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Welcome to the first entry in April’s Mega Mod-Ster Contest. One tantalizing Mega Mod will be published in every Email Alert in April.  At the end of the month we’ll hold a reader vote to determine April’s winner.  For information about the Mod-Ster Contest, including how to enter, click here.

Lexi GoForth, Nashville, Tennessee
East-West Cabover To North-South Cabover Conversion
2015 Dodge Ram 3500
1970 Avion C11

Our truck camper came with an East-West full-size bed. As neither myself nor my partner are interested in climbing over the other to get in and out of bed, we wanted a North-South queen-size bed.

By adding 17-inches to the cabover’s length and using 10-inches of interior room, we created enough space to accommodate a queen-sized mattress and created additional storage on each side.

We replaced the old (rotten) wood bulwark and cabover base with new Coosa composite versions reinforced with fiberglass mat. The original walls and ceiling are an arched anodized aluminum sheet similar to the domed Airstream ceilings. We did our best to source similar aluminum sheets.

We removed the tip of the cabover’s nose along the original seam and buck riveted an 18-inch strip along the arch of the walls and ceiling to accommodate the extended base.

While we still need to fix up the interior after the required gut job, the exterior looks amazing. We recently took the Avion on its first camping trip. With all that space, the only thing that reminded us that we were in a truck camper was the 32-inches of head clearance!

It took us months to complete this modification. We bought the materials in bulk so I’m not sure how the cost broke down. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is hard.

Check out more photos on our website.

Disclaimer: The modifications above are submitted by Truck Camper Magazine readers. It is your responsibility to make sure that any do-it-yourself modification project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation.

Enter Your Mods Now!

Click here to enter a modification on your truck camper.  You can enter as many mods as you want, at any time.  Good luck mod makers!

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2020 submissions are now open for the 13th annual Truck Camper Magazine calendar contest.  Here are the competition details, contest rules, and six proven ways to win.  The 2020 contest is on!

Welcome to the 13th annual Truck Camper Magazine Calendar Contest.  There will be thirteen winners, one for each month of the year, plus one more winner for the calendar cover.

All thirteen calendar winners will have their winning photograph and the story behind their photograph featured in the magazine.   The thirteen winners will also receive a free 2020 Truck Camper Magazine Calendar.

All submitted photographs will be placed into a 2020 Truck Camper Magazine Calendar Contest Gallery.   By sending in a photo for the contest, you give Truck Camper Magazine the right to use your photograph in future posts, social media, in the magazine, etc.

Enter the contest by clicking here!

Calendar Contest Rules

1. All photographs must contain a truck camper.

A truck camper is a camper that can be demounted from a truck.  If it doesn’t demount, it doesn’t count.

2. Only minor color correction and cropping is acceptable. High dynamic range images (HDR) are also acceptable. Any other alternations via software, apps or special filters will render your photo entry ineligible.

3. All photographs must be taken between October 20th, 2018 and October 18th, 2019.

4. Submitted photos must be taken by the person submitting the photo. Do not submit a photo taken by someone else.

5. Along with your photographs, please include the following information: your first and last name(s), the location the photo was taken, and the year, make, and model of your truck and camper.

6. All photographs must be submitted digitally.  You can send all entry photos at once or one photo at a time up (with a limit of 3 photos per person/camper). Enter the contest by clicking here!

7. You can submit up to three photographs for the calendar.  That’s three photographs per truck camper rig.  Choose carefully!

8. All photographs must be submitted by 11:59pm PST, Friday, October 18th, 2019.

9. All photographs must be horizontal.  Please make your shots wide, not tall, like a calendar page; 11-inches wide by 8.5 inches tall.

10. Do not enter panoramic photographs as they are too wide for the calendar format.  The final cropping will be 11-inches wide by 8.5 inches tall.

11. All photos must be taken with a three-megapixel digital camera, or better. Smartphone images are acceptable.

12. Submit photos in their original resolution.  Please do not downsize your photos before submitting them.

Six Time Tested and Proven Ways To Win:

If you want to win the calendar contest, here are six pointers:

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Ramon Milam, Arn Chamberlain, and Kenn Engstrom share some hysterical lessons about what can happen in your refrigerator on the road.  Lesson one; always batten down the beer.

