I have always had long box pickup, my brother is considering buying a truck camper and a pickup and of course I suggest that he get's a long box but after refection I come to thing that I may not be in a good position because I don't know about short boxes if he was to buy a 5th wheel I would know why a long box but for a TC I would appreciate your comments
2004 silverado 4/4 2500HD long box Duramax/Allison
2003 everest 323k
2003 northernlite ten 2000 rd
If he wants a camper bigger than 9' he has to have a long box. If he's only interested in less than 9' campers then a short box can actually result in more interior space or outside storage since it can use the space behind the tail lights.
If he wants a camper bigger than 9' he has to have a long box.
There are exceptions to this statement; My truck is a short-bed and my camper is 9.5'
The long-bed/short-bed topic has been debated ad nauseum in this forum. There are excellent solutions for both bed lengths and at the end of the day it comes down to the personal preference of the owner. What do you (or your brother, or your sister-in-law) want to drive? What size camper do he want to own/store/camp in.
YES you can put a (much) larger camper on a long-bed truck. YES a short bed truck is easier to park at the supermarket (without the camper on-board, that is).
I recommend that your brother do some camper shopping to determine what will work best for him. After he has an idea of what size/type/weight camper he wants, the truck decision will be much more clear.... at least until he has to make the SRW/Dually decision
I have a short bed and would never consider a long bed. Not only can you park it in any parking lot space but you can park it anywhere. It is less weight to pull around. There are some disadvantages for some folks but not me.
For my truck camping needs a long bed is too small. I have a 9' flat bed on my dually to haul my 11' camper. It still puts a lot of overhand behind the rear axle. This tends to make the ride kind of "bounce" over rough roads. The next truck I get will hopefully be a cab and chassis truck with an 84" cab to axle measurement. Then I will install an 11' flatbed. This will put the axle in a much better position.
Truck campers are small anyway. I would think you would want a truck that will allow you to get as large a camper as you may need (want).
My vote is for long bed every time.
When it comes to many things in life, bigger isn't always better. The same goes for truck campers.
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