10 Best Truck Campers for the Ram 3500 One-Ton Pickup

So you’re interested in buying a hard-side, non-slide truck camper to haul on a Ram 3500 SRW one-ton pickup truck. If you already have the truck, you chose wisely. Today’s Ram 3500 has everything you need to comfortably haul a hard-side truck camper including your choice of powerful diesel and gasoline engines, exhaust braking, and two beefy rear axles. The 2024 Ram 3500’s payload ratings are decent, too, with a payload of 4,255 pounds when going with 4WD Ram 3500 crew cab with a 6-foot 4-inch bed, while a 4WD crew cab with an 8-foot bed can maxes-out with a 4,445-pound payload rating. These high ratings are a very good thing because safety is the key when hauling a truck camper. Exceeding the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and the corresponding payload rating of your truck should be avoided. Doing so puts you and others who share the road with you at risk. So without further adieu, let’s take a look at the 10 best hard-side, non-slide-out truck campers for the Ram 3500 one-ton pickup.

1. Kingstar Camino 88 Adventure Series

A real standout and the best of the best, the exterior lines and innovative interior of the Kingstar Camino 88 make it obvious that this innovative, four-season camper isn’t just another cookie-cutter camper. Some of these innovations include underfloor storage, a wall-mounted air conditioner, a stainless steel roof, R12 spray foam insulation, and a spacious wet-bath. Kingstar offers five distinct interior layouts, all of which include either an east-west or a north-south cabover bed. Camino 88 floorplans offer a generous floor length of 9 feet 2 inches, a center of gravity between 34-36 inches, and can be hauled on either a long-bed truck. The dry weight of the Camino 88 Adventure Series camper is only 3,330 pounds for a standard Camino 88 build. Standard features for this well-equipped camper include a 32 gallon fresh water holding tank, a porta pottie, a 6-gallon water heater, two 20-pound propane tanks, three AGM batteries, a Suburban furnace, a Vitrifrigo 3.2 cubic foot DC compressor refrigerator, and pullout tables. Looking for even more under the Kingstar banner? Check out the Kingstar Kruzr 8 which offers a 300 amp hour lithium battery bank, 200 watts of solar, a 3,000 watt inverter, a Truma Combi, maximum stainless steel finishes, a 5.3 cubic foot DC compressor refrigerator, and more. Starting at $39,960 for the Open Range model, the Kingstar Camino 88 Adventure Series camper is sold factory direct from Houghton, Michigan with about a four-month lead time.

2. Lance 960

Lance Camper’s first new design in nearly six years, the Lance 960 was heavily influenced by truck camper owner feedback from across the country. It includes the latest advancements in seating with comfortable recliner seats and the latest tech, including the Truma Combi Eco Plus water heater-furnace, something we’ve been pushing with Lance for years. The ultra-quiet Truma Combi not only saves on weight but also space, resulting in more storage. Designed for single rear wheel (SRW) long-bed trucks, the Lance 960 weighs only 2,970 pounds dry, putting the camper at an acceptable 4,000 pounds fully loaded. The Lance 960’s 9-foot 11-inch floorplan features a gorgeous interior with medium gray wood-stained cabinets, a large wet bath with a bathroom sink, a small kitchen with a three-way 5-cubic foot refrigerator, and a north-south queen-size bed. Standards include Lance’s excellent one-piece TPO nose cap, which gives it a sleek and aerodynamic look, the Plastoform thermoplastic windows (first introduced in the excellent Lance 650), and the modern, radiused overhead cabinets in the interior. Popular options include a 100 watt solar power system, side and rear awnings, Battle Born lithium batteries, keyless entry with key FOB, and Lance’s excellent roof rack system. Tank capacities are excellent for this long-bed camper with 45 gallons fresh, 30 gallons grey, and 28 gallons black. Without a doubt, one of the 10 best truck campers for the Ram 3500 one-ton pickup, the MSRP for the Lance 960 is a very affordable $44,460 for the base model and about $49,000 fully optioned-out. Available at top dealerships nationwide.

