12 Best Truck Campers for Sale in 2020

Who makes the best slide-in truck camper? Which campers are the top models? These are great questions, which deserve a truthful response. Unfortunately, providing a short and simple answer is difficult. The answer really depends upon the person shopping for the camper and the person’s requirements. This is because a massive truck camper with multiple slide-outs isn’t always wanted by shoppers. Some are perfectly happy with a simpler and lighter camper like a pop-up. The cost of the camper, of course, plays a role in the decision too. Fortunately, for today’s consumer, there is much to choose from when it comes to a new truck camper to mount in the bed of your truck. With dozens and dozens of makes and models to choose from, however, the task of finding the right camper can be a little daunting at first. Fortunately, we’ve done a lot of this work up front with a variety of campers of all sizes and lengths presented here in this article. So without further adieu, Truck Camper Adventure is proud to present the 12 Best Truck Campers for Sale in 2020.

1. Host Mammoth 11.6

The largest, most luxurious camper on this list, the Host Mammoth 11.6 is also Host Industries’ best-selling camper. The Mammoth name fits because this camper is big. Part of what makes the Mammoth so big is that it features three slide-outs. Yep, you heard us right—three. The camper’s 11-foot 6-inch floorplan includes a large dinette, a massive dry bath, a fireplace, a comfortable loveseat, and a queen size bed with an option for a king. The Mammoth, like all Host Campers, is loaded with “host” of standard features, including a two-way 8-cubic foot refrigerator, a 6-gallon DSI water heater, a 25,000 BTU propane fired furnace, a 1,000 watt inverter, and a three-burner propane cook top with a folding cook top cover. Not only that, the holding tanks in this aluminum-framed camper are probably the largest found in a slide-in truck camper, with 65 gallons of fresh, 51 gallons of grey, and 31 gallons black. Other features include beautiful “grani-coat” solid surface counter tops, a dual battery compartment, an exterior 6-foot sliding storage tray, a 25,000 BTU furnace, two 30-pound propane tanks, a 6-gallon water heater, and a 1,000 watt inverter with a dedicated AC outlet. At a whopping 4,700 pounds dry, you’ll need a minimum of a 3500/F-350 dual rear wheel truck with a 5,500 pound payload to safely haul this elephant-size beast. Indeed, some Host Mammoth owners have resorted to getting a 4500/F-450 or 5500/F-550 truck with an even larger payload to haul this camper around. The base model lists for $65,000.

2. Hallmark Ute 8.5

Based out of Lupton, Colorado, Hallmark RV offers a complete line of high-quality, pop-up truck campers. The Ute is one of Hallmark’s best-selling models. Constructed of a composite fiberglass with a balsa wood core and a one-piece molded fiberglass composite roof, the Hallmark Ute is built to last. The camper’s 8-foot 5-inch floorplan features a 60×80-inch east-west queen-size bed with underbed storage, a large kitchen on the driver’s side, and a 55-inch U-shape dinette, and a wet-bath with a shower, toilet, and sink on the passenger side. Standard features include a Progressive Dynamics 45 amp “Mighty Mini” Power Center, molded one-piece counter tops, overhead cabinets with beautiful Tambour doors, big-view double windows, a 4-gallon DSI water heater, a dual battery compartment, a Lagun swing-away table, and a choice between either amber bamboo or maple cabinetry. The tanks sizes for the XL model are pretty decent too with 30 gallons fresh, 12 gallons grey, and 14 gallons black. Hallmark’s best options include a 200 watt solar power system, a north-south cabover, a Thetford Cassette Toilet, a side awning, inverters with transfer relays, a low-profile air conditioner, custom flooring, and several choices in cabinet finishes including a few exotic ones. Weighs only 1,643 pounds dry, making it ideal for those who are looking for a more adventurous, off-road experience. Fits on both long-bed (XL) and short-bed (XS) full-size trucks and comes with a five-year structural warranty. One of the best, an overlander favorite, The base price for the Hallmark Ute is $40,995.

