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Why Choose a Truck Bed Camper?

Advantages of a Truck Bed Camper 

The thought of campers often conjures up images of classic travel trailers, or maybe a motorhome. Truck bed campers are sometimes overlooked when it comes to choosing a new camper. But these compact campers can be a great choice – especially if you’ve already got a pickup truck and you’re traveling with a small group. 

About Truck Bed Campers 

A truck camper is ultimately a small RV that is mounted on a pickup truck’s bed. While they are arguably the most compact campers, truck bed campers offer a variety of features comparable to larger RVs in today’s market. Like any other RV, truck bed campers come in a range of models and floorplans.  

Though they are not considered the most luxurious RVs, today’s truck campers offer conveniences such as large kitchenettes with stoves and refrigerators or dry bathrooms with toilets, sinks and showers. Additionally, some models have laundry centers with washers and dryers and optional features such as couches and fireplaces. 

So, whether you are new to RVing or considering a change, consider that truck campers may be the answer to balance convenience and comfort. So, with that in mind, let’s look at what makes them advantageous over some of the other types of RVs out there. 


Undoubtedly, one of the best parts of RV life is the freedom to change locations. When it comes to switching campsites, truck bed campers are easily the most mobile of campers. In fact, their overall mobility may be the most beneficial aspect of truck bed campers. Because they are so compact, they can adventure to places outside of the constraints of larger RVs. Scenic drives through National Parks and overlooks? No problem! Boondocking in a remote location? Why not!  

With truck bed campers, you are typically able to get to any destination that you can access in your pickup truck. So, not only can you take your adventure off road, but you can also access experiences you might not be able to with a large RV. Also, you will struggle less to fit in regular parking spaces at attractions and avoid additional fees thanks to their design. 


The mobility of truck bed campers is ideal, and it goes hand in hand with their drivability. While their size makes them conducive to a broader scope of activities, they are also generally easier to drive. Unlike towing a camper or driving larger Class C motorhomes, driving a truck camper is as simple as driving a truck. Albeit you need to be aware of their height and they are top-heavy, but you’re basically driving a truck with cargo.  

They take corners well, can easily be reversed and fit into ordinary parking spaces. So, although you do need to take safety precautions when driving with them, they’re typically as maneuverable as a truck. So, if you’re comfortable driving your pickup truck, it’s not much more difficult with the addition of the camper.  


As you might have guessed, overall convenience is unquestionably on our list of truck bed camper benefits. Not only do they have nearly unmatched mobility and drivability, but these campers are also low maintenance, self-contained, and easy to store.  

First, because truck campers are essentially cargo, you won’t have much more upkeep than routine maintenance on the truck. The main camper maintenance tasks include inspecting seals to prevent water damage and maintaining the camper jacks.  

Another convenience factor stems from the fact that they are self-contained. While you can detach the camper for use of the truck, for camping you can simply park. Of course, there are other features that require preparation before you settle in, there is little to no additional camp set up or breakdown. Thus, park hopping is made easy as you can just get up and go.  

Lastly, we must once again mention the ease of access with parking. Easily navigating congested areas and finding parking for routine stops, such as gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants cannot be taken for granted! Fitting in ordinary parking spaces undeniably makes life easier. Likewise, truck bed campers are easy to store as they can fit in the garage or driveway of most homes.  


Another benefit of truck bed campers is their incredible versatility. We’ve already mentioned the wide range of models and floor plans, so whether you want luxury features or just need a bed to crash in after your adventures, there’s a truck camper for you.  

While truck campers can offer added features for comfort, they offer the utility benefits of travel trailers. Like other towable campers, truck campers can be detached and left at their campsite or stored when not in use. Not only does this facilitate more off-road adventures, but it also gives you full use of the truck and truck bed.  

Additionally, when you use a truck camper, your truck still has towing capacity. You can take advantage of your truck’s hauling capabilities to tow boats, ATVs, trailers and more. And if you want more towing power, you can upgrade your truck and still be able to use your camper. In fact, because truck campers slide in, you can use it for years to come on any truck that it fits 

Older recreational vehicle at the parking lot in Everglades National Park. Florida, United States


Lastly, we cannot fail to mention the affordability of truck bed campers. We’ve already discussed that they are low maintenance and can be used through multiple truck upgrades, but we also must mention the purchase prices and associated savings.  

To start, the average cost for a new truck camper ranges from $5k – $60k, while towable campers can quickly reach $100k. Additionally, because there are fewer truck campers available, they hold their value better.  

Beyond the difference in initial purchase price, truck campers are also more cost effective when it comes to associated expenses. They’re low maintenance, which helps you avoid costly repairs, and you also save on everyday expenses. You avoid fees on parking and storage, and truck campers are better on gas than other RV types. Also, because they are mounted to a truck, not motorized or towable, they are not considered an RV in many states. So, you can save annually on registration costs and insurance as they’re not required in most states.  