3. Rugged Mountain Granite 11RL

Family-owned Rugged Mountain started out as a tiny house builder, branched out into travel trailers in 2014, and launched into truck campers in late 2016. This is a very good thing because the Idaho-based company builds an attractive, high-quality camper with real wood paneling, painted beadboard walls, hard wood cabinets, a one-piece molded fiberglass front cap, and a full walk-on TPO crowned roof. Made for long-bed pickup trucks, the Granite 11RL’s spacious 9-foot 6-inch floorplan features a front dry-bath and dinette on the driver side, and a two-way 8-cubic foot refrigerator and a large kitchen on the passenger side. Holding tanks sizes are excellent too with 30 gallons fresh, 38 gallons grey, and 24 gallons black. The four-season camper offers lots of interior storage, a 84-inch slide-out fishing pole drawer, a dual battery compartment with a battery cut-off switch, two 20-pound LP tanks, and a 6-gallon DSI water heater. Standards include Reico Titan remote controlled jacks, a 17-inch Furion stainless oven with glass folding cover, a stainless microwave, a ceramic tile backsplash in the kitchen and bathroom, PVC crown molding, a 24-inch stainless steel apron sink with pull-down faucet, a keyless entry, a Furrion stainless range hood, and a stainless refrigerator insert. Easily, one of the 10 best truck campers for the Ram 3500 one-ton pickup. A terrific camper framed entirely of wood, the Granite 11RL weighs only 3,720 pounds dry, putting it well with the payload ratings of the Ram 3500. The MSRP for the base model of Rugged Mountain Granite 11RL is $54,000.

4. NuCamp Cirrus 920:

The nuCamp Cirrus 920 was a strong seller for the company for several years until it was temporarily pulled for a complete redesign. While a number of improvements were made to the original, the revamped electrical system is where the upgraded Cirrus 920 really shines. The new and improved 920 features an 810 amp hour lithium battery bank (three 270 amp hour batteries), a 3,000 watt inverter, a DC-to-DC charger, and three 310 watt solar panels for a total of 930 watts. This system generates enough power to run the camper’s 8 cubic-foot DC compressor refrigerator, the new Truma Aventa air conditioner, and two-burner induction cooktop with ease. For cloudy days, the camper is also equipped with a generator and an LP tank, providing owners even more independence off-grid. Like all campers produced by nuCamp, the Cirrus 920 features unique aesthetics and European styling and a host of features found in the original like the Alde hydronic heating system, a whisper-quiet water heater furnace combination unit that saves on both weight and space, the Froli modular sleep system, and heated flooring. The 4,419-pound camper offers a 10-foot 6-inch floorplan with a large dry-bath, a large cabover with a north-south queen-size bed and loads of storage, a face-to-face dinette, a massive wardrobe, and a large kitchenette. Other highlights of this cutting-edge camper include a custom diamond-plated rear bumper with hose storage, dual thermopane windows, a 43-gallon fresh water tank, a 35-gallon grey water holding tank, and an 25-gallon black water holding tank. The MSRP of the Cirrus 920 is $89,900. Available at top dealerships nationwide.

5. Northern Lite 10-2 EX WET

Based out of Kelowna, British Columbia, Northern Lite suffered a terrible fire in 2014, but has come back better than ever by building one of the best, most luxurious truck campers in the entire industry. One reason for this high quality is Northern Lite’s fiberglass, “clam-shell” exterior. The molded fiberglass design produces not only a superior, aerodynamic structure, but also one that is stronger and doesn’t leak like typical campers. The Northern Lite 10-2 EX WET is the company’s largest model. The 10-foot 9-inch floorplan features a north-south queen-size bed, a roomy wet-bath, a face-to-face dinette, loads of storage, and a large kitchenette. Standard features include all-wood cabinets with beautiful sapele veneer paneling; a mirrored, three-way 6.3-cubic foot refrigerator; a 6-gallon DSI water heater; a dual battery compartment, Seitz windows, and a three-burner propane cooktop. The 3,265-pound camper also features an 20,000 BTU furnace, two 20-pound propane tanks, a 9,200 btu air conditioner, two 185-watt solar panels, a 45-amp Progressive Dynamics converter/charger with three-stage Charge Wizard, LED lighting, and side and rear awnings. The tank sizes in the camper are excellent, too, with 36 gallons fresh, 40 gallons grey, and 18 gallons black. The camper can also be ordered with a dry-bath and a U-shape dinette. The Ozite “furry” headliner and the dated, turquoise color exterior graphics are the only negatives in what is otherwise an outstanding, four-season camper. Without a doubt, one of the 10 best truck campers for the Ram 3500 one-ton pickup, the MSRP of the Northern Lite 10-2 EX WET is a bit on the steep side with a price of $43,201.

