Is a Truck Bed Camper Considered an RV?

Truck bed campers, also known as slide-in, or cab-over campers, are a type of recreational vehicle (RV) designed to fit in the bed of a full-size or larger pickup truck. The camper is usually held in place by means of a metal frame that clamps onto the truck bed rails and is secured with bolts. Truck bed campers are typically lightweight and can be easily removed from the truck when not in use.

Truck bed campers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The most popular types are the pop-up variety which consists of a canvas tent supported by metal poles, as well as hard sided models which consist of an insulated fiberglass shell. Both types offer amenities such as sleeping quarters, cooking equipment, storage space, and sometimes even bathrooms.

One of the main advantages of truck bed campers is their portability. They can be quickly loaded onto the back of just about any pickup truck and be taken anywhere from camping sites to remote areas for hunting or fishing trips. This makes them popular among people who like to travel but don’t want to invest in a large motorhome or trailer.

However, despite their popularity among recreational vehicle enthusiasts, most experts consider truck bed campers to be more like camping accessories than RVs. This is because they do not have their own power source (like an engine or generator) and they cannot be towed behind another vehicle. This means that they are not considered “self-contained” units like other types of RVs such as motorhomes and travel trailers.


In conclusion, while truck bed campers are popular among RV enthusiasts for their portability and convenience, they are not considered true RVs due to their lack of power source and ability to be towed behind another vehicle. However, for those looking for a more cost effective way to enjoy the great outdoors without investing in a larger motorhome or trailer, then a truck bed camper may be just what you need!

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Susan Delgado