Loose Cans Cause Chaos

Submitted by Kenn Engstrom, 2007 Ford F250, 2003 Lance 845

We were on a run to Oregon to visit my grandkids.  They live at a fish hatchery outside of Astoria.  If was off-season so we were able to park in the hatchery’s guest host site.  It was a nice and easy weekend for a couple of truck camping rookies. It was our first multiple-night outing with the camper.

After returning home I unloaded, cleaned and reset the camper.  Opening the refrigerator I got my first real camper lesson, ”Don’t leave cans of soda or beer loose in the refrigerator while traveling”.  We got off easy but, as you can see by the picture, barely!

The Camper Memo

Don’t travel with loose sodas or beers in the refrigerator. They should be packed tightly.

Twist Off Caps + Railroad Tracks = Puddle Of Beer

Submitted By: Arn Chamberlain, 2000 Ford F-250, 2004 Palomino Maverick 8801

This was related to me by a fellow camper.  The fellow had bottled beer with twist off caps in his refrigerator. He drove over a rough railroad crossing, perhaps a bit too fast.  Everything looked okay through his rear access window.

When he finally stopped at the end of the day he found a big puddle of his favorite beer on the floor under the refrigerator.  Upon opening the refrigerator he discovered that five of the six bottles had lost their twist off caps and emptied themselves into the refrigerator and consequently onto the floor.  After cleaning the floor, the refrigerator’s contents, and consuming the unspilt beer, he determined to not transport beverages with twist off caps in his camper again.

The Camper Memo

Only transport bottled beverages with pry-off crown caps or purchase your favorite beverages in cans.

Sweet Pickle Mayhem

Submitted by Ramon Milam, 2018 Ram 3500, 2016 Arctic Fox 811

I’ve done the normal disasters of RVing but my most memorable is the lid coming off a jar of sweet pickles on the top shelf in a full refrigerator. I swear the lid was on tight and how it tipped on its side I’ll never know. What a sticky mess.

Camper Memo

Always tighten everything that goes into your camper refrigerator. When you drive down the road, the refrigerator contents get shaken and stirred. To avoid a sweet pickle mess like mine, tighten those jars!

Submit Your Teachable Moment

If you have experienced a teachable moment while truck camping (aka, a Camper Memo), please click here to share your story.

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If you have visited Maine in your truck camper, we want to hear from you!  We are currently developing a feature article that will help fellow truck campers plan a trip to Maine.

The more unknown the place is, the better.  Roads off the beaten path or unexpected destinations in Maine are appreciated.  What scenic roads should we take?  Where is the best seafood?  What whale watching tours are worth it?  Where should we go?  What should we see?

Extra Credit: As far as we know, there are not a lot of free camping opportunities in Maine, especially near the coast.  For extra kudos, we are looking for free or low cost camping spots ($20 and under a night).

Map Credit: From visit-maine.com

For this destination feature, all truck camping experiences in Maine are welcome.  Your submission below will be published as part of an upcoming Truck Camper Magazine feature story.  Thank you!

Having a list of ideas from people who have been to this destination before in a truck camper makes planning and the experience of going there even better.

Thank you for sharing your tips and ideas for traveling through Maine with fellow TCM readers.

  • Name*
    First Last
  • Email (if we have follow-up questions)*
  • Truck (year, make, model only)*
  • Camper (year, make, model only)*
  • Month/Time of Year You Visited*
  • Please share your advice about one specific thing not to miss in Maine (and why we should not miss it). The more rare it is, the better! Example: An off-road drive, a sightseeing area, an amazing hike, a great place to capture a photograph, a place you discovered by accident at this location, etc.*
  • Optional: If you have a second specific thing not to miss or a nearby attraction that you'd like to share with our readers, please share it here.
  • Where are some of the places you camped while you were there? Please be specific - camp name, location, price, etc.
  • Extra Credit! We are looking for free or low cost places ($20 and under a night) to stay overnight in Maine. Please share how much you paid to stay in your response.

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    Before your truck camping destination information can be approved for publication, we need photographs of the information you discussed in your answers above. The photos do not all need to have your truck camper in them, although at least one would be nice.

    We prefer that you press the submit button below to complete the form, but if for any reason the form does not work, you may email your responses and photos to contact@truckcampermagazine.com.

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Ocean Grove RV is a dealership that has truck campers for sale in Florida. Lance and used campers are available at this location. To contact Ocean Grove RV, please call 904-797-5732 or visit their website at oceangrovervsales.com.  Click here for directions to their dealership.

