Today thanks to the Old Fat Man, or maybe because of the Old Fat Man, I'm going to talk about truck campers. So anyone who becomes bored, or potentially nauseous, can blame the Old Fat Man.
As you can imagine, since it's apparent that I have chosen a truck camper to full-time in and possibly be the last camper I ever buy, I'm probably going to have a glowing report about the wonders of living in a slide-in truck camper. But surprisingly enough I am going to postulate that, just like there's no perfect place to live in the United States in both winter and summer, there is no ideal RV to live in all the time, everywhere you go; it basically comes down to how you want to live. And since I'm a long-term boondocker, most of my limited knowledge is based on that very small segment of full-timing, while in an RV suitable for boondocking in the Southwest.
One of the first problems one may notice about a truck camper, especially if you happen to be on the Geezer side of life, is there are a lot of steps to get up into the camper, and if you don't have any knees and hip problems..... It's possible; you soon will. The second hurdle is getting into the bed, it also requires some stepping up pretty high and a few gymnastics to make it into the bed, but if you're having problems climbing up there, at least you can sleep on the sofa bed.
There's not much room in a slide-in camper, but I would say that if you can full-time in a van, you can easily live full-time in a truck camper. Storage and room to move around are very similar for both.
To me, what it came down to in the end, was cost, convenience, and mobility. I couldn't afford one of the exceedingly popular new vans, and I inherently don't trust used vehicles, so I immediately dropped the van idea. The bronco failed the convenience test big time by having to put the top up and down every time I went somewhere. It's okay for a long weekend in the high country, but living that way was more than I could endure, but a hard-sided truck camper will solve that problem, leaving me with what became the most important thing I learned during my winter travels, which was how important MOBILITY is to me.
Mobility is not all that important for most folks. Normal full-timers go somewhere and stay there for a while, so being able to pack up and leave quickly and easily is simply not on their list of important things because coming and going so seldom happens. This is probably why most normal full-timers choose to live in large or somewhat large RVs since BEING somewhere is more important than GOING somewhere, so they mostly choose larger RVs for the convenience they provide while BEING, instead of smaller, more mobile vans and truck campers that are more useful for GOING.
But if mobility is important and going places that class A's fear to tread is something you aspire to, it's hard to beat a van or a truck camper. And if it's a van or truck camper with four-wheel-drive that's a big bonus, not necessarily because it will take you places you normally wouldn't go, but because of the sense of freedom and security it gives you even if you never have to use it. Driving around in the mountains of Colorado like I've done for the last 40 years, other than driving on snowy roads, I seldom use four-wheel-drive, but many times it's given me a warm fuzzy feeling knowing it's there.
This is getting way too long, and I've got a little more to say so I will complete my thoughts tomorrow.
PS.... The guy selling me the camper called yesterday and said he will have it here Tuesday afternoon.... I've got my fingers, and a couple of my toes crossed.... If I had any money I would see a doctor about that.