3. Northern Lite 8-11EX WET

Based out of Kelowna, British Columbia, Northern Lite suffered a devastating 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 camper’s 9-foot floorplan features a north-south queen-size bed, a roomy wet-bath, a face-to-face dinette, loads of storage, and a large kitchenette. Standards 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 2,650 pound camper also features an 18,000 btu furnace, two 20-pound propane tanks, a 9,200 btu air conditioner, a 95-watt solar power system, a 45-amp Progressive Dynamics converter/charger with three-stage Charge Wizard, LED lighting, and side and rear awnings. The tank sizes in the Northern Lite 8-11EX are excellent, too, with 33 gallons fresh, 24 gallons grey, and 13 gallons black. Can also be ordered with a dry-bath. One of the 12 Best Truck Campers for Sale in 2020. Comes with a 6-year warranty. At $44,110, the MSRP is a bit on the steep side for a non slide-out camper, but the extra cost is worth it.

4. Lance 825

The undisputed heavyweight of the industry, Lance Campers continues to sell more truck campers than any other company in the world. Over the years, Lance designers worked hard to make their campers lighter and more durable and their efforts have paid off in a major way. The Lance 825 is a terrific, short-bed camper. The dry weight is only 1,832 pounds, making it ideal for most 3/4-ton trucks even when fully loaded. The 8-foot 6-inch floor plan features an attractive interior with cherry-stained cabinets, a north-south queen-size bed, a full-size dinette, a well-equipped kitchenette, a large wardrobe, and a small wet-bath with a shower. Highlights of this aluminum-framed classic include a Dometic three-way 3-cubic foot refrigerator with stainless steel refrigerator panels, a two-burner stainless steel cook-top, an Atwood 18,000 BTU propane fired furnace, a 5-gallon propane tank, and an Atwood 6-gallon water heater. The tank capacities of the Lance 825 are fairly generous too with 30 gallons fresh, a 13 gallons grey, a 14 gallon black. The best options include a 100 watt roof top solar power system, rear and side awnings, a removable carpet kit, and Lance’s own roof rack system. We’re also big fans of Lance’s new exterior one-piece TPO nose cap, which gives the camper a sleek and aerodynamic look, and Lance’s new Easy Charge exterior charging center that allows owners to hook-up a portable solar panel or a generator for quick battery charging. The camper comes with only one group-27 battery box, but the compartment can easily be modified to fit two larger group-31 batteries if desired. The MSRP for the base model is only $23,838.

5. Outfitter Apex 8

Now under the skillful ownership of Scott Mavis, the Outfitter Apex 8 is a road-tested, classic. We love this camper. Not only does the Apex 8 have a large, heated basement, but it also boasts some of the largest holding tanks in a pop-up with a massive 44-gallon fresh water tank, a 16-gallon gray water tank, and a 16-gallon black water tank. Standard features include insulated Weblon soft-walls, a marine-grade porcelain toilet, dual thermopane Sietz windows, a three-way 3-cubic foot refrigerator, a Progressive Dynamics 45 amp converter/charger, under bed storage, one overhead storage cabinet, a 5-gallon propane tank, and maple interior cabinets. The battery box in the Apex 8 is large enough for only one group-27 battery, but in the ones we’ve seen another battery box can be added quite easily. Popular options include an Onan 2500 Generator, a 7.5 cubic foot Nova Kool Compressor Refrigerator, and a Yakima Roof Rack with Ladder. Constructed of a true composite foam core roof and body, the Apex 8 is rugged and built to last. Weighs only 1,450-pounds dry. Made specifically for the short-bed, three-quarter-ton pickup truck, the Apex 8 is also a very popular choice with overlanders due to its low-profile, superb layout, and large tank capacities. Easily one of the 12 Best Truck Campers for Sale in 2020. A terrific design with a 5-year warranty, the base price of the Outfitter Apex 8 is $38,995.

6. NuCamp Cirrus 920

Ohio-based NuCamp is known for producing some of the best looking, most innovative truck campers in the industry today. The Cirrus 920 continues this trend by offering several European innovations, including 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, heated floors, and a space-saving folding bathroom sink. The spacious 10-foot 1-inch floorplan features a large wet-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 with an attractive two-burner cooktop and a Thetford three-way, 5-cubic foot refrigerator. Highlights of this long-bed camper include a custom diamond-plated rear bumper with hose storage, a dual battery compartment, two 20-pound propane tanks, an 8-foot side awning, dual thermopane windows, a 38-gallon fresh water tank, a 32-gallon grey water holding tank, and an 18-gallon black water holding tank. NuCamp’s best options include a Maggie roof rack, a 160-watt solar power system, Torklift Glowsteps, a motorized rear awning, and a Lagun swing away table. Customers have numerous color choices when ordering a Cirrus camper, including a silver or white exterior with 10 different color accents to match the color of your truck. Without a doubt, one of the 12 Best Truck Campers for Sale in 2020. Weighs a somewhat hefty 3,530 pounds dry. The MSRP of the Cirrus 920 is $39,533.

