Truck cab motorhomes are great. They don’t take up as much space, especially compared to separate motorhomes that need to be towed. And they can always add extra features to the truck that are especially useful on camping trips. There is a problem with traditional motorhomes, however: they usually take up extra vertical space.
But what if there’s a new motorhome that looks like a regular topper but converts into a self-contained motorhome? That’s what the skinny campers is all about, courtesy of CEO Jason Bontrager and designer Donovan Fredrickson.
Just like an ordinary camper shell, the skinny campers does not exceed the height of the truck cab. To the untrained eye, it looks like a typical topper. However, it extends through a 180 degree unfold with a pop-up tent housing the living space.
Described by the company as a “self-contained truck bed camper with heat, light, water and electricity”, the product comes with available options such as an internal cooktop, sink with holding/cold water, a Truma Combi Eco 14,300 -BTU furnace with integrated water heater, refrigerator, onboard 5 gallon LPG tank, Red Arc Battery Manager30, PrimoLoo internal flush toilet and integrated solar panel up to 190W.
The video at the top of this page should show how the skinny campers unfold.
The skinny campers is available in various sizes that will fit virtually any pickup truck, although readily available models are 5.0 (midsize) and 6.5 (full size). Some model sizes are yet to arrive in 2023, including a 4.5 model specific to the Rivian R1T.
The price, however, depends on the four trim levels. The basic Bare Bones package starts at $15,625, while the Skin ‘N Bones has a sticker price of $18,750. The plus-equipped Skinny Fat package sells for $28,750, while the higher-end Kit ‘N Kaboodle sells for $36,250, which includes all of the options mentioned above, and then some.