Truck Bed Campers for Sale  

Although truck campers may not be ideal for all RVers, we think they’re always worth considering. Truck campers can go almost anywhere so they’re great for those after off-road adventures and camping in remote locations. Overall, they are relatively easy to drive and convenient to use and maintain. Their versatility and affordability are unmatched when it comes to an RV meant to enjoy the outdoors.  

So, if you’re interested in investing in adventure, get in touch with our sales team and shop our truck campers for sale in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania! We have several truck camper manufacturers and models to choose from. If you’re still not sure about a truck camper, you can always shop all of our new RVs for sale! Once you’re ready to purchase a new camper, you can contact us online, give us a call, or stop by in person. Our team is here to help you find your dream RV! 

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How to Perform a Spring RV Inspection

Guide to Seasonal RV Maintenance

As the weather warms, the time comes to uncover your camper and get ready for camping season! After long, cold months in storage, a spring RV inspection is often necessary. Before you head to the first campground of the season, you’ll want to make sure your RV is clean and ready to go. Avoid RV breakdowns and campground headaches: check out these tips for taking your RV out of winter storage before you get back on the road!

General Inspection

Before you get to the more detailed steps, it’s a good idea to check that all the basics are covered. This includes your power source, doors, windows, and propane. Confirm that all of these are functional before digging deeper into your spring RV inspection. If you run into issues with any of these, it’s likely time to consult the RV service technicians at Juniata Valley RV’s service department.

A woman seals the RV interior with caulk.

Electrical Checkup

After you’ve confirmed your RV’s power source is functional, it’s time to check individual power outlets. With the right tools, troubleshooting outlet issues can be a pretty simple process. First, check the generator circuit breaker(s) and reset. Next, check outlets and reset after you turn on the generator. We sometimes have to do that to get the outlets to work.

If you’re still having trouble, recheck and reset all your 120 Volt breakers in the main house panel after you turn on the generator. Check for power when you leave the generator. If the outlets still do not have power, the diagnosis may involve a power transfer switch. If so, contact our service department so we can help you get this fixed right away.

Sealing Leaks and Cracks

It may not seem like a big deal, but during a spring RV inspection you’ll want to check for leaks and cracks that may have occurred during the off season. Moisture can seep in over the winter and create an RV owner’s nightmare: mold! Make sure to check all windows for old caulk. If needed, remove and repair the area with new caulk after. If it’s going to rain, wait until you know you’re going to have clear weather for at least 24 hours to ensure a clean, dry repair.

Check the Tires

After months in storage, your RV tires are likely deflated. Before you hit the road, you need to do this essential step in RV dewinterization. Driving an RV, or even towing an RV, on underinflated tires can be dangerous, possibly leading to a blowout or an accident. You should use a tire pressure gauge to check PSI and reinflate your tires to the manufacturer’s recommendations. You can search these recommendations online or consult your owner’s manual.

Aside from reinflating, you should inspect your tires for overall quality. This includes checking for cracks in the sidewall and examining the tread. If your tires look worn down, it’s a good idea to replace them before the camping season starts.

RV mechanic pushes jack under vehicle.

Wash and Inspect the RV Exterior

The last step to a spring RV inspection is a wash and wax. You can use a mild car washing soap, a big sponge for scrubbing and a microfiber towel to wipe down your RV. A thorough wipe-down to dry off the RV can prevent water marks. Make sure you wash the roof, the wheels, windows and panels. Check awnings for mold growth or tears as you may want to replace them before hitting the road. Once you’re done with the wash and dry, apply a generous coat of wax to get that like-new shiny look.

Man opens a camper fridge during a spring RV inspection.

Clean and Inspect the Interior

Your RV is probably stuffy and full of stale air after months closed up in storage. You can start your interior inspection by opening all the doors and windows, which allows your RV to air out. While you do this, you can also clean any dust or dirt that settled on the surfaces, as well as vacuum the floors.

We recommend opening the fridge and cabinets as well to let them air out. You should keep an eye out for any unwanted settlers who may have taken refuge in your RV during the winter, like spiders, mice and squirrels. Finally, check your ceiling for discoloration, which may be a sign of leaks.

Getting Back on the Road

Juanita Valley RV has an array of supplies you may need for repairs including awning accessories, plumbing supplies, a variety of vent covers, light bulbs, drain hoses and so much more. If you’re ready for a new RV this spring, you can contact us for a fair trade in. Browse new RVs for sale on our website, and stop in, give us a call, or contact us online when you’re ready to find out more!

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