Always call ahead before visiting a dealership to confirm that posted truck camper inventory is in stock and on the lot.  Dealer inventory can change everyday as truck campers are delivered from the manufacturers and sold to customers.

Last Inventory Update: April 3, 2019

New Campers For Sale in Florida

2019 LANCE 1172 [STOCK#18-124] 
The Lance 1172 is a hard side, double-slide, dry bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 1172 [STOCK#19-027] 
The Lance 1172 is a hard side, double-slide, dry bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 1172 [STOCK#19-049]  
The Lance 1172 is a hard side, double-slide, dry bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 1062 [STOCK#18-186] 
The Lance 1062 is a hard side, double-slide, dry bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 995 [STOCK#18-205]  
The Lance 995 is a hard side, single-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 995 [STOCK#18-108]   
The Lance 995 is a hard side, single-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 975 [STOCK#19-050] 
The Lance 975 is a hard side, single-slide, dry bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 975 [STOCK#19-051]  NEW LISTING
The Lance 975 is a hard side, single-slide, dry bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 855S [STOCK#18-187] 
The Lance 855S is a hard side, single-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 855S [STOCK#18-123]  NEW LISTING
The Lance 855S is a hard side, single-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 855S [STOCK#18-071]  
The Lance 855S is a hard side, single-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 855S [STOCK#18-134] 
The Lance 855S is a hard side, single-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 865 [STOCK#18-126] 
The Lance 865 is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 865 [STOCK#18-063]  
The Lance 865 is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 865 [STOCK#18-065]  
The Lance 865 is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 865 [STOCK#18-064] 
The Lance 865 is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 850 [STOCK#19-035]  NEW LISTING
The Lance 850 is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 825 [STOCK#19-034]  SOLD
The Lance 825 is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 825 [STOCK#18-236]
The Lance 825 is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 LANCE 650 [STOCK#18-154]  SOLD
The Lance 650 is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

Used Campers at Ocean Grove RV

2002 LANCE 835 [STOCK#18-136B]  NEW LISTING

SALES HOURS: Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 6pm | Sat. 8:30am – 5pm | Sun. Closed
PARTS AND SERVICE HOURS: Monday – Saturday 8am till 5pm | Sunday Closed

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D&H RV Center is an RV dealership that has truck campers for sale in North Carolina. Eagle Cap, Adventurer, Northern Lite, Travel Lite, Rayzr, Palomino, Host, and used campers are available at this location.  To contact D&H RV Center, please call 919-362-4665 or visit their website at dhrvcenter.com. Click here for directions to their dealership in Apex, North Carolina.

Always call ahead before visiting a dealership to confirm that posted truck camper inventory is in stock and on the lot.  Dealer inventory can change everyday as truck campers are delivered from the manufacturers and sold to customers.

Last Inventory Update: April 3, 2019

Truck Campers For Sale In North Carolina

2019 NORTHERN LITE 10-2 EX CDSE [STOCK#D89019SE] 
The Northern Lite 10-2 EX CDSE is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 NORTHERN LITE 9-6Q CLASSIC SE [STOCK#Q95219SE] 
The Northern Lite 9-6Q Classic SE is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2018 NORTHERN LITE 8-11 EX CDSE DRY BATH [STOCK#X22618SE]  CLOSEOUT MODEL
The Northern Lite 8-11 EX is a hard side, non-slide, dry bath truck camper.

2019 CIRRUS 920 [STOCK#920K1080]  NEW LISTING
The Cirrus 920 is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 CIRRUS 820 [STOCK#820K2161] 
The Cirrus 820 is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 ADVENTURER 80RB [STOCK#18965]  SOLD
The Adventurer 80RB is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 ADVENTURER 80RB [STOCK#18967]  NEW LISTING
The Adventurer 80RB is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2018 ADVENTURER 86FB [STOCK#18279]  CLOSEOUT MODEL
The Adventurer 86FB is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2018 ADVENTURER 89RBS [STOCK#18321]  CLOSEOUT MODEL
The Adventurer 89RBS is a hard side, single-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 ADVENTURER 901SB [STOCK#18882] 
The Adventurer 901SB is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 ADVENTURER 910DB [STOCK#18838] 
The Adventurer 910DB is a hard side, single-slide, dry bath truck camper.

