Since 1986 we’ve set about perfecting the formula for the strongest, most versatile Utility Rack available. It all started with the design, born from a deep knowledge of each industry’s specific needs.
From there, it was critical to select domestic materials with the proven highest quality, followed by the development of a time-tuned manufacturing process. But you don’t have to take our word for it, just ask any professional tradesman or outdoor enthusiast how they feel about their Rack-it.
A reliable, well-built truck Rack never stands in the way of a good time. Hard work requires a hard-working truck Rack built for all the tools of the trade.
The legacy of a family, driven to offer a quality custom truck Rack at a fair price. Schedule 10 American Steel or Aluminum are the only metals we’ll use in the manufacturing of our entire line of Racks.
For over 30 years we’ve created jobs in Northern California at our original facility, where we oversee the hand-building of each of our Racks. The next phase of Rack-it is all about our expansion to Albany, Kentucky, where our newest factory is providing much needed jobs in the area and opening up more US states to receive our Fully Welded Racks via shipping.
(PRNewsFoto/Sense Truck Leasing) (PRNewsFoto/Sense Truck Leasing)Sense's new facility has five truck bays, one wash bay and is outfitted with the company's proprietary fully digital and voice-directed truck fleet preventive maintenance process and connected fleet solutions, a value-added resource to help customers address issues and options related to onboard technology systems (Ends, telematics, onboard cameras, etc. “The new location will enable us to grow our footprint in one of the fastest growing markets in Utah with two major universities in the immediate area,” explained Fred Haddad, area vice president for Sense's Mountain Region.
A leading global transportation services provider, Sense Truck Leasing operates more than 330,000 vehicles and serves customers from more than 1,100 locations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. DOT Traffic has invested in this advanced system to capture and distribute traffic information in an attempt to make driving in Utah more efficient and less frustrating.
In partnership with strong media sources, DOT Traffic is committed to forge ahead with more traffic cameras, more intelligent data and more traffic solutions for Utah's growing driver population. For many Americans the idea of a life lived on the road generally brings with it an impression of enormous RV’s, extra vehicle in tow, firmly entrenched in the deluxe RV park scenario.
The reverse of the RV pack brings us to the once-again-hip world of camper vans. Millennial’s, aging hipsters, and #van lifers flock to this iconic vehicle, and they are back in high demand.
What is also becoming evident these days is that while, yes, a great many people do live in a variety of sizes of RV, and many more embrace van life, the world of the truck camper owner is gaining momentum. For many, RVs are too large and simply unwieldy off the nicely paved highways and byways of the United States.
Camper vans, although widely acknowledged as being adorable and a touch of Americana, have their own challenges in terms of indoor living space and reliability. Absolutely, you will see people driving all sorts of trucks with varying sizes of camper on the back.
We are not saying it’s not possible but if you are looking to reduce potential issues down the road sticking to these six–the Chevy Silverado, Dodge Ram, Ford F-Series, GMC Sierra, Nissan Titan, and Toyota Tundra–will make your life easier later. First off we think it’s important to ask yourself one question; “What makes me happy?” Some might think it would be more along the lines of “What do I want to do with my truck camper?”, but after having lived in my truck camper for the last 17 months, we believe the first question is where you need to start.
When we came back from backpacking around-the-world in 2008 we knew that our next big adventure would be driving the Pan American highway from Portland to Patagonia. After spending a mere 30 minutes in one camper van, on a typically rainy Portland day, I knew that without absolute certainty I would not be happy living in one.
After backpacking the globe Jim and I knew three things were required to make us happy. In New Zealand we had rented a great Sprinter style van and loved its height and maneuverability.
We hated that we had to either have the table up or the bed made and even after one short month it drove us nuts. We required a comfortable interior living space where we could stand up at all times.
I found very quickly that the minute I moved beyond the popped opening I felt irritated and hunched over. We required a well-designed kitchen area with ample counter space.
I knew full well I could do without a shower or toilet, but I needed a good cook top with lots of counter area. I have found this to be a real shortfall in many campers of all sizes, and it proved to be one of our biggest hurdles.
After you feel as though you know what you want on a broad scale, it is time to start thinking about your various truck and camper options. For those of us who choose to live in them full time, something they are not necessarily designed to have happened, it is all about the weight.
Unless you are interested in a very lightweight camper you need to rule out the half-ton Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra. For those planning on only traveling North America, and even the main roads, in Mexico this may not be an issue, however, even in our Tundra we often had challenges navigating small towns.
The offer quality and have the added benefit of being popular enough in Latin America that finding a mechanic familiar with the in and outs is relatively easy. The idea of a minimalist lifestyle is a hot topic these days and I can’t tell you the number of people I know who are sure that they want to live like us, imaging a free and easy life lived jaunting from one scenic beach to the next gorgeous mountaintop.
And then they actually take the 30-second tour of our home on wheels and declare that they would “need” a shower or a larger floor plan or a bigger fridge. Gas or diesel is a frequently debated question among truck camper owners.
Although some parts of the world find one or the other fuel more readily available, from what we have researched it really comes down to preferences. In our Tundra we average around 12.5mpg on the road and readily admit frequenting jealousy when faced with traveling friends who brag about getting upwards of 20mpg.
Unless you already own a short-bed truck, or are absolutely positive you want a camper that fits a short-bed, our advice is to go long. There are arguments to be made for a regular cab in regard to weight and price, however for anyone truly wanting to live in their truck camper, or take extended trips, we heartily recommend the extended cab.