7. Alaskan 7 Cabover

Can’t decide between a hard-side or a pop-up? Well, look no further. The good folks at Alaskan make a hybrid camper that’s a little of both. Unlike the traditional pop-up truck camper, which has canvas sides, the patented pop-top on an Alaskan camper features a “solid wall” design with a hydraulic mechanism that raises and lowers the entire top of the camper with a simple flip of the switch. The benefits of this telescoping design are obvious. Not only does it provide full standing room in the interior when camping, but also less wind resistance and better gas mileage when traveling on the road. Inside this iconic camper, you’ll find a gorgeous, retro interior consisting of a leather dinette, a wood-paneled ceiling, and attractive maple cabinets throughout. You’ll also find a generous amount of overhead storage and counter top space inside—more than many hard-side models. Standard features in this 1,560-pound camper include a NovaKool 2600 refrigerator, a full-length door (no stooping or bending is needed to enter or exit the camper), a 5-gallon propane tank, and a 27-gallon fresh water tank. One Group-34 AGM battery comes standard, but as many as two can be added as an option. Popular options include a Thetford C-200 swivel cassette toilet, a Zamp 170 watt solar power system, a 4-gallon water heater, a Suburban 20,000 BTU furnace, and LED lighting. Easily one of the 12 Best Truck Campers for Sale in 2020 with numerous benefits. Fits on both short-bed and long-bed trucks. A timeless design, the Alaskan 7 Cabover model sells for $29,899.

8. Arctic Fox 811

One of Northwood Manufacturing’s best selling campers, the Arctic Fox 811 delivers on quality and features in a major way. The listed dry weight on Northwood’s website is only 2,873 pounds, but don’t let that figure fool you. Including the company’s mandatory Fox Package, which weighs an extra 595 pounds, the dry weight of the Arctic Fox 811 is actually a hefty 3,468 pounds, putting this beast at 4,500 pounds fully loaded and probably more. The excessive weight makes sense because the Arctic Fox 811 is built like a Sherman tank. The camper features a strong, full walk-on cathedral arched ceiling, 2-inch thick heavily insulated walls, a large basement, 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. Not only is the camper’s floor length generous, at a full 9 feet, but it also has some of the largest holding tanks in this class with 50 gallons fresh, 38 gallons grey, and 23 gallons black. Even the cabover height is generous at nearly 4 feet. The best options for the Arctic Fox 811 include Torklift’s excellent Fox Landing Step, thermal pane windows, and a 170 watt solar power system. Built for short-bed, one-ton trucks, but due to its weight should probably be mounted on a DRW truck. One of the 12 Best Truck Campers for Sale in 2020. The MSRP of the Arctic Fox 811 is $29,216, making it the best value when it comes to both quality and cost.

9. Four Wheel Camper Flatbed Hawk

Based out of Woodland, California, Four Wheel Campers builds one of the best, most durable pop-up campers in the industry. With its narrow girth and distinct rear kick back, the Flatbed Hawk is completely at home in the extreme off-road environment. The camper is only 59 inches high with the pop-up down, weighs a paltry 1,325 pounds dry, and only 2,100 pounds fully loaded. Not only that, the one-piece, lightweight aluminum roof is water proof and will handle decades of use. Flatbed Hawk highlights include an east-west 72×78-inch bed, a small kitchenette, an Isotherm 1.7 cubic foot three-way refrigerator, and a large dinette in the rear. Popular options include a Wrappon Green 12 volt portable toilet, a dual battery box, an indoor shower, an Isotherm 65, 85, or 130 liter DC compressor refrigerator, 14 interior fabric choices, and an excellent 320 watt solar power option to extend your time off-grid. The only real negative with the Flatbed Hawk is the small size of the fresh water holding tank—it’s only 20 gallons—but this capacity can easily be expanded by installing another fresh water tank in the tray. Built for full-size trucks equipped with a short, 6.5-foot tray. Pricing for the Flatbed Hawk starts at a very affordable $27,395. Available in numerous exterior colors in smooth or ribbed aluminum. This rock-crawling, low-profile beast may not be the largest truck camper in this list, but it can take you almost anywhere, and with its welded aluminum frame and aluminum exterior, will last for decades.