2019 EAGLE CAP 1165 [STOCK#50957] 
The Eagle Cap 1165 is a hard side, triple-slide, dry bath truck camper.

2019 PALOMINO SS-1251 [STOCK#KN110061]  NEW LISTING
The Palomino SS-1251 is a pop-up, wet bath truck camper.

2019 TRAVEL LITE 770R [STOCK#L2196128]  NEW LISTING
The Travel Lite 770R is a hard side, non-slide, wet bath truck camper.

2019 HOST CASCADE [STOCK#20192452] 
The Host Cascade is a hard side, double-slide, dry bath truck camper.

Used Campers at D&H RV Center

2017 TRAVEL LITE AIR [STOCK#C2174841-U] 
2016 CAMPLITE 10.0 [STOCK#10G00935-V]  NEW LISTING
2004 LANCE 1121 [STOCK#154265-U]  

HOURS: Monday – Friday 9am – 4:30pm | Saturday 9:30am – 4pm | Sunday Closed

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Welcome to the second entry in April’s Mega Mod-Ster Contest.  One enticing Mega Mod will be published in every Email Alert in April.  At the end of the month we’ll hold a reader vote to determine April’s winner.  For information about the Mod-Ster Contest, including how to enter, click here.

Charles Coushaine, Punta Gorda, Florida
Truck Bed Stop and Impact Solution
2001 Ford F350
2012 Chalet DS116RB

I have owned the same truck and camper for six years now, and started to notice the front wall of my truck bed had become significantly bowed outward.

After close inspection, the front bed wall was dented outward toward the cab of the truck about 1-1/8-inch. It was at the point that my truck camper’s rubber bumpers touched this area during loading.

Above: Charlie attached ratchet straps to pull the bow out of the front sheet metal

Although I just barely touch these bumpers during loading, the weight of my camper pushes the truck bed wall’s sheet metal causing the deformation.

To remedy the situation, I built a metal frame out of perforated steel angle iron onto which I attached some 3/8-inch thick aluminum plates for the camper to bump up against. The design was such that the force of impact during loading will now be spread out between the top bed rail and the bottom of the truck bed – both of which are the strongest areas.

Another goal of this design was to make the bump stop very thin (only 1/2″ thick) so that I do not push the camper too far back. I wanted to maintain the center of gravity of the camper in front of the rear wheels.

Please watch the video to see the build and test:

Truck Camper Bump Stop - YouTube

I have tried this bump stop design multiple times and it works great! As seen in the video above, the camper now bumps against the aluminum plates and the force is spread throughout the entire perforated metal frame without any damage to my truck.

It took me six-hours to complete this modification and cost me about $175.  In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is hard.

Disclaimer: The modifications above are submitted by Truck Camper Magazine readers. It is your responsibility to make sure that any do-it-yourself modification project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation.

Enter Your Mods Now!

Click here to enter a modification on your truck camper.  You can enter as many mods as you want, at any time.  Good luck mod makers!

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The Verdict

Often viewed strictly as an entry-level and value-oriented brand, Palomino pop-ups have struggled over the years to get traction and respect from the core truck camper marketplace. In short, Palomino was the brand that people turned to for cheap truck campers, used for weekend hunting and fishing trips, and with minimal expectation for product quality or longevity.

“There are more luxurious, more refined, and lighter weight pop-up models on the market, but few offer a better value than the SS-550.”

Well, that tired old stigma needs to be thrown out, right now. In concert with their vacuum bonded sidewalls and roof construction, Palomino made a remarkably competitive advance with their 2014 pop-up redesign.

Palomino SS-550 Quality

For the past two years, Palomino pop-up truck campers have no longer just been entry-level units, but campers ready to compare feature-for-feature, quality-for-quality, with any RV manufacturer on the market. To be clear, we found no significant quality control issues on the SS-550 under review. Not one.

That doesn’t mean the Palomino SS-550 is perfect. The unit under review had a few signs of a camper that was built by a production line eager to move units out the door. Specifically, there were a handful of seams that didn’t quite line up and materials that could have been more carefully handled and placed. Maybe had the production line slowed just a little, these items could be given a touch more attention sending Palomino campers into an even higher quality category. Then again, slowing down may also increase their prices. Always trade offs.

For the pop-up truck camper buyer who doesn’t need a bathroom and wants to match his camper with a half-ton, short bed, four door truck, the Palomino SS-550 should be on his must-see list. There are more luxurious, more refined, and lighter weight pop-up models on the market, but few offer a better value than the SS-550.

