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Old 09-08-2013, 07:24 PM   #1
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Anyone transport a bike inside a truck camper?

I want to upgrade my adventure van which works OK, to a camper that can go on my 4x4 silverado2500 so I can gain a little more comfort. I don't have space to store a trailer, and although I have a hitch carrier, I don't like it.

So, does anyone utilize this type of setup?

Thanks.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:04 PM   #2
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I want to upgrade my adventure van which works OK, to a camper that can go on my 4x4 silverado2500 so I can gain a little more comfort. I don't have space to store a trailer, and although I have a hitch carrier, I don't like it.

So, does anyone utilize this type of setup?

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There were some slide in campers made that had a toy hauler function, maybe look into one of those?
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:11 PM   #3
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you seen the price of a slide in camper ?

they look cool but I have yet to see one you could get a bike up into ?

and if it's just a topper I don't think they are near tall enough?
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:14 PM   #4
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There were some slide in campers made that had a toy hauler function, maybe look into one of those?
I have yet to discover those, I'll keep looking.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:19 PM   #5
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you seen the price of a slide in camper ?

they look cool but I have yet to see one you could get a bike up into ?

and if it's just a topper I don't think they are near tall enough?
I'm seeking the comfort of a camper. My adventure van is a retired post office step van, and it's roomy and the bike fits well, but as I get older i seem to get hung up on wanting to e comfortable.

The van is great for the few weeks where it's warm in the summer, but if I have any chance of having my sweetie with me, I'll need the few creature comforts a camper can offer.

Plus, the van is a bear to drive any kind of distance. It's loud and like driving a garage down the road.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:25 PM   #6
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I used to get an XR200 in my camper without too much issue. I can't get my XR650L into it though, just too damn heavy to push it up the ramp, and would be difficult wiggling it through the door.

If I decide to start travelling with the camper again I'll mount a small electric winch on the floor of the camper to pull the bike up the ramp.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:31 PM   #7
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I used to get an XR200 in my camper without too much issue. I can't get my XR650L into it though, just too damn heavy to push it up the ramp, and would be difficult wiggling it through the door.

If I decide to start travelling with the camper again I'll mount a small electric winch on the floor of the camper to pull the bike up the ramp.
LOL I have to use a winch to get my xr650l up onto my hauler that pig is heavy

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Old 09-08-2013, 09:17 PM   #8
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Maybe upgrade your hitch carrier?
I've yet to see a truck camper that could fit a full size bike inside. Besides the cost of buying one seems like it would be 10x more then a stout hitch carrier you actually would like and want to use. Not to mention, but loading a dirty bike inside would be... well adding dirt to the living space lol
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:48 AM   #9
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I have had a cheap little Chinese DR200 copy, and a DR350SE in my truck camper. I have an older 8 foot camper on my short bed F250 with air bags and the tail gate down so I can't use a hitch hauler and I didn't want to pull a trailer.
It is a huge PITA but it's doable. The heavier the bike the more difficult. I had to get the front tire in, then have someone hold it while I took the handlebars loose and turned them sideways, then shove the rest of the bike in, then find a decent way of strapping it down.
You'll probably drop it
I like to stop and sleep in the camper on long trips so it's a big pain with the bike in there, but doable.
You'll scuff and scratch just about everything inside the camper
If you could find a good anchor point and go ahead and take the handlbars loose and strap them sideways to the bike without screwing up any cables or wires, and then use a come-along or something to winch the bike in that would be the best bet I think - and what I plan to try next time.
I would do it again if it's the only choice I had
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:38 AM   #10
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One of my dad's friends had a mid 80's Cr500 and a jacked up chevy with on older truck camper. It had a wide rear door, looked stock but may have been modified. He was only 5'6" tall, had to stop the bike beside trees because he couldn't reach the ground, but he road that bike up into the back of the lifted truck on a 2x8. Leaned it up against the counter, no tie downs.
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