10. Bundutec Wild

A superb design by long-time truck camper designer and builder, Rory Willet, the Bundutec Wild was built with today’s half-ton truck in mind. Like all Bundutec pop-up campers, the Wild’s construction consists of a rugged wood frame, a one-piece fiberglass and aluminum frame roof, and attractive .040-inch smooth gray aluminum siding. But what really sets this half-ton camper apart from the rest, however, is that it offers not only a complete wet-bath, but also a grey water holding tank that makes using that wet-bath practical. The camper’s 7-foot floorplan features a kitchen and wet-bath on the driver side, a refrigerator with loads of storage on the front wall, and a full-length dinette on the passenger side. Highlights include a north-south 56×74-inch mattress with lift up under bed storage, a 21-gallon fresh water tank, a 17-gallon grey water holding tank, a NovaKool R3000 compressor refrigerator, a Thetford Cassette Toilet, a stainless steel sink, and Seitz window and door screens fine enough to keep out annoying “no-see-ums” bugs. A plethora of options are offered by Bundutec, including a 160 watt solar power system, the BunduAwn wrap-around awning, the Quick Pitch En-Suite Shower Enclosure, and the revolutionary Truma Combi water heater furnace that not only saves on weight and space, but is also whisper quiet when in operation. Weighs only 1,610 pounds dry. Easily one of the 12 Best Truck Campers for Sale in 2020. The list price for the Wild is only $18,600, a real bargain when you consider all that you get for the money.

11. Rugged Mountain 9RL

Idaho-based Rugged Mountain started out as a tiny house builder, branched out into travel trailers in 2014, and launched a truck camper line in late 2016. This is a very good thing because Rugged Mountain builds a high-quality truck camper with real wood paneling, painted beadboard walls, hard wood cabinets, and a full walk-on TPO crowned roof. The camper’s spacious 8-foot 11-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 with 36 gallons fresh, 38 gallons grey, and 24 gallons black. The Granite 9RL features 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. While the Granite 9RL is a superb camper in its own right, the “Rugged Package” raises this camper to even loftier heights with Reico Titan remote controlled jacks, a 20-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 Granite 9RL weighs only 3,459 pounds dry, putting it well with the payload ratings of all long-bed one-ton trucks. Fits on both short-bed and long-bed trucks. The MSRP for the base model of Rugged Mountain Granite 9RL is $28,350; the Rugged Package adds another $9,920 to the price.

12. Capri Retreat

Based out of Bluff Dale, Texas, Capri makes an excellent, no-frills style of truck camper that’s ideal for today’s half-ton and 3/4-ton pickups. Built entirely of wood and wrapped in aluminum, the Capri Retreat can be ordered either as a lightweight shell with a bed, or completely decked out. One of the Capri’s most popular options is what the company calls “The Works,” which includes a Polar Cub 9,200 air conditioner, a shower, a 30-gallon fresh water holding tank, a two-way Dometic 3-cubic foot refrigerator, 4-gallon DSI water heater, a microwave, a cooktop, a sink and faucet, an audio/video package, a 12 volt electrical system, a dinette table, manual jacks, and blackout shades. Single options can also be ordered, including a Fantastic Vent Fan, a furnace, porta pottie, remote operated electric jacks, and a large dinette window. All Capri campers feature an attractive, diamond pattern aluminum exterior that can be ordered in 10 different base colors with different colored accents and stripes. The company also offers four different interior wood paneling options—Cypress, Weathered Cedar, Ridge Pine, and Pecan—and can be ordered in different bed lengths, including 8-foot, 6.5-foot, and 5.5-foot truck bed lengths, making it perfect for trucks of most sizes. Overall, an excellent, well-built camper. A Capri Retreat with the options listed above, including “The Works,” retails for only $21,845 and weighs 1,750 pounds dry.

These are Truck Camper Adventure’s 12 Best Truck Campers for Sale in 2020. Agree or disagree with the list? Did we leave one or more out? We’d love to get your opinion.

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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 Airstreams. He currently owns a 2016 Northstar Laredo truck camper hauled on a diesel-powered Ram 3500 pickup truck. He enjoys history, football, music, hiking, travel, and photography. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years, worked in project management, and now runs Truck Camper Adventure full-time. He also does some RV consulting, repairs, and inspections on the side.

