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Are Travel Lite RV Truck Campers Good RVs?

When looking for a truck camper, you must remember your vehicle’s capabilities. If you own a Ford F-150, purchasing a Rugged Mountain RV’s Denali 3s or Bundutec’s Free truck camper won’t do the job. A light-duty pickup truck won’t have the payload to handle the weight. Travel Lite RV truck campers might be a suitable option.

Travel Lite RV has served the truck camper industry for over 25 years. The company has always focused on producing lightweight truck campers. Lighter campers can help more people enjoy hitting the road and reconnecting with nature. Let’s look at the current Travel Lite RV truck campers and the company’s legacy models. Let’s dive in!

Who Is Travel Lite RV?

Larry Johns started Travel Lite RV in 1998. He wanted to produce lightweight truck campers at an affordable price. The aluminum framing, honeycomb composite material, and gel coat fiberglass accomplished that goal. Today, the Travel Lite RV truck campers have a dry weight of 1,300-2,304 pounds.

In 2011, Travel Lite RV expanded into the travel trailer industry with its Rove Lite lineup, and recently, the company produced its first toy hauler, the 24SUR. The Rove Lite units have a GVWR of 3,550 pounds or less, sticking to the initial dream of creating lightweight RVs. Even the 24SUR toy hauler is light compared to other toy haulers, with a GVWR of 7,000 pounds.

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New Travel Lite RV Truck Campers Launched in 2023

In 2023, the company launched a new lineup of truck campers with more modern designs while sticking to the aluminum and laminated lightweight construction. You won’t find any wood in these truck campers; they’re all composite. They also have off-grid camping essentials and better seals to prevent water intrusion. Let’s look at the new Travel Lite RV truck campers.

Up Country Truck Campers

The Up Country, a mid to full-size option, is the largest of the three lines. It features three floorplans, two with bathrooms. Standard features include a Shur-Flo water pump, 40-amp converter, 12-volt refrigerator, 2-burner stainless steel stove, stainless steel microwave, and 20.000 BTU furnace. Outside, the Up Country is prepped for a backup camera and has a spray port and outdoor speakers.

Each of these Up Country truck campers has a cabover bed with side storage compartments. The 650U has a large U-shaped dinette across from the kitchen, the 775U has a smaller single dinette at the foot of the bed, and the 900U has a sofa with a table across from the kitchen. Everything you need for a weekend camping trip is available.

Here are the specs for the Up Country line of Travel Lite RV truck campers:

650U Up Country Truck Camper

  • 1,576 pounds dry weight
  • 13 feet 6 inches exterior length
  • 6 feet 8 inches interior height
  • 13-gallon freshwater tank

775U Up Country Truck Camper

  • 1,722 pounds dry weight
  • 15 feet 1-inch exterior length
  • 6 feet 8 inches interior height
  • 13-gallon freshwater tank
  • 5-gallon gray water tank

900U Up Country Truck Camper

  • 2,304 pounds dry weight
  • 17 feet 6 inches exterior length
  • 6 feet 8 inches interior height
  • 21-gallon freshwater tank
  • 5-gallon gray water tank
Up Country Travel Lite Truck Camper
The interior of the Up Country line is very cozy. (Source: Travelliterv.com)

Atom Truck Campers

The Travel Lite RV Atom truck camper lineup fits trucks with 40 inches or more in the width of the truck bed. There are two floorplans. The Atom 600A features a shower and porta-potty, and the Atom 400A features a large pantry for extra storage. Both models have a stainless steel sink, high-rise kitchen faucet, high-efficiency fan, Shur-Flo water pump, 40-amp converter, 12-volt refrigerator, and 20,000 BTU furnace. Outside, the Travel Lite Atom has an outdoor shower and is prepped for a backup camera.

Atom Travel Lite
The Atom is the perfect solution for small trucks with low payloads. (Source: Travelliterv.com)

Both Atom models have a cabover bed. The Atom 600A has a 2-burner stove, while the Atom 400A has a 2-burner Jetboil stove. The 600A floorplan features a small dinette at the foot of the bed, and the 400A model has a couch and table across from the kitchen. With a dry weight and length shorter than the Up Country lineup, the Atom truck campers offer a solution for owners with smaller trucks and lower payload capacities.

