Slide In Campers Come With Big Surprises
Slide in campers aren't
the most widely known models in the RV world, but they offer a lot of
potential for those who want a few perks from home along when they hit
the open road. These models are compact, easy to tow, simple to set up
and carry some very big surprises inside.
Slide in campers, for those who aren't familiar, are basically those
that "slide in" on top of a pick up truck. Encasing the truck and bed,
these models can fit just about entirely in and over a truck or they
will hang off just a little bit, depending on their size. On average,
the biggest this model camper gets in length is around 9 feet, but that
doesn't mean they don't provide some serious benefits for outdoors
Slide in campers aren't generally recommended for more than a few
people, but those who take advantage of what they have to offer find
them to be more than a step up from tent camping and somewhat more
convenient than dealing with a free-standing pop up.
The design of slide in campers can vary a bit between make and model.
Some are completely ready to do once they've been slid in, others
operate a bit like a pop up, requiring some set up on arrival. In
general, however, they are pretty easy to set up and quite easy to tow.
Since they are mostly self-contained within the truck, there's no worry
about having to drag things behind a vehicle. They can make height
clearance change a bit though, so it's worth paying attention to this.
The features of different slide in campers will vary, but some things that can be found in them include:
- Full/queen sized beds.
The main sleeping quarters are generally in the upper part of sleep in
campers. The width of most of these campers enables a fairly good sized
bed to be included.
- Restroom facilities. Although quite compact, many slide in campers manage to include a sink, stove/oven and even a refrigerator.
- Dining area.
Many slide in campers offer dining areas that can seat at least two
people. The dining areas also generally convert into an extra sleeping
space for generally just one person.
While it's not as abundant as storage in a full RV or even a fifth
wheel, most slide in campers provide a decent amount of storage for
gear, clothing and foodstuffs.
While most slide in campers aren't the choice of large families, they
work well for a few people who are interested in enjoying some time
away without having to give up all the perks of home. By providing
modest galley, lavatory and sleeping space, these serve their purpose
and do it well without presenting the big hassles larger campers can
Because of their ease of use and their utilitarian design, slide in
campers are often chosen by those on hunting or fishing trips, hikers
and so on. They're ideal for outdoors types while still providing
enough creature comfort to make first-timers comfortable.
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