Pros
Half-ton compatible if carefully matched
One-piece vacuum bonded side walls and roof
North-South cabover for storage and easy entry/exit
Push-button electric roof lift by Rieco-Titan
Dinette easily converts into a nearly 7-foot bed
Excellent number and variety of storage opportunities

Cons
No bathroom, toilet, or shower – porta-potti is optional
Single post dinette table could be more stable
110 outlet and heater could get splashed under countertop
Cabover hamper openings and doors could be bigger
Single battery and propane tank require conservation
Some seams and materials could be lined up better

Model Information
2016 Palomino SS-550
MSRP: $12,578
Warranty: One year bumper-to-bumper. Individual appliances have their own warranties.

Phone: 269-432-3271
Request A Palomino SS-550 Brochure
Web: palominorv.com

PREVIOUS – SS-550 Truck Recommendations  |  RETURN TO Palomino SS-550 Review

Quality, Customer Service, and Long-Term Reliability

Truck Camper Magazine inspects all reviewed truck campers for design, material, and quality issues and reports what we find. However, since Truck Camper Magazine reviews only brand new truck campers, our reviews do not address long-term quality, customer service, or reliability.

To learn about a brand’s long-term quality, customer service, and reliability, Truck Camper Magazine recommends talking directly with truck camper owners at truck camper rallies and online via truck camper forums and truck camper owners groups.

Please be sure to balance your gathered feedback across multiple sources including direct correspondence with the truck camper manufacturers and your closest truck camper dealers. Click here if you are new to truck campers.

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Wet Weight Calculation

Using the standardized Truck Camper Magazine wet weight calculation, let’s run the wet weight on the 2016 Palomino SS-550.

Base Dry Weight – special factory order only

Palomino SS-550: dry weight, 1,580 pounds + 16 gallons fresh, 133.4 pounds + 6 gallon water heater, 50 pounds + 20 pound full propane tank, 20 pounds + battery, 65 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 2,348.4 pounds

Standard Build Options – most dealer orders

The only available options for the 2016 Palomino SS-550 are an air conditioner, high-gloss exterior fiberglass, entry step system, microwave, and a wireless key fob remote for the Rieco-Titan roof lift. That’s it.

As such, many SS-550 models will be ordered by dealers fully-loaded adding approximately 120 pounds to the unit. Adding 120 pounds to the 1,580 dry weight of the SS-550 puts the weight of the SS-550 at 1,700 pounds. Using this weight, let’s run the numbers again.

Palomino SS-550: dry weight, 1,700 pounds + 16 gallons fresh, 133.4 pounds + 6 gallon water heater, 50 pounds + 20 pound full propane tank, 20 pounds + battery, 65 pounds + stuff, 500 pounds = 2,468.4

Palomino SS-550 Truck Recommendations

The wet weight calculations above include 500 pounds of stuff weight from Truck Camper Magazine’s standard weight weight calculation. This weight represents the gear, food, and clothing cargo we all bring to go camping – minimalist starving nudist campers excluded.

The 500 pounds of stuff weight is likely to be too high for short bed pop-up like the SS-550. To be fair, and yet still conservative, we are going to limit the stuff weight to 250 pounds for the following truck recommendations. This puts the base wet weight of the SS-550 at 2,098.4 pounds and the standard build wet weight (fully loaded) at 2,218.4 pounds.

Most typical half-ton trucks – the ones that you find on dealer lots and in most driveways – have less than 1,500 pounds of payload. Even the aluminum-bodied 2016 Ford F150 usually tops out around 1,800 pounds of payload if it’s not properly ordered to maximize payload. Many aluminum-bodied F150s actually hover around 1,500 pounds of payload. We have seen dozens of these trucks on Ford lots and not one has exceeded 1,800 pounds of payload on the door.

You Will Need To Special Order A Half-Ton Truck

As the industry throws more darts at my already hole-y portrait (I felt that) there is a way forward. 2016 half-ton trucks with 2,500 pounds of payload are available, but you have to special order them. This is as simple as going to your local truck dealer and asking them to spec-out a half-ton with the most possible payload. A few minutes later you’ll be on your way to honest-to-goodness payload match making. Best of all, special ordering lets you pick the color along with every other facet of your soon to be perfect truck camping truck.

