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 RVBUSINESS.com. ”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, www.xpcamper.com.
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.