XPCamper Hard-Sided Truck Camper Debuts

June 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 



A new manufacturer in San Francisco, Calif., has begun custom production of a sleek hard-sided popup truck camper that takes a strong stylistic cue from the European RV market.

The lightweight XPCamper from sole-proprietor Marc Wassman requires the flatbed version of a diesel-powered pickup truck with a minimum 2,000 pounds GVWR. Diesel fuel is needed to run the appliances, while fuel cells and solar power are available as options, according to German-navtive Wassman.

Because the camper is mounted on the flatbed, the entire body is above the pickup’s wheel wells.

”The whole design is unusual,” Wassman told ”There is a lot of wasted space taken up by the wheel wells (on a typical truck camper),” he said.

Besides diesel appliances, the XPCamper features a remote-controlled hydraulic popup system and a monocoque fiberclass body.

The unit is being assembled in Marysville, Calif., and will be sold factory direct through Wassman’s web page,

Two prototyples have been built and the first custom-production model is expected within the next few weeks.

For do-it-yourselfers, a shell containing the camper body, dual-pane windows and doors along with the lift mechanism retails for $23,465. A turn-key model with a queen-size bed, full kitchen and bath, multiple storage locations, high-efficiency lighting, dinnete and solar panels retails for about $75,000 — truck not included.

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