For our most serious recommendation, we suggest you purchase a three-quarter or one-ton truck.  That way you can upgrade to an even bigger truck camper down the road, or have the option to safely tow horses, boats, snow machines, sail planes, or whatever your heart desires. Save your future self a lot of money and buy the biggest most payload capable truck you can.

PREVIOUS – Weight, Specifications, and Capacities  |  VERDICT – Pros and Cons

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Palomino RV weighs units at the factory, but does not weigh each truck camper as it leaves the production line. That said, they do have scales at the factory and a team pulls and weighs units on a semi-regular basis. As a magazine, we encourage Palomino RV to weigh and mark every camper with its exact weight and center of gravity.

Palomino SS-550 Specifications
Specifications
Dry Weight 1,580 pounds
Wet Weight* 2,348 pounds
Floor Length 6’9″
Overall Length 13’5″
Width 7’2″
Interior Height 6’9″ top up
Exterior Height 6’0″ down
Center of Gravity 22″
Truck Type Small Domestic

Palomino reports the dry weight of the 2016 Palomino SS-550 at 1,580 pounds. This represents a base camper without options. If you want a Palomino SS-550 at this dry weight, you may need to special order the unit from a Palomino dealer.

Length, Width, and Height

The floor length of the Palomino SS-550 is 6’9″.

The 6’9” floor length of the SS-550 is shortest pop-up floor length Palomino offers. Only the east-west Palomino SS-800 has the same floor length and a slightly lower weight. The short floor length and lower weight formula is what makes the SS-550 and SS-800 potentially well suited for short bed half-ton trucks.

The width of the SS-550 is 7’2”.

The 7’2” width of the SS-550 is the same as Palomino’s larger pop-up floor plans helping it look and feel like a full-size truck camper inside. At 6’9”, the SS-550 interior height with the pop-up in the raised position is also the same as Palomino’s larger pop-up campers, and full-size.

The low weight of the unit, shorter floor length, and extended north-south cabover puts the center of gravity at 22-inches. This is a dream for matching the SS-550 to a truck and, if properly payload matched, having the resulting rig handle well.

Palomino SS-550 Capacities
Capacities
Fresh 16 gallons
Grey N/A
Black Porta-potti
Water Heater 6 gallons
Propane Tanks 20 pounds
Batteries One Battery

The Palomino SS-550 has a 16 gallon fresh tank and a 6-gallon water heater. Since the camper does not have a toilet, shower, or bathroom, the only draw on this fresh water supply will be the kitchen sink, and the exterior shower.

The exterior amenities are mainly on the driver’s side; water heater, power port, cable television connection, 110-volt outlet, city water, and exterior shower.

From that perspective, 16 gallons of fresh water with a 6-gallon water heater is more than enough fresh water unless you take extended outside showers, or have some other need for fresh water (watering horses, washing surf boards, etc.). Someone who wanted to travel and camp off-the-grid for extended periods of time might also appreciate this ample water supply.

The cabinet under the dinette seating may fit a small porta-potti.

The SS-550 does not have a toilet so there’s no black tank.  If you’re considering this camper, you will either need to bring a porta-potti, use campground toilets, or water the trees. The under dinette storage cabinets are designed to fit a porta-potti.  I would try fitting your preferred porta-potti model in this location before purchasing the unit.

Short Bed Pop-Up Camper That Targets Half-Ton Trucks

It should be no surprise that a short bed pop-up truck camper targeting half-ton trucks has provisions for a single battery and a single vertical 20-pound propane tank. When you’re designing a camper to a low weight target, adding another 50-plus pound battery and a 37 pound propane tank (tank weight plus 20 pounds of propane) is not on the menu.

With all-LED lighting, the single battery (located under the front cabover step in a sealed box) is certainly sufficient for the SS-550. The only caveat would be if you regularly camp in cold weather and need to run the furnace over night, or have other power requirements (inverter use for coffee makers, hair dryers, etc.).

In that case, you may want to consider a 100-watt solar panel (or more), and/or a second battery with a Torklift International Hidden Power under your truck, and/or a portable generator. No matter what, I’d recommend adding the 100-watt solar panel.

The single 20-pound vertical propane tank is excellent for exchanging at any number of box stores, gas stations, and grocery stores coast-to-coast.

This single tank feeds the propane heater, refrigerator, cook top, and water heater.  It presents the chance to unexpectedly run out of propane in the middle of a camping trip. To avoid this, pay attention to your propane level, and fill or exchange the single tank before it runs dry.

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