Whichever type of truck you choose you can plan on spending between $28,000 to $32,000 for basic models. By this point you may have narrowed down your truck choices, and it’s time to look at the camper options.
As a budget alternative it can be a good introduction into a new way of camping, and by adding in a sleeping platform and storage it can be more livable. Pop-top campers are generally of a lighter weight than solid frame and extremely popular with travelers looking for a smaller profile.
The combination of the lighter weight and lower profile improves maneuverability and less wind resistance and draws a huge following. Winter rains would run down our arms into our jackets and, although I am tall, I would need to stand on a stool to tuck in the fabric siding.
Photo by The Next Big Adventure. There are, of course, different models of pop-top camper offering much easier systems. In fact, many of our Panama friends relish the lower height and accessibility of such campers.
Phoenix campers is another excellent choice to Palomino and Four Wheel, and yet in the end, we decided it was not for us. Tales of those that had gone before us freezing their asses off in the Andes, or unable to raise their camper in the winds of Patagonia merely cemented our decision to go hard.
Be warned, you may find pop-top owners may scoff at you for being geared towards the RV crowd, but we found ourselves on just as many remote beaches as our pop-top counterparts. We knew that, while we love going remote as much as the next person, we also enjoy the comfort of traditional campgrounds.
They offer an upgraded comfort level with substantially more storage than the pop-top versions. This is a generalization, of course, but having spent my time in many of each model, it is evident that pop-top owners are focusing more on weight and maneuverability while those edging for hard-sided options combine a love of form and function.
In our case there were more than one incidence when I drove through a small town in Mexico as Jim lay on the roof holding electrical phone lines up with a broom. The size of the truck is the prime consideration to take into account and as long as you choose wisely you’ll have no issues.
The 80SK originally came stock with a marine style cassette toilet which, in interest of all-season storage, was left by us in Oaxaca, Mexico eight months into our trip. Our camper comes with a queen size bed made significantly comfier with the addition of a three-inch memory foam topper, a 4cubic foot fridge/ freezer combo, a two-burner stove top, and sink with hot and cold water.
I love to cook and the ability to make homemade bread or bake a lasagna was essential. Combined with a small Weber BBQ and I can literally make anything in the camper that I could at our old house.
In general, they run on the larger size, some so large they require dual axle trucks. Only by sitting on the settee, lying on the bed, and touring each model can you really get a feel for the layout and how it applies to your life.
Along with Adventurer and Lance, you are sure to see the popular Northern Lite, Arctic Fox, and North Star. Hard-sided camper prices also vary dramatically by brand, age, and size.
Whenever it is time to load or unload it off the truck I desperately wish we had forked out the money when we habit. However, even with electric jacks, there is still the matter of removing the tie-downs, backing your truck up into one very tight space with only an inch or less of clearance per side, and put it all together again.
Luckily for us, our new life only had us taking the camper off the truck three times in the last 17 months, a welcome relief. By custom-building a camper on the bed of a truck you gain that additional footage.
High ground clearance and skid plates along with the 4×4 base and solar panels creates a near perfect vehicle for extended periods of dry camping. The XP Campers have a huge following and possess the same basic capabilities as the Tigers with a couple of important differences.
Because of this, there is no pass-through from the cab to the cabin, and they appear, in layout, to be a more traditional truck camper, but with a few very important differences. If grilled, most we know would admit to loving a Tiger or XP as their preference.
We looked at a used one for $100,000 at one point, drooling the entire time over the easy living it offered while knowing full well it would never be ours. XP Campers are a bit less, but you can easily expect to spend $80,000 and up close to $100,000 by the time it is said and done.
Certainly, deals can be had and used vehicles go for less, but be prepared to put out the cash for these high-end truck camper options. Aluminum is lighter and doesn’t rot or break as easily, however it also “sweats” in hot weather, is more expensive and can become weak or brittle over time.
Wood is stronger, cheaper, and retains heat better, however it is heavier and can rot and mold over time. Here in the Pacific Northwest we know a thing or two about rain and have learned that your location is also relevant on this topic.
For traveling families this additional floor space may well be worth any potentials for problems that come along. The cons are more than some want to face including the additional weight a slide-out brings with it, along with the typical type issues such as leaks, drafts, and just having one more thing that can break down.
A wet bath is at its most basic a shower stall that also contains a sink and toilet. Small but efficient, these bathrooms are made for someone who occasionally thinks they’ll shower but know it won’t be a daily routine.
A dry bath option is more like your bathroom at home with a contained shower stall and a separate toilet and sink area. For the odd time when neither is an option there is always a bucket, gas station or simply the side of the road.
As with everything else, there is no right or wrong answer, but referring back to your happiness question may be especially relevant in this category. In our case, the nomadic life feeds our sense of adventure and curiosity and soothes our soul.
Even if your truck camper buy will simply be fore family weekends in nature or multi-day holiday the freedom having your house on wheels provides is priceless. Even figuring in the price of the original purchase, the numbers will be in your favor to take camping vacations rather than staying in hotels.
Upscale campgrounds may cost $60 but state parks across the nation can be had for under $30 a night and there are nearly endless free camping options all across the world. As a full-time nomad she is currently wandering Latin America with her husband and black lab in search of more tales of culture and cuisine from the road.