What Size Truck Do I Need for My Camper?

When planning a camper getaway, one of the most important considerations is what size truck do I need to tow my camper? After all, if you don’t have the right sized truck it won’t matter how great your camper is.

The size of the truck you’ll need will depend on two main factors: the weight of the camper and the type of hitch that is used to connect it to the vehicle. Generally speaking, for a lightweight pop-up or travel trailer, you can get away with using a smaller truck like a mid-size pickup. But for larger campers, such as a fifth-wheel or large travel trailer, you’ll need a full-size pickup with more powerful engine and heavy-duty suspension.

It’s also important to know what type of hitch your camper uses. Most campers use either a weight distributing hitch or a gooseneck hitch.

A weight distributing hitch distributes the load of your camper evenly over all four wheels of your vehicle, allowing you to safely tow heavier loads. A gooseneck hitch attaches directly to your truck’s frame and offers greater stability but requires additional space in your bed for storage.

When selecting a truck for towing your camper, be sure to take into account not only the size and weight capacity of the truck but also its powertrain and braking system. You’ll want to make sure that your vehicle has enough power and torque to safely tow your camper as well as adequate brakes for emergency stops.


In conclusion, when selecting what size truck do I need for my camper it is important to consider both the weight and type of hitch used by your camper as well as its powertrain and braking system. With this information in hand, you can choose an appropriate sized truck that will provide safe and reliable performance when hauling your camper.

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Susan Delgado