Here are the specs for the Travel Lite RV Atom truck campers:

Atom 600A

  • 1,562 pounds dry weight
  • 12 feet 4 inches exterior length
  • 6 feet 8 inches interior height
  • 13-gallon freshwater tank
  • 5-gallon gray water tank

Atom 400A

  • 1,300 pounds dry weight
  • 11 feet 3 inches exterior length
  • 6 feet 8 inches interior height
  • 13-gallon freshwater tank

Cent Truck Campers

The third Travel Lite RV truck camper line is the Cent. There’s only one model, and it’s also for trucks with at least a width of 40 inches in the truck bed. The Cent truck camper has the same features as the Atom 400A, including the 2-burner Jetboil stove. However, there’s an outdoor spray port and not an outdoor shower.

The Cent doesn’t come with a bed since this truck camper doesn’t extend over the top of the truck. It’s more like a box that sits in the truck bed. This cube design features a dinette with a pull-out bed across from the kitchen. With a dry weight of 940 pounds, the Cent is ideal for owners of light-duty trucks with a payload capacity of around 1,200 pounds.

Here are the specs for the Travel Lite RV Cent truck camper:

  • 940 pounds dry weight
  • 6 feet 5.5 inches exterior length
  • 6 feet 2 inches interior height
  • 13-gallon freshwater tank
Cent Travel Lite Truck Camper
The Cent is a unique option for small trucks, as it’s only 940 pounds dry weight. (Source: Travelliterv.com)

“Legacy” TravelLite RV Truck Campers

Truck campers started it all for Travel Lite RVs. You will find quality construction with attention to detail in each Travel Lite camper. Before the 2023 release of the Up Country, Atom, and Cent truck campers, these models were available. If you’re looking for a used option, here is what you can find:

The legacy TravelLite Truck Campers were split into Extended Stay and SuperLite campers.

Extended Stay & SuperLite Truck Campers

The Extended Stay campers had the same amenities and fixtures but were in different lengths to fit various truck beds.

  • 800X – the shortest option, measuring 186 inches long. Weighs 2,019 pounds dry and has a floor length of 77 inches
  • 840SBRX was 187 inches long, weighs 2,325 pounds with a floor length of 81 inches
  • 890RX – 193 inches long, weighs 2,397 pounds and has a floor length of 87 inches
  • 890SBRX are 193 inches long, weighs 2,388 pounds with a floor length of 85 inches
  • All four floorplans have 25-gallon freshwater tanks with five-gallon black tanks. 

The Extended Stay truck campers all have a double bed over the cab, a wet bath, a kitchen with a refrigerator, a two-burner stainless steel propane stovetop, and a sink. They also include a dinette that folds into a double bed, although the 840SBRX has a sofa instead. Each floorplan has a 20,000 BTU furnace and an on-demand tankless water heater, and they are prepared for solar if you wish to add it later.

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Super Lite Truck Campers

The Super Lite line of truck campers was simple and ultra-lightweight. With six floorplans, they ranged from 129 inches to 152 inches long. Each had a freshwater tank of nine to 13 gallons, and two floorplans have showers.

  • 590SL – weighs 1,398 pounds with a floor length of 55 inches
  • 610RSL – weighs 1,459 pounds with a floor length of 68 inches
  • 626XSL – weighs 1,421 pounds with a floor length of 58.5 inches
  • 690FDSL weighs 1,564 pounds with a floor length of 66 inches
  • 701XSL weighs 1,570 pounds with a floor length of 67 inches
  • 770RSL weighs 1,785 pounds with a floor length of 76 inches

The Super Lite models have different configurations with a dinette and an over-the-cab bed. There’s also a kitchen area, while the 610RSL and the 770RSL models have a shower. Each floorplan has a 12,000 BTU furnace and an on-demand tankless water heater.

How Much Is a Travel Lite RV Truck Camper?

You’ll find the new Up Country models start at around $23,000 on RV Trader. The Travel Lite RV Atom truck campers start at about $20,000, and the Cent truck camper starts at about $11,000. Don’t forget that Travel Lite RV also has a travel trailer line as well as the 24SUR toy hauler. The smallest unit, the Rove Lite 14FD, starts at around $19,000 on RV Trader.

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Are Travel Lite RV Truck Campers Good RVs?

Because Travel Lite RV focuses on producing a lightweight camper, you won’t find beautiful hardwood cabinetry or solid surface countertops. These types of features add too much weight. But if you’re looking for a compact truck camper with everything you need for an enjoyable, comfortable camping trip, Travel Lite RV may be what you want.

Is one of the new Travel Lite RV truck campers in your future? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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