6. Adventurer 901SB

Adventurer Manufacturing released the Adventurer 901SB as a 50th Anniversary Special Edition in 2018 and was received so well that the company decided to keep the camper in its extensive catalog. With its all-new 9-foot 1-inch floorplan, the Adventurer 901SB features a number of firsts for ALP, including frameless windows; a one-piece, oversize wetbath; Northern European-style cabinetry, an undermount stainless steel sink; an adult-size power bunk rated for 800 pounds; and a power tower in the kitchen featuring three 110 volt and two USB power outlets. Additional features for this 3,280-pound camper include Adventurer Manufacturing’s exclusive bumper with a non-slip powder coat, a leather dinette, a Master Command LCD touch screen control panel, a channeled LED ceiling light, a Furrion stainless steel range, a massive, two-way Dometic 7-cubic foot stainless steel refrigerator, and a 100 watt solar power system. Like all Adventurer campers, the 901SB’s construction features what the company calls a “Tru-Composite Contruction” using a hybrid wood-aluminum frame, then backs up that construction with a better-than-average three-year structural warranty. The camper also features a big basement with larger than average holding tanks of 42 gallons fresh, 28 gallons grey, and 28 gallons black, a dual battery compartment, and two 20-pound LP propane tanks. Can be ordered in either grey or white and fits on both short-bed and long-bed trucks. The MSRP for the Adventurer 901SB is competitively priced at $41,986.

7. Arctic Fox 865

Oregon-based Northwood Manufacturing debuted the Arctic Fox 865 in 2008, but removed it from the company’s catalog in 2012 after declining sales. The company, however, decided to bring it back in 2017 after repeated requests for the camper. Being the only Arctic Fox truck camper without a slide-out, it was the right decision by the company. Unfortunately, even without any slide-outs, the Arctic Fox 865 is still a heavy camper. Including the company’s mandatory Fox Package, which weighs 595 pounds, the dry weight of the Arctic Fox 865 is still 3,236 pounds, easily putting it at 4,200 pounds fully loaded and probably more. The Arctic Fox 865 is a big camper too. Not only is the camper’s floor length generous, at 9 feet 4 inches long, but it also has some of the largest holding tanks in this weight class with 34 gallons fresh, 32 gallons grey, and 31 gallons black. Even the cabover height is large at nearly 4 feet. This well-built, four-season camper features a strong, cathedral arched ceiling, 2-inch thick heavily insulated walls, a 20,000 BTU propane fired furnace, two huge 30-pound propane tanks, a 6-gallon DSI water heater, a 45-amp Progressive Dynamics converter/charger with a three-stage Charge Wizard, and a huge, two-way 7 cubic foot refrigerator. The best options include Torklift’s excellent Fox Landing Step, thermal pane windows, and a 100 watt solar power system. Without a doubt, one of the 10 best truck campers for the Ram 3500 one-ton pickup and fits on both short-bed and long-bed trucks. The MSRP of the Arctic Fox 865 is $40,646.

8. Rugged Mountain Granite 9RL

Another outstanding camper from our friends at Idaho-based Rugged Mountain. The company has been busy producing several new models, but this particular model is one of the company’s first and best. A versatile camper that can be mounted on either a short-bed or long-bed truck, the Granite 9RL features real wood paneling, painted beadboard walls, hard wood cabinets, a one-piece molded fiberglass front cap, and a full walk-on TPO crowned roof. The camper’s spacious 8-foot 9-inch floorplan features a front wet-bath and dinette on the driver side and a two-way 5-cubic foot refrigerator and a large kitchen on the passenger side. Holding tanks sizes are excellent too with 30 gallons fresh, 36 gallons grey, and 24 gallons black. The four-season camper offers lots of interior storage, a 84-inch slide-out fishing pole drawer, a dual battery compartment with a battery cut-off switch, two 20-pound LP tanks, and a 6-gallon DSI water heater. The Standard Rugged Package raises this camper to even loftier heights with a one-piece fiberglass wet-bath, Reico Titan remote controlled jacks, a 17-inch Furion stainless oven with glass folding cover, a stainless microwave, a ceramic tile backsplash in the kitchen and bathroom, PVC crown molding, a 24-inch stainless steel apron sink with pull-down faucet, a keyless entry, a Furrion stainless range hood, and a stainless refrigerator insert. A terrific camper framed entirely of wood, the Rugged Mountain Granite 9RL weighs only 3,459 pounds dry, putting it well with the payload ratings of the Ram 3500. Comes with a 2-year warranty. The MSRP for the base model of Rugged Mountain Granite 9RL is $51,375.

