What Kind of Truck Do I Need for a Slide in Camper?

Slide in campers are a great way to experience the outdoors, but you need to make sure you have the right kind of truck to attach it to. Depending on what type of slide in camper you are looking for, there are several truck options that will work.

Travel Trailers

Travel trailers are the most common type of slide in camper and usually range from 5-20 feet in length. A light-duty pickup truck with a tow rating of at least 6,000 pounds is recommended for these types of campers.

This includes vehicles such as Ford F-150s, Chevrolet Silverados, and GMC Sierras.

Truck Campers

Truck campers are designed to fit into the bed of a pickup truck and usually range from 8-10 feet in length. The weight capacity for these types of campers is usually around 2,000 to 3,000 pounds so an average half ton pickup truck should be able to handle it. A full size pickup with a long bed would be recommended as they offer more stability while driving.

Fifth Wheels

Fifth wheel campers are much larger than travel trailers and require a different set up than other types of slide in campers. They require a special hitch system that is mounted onto the frame of the truck so they can be towed safely. The recommended trucks for fifth wheel campers include those with heavy duty towing packages such as Ford F-250s, Chevrolet Silverado 2500s, and GMC Sierra 3500s.


Choosing the right kind of truck for your slide in camper depends on what type you have or plan on getting. Light duty pickups work well for travel trailers while heavier duty pickups are better suited for fifth wheel campers and truck campers can fit into any size pickup truck bed. Knowing what kind of truck you need will ensure that your camper is safe and secure when it’s time to hit the road!

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Susan Delgado