I'm looking to buy a pop-up truck camper for the first time. While looking around on the internet for used ones, I find that (1) they are few and far between and I'll likely have to go a long way to get one, and (2) the ones I see are in a rather bewildering range of sizes, making finding the one I really want that much harder.
I have a long bed F-350, so campers for a short bed truck are out. Of the ones I've seen for long beds, some are 8.5 feet and some are 9.5-10 feet. 8.5 would make the back end of the camper about even with the back edge of my bumper.
I like to go on some fairly gnarly little back roads, the kind where I'm going up and down rough rocky slopes in 4 Low. I also want to be able to live in the camper for several months at a time.
So I'm just looking for some opinions from those with experience. Is having a camper that sticks out a foot or two past the rear bumper disadvantageous in terms of maneuverability or vulnerability to damage on rough roads? (The latter is my main concern; I've gotten used to maneuvering a long bed, extended cab truck in some pretty tight places and I could probably adapt to a bit more length.) Is the extra length worthwhile in terms of extra living space?
Edited by One Sock, 08 May 2021 - 11:07 PM.