8 Comments

  1. Now that Covid is here to stay, this list is even more important. A TC means independent traveling, or as my wife and I like to say, “Sheltering in place on wheels”!
    We purchased a Host Mammoth 11.6, with the exact features optioned in your vehicle in February and have just finished a 10K mile 4 month excursion which took us around the USA from the Mexican Border to the Canadian Border and from Huntington Beach to the Outer Banks. We reside in AZ and have returned to 110 Degrees, Yikes!

    This is our fourth TC, the last one being an amazing Lance 1121 Single Slide. The new Host had a lot to live up to and my wife and I will attest that it has done a respectable job.
    Our trip tested the four season operational parameters right away, leaving AZ in 107 Degrees and using the AC / Gen system to Montana in snow storms at near 15 Degrees using full time heating. Without any Fresh Water additive, we had no freezing issues. However if I am doing extreme weather, we put a handle or two of Vodka into the fresh water tank to lower freezing point and to make TC layovers more fun!!

    Anyhow, the Host Mammoth was (as stated) amazing, but not perfect. We noted three issues that will have to be addressed or at least accepted.
    1.) The ladder is decorative only and completely inaccessible from the ground!!! On our Lance, we used the roof actively for gear stowage with a nice rack. Host provides a luggage rail but the ladder does not extend low enough to offer access to even the most nimble, with the lowest run over 5′ high. I see in the photo gallery there is an extension on the featured Mammoth, but when I called the factory, they explained that the extension was discontinued for 2019-> and I needed to purchase a ladder from home depot to get to my ladder. (By the way, the customer service could not have been more indignant and it probably didn’t help that I reminded him of how ridiculous his advice sounded after paying $70K for a new camper).
    2.) The rain gutters exhaust in the camper front on both sides right at the Driver and Passenger front doors!!! In a rainstorm, even rain, there is a 2″ stream of water in columns flowing straight down about 11″ from the closed door. Not enough room to barely open the door and squeeze out mind you, but just right to fill the door handle cradle and window button recesses full of water, not to mention the lower door tray. I also asked the now weary factory customer service person about this situation and he said that I should fashion some channels that bring the water farther forward, which is what other more compliant Host Owners had done. OK, I said, not bringing up the $70K purchase price this time. I’m learning!
    3.) There is not exhaust hood over the cooking burners and the smoke detector went off every time we used it to make breakfast. I spoke to the Host rep, on this matter as well and he explained that the central living room ceiling exhaust fan is the one which should be turned on while cooking and to crack the window behind the cooktop for air flow. Once again, a long Ok from me. I said nicely that we were in 107 degree outdoor temperatures and did not want to loose our nice cool air on one occasion and on a second occasion we were making breakfast at 15 degrees and snowing, and did not want to loose our nice warm air. In his rehearsed dismissive way, he told me it is what it is.
    4.) Finally, and mysteriously, when we spend road time with the slides all closed and put down a 400 mile jaunt, we always find, on opening the slides, little piles of metal shards. Originally, we thought that it was leftover from assembly and just shaking out of the slides crevices, but after 10,000 miles of travel, we still get these little piles of metal shards, an occasional self threading tap screw, and pieces of staples. Mystery.
    With all that said, the Host Mammoth has become a darling possession that we believe may just become our forever home! The solar is so productive, we only run the gen to turn on the AC. If you are a TCer, you know that the goal is to follow cool weather and never use the AC, ergo, we hardly ever used the Gen, which is fantastic. The dual coach batteries and inverter handles the TVs for nightly viewing, laptop charging, phone charging, lights, etc and never comes close to draining the batteries before the next morning sunrise.

    In summary, if you have a women in your life, the Host Mammoth will bring her the creature comforts of a Class A while providing an unmatched Boondocking, 4X4 nimble / agile adventure capable TC.

    BTW – My 11.6 Host Mammoth is paired with a 2020 Ford Crew, LB, F350 6.7 Diesel Dually and this truck required zero mods to handle the Mammoth, running wet and loaded at about #6000. Cruises down the road like a caddy, pulls hills like Lance Armstrong on steroids and clocked in at 10.1 mpg over 10K journey.

  2. At the top of your list Bigfoot should be alongside Northern Lite.
    Bigfoot pioneered the design. Both the Bigfoot and Northern Lite in my opinion are the best built truck campers on the market.

