Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Dolly for truck camper comes in handy


By Russ and Tiña De Maris

RVing with a truck camper certainly has its advantages – but at times there are some drawbacks. Storage for some can be an issue. We’ve heard situations where a truck camper owner’s landlord wouldn’t permit him to off-load the camper and store it on the slab with the jacks supporting it. “It’s gotta be on wheels!” came the argument. Or then there was the camper owner who wanted to store his rig under cover – but the ceiling height wouldn’t allow him to back the rig into storage while on the truck bed. Oh, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to move a camper around easily when off the truck bed.

Some enterprising truck camper owners have come up with solutions. Think about a truck camper dolly – a wheeled platform you can off-load your camper to, then push the unit around. “OK, landlord! It’s on wheels!” And with lower overhead areas, with the camper on the dolly, the height issues are erased. One camper owner had what he needed – a narrow, flatbed trailer with low-slung axles that he could back under the camper and drop the unit onto the trailer.

A few years back, one of the mail-order tool companies had what they described as a “utility wagon,” that boasted a 4,000-pound capacity. Alas, they don’t seem to carry it any longer. Ah, but a little research yielded up this idea: A commercially built camper dolly, specifically designed for truck campers. With a price tag of less than $600 for the 6-foot camper dolly itself, Reico-Titan’s carrier will handle “most campers up to 6,000 pounds.” No, we haven’t tried it – anybody out there had experience with one? Drop us a line, Russ at rvtravel dot com.
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



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