Small Truck Campers: Lightweight Pop-Up Campers for Small Trucks

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Some of my fondest outdoor memories as a child were spent in a small truck camper. My parents had a 74 chevy stepside which was considered a full-size truck at that time, but due to the fat rear fender design, it’s bed was small. Still, the truck could accommodate a small camper, which offered plenty of comfort and amenities.

These days, there’s obviously way more options when it comes to trucks and fortunately, campers too. Many prefer a small truck, like a Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier or similar models from other manufacturers. Sure, you’re limited on load weight and size, but there’s surprisingly plenty of small truck camper options out there.

Below, we list some of the popular small trucks and campers available:

Toyota Tacoma Small Truck Campers

toyota tacoma camper

The first year the Tacoma came out in the U.S. was 1995 to present day, with 3 different generations. Versions of the Tacoma pickup include:

  • 2-door Regular Cab
  • 2-door Extended Cab
  • 4-door Crew Cab

Short bed is 5’ and long bed is 6’. Payload capacity is up to 1,620 pounds when properly equipped. View Toyota Tacoma Campers

Ford Ranger Camper Models

four wheel camper ford ranger

The Ranger Pickup came in Regular Cab and Super Cab (extended cab) versions. Bed lengths include:

  • Long Bed: 1983-2012 with a 7 ft. bed
  • Short Bed: 1983-2012 with a 6 ft. bed

Ford Ranger Payload Capacity: 1,272 to 1,790 lbs. In terms of campers, we’ve found a few options: View Ford Ranger Campers

Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon Campers

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The Chevy Colorado small pickup truck, and it cousin the GMC Canyon were introduced in 2003 and run to present day, with 2 generations, running from 2003-2012 and 2012-present. Available as:

  • 2-door Regular Cab
  • 2-door Extended Cab
  • 4-door Crew Cab

Colorado and Canyon compact trucks are available with 5 foot and 6 foot beds. View Chevy Colorado Campers

Nissan Frontier Campers

northstar camper for the nissan frontier

The Nissan Frontier truck spans 3 generations: 1997-2004, 2nd Gen from 2004-2015, and the 3rd Gen running 2014 – Present Day. The short bed model is 5′ feet in length and the long bed is 6′ feet.

  • 2-door Regular Cab
  • 2-door King Cab
  • 4-door Crew Cab

View Nissan Frontier Campers

8 Comments on "Small Truck Campers: Lightweight Pop-Up Campers for Small Trucks"

  1. David Eubank | July 12, 2017 at 10:54 am |

    I have a 2010 Nissan Frontier with a crew cab. I’m interested in Truck camper options for that truck.

  2. Andy Winter | April 4, 2018 at 7:19 pm |

    Is there a camper that fits the Honda 2017 Ridgeline crew cab ?

    • Savage Camper | April 4, 2018 at 10:41 pm |

      Hi Andy,
      Palomino Backpack Truck Campers, specifically the Palomino SS-500 is touted as fitting 5 foot beds, including the 2017 Honda Ridgeline I believe.

    • Hi I have a Chevy Eldorado crew cab. Am interested in a camper that has a toilet. Can you recommend

  3. Lucas Hamilton | September 4, 2019 at 8:26 pm |

    What about a Chevy Silverado single cab? Has anyone any pertinent information in regard to this.

  4. Looking for a camper for a Jeep Gladiator that is available within a couple weeks.

  5. Joanie Allison | September 7, 2020 at 1:42 pm |

    Looking for a overhead camper for a 1994 Toyota xcab.

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