    Surprisingly the Capri is rated in your top ten. The camper is not that appealing and has a squared rear door. Then I realize these opinions are Influenced by sponsors more than fact.

    • Nope! If that was the case, we would only rate those who advertise with us, but we don’t operate that way. Others might, but not TCA. Five of the campers rated on this list don’t advertise with us at all. We do like the Bigfoot campers though and rated them very high in other rating lists like those made for one-ton trucks.

  3. Good morning truck campers. I add this note while enjoying my breakfast as strong 15 degrees winds pound against my beloved Bigfoot. We came from an Arctic Fox which was great but we do a lot of winter camping in the mountains and when the temperature dropped the fox would have lines on the wall where the aluminum structure conducted the cold in. Out first outing we hit the mountains and when we got up the thing we both noticed was there were not the hot and cold spots like the fox the temperature stays consistent in our tiny home away from home. The build quality is exceptional and the support from the factory is fantastic. When we ordered I had already planned my own solar inverter so I asked the factory to make a slight modification to the generator wiring and they did. As I installed the new system I reached out for some wiring info and they had it to me right away.

    We took the opportunity to tour the factory some time ago while we were making our decision and ready appreciated the care we saw from employees at each stage of the assembly process. These people really want you to have the best possible camper experience.

    All of that to say I think that Bigfoot should make the list!

    God bless you all
    Doug and Cindy

    • Thanks, Doug. We agree, but we’re limited on how many campers we can include in any one list. In this one, we tried to present a wide variety of campers. You’ll be happy to know that we’ve published other articles which rank the best campers by truck class, i.e. 3/4-ton and one-ton. Bigfoot has made it in all of those articles.

  4. I would like to offer one additional thought. Out of all those rigs, the one that caught my eye and caused me to seek more information was the Apex 8. Believe me, I’m no pop up guy but that white on white look and that well balanced profile looked great.

    So here is a little side bar comparison. I did some web surfing and quickly found an extremely comprehensive review. The owner noted the ease of working with the company but he also described several production issue’s. Things like water leaks and sub par wood work to name two. I agree with Mikes take on the unit, however for that price it would have to be perfect and rigged to the max. So you ask what else is there to buy? There is plenty and if I were in this market I would take a long look at that 850 built by Northstar. Watch the available videos taken at Princess Craft in Texas, they are very well done. Here are my observations. The water tank capacity is less but you could easily tote around three jerry cans and make it a push. The fridge is bigger and the wood working I bet is top notch. The 850 comes with the less desirable cassette toilet arrangement, personally I prefer the quality throne and larger black tank combo offered by the Apex. The two remaining items provide the real separation between the two units. The Northstar offers a tip out bunk suitable for kids and dogs and even adults that are vertically challenged. With it’s reasonable base price and even a few grand for uncle sam the total could still be around 35K and that’s out the door with every available option.

    So there is my take. The pop up market truly has some great contenders offered to the market. For those of you who prefer this platform for what ever reason I encourage you to take the time to do the side by side comparisons. I think once this is done you well find Northstar at the top of the list or at least in the top three. Clearly if you are into traditional high quality construction preformed by a company that’s been around for decades, the choice should be clear.

  5. Thanks Mike for the new material to read. I appreciate the coverage you have provided to the industry. Product discussion is vital to promoting improvements, growth and sales.

    Regarding your selections, I was both surprised and grateful. New builders willing to go all in to manufacture RV’s that represent the smallest segment of the RV industry should be welcomed and commended when they produce a quality product. I believe Rugged Mountain deserves your praise. There 9 and 11 foot models are competing against some serious competition. Speaking of serious competition, I was disappointed to not see the new SS from Northstar not make the list. The increased size is well thought out and with it’s legendary quality I think the SS could be a winner for a large segment of the TC family. I am hoping Rex has success with the concept and is motivated to give the STC a fine tuning. Both clam shell builders have bounced back from company destroying problems. I have always had a preference for Bigfoot. I hope just because they were not recognized people don’t forget that they build quality and produce a TC with a great floor plan. Maybe last but not least Rory over at Bundutec is well deserving of the coverage. Gutsy and creative are two adjectives that come to mind when I read about his company. There willingness to follow HRC’s lead when it comes to smooth side medal siding has long endeared the company to me. I only wish more builders felt like I do when it comes to aluminum and fiberglass walls.

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