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#1 WrongWayAdventures_USA

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:07 PM

Hello everyone, 

 

I am and always have been a tent camper, but as I get older I am quickly learning that getting up and down off the ground is less and less ideal. So I am exploring options. 

One important question as I start this research is how is easy it to get in and out of these truck-bed campers for someone of my height of 6'4".

 

Thoughts?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Matt

 


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#2 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:33 PM

Matt, it’s not a problem.  You have two inches on me, but I’m still climbing into the cab over at age 70+.

 

You'll find places to put your feet and things to grab onto that help you be safe.


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:49 PM

Mostly worried about banging my head getting in. 


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 07:12 PM

Matt

 

Steve is right, you probably won't have any problem.

 

If you are anywhere near a pop-up camper sales location, you may want to swing by & do a little entry and egress. I am 6' and have no problem with my Four Wheel Pop-up Hawk model. And with the top up I think it is 6'6'' to the ceiling.

 

We dithered until we went and did a walk through and it was then obvious what would work for us.

 

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#5 WrongWayAdventures_USA

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 07:23 PM

Thanks for the info! 


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 08:42 PM

Mostly worried about banging my head getting in. 

You will learn to bend at the waist as you enter/exit.


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 09:26 PM

Height is less of a factor than width. 


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 09:34 PM

Going into a camper is easy since you naturally lean-in when climbing and entering a camper.  Exiting requires a tall person to figure out the mechanics which work best for them.  Everyone "learns" quickly since the cost of failure is high, a sore head.  

 

Bed length would also be a concern if you sleep stretched out.  Some pop-up campers are wider than others and some can be custom ordered extra wide.

 

I would visit any camper before purchasing given your height.

 

We switched to a truck camper from tenting and would never go back to tenting.


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:47 PM

Mostly worried about banging my head getting in.


I most likely only hit my head if I'm wearing a hat and in a hurry.
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Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:16 PM

Matt, one word of caution about where you can give yourself a jolt, in particular if you have running boards.  You learn quickly when getting in and out of the cab, the camper is harder than the average head. Duck getting in or out of the truck.

 

BTW, there was a member here that was 6’7”.  I believe he bought a Hawk.


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