Cube Series Compact Truck Camper is a Model of Efficiency

If any evidence is needed that the truck camper industry is vibrant and strong in 2023, all you need to do is look at the recent number of start-up companies. One of the newest is the Cube Series RV. To the company’s credit, however, the Cube Series camper is different. It’s both a hard-side and a pop-up, lofting it into the rarefied air of other hybrid truck camper manufacturers like Alaskan, Rossmonster, and Nimbl. Even though the Cube Series camper was released in 2022, the Oregon-based company has spent the last 12 months developing a plethora of new options for the telescoping camper that would make any truck camper owner drool. Better yet, the Cube Series camper is light enough for mid-size trucks like the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger and, of course, can be hauled on half-ton trucks like the Ford F-150 with ease. What makes the Cube Series camper work is the camper’s basement, nearly everything that powers and heats the cutting-edge camper is housed within it. To learn more about this exciting new pop-up truck camper, we spoke the Cube Series RV CEO, Randall Pozzi.

Thanks, Randall, for talking with us. Having such a small footprint, the basement is an important feature in your campers. How large is it?

Randall Pozzi: The basement is the size of the floor: 42 x 86 inches x 11.5 inches tall. It is constructed out of
aluminum.

What components are actually stored in the basement?

Randall Pozzi: The basement is the heart and soul of the Cube Series camper. It pretty much contains all the plumbing and electrical of the camper.

Cube Series ‘Off-Grid’ basement configuration.

How large are the holding tanks and what systems are used to support them?

Randall Pozzi: The Cube Series camper has a 21 gallon fresh water tank, a 6 gallon grey water tank, a 12 volt 1.7 gallon water heater, a fresh water system winterization system, and a 12 volt water pump (3 gpm). The fresh water and grey water holding tanks are housed in the basement, but the Thetford cassette toilet has its own 2.7 gallon portable tank that actually sits inside the toilet housing and is removable through an outside door in the camper.

Can you tell us what comes standard with the Cube Series camper electrical system?

Randall Pozzi: Sure! It comes with a breaker/fuse panel, an 18 amp DC-DC Charger for charging from shore power, a 30 amp AC to DC Converter-Charger, a 500 watt inverter (for running the refrigerator), a battery monitoring system, a 100 amp hour AGM battery, a 24 volt actuator control system, a 12 volt to 24 volt step up converter (for running the actuators), numerous auto reset system breakers, and a battery disconnect switch.

What electrical systems and components are offered as options?

Randall Pozzi: Cube Series RV options are top rate. We offer a 50 amp MPPT Solar controller if the camper has either the optional solar or the Off-Grid System), a 2,000 watt inverter with a built-in 80 amp charger (this also replaces the 30 amp AC to DC charger and 500 watt inverter), three Expion360 120 amp hour lithium ion batteries (360 amp hours total), and wireless power jacks and controller (manual jacks are standard).

Cube Series interior looking forward.
Cube Series camper interior looking aft.

What comes standard for Cube Series heating?

Randall Pozzi: The camper comes with a 19,000 BTU forced air propane furnace. The water heater is a 12 volt model (the brand is a secret). The basement houses all ducting for the living space. The basement is also heated.

What are the maximum number of batteries that you can store in the basement?

Randall Pozzi: The custom battery tray is designed to hold one to three batteries. However, there is a spot in the
basement where a creative person could possibly add a couple more

Can the basement support larger inverters than what you currently offer?

Randall Pozzi: Depending on the brand, yes. But there is no need as the inverter is already sized for the
equipment that comes with the camper.

Cross section view of the Cube Series basement.

What’s the maximum size of solar power that the Cube Series camper roof can support?

Randall Pozzi: We use 190 watt flexible panels. Our packages consist of two panels for 380 watts or four for 760 watts.

Are there a weight restrictions on the roof?

Randall Pozzi: Yes. We offer a roof rack as one of our options, so a customer could carry a couple kayaks, bikes etc., but nothing extreme as far as weight goes. Each of the four actuators can support up to 800 pounds.

We like the simplicity of the Cube Series air conditioning system? Can you tell us more about it?

Randall Pozzi: Most RV’s use a roof mount Air conditioner. We at Cube Series RV use a residential style window mount 6,000 BTU AC unit and we mount it under the dinette. A typical RV-style roof mount air conditioner unit is considerably heavier, increases the overall height, and draws considerably more power. Because our camper is on the smaller side, the 6,000 BTU is plenty, and our Off-Grid System comes very close to keeping up with the power demand of the AC unit. In fact, at the 2023 Overland Expo Pacific Northwest, the weather was in the 90’s. We ran the air conditioner all three days including the lights, refrigerator, computer, and ceiling fan and never ran out of battery. In fact, when we left the show, we still had 68 percent SOC in the batteries. Impressive, don’t you think?

Yes, that is! How heavy is the camper dry and fully loaded?

Randall Pozzi: The base weight of the camper will range from 1,206 to 1, 780 pounds depending on the
options the customer selects. Wet weight (full water tank and propane tank) adds approximately 195 pounds.

Cube Series camper mounted on a Toyota Tundra half-ton truck.

What is the R-rating of the camper? Is the Cube Series camper a true four-season camper?

Randall Pozzi: With out sending the unit out to have it test which would cost thousands of dollars it is hard to say but based on the thickness and density of the foam that we use we estimate it to be about an R13. But it is actually irrelevant because with a 19,000 BTU furnace, you have way more than ample heat to stay toasty warm. And there is also a heat duct in the basement to keep that area warm as well.

How quickly can the top be raised and lowered in order to use the camper or travel with it?

Randall Pozzi: It takes about a minute to either raise or lower the walls and roof.

Randall, you have a lot of experience in the industry. What makes the Cube Series camper stand out from the competition?

Randall Pozzi: Wow! I could write a whole essay about that. If I was going to pick five main points about the Cube Series camper, it would be…

  • Its size, it will fit in a garage and with its low height and ability to store the jacks in horizontal position. It is great for off road travel.
  • It is a hard sided pop-up (not canvas) so you have better warmth, security, and it doesn’t flap in the wind.
  • It is extremely well built with exceptional quality, all molded, infused fiberglass construction, aluminum and steel. A very robust camper designed to take anywhere.
  • It has the systems and features that you would typically only see in a much larger camper. Our engineering and automation in manufacturing—CNC Fiber Lazer, Press Break, and Lazer Welder—has made it possible to put 10 pounds of stuff in a 5 pound bag).
  • Our Off-Grid System really sets us apart. With the 760 watts of solar and 360 amp hours of lithium ion batteries. The camper really has the ability to sustain itself while using the AC, microwave, refrigerator, etc., without the use of external power. I’m not aware of any other small camper that can make that claim.

Are there any plans to release a Cube Series cabover model?

Randall Pozzi: We are currently working on a lightweight, hard-sided pop-up trailer that we hope to have on the market in the next few months. A hard-side, pop-up cab over camper has a whole lot of challenges. So in the near future no, but maybe someday.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us before we close?

Randall Pozzi: Yes…any customers that want to discuss our campers, please feel free to contact me directly at (541) 728-4948 or via email at randall@cubeseries.com. Of course, you can also visit our website at www.cubeseries.com.

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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 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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