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#11 Smokecreek1


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:36 PM

I've got tall friends who have no problem getting in/out; I'm 5'10' and have no problems.  One thing you find out fast when you own a pop-up is how many people stop by to have a look and most are surprised about how much head space there really is-again as was said above the cross wise sleeping  space may require some adjustment. Now after a few drinks or on a frosty day that first step going out sometimes can be fun (that's what the hand holds are for-me thinks :rolleyes:)!



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#12 Casa Escarlata Robles Too

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 01:30 AM

Welcome to the cult.

I know that ATC offers a higher camper liner about

2" I think. Increases the headroom.Don't know if FWC has that option.

Our campers are easy to get in and out.

Steve brought up a good point with running boards on the truck you

need to watch your head on the camper above the truck cab.


Lots of camper choices out there.

Enjoy the search.


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#13 larryqp


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Posted 15 February 2020 - 02:51 AM

Not having the tailgate as a "porch" helps, since you can move forward as you go inside as you step up. Hard to explain in words but it's like climbing a ladder. I had a truck camper with a tailgate porch, and I loved having a place to sit, but it did make getting in and out harder, but I was younger. I now just "walk" up the step, to the bumper, to the door amp and before I know it I'm inside

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 10:01 AM

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. 


Not to turn you off the idea of buying a truck camper, but if the problem is getting up from sleeping on the ground, have you looked into a tent that would allow you to sleep on cots?  Cabellas et al are selling some very comfortable full size cots these days, complete with nice, thick mattresses.

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Posted Yesterday, 06:22 AM

I’m 5-7 and still manage to bang my head occasionally. Find a technique and stick to it , unlike me! You’ll be fine.
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Posted Yesterday, 02:01 PM

Before I got my ATC truck camper I had a VW Westfalia Vanagon.  I would occasionally bang my head going in and out of that.  I think it is about the same with the truck camper.  It is probably going to happen now and then, and I am 5'9". I put a foam rubber pad on the top ledge of the opening made from pipe insulator. A bigger issue of entry/exit in my humble opinion is the steps.  I have yet to come up with a solution that I really like in terms of width, stability, weight, deployment, and storage - still working on that one, but I'm an engineer so we all know how that is:)

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#17 craig333


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Posted Yesterday, 11:25 PM

I only had to whack my head a couple times before I stopped doing that. 

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Posted Today, 12:03 AM

But whacked head or not, it is soooo much better than tent camping!

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#19 Ronin


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Posted Today, 05:42 AM

I seem to whack my head at least once or twice a year, but I do that getting in my truck too. Guess I'm a slow learner!! There's still some friends that I tent camp and backpack with and the camper seems so luxurious in comparison. Hope I can continue to do all three for another decade.

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#20 Kolockum


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Posted Today, 06:51 AM

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.


YES!!! This is the truth.


Also, I an 6' and rarely hit my head on anything in the camper. You should be fine.

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