Camper shells are specifically designed for pickup trucks. The shell fits over the bed of the pickup truck and provides a place for storage or a place for sleeping while on a camping trip. If you use one of these shells, then you don't need to set up a tent or carry a camper. There are different camper shell ideas that you can try.
Pop-up shells look like regular camper shells, but they flip up to reveal extra headroom and space inside the camper. This gives you the best of both worlds because you can have the storage when you're not camping and then pull up the camper and have more room for sleeping. The shells work like pop-up campers, with a hand crank on the side that lets you pull the camper up to its full height.
Two tent additions fall under the category of camper shells. A company called Flip-Pac makes one version. A large base sits on top of your truck and runs from the front of the cab to the end of the bed. It lets you place a large eight-person tent on top of your bed and have space for camping. This keeps you level throughout the night and provides a dry place to sleep. Another tent addition is to connect the tent to your bed by using a tent with two entrances. You can easily access the bed of the truck for sleeping and use the tent for storage or switch things around and camp in the tent while storing your equipment in the bed.
The bus camper shell sits on the bed of the trunk, but has a curved part that sits on top of the truck cab. This is a popular style because it gives you a place for sleeping and provides more space for other things. Larger sizes are available that are tall and include areas for cooking. Some bus camper shells have bathrooms inside, and many styles have small kitchenettes inside. The shells also include a set of steps on the inside that easily fold down for entering and exiting the camper and truck bed.
Article Written By Jennifer Eblin
Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.