Truck Camper and Using Multi-Pro Tailgate?

SoCalAngler

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I am considering a used truck camper. Being as most of my travels will be in the Southwest, I am looking at both hard side and soft sided pop ups.

On occasion, I may take my aluminum fishing in tow when camping. Traveling mainly alone, with passenger or two at times, but not enough to need a large camper.

I would like to use the tailgate as an entry step, as I think it makes for a very nice and secure way of entering/exiting camper when on truck. That means a shorter camper is needed that will allow for tailgate to be closed when camper is installed. Truck bed interior length is 6'-9" if I recall.

Do any of you use a camper and tailgate in the way I describe? If so, what camper model?
Any of you research what campers will allow for tailgate to be closed?

I found a couple that may work....
Cirrus 620
FWC Hawk

Thanks!
 
I’m pretty sure you’ll find the Hawk just over an inch too long even if you trim the front bumpers to reduce the clearance to the front bed rail to 1/2 inch. The nominal quoted length of the camper doesn’t include the hardware mounted on the rear wall in the area where the tailgate would close. The published bed length for GM HD trucks is the floor level bed length. The distance from the rear of the front bed rail to the inside of the tailgate on a standard bed truck is approximately 80.2 inches.

I went through the same study before taking delivery of my FWC Grandby. That camper is 16 inches longer and the bed of my truck is 16 inches longer.
 
Jon R, thank for the description on fitment of the Hawk in my rig. That's too bad, as I really wanted to use the Multi Pro tailgate features and its step. Perhaps trying to find a unit that allows me to close the tailgate is too restricting in term of choices. I just hate to lose the tailgate and have to remove/replace each time I use the camper.
 
SoCalAngler said:
Jon R, thank for the description on fitment of the Hawk in my rig. That's too bad, as I really wanted to use the Multi Pro tailgate features and its step. Perhaps trying to find a unit that allows me to close the tailgate is too restricting in term of choices. I just hate to lose the tailgate and have to remove/replace each time I use the camper.

With a Hawk the entry door is short, and you’ll find that you really don’t want the first step outside the door to be at bed floor/tailgate level because it forces you to bend over a lot more. Having the first step about 10 inches below the bed floor height makes it easier to get in and out with just a tilt of your head.

Taking the tailgate off the first time is difficult because the driver side hinge is very tight. After the first time it is relatively easy. It does take two people, though, because the tailgate is too large to get your arms around and it weighs 75 lbs. I suggest making a crate to store it in unless you have a safe spot to lay it flat. You will want to get a camera to put on the back of the camper to replace the tailgate camper if you go this route.
 

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