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6 Best Off-Road Truck Campers

Driving or towing any recreational vehicle off-road can be a challenge. The sheer size of many traditional RVs is a limiting factor if you’re looking to hit even mild off-road trails. The smaller your camping setup, the further out you can go. Truck campers provide the flexibility of a compact, simplistic, and nimble camping setup with the comfort of a fully self-contained and enclosed RV. They are easy to drive and do well in many off-road situations if the truck is four-wheel drive. Keep reading to learn more about the 5 best off-road truck campers on the market today.

Off-Roading in a Truck Camper

The most critical component of an off-road truck camper is the vehicle carrying it. High ground clearance, four-wheel drive, and a good set of rugged tires are the basics. It’s also a good idea to have recovery gear on hand, such as a winch, Maxtrax, and tow strap.

Adding suspension to your vehicle will make it capable of navigating rough terrain while allowing for a smoother ride. And you’ll definitely want basic camping gear that’s easy to set up at the end of a long day. This, of course, is where truck campers come in handy!

When compared to a regular tent, they are quieter and more effective at protecting you from the elements. With a footprint only slightly larger than the truck itself, off-road truck campers can easily fit in significantly smaller spots than a full-size RV. This makes expeditions to remote locations accessible for camping. While pretty much all truck campers are capable of going off-road, the capabilities will vary significantly on your set up. 

offroad truck camper driving on dirt road

6 Best Off-Road Truck Campers

The best offroad truck campers will reduce height, weight, and can ride on the back of smaller, single rear wheel trucks. Often, this comes at the cost of features and storage space. However, you’re going to be able to venture to some incredible remote places that will be well worth the compromises!

Nimbl Evolution

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The Nimbl Evolution is a sleek piece of engineering. The seamless unibody pop-up design is well-insulated, lightweight, and aerodynamic. Not to mention, the inside living quarters of this off-road truck camper are equally as sleek and functional. Rooftop solar panels that come standard are an added bonus with this camper. Ideal for a flatbed Ford F-350, the Nimbl Evolution suits almost any one-ton flatbed pickup truck.

Four Wheel Campers

four wheel campers

Four Wheel Campers offer the customizability of the lowest profile and best fit soft-sided pop-up truck camper for a wide variety of needs. FWC has a fleet of sizes and styles, including slide-in, flatbed, or camper shell topper models. These rigs are designed to be lightweight yet durable in extreme conditions. Additionally, they fit on a wider range of full-size or mid-size trucks. 

Bundutec Truck Campers

bundutec off road truck camper

Bundutec Truck Campers offers many styles and build options that are both rugged and durable. You can start with just the basics of a sleeping platform and a few storage compartments. Or, you can opt for a more advanced model with a kitchen, toilet, bed, and shower. Bundutec campers come in either pop-top or standard hard-sided build structures. Both are meant to stand up to harsh environments and off-roading on backcountry trails. 

Pro Tip: Learn more about Bundutec Campers: Rugged Truck Campers for Explorers to decide which model is right for you.

Hallmark Truck Campers

hallmark truck camper

Hallmark Truck Campers has been proudly family-owned since 1958 and is currently located in Fort Lupton, Colorado. The seamless fiberglass roof and insulated soft-wall technology make the lightweight and low-profile structure ideal for remote off-road exploring. As a factory-direct operation, customers interact closely with production while making their campers and the many optional add-ons available.

Overland Ex Hudson Bay Truck Camper

Overland Explorer Vehicles (often abbreviated as OEV) is a company based in Red Deer, Alberta. They specialize in designing and manufacturing expedition-ready campers and vehicle-based adventure solutions. They are known for producing durable and rugged slide-in, flatbed, or fixed cabin camper models.

OEV campers are designed for off-road and overland travel. They often feature pop-up roofs, high-quality materials, and innovative construction techniques to withstand tough conditions.

The Hudson Bay is their most popular model. It is a robust and popular camper designed to fit on various flatbeds.

Alaskan Campers

A uniquely designed solid wall with a hydraulic lift makes this hard-sided pop-up truck camper stand out. It’s also able to stand the elements. Features like classic inside details and a generous amount of upper storage are not often found in many pop-up models. However, these make Alaskan Campers an exceptional style of off-road truck camper. 

Pop-Up Truck Campers vs. Hard-sided

Height and low center-of-gravity are important factors when offroading. This is why pop-up truck campers are the best option for those looking to go seriously off-grid and explore the most remote regions. Plus, you get the added benefit of easy setup and quick takedown.

Now, if you’re looking for some of those luxury features and storage, there are still plenty of places that a hard-sided, non-pop-up truck camper can take you. With large, triple slide truck campers you might even forget you’re in the bed of a pickup truck! Regardless, truck campers, in general, are a great way to expand your camping abilities and explore some amazing places!

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Steve H

Monday 29th of January 2024

We live in Colorado, so are very familiar with Hallmark campers. In fact, we took my father-in-law's 1967 Ford 3/4-ton pickup, with a Hallmark aluminum hard-side camper and a Suzuki 125cc trail bike on the back, on our honeymoon in the Colorado mountains in the summer of 1968. That's all the honeymoon a full-time engineering student like me could afford back then!

CJ

Saturday 1st of October 2022

I know you can’t list them all, but I’m a fan of the Pastime campers. Have the smallest one-1000lbs on a Tacoma 4dr, 6’ bed.Added Timbren suspension kit, sway bars. Drives nice. Goes almost anywhere. Has everything I need. Can be hard to find though.

Mortons on the Move

Saturday 1st of October 2022

Thanks for sharing! :)

Cort

Thursday 21st of October 2021

We considered the Black Series but particularly in the desert where I go a lot the possibility of getting into a place where we couldn’t turn around was daunting with 5-6 thousand pound trailer to say the least. . Otherwise if we were doing all national forest boondocking we might have gone with the very capable Black Series

Mortons on the Move

Saturday 23rd of October 2021

Makes sense!

David

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

We had a Northern Light which we recently sold. That was our third camper (first truck camper). It was a good camper but we never felt comfortable with it; even after adding a Helliwg sway bar and airbags. So we have moved to a Black Series caravan. From the ground up this trailer is built for overland travel and off road travel. This camper puts everything that we previously owned to shame. It is the ultimate in backwoods, off grid, extreme terrain camper!!

Mortons on the Move

Friday 4th of December 2020

The Black Series caravan sounds awesome! We're glad you found a camper you're happy with!

Bruce

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

I am surprised not to see Big Foot and Northernlight truck campers on the list.

Mortons on the Move

Friday 4th of December 2020

There are so many great truck campers on the market these days, it would be hard to fit them all in one article. Which is a good thing! That means there truly is something for everyone. We tried to narrow it down to what we thought were the top 5, but your suggestions certainly are good options as well! Thanks for sharing! :)