9. Bigfoot 25C9.4SB

The truck camper industry was shocked when Bigfoot RV went out of business in 2008, a victim of the Great Recession. Fortunately, the company reopened its doors in August 2010 after it was purchased by Grant Bilodeau, a former employee. A superb fiberglass, clam-shell design, the Bigfoot 25C9.4SB weighs 2,980 pounds dry, and features 1.5-inch thick heavily insulated walls. The camper’s stylish interior features a north-south queen-size bed; a large U-shaped dinette; a well-equipped kitchenette with loads of storage; a massive, two-way 6-cubic foot refrigerator, 6 feet 5 inches of headroom, and a floor length of 9 feet 6 inches. Highlights include a porcelain toilet, an 11,000 btu air conditioner, a powerful 30,000 BTU propane-fired furnace, two 20-pound propane tanks with auto change over, a rear awning, and a three-burner propane cooktop. The camper also comes with a number of upgrades, including a battery disconnect switch, an integrated stereo system with interior and exterior speakers, a black tank rinse, accordion-style day-night shades, and tinted thermal pane windows. The tank sizes in the Bigfoot 25C9.4SB are also excellent with a 38-gallon fresh water holding tank, a 32-gallon grey water holding tank, and a 22-gallon black water holding tank. Popular options for this superb, four-season camper include the Onan 2500 generator, the wireless rear camera, and the 250 watt solar power system. Easily, one of the 10 best truck campers for the Ram 3500 one-ton pickup, the MSRP of the Bigfoot 25C9.4SB is $52,390.

10. BundutecUSA Roadrunner

Easily one of the 10 best short-bed truck campers for one-ton Ford F350 Ram Chevy GMC 3500 trucks. Truck camper guru, Rory Willett, the owner of the BundutecUSA, likes his campers to stand out in a crowd and the Roadrunner does in a major way. Like all BundutecUSA campers, the Roadrunner is constructed of wood overlayed with either a smooth grey aluminum or a grey fiberglass exterior siding. The Roadrunner’s 8-foot 7-inch floorplan features a north-south 80×60-inch bed with a large kitchen and a wardrobe on the driver’s side and a huge 30×36-inch wetbath and a 66-inch long U-shaped dinette on the passenger side. Standard features include a 35-gallon fresh water tank, a 20-gallon grey water holding tank, a Thetford cassette toilet, the revolutionary Truma Combi water heater furnace, an exterior shower, Seitz windows, a Dometic CR1110 3.7 cubic foot compressor refrigerator, and window and door screens fine enough to keep out annoying “no-see-ums.” Bundutec offers a plethora of options too, including a Zamp 340 watt solar power system, lithium ion batteries, a True Induction Cooktop, and a 3,000 watt Xantrex inverter with a built-in transfer relay. Unlike many other truck campers in this weight class, the Roadrunner is loaded with storage due to not only the space-saving Truma Combi, but also by using every available nook and cranny. Weighs only 3,100 pounds fully loaded. Without a doubt, one of the 10 best truck campers for the Ram 3500 one-ton pickup. A great-looking camper inside and out, the list price for the BundutecUSA Roadrunner only $33,706, a bargain when you consider all that you get for the money.

About Mello Mike 908 Articles
Mello Mike is an Arizona native, author, and the founder of Truck Camper Adventure. He's been RV'ing since 2002, is a certified RVIA Level 1 RV Technician, and has restored several Airstream travel trailers. A communications expert and licensed ham radio operator (KK7TCA), he retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years, holds a BS degree, and now runs Truck Camper Adventure full-time. He also does some RV consulting, repairs, and inspections on the side. He currently rolls in a 4WD Ram 3500 outfitted with a SherpTek truck bed with a Bundutec Roadrunner mounted on top.

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