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9 Truck Camper Accessories We Won’t Travel Without

Although some accessories work at any camping spot and with any RV, some are specific to the type of RV you own. Truck campers have unique setups and require particular accessories. If you’re getting into the truck camper world, here are the 9 truck camper accessories we’ve found to be essential for a successful trip!

tom and caitlin morton posing with truck camper

1. Tie Downs

Tie-downs are the anchor points used to attach a truck camper to the pickup. They’re one of the most critical truck camper accessories. Without tie-downs and properly used tie-downs, your truck camper could slide out the back.

Tie-downs are usually round or square metal rods that you bolt to the frame of your truck. Because each truck frame is unique, tie-downs are generally specific for your vehicle model. 

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Tie-downs and turnbuckles are essential accessories for properly mounting your truck camper.

2. Turnbuckles

Turnbuckles are simple rigging devices that reduce slack and increase tension in ropes, cables, or other assembly systems. They consist of three parts: a body and a left- and right-hand threaded end fitting. Attach both fittings to an object. Then twist the body to either tighten or loosen the slack in the rigging system. 

For RVers, these truck camper accessories are most commonly used to anchor a truck camper to the tie-down plate on their pickup. There are many types of truck camper turnbuckles. Do some research to find the kind that works best with your truck camper.  

3. Truck Camper Jacks

Truck camper jacks raise and lower the truck camper for mounting and dismounting. These jacks can be free-standing, tripod-shaped, or cylindrical. These jacks can also use manual, electric, or hydraulic systems.

You need the right size jacks for your truck camper. Accessories like these are essential if you ever want to store your truck camper outside of the bed. They also help stabilize the truck camper whenever you’re parked for a duration of time.

truck camper with jacks down
Truck camper jacks can stabilize the camper even if it is still mounted on the truck bed.

4. Truck Camper Steps

This is on the list because we’ve had to replace our steps in the past. Here’s why the ones your camper comes with might require an upgrade.

  • Not all truck campers come with the most suitable set of steps for your camper setup.
  • Your truck may sit higher or lower than the manufacturer’s steps configuration.
  • You may find the steps too rickety or difficult to set up.

Step riser height and sturdiness are two crucial factors that can directly affect the comfort of truck camper steps.  

→ We personally recommend the Torklift Glow Steps, as they are very sturdy and the glow strips really do help at night!

torklift glow step truck camper steps
We got the sturdy Torklift Glow Steps for our very tall truck camper.

We also found that an additional step stool is an important truck camper accessory.

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Pro Tip: Looking for the perfect set of stairs for your home on wheels? Check out these 8 Best RV Steps for Easy Camper Entry.

5. Sway Bars, Airbags, and Other Suspension Enhancement

With the added payload weight of the truck camper in the truck’s bed, you can crush your vehicle’s existing springs and cause your truck to ride nose-high. Sway bars and airbags are suspension enhancement systems that help keep your vehicle from swaying, rolling, and riding unlevel. They assist with vehicle control and ride comfort.

A sway bar is a U-shaped metal bar that attaches to the truck’s frame. The sway bar is a torsional spring, so when one side is lifted higher than the other, such as when the RV begins to tilt and roll, the other side of the sway bar springs in the opposite direction and brings the bar and vehicle back to level.

Truck air bags added between the axles and leaf springs allow greater flexing and soften the ride. Their pressure can be adjusted with an air compressor to meet the camper’s weight and the ride demands of your adventure.

6. Leveling Blocks and Levelers

Keeping your RV level is essential for comfort and because an unlevel RV can damage some appliances like the refrigerator. Truck camper accessories like leveling blocks and levelers can help level your truck camper.

Leveling blocks come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are flat and rectangular and stack together like legos. Others are curved wedges with a fatter side that tapers down to a thinner side. If you don’t need anything fancy, you can also use wooden blocks.

Pro Tip: Do you know how to level an RV the right way?

Leveling blocks will prevent RV damage and make your truck camper generally more comfortable.

7. RV Surge Protector

While not a truck camper-specific accessory, this is a very important one. Similar to a household surge protector, an RV surge protector guards your RV against power spikes. This device will not interrupt power to your truck camper but will absorb high-voltage power spikes seamlessly, protecting the electronics inside.

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power watchdog surge protector

8. Dogbone Power Adapters

Power adapters are essential truck camper accessories. They allow you to adapt your camper power supply cord to any amp outlet. Truck campers can often fit into places that other RVs can’t, opening them up to more electrical source options, including 20-amp services.

Dogbone adapters are short, typically 12 inches, with two fat ends, a male and female adapter, and a skinny middle. This shape mimics the shape of a dog bone with two fat portions connected by a narrow piece.

We recommend carrying a 30-amp to 20-amp adapter in your arsenal.

dog bone adapter electrical cable
Don’t get caught without all the truck camper accessories, like a dogbone power adapter, that you need.

9. Off-Road Air Compressor

Although not strictly a truck camper accessory, an air compressor is necessary for the vehicle hauling your truck camper. We’ve found that we use this tool more often with our truck camper than with our other RVs for adjusting our tire pressure to the terrain.

When driving off-road or in unstable terrains, such as sand, airing down tires gives us better traction. But when we’re back on solid roads again, we need to re-inflate our tires to drive safely home. 

And if you have an air bag suspension, you’ll need an air compressor for adjusting the pressure.

We highly recommend the Viair 400P Air Compressor for your truck.

air compressor on truck camper
An air compressor is a vital truck camper accessory to have in your tool chest! Here we use the Viair 400P air compressor.

Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, having the right accessories are critical to a successful camping trip. Don’t get caught away from home without these nine truck camper accessories.

Additionally, we recommend 36 more essential accessories for ALL RVers. You should check them out!

What is your must-have truck camper accessory? Drop a comment below!

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Co-Founder, Logistics Queen, Business & Content Manager, and Animal Lover

An Upper Peninsula of Michigan native (aka a Yooper), Caitlin is the organization, big-picture, and content strategy queen of our operation. She keeps everything orderly and on track.

With a background in Business Management, she supports and helps channel Tom’s technical prowess into the helpful content our readers and viewers expect. That’s not to say you won’t find her turning wrenches and talking shop – RV life is a team effort. She keeps the business and the blog moving forward with a variety of topics and resources for our audience.

Believe it or not, she is rather camera shy, though she co-hosts the Mortons’ personal videos and The RVers TV show.

Caitlin’s passion lies in outdoor recreation and with animals. Some of her favorite things to do are hiking, biking, and getting out on the water via kayak, SUP, or boat.

She also loves the RV life due to the fact that you can bring your pets along. Sharing information about safely recreating outdoors with your whole family – pets included! – is very important to her. Because of this, Caitlin spearheaded the launch of HypePets in 2023.

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Dana

Tuesday 5th of December 2023

you MUST have a generator. Thats truck camping 101. Our Lance came with an Onan propane generator, and it runs everything, Even if you have solar you need one

Mortons on the Move

Thursday 7th of December 2023

Good point, or at least a heavy vehicle charger. With a proper DC-DC setup you can get away with just alternator charging.