If you’re reading this, you’re most likely a new truck camper owner or are in the market for a sturdy, reliable truck camper for your Ford Ranger. The Ford Ranger is a great choice for hitching up a trailer or camper when planning to hit the open road. If you’re looking a great solution for your trips to the wild without wanting to spend an arm and a leg on a full-feature RV, then a truck camper can be the perfect alternative.
The truck camper is versatile, easy to drive, fuel-efficient, and can be taken on rough paths or even off-road. In addition, truck campers are much easier to store away when you don’t need it, and maintaining one is simple.
Before you head out and purchase a camper for your Ford Ranger, there are some important things to take into account. The first half of this article will focus on various specs that you should pay close attention to while searching to market for a reliable camper for your Ranger.
There are two incredibly important things to consider before purchasing a camper for your pickup truck: first, you must know the length of your truck bed beforehand, and second, pay close attention to the weight capacity of your pickup truck. Also, keep in mind that weight capacity does not equal towing capacity.
Truck Camper Dry and Wet Weights
The dry and wet weights of a camper depend on the manufacturer. Dry weight refers to the weight of the vehicle without any passengers, cargo, consumables, gasoline, oil, and other fluids. In contrast, wet weight refers to the weight of the vehicle plus the weight the battery and all necessary fluids to keep the camper operational.
Please take note that each manufacturer has a different set of standards and options that are either included or excluded from posted dry weight measurements. In addition, only a few truck campers ever leave their manufacturing plant without add-ons. To get an accurate reading of the dry weight of the camper, either ask a sales rep how much it weights and how much it can handle.
Motorhome vs Camper
A debate that has lasted since the beginning of time is whether you’d be better off with a motorhome or a camper. Typically, campers are detachable from the bed, whereas the motorhome is an integral part of the Ford Ranger or whatever pickup truck you purchase. In our opinion, neither one is necessarily better than the other, but if you need your pickup truck to serve as a personal vehicle for running errands, then having a detachable camper is arguably the preferred version of a temporary outdoor home.
Don’t disregard second-hand truck campers if you’re looking for a high-quality one that can withstand the test of time. However, it requires time and energy to find a camper that’s compatible with your pickup truck since not every manufacturer makes models that attach to every pickup truck model out there. If you’re looking for a used camper for your Ford Ranger, you can either ask the previous owner the measurement specs or see if he or she has used the camper on their own Ranger in the past.
Now that you have the general idea of what to look for in a truck camper for your Ford Ranger, let’s take a look at some models that can be fitted onto your Ranger. Let it be known that there is an infinite number of truck campers that can be attached to your Ranger so you’ll need to do more research before making a final decision.
Among the numerous truck campers out there that can attach to the bed of a Ford Ranger, LivinLite’s 11S camper is arguably one of the most durable, high-quality ones you can get. In the living room/kitchen combo, you can find two flush-mount speakers, USB ports for charging, stainless steel sink, and LP refrigerator, LP furnace, 2-burner stove, and convection microwave. The bedroom includes a 60×80-inch bed, closet, and overhead cabinets. The bathroom has an aluminum shower and medicine cabinet behind with a mirror. There are several add-ons for you to choose, including 11,000 BTU air conditioner, water heaters, and side and rear awnings.
- Dry Weight: 3,371 pounds
- Wet Weight: 4,280 pounds
- Interior Height: 6’8”
- Floor Length: 11’6”
- Water Heater: 6 gallons
- Propane: 2x 20-pound tanks
- Gray/Black/Fresh Water Capacities: 32/28/30.5 gallons
- Living Room/Kitchen
- Sleeps up to 4 people
The SS-121 by Palomino is a soft-sided truck camper. It’s the perfect solution for taking on long trips away from the stresses of city life and work. This unit was designed to attach onto ½-ton trucks with 6’6” beds. Entering through the back door, you’ll find a closet on the left side, a wet bath including shower, toilet, and storage space for placing the LP tank. This unit also includes a refrigerator, a 2-burner cook top, a stainless steel sink, and storage space for clean dishes. This camper also features an L-shaped seating and dinette table for meals.
- Dry Weight: 1,795 pounds
- Interior Height: 6’6”
- Floor Length: 8’6”
- Water Heater: 6 gallons
- Propane: 1x 20-pound tank
- Gray/Black/Fresh Water Capacities: 0/7/22 gallons
- Sleeps up to 2 people
Unlike the previous models, this motorhome by Sunliner is a non-detachable camper that replaces the bed of your Ford Ranger. You can’t buy the motorhome separately from the Ranger; you need to buy them both in one pack. This motorhome is designed for people who often hit the open road and need a reliable place to live while visiting the wild. This model includes a bathroom, kitchen, and bed-over-cab facilities. This motorhome’s single fiberglass piece is made to withstand whatever harsh weather conditions you’re bound to experience when you bring this unit into the untamed wilderness.
- Dry Weight: –
- Wet Weight: –
- Interior Height: 9’6”
- Floor Length: 19’
- Electric Water Heater
- Gray/Black/Fresh Water Capacities: 7.9/0/14.5 gallons
Sleeps up to 2 people