It’s difficult to find a wet-bath in a half-ton pop-up truck camper, it’s even harder to find a company that is willing to build a hard-wall version of said pop-up camper. Yet, that’s exactly what the good folks at BundutecUSA are willing to do. For the first time ever, the custom builder just completed a hard-wall version of its popular Wild half-ton pop-up.
After the release of Bundutec Wild pop-up truck camper in 2018, it quickly became one of the best-selling half-ton campers in the market. It’s easy to see why. The camper not only features a complete wet-bath with a shower and cassette toilet, but it also comes with a 17-gallon grey water holding tank that makes using that wet-bath practical. But that’s not all. The Wild also features a north-south 56×74-inch bed with lift up under bed storage, a 21-gallon fresh water tank, a forward-facing NovaKool R3000 compressor refrigerator, a stainless steel sink, a 45 amp converter-charger, and insulated acrylic windows. At 1,610 pounds it was and remains light enough to be hauled on most half-ton pickups, including the most popular vehicle in America, the Ford F150.
The hard-wall version of the Wild features all of these things and more. The floor-length has been extended from 7 feet to 8 feet, though customers can still order a 7-foot hard-wall version of the Wild for short-bed trucks. This hard-wall Wild comes with a Xantrex 3,000 watt inverter with a transfer relay, dual AGM batteries, a Renogy battery monitor, a glass-top sink, a glass top stove, a Truma Combi Eco Plus upgrade with 110 volt capability, and remote electric lift jacks. Even with all of these extras, the dry weight of the camper is only 2,095 pounds.
The forward-facing refrigerator is what makes the Wild floorplan work and what makes having a wet-bath a reality. As you know, refrigerators take up a lot of space, but so does a wet-bath. Lance Campers solved this problem in its best-selling 650 model by placing the refrigerator in the cabover. Rory Willett, BundutecUSA owner and designer, did one better by placing the refrigerator and other vital electronics in the front. This design keeps the weight down low, forward of the rear axle, and opens up the interior for more seating and a large wet-bath.
Like all BundutecUSA truck campers, the Wild is constructed of wood. The company uses only the highest quality kiln dried Lodge Pole Pine 1 x 4-inch boards from the forest of the Northwest Rockies and marine-grade plywood. The boards are ripped-down to 1.5 x 1-inch wide to save on weight while providing adequate backing for the installation of cabinets, doors, windows and appliances. Some balk at the use of wood, but wood offers a number of benefits over other type of construction materials. First, wood insulates better and is more resistant to condensation. It’s also less prone to expansion and contraction and is easier to work with if repairs are ever needed.
Another Bundutec feature that we really like is that the exterior color of all Bundutec truck campers is an attractive grey with contrasting black trim and black accents. The black and grey combination helps make the camper stand out against standard white campers with white trim and white accents. As a matter of fact, this look that Bundutec helped make popular years ago is now standard fare in many truck camper companies across America.
If you’re looking to get into a quality truck camper quick, there’s good news. This camper is for sale. During the build process, the customer who ordered the camper swapped-out his long-bed truck for a short-bed truck, but didn’t notify Bundutec in time. With BundutecUSA’s backlog now over 14 months, this a great opportunity to get into a quality truck camper fast, and at $36,522, this camper is a real bargain. The price even includes a complete factory install of Torklift Tie-Downs and FastGuns. Contact Jenn at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.