full 6′ couch, a set of power reclining loungers, a dinette, and an open option to allow you to have storage space or add your own chairs, tables, or shelving.
A 6-gallon water heater, 25-liter fresh water tank, and 2″ closed cell foam insulation are standard on all models. KingStar offers many options to build your camper just how you want it. A few popular options include a 2000-watt inverter, 180-watt Zamp solar panel with a 30-amp charge controller, and an auxiliary outdoor shower.
4. Host Mammoth 11.6 – The sq/ft King
The Host Mammoth is appropriately named as this camper is truly a mammoth. With a 78″ interior height and 136″ floor-length, there is tons of space inside this camper, and oh yeah, there are three slides – yes, three!
And it’s not just space, everything on this unit is huge. Check out these capacities: 65-gallon freshwater, 51-gallon grey water, 32-gallon black water, 6-gallon hot water, and 15-gallon propane.
All of this space and capacity add up of course and the dry base weight of this unit is right around the 4000 lb mark. A big camper of course equals a big truck.
Whatever options you would like are most likely available right up to an electric fireplace and outdoor entertainment center with a TV.
5. Hallmark Ute 8.5 – For the pop-up lovers
Hallmark has been in business since 1969 and its founders have been designing and building campers since the late ’50s. You don’t last that long without a great product and loyal customers.
Pop-up campers are a popular option for those who like to have a lower exterior height for tighter trails and for lighter-weight campers. The Ute 8.5 comes with a base weight of approximately 1600 lbs.
All Hallmark pop-up truck campers come standard with a molded fiberglass composite exterior frame and a one-piece molded fiberglass composite roof. This unit has all the amenities of a regular hard side camper including a Queen size bed, bathroom, and an 80″ interior height when popped up!
The freshwater tank holds 30-gallons to keep you out and exploring. Black and grey water capacities are 14 and 12-gallons respectively and 6-gallons of hot water are available after a day of activities.
6. AT Summit – Wild card for the hardcore adventurers
Here is an interesting option for anyone looking to do lots of rugged exploring. The four-wheel-drive crew will love this one!
Although not a truck camper in the traditional sense, the AT Summit has its place. Essentially a high cap with a pop-up bed, this is a growing market. The open bed style cap gives you the freedom to install and store anything you need for your adventures.
Fishing, hunting, mountain biking, or mountain climbing… any outdoor activity you love can be made more enjoyable with this setup.
30 seconds is all it takes to go from storage to bed mode with the quick pop top. The Summit comes standard with a pre-wired 12-volt automotive-style socket and USB ports along with interior LED lighting.
This is a great base to deck out on your own or can be had with some upgrades such as interior storage cabinets, sliding storage, heater, solar systems, and lots more!
The base weight is only 340 lbs, making it ideal for four-wheel and overland cruisers.
There are so many options for truck campers out there to choose from, whether you want a rugged unit just to keep you off the ground or a condo on wheels. If you’re in the market for a camper, be sure to check out all the online forms such as iRV2 to get real word information from experienced camper owners.