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The XP Camper: Truck Campers, Reimagined

My wife Sue and I have been on a quest to find the perfect expedition vehicle for weekend trips around California, and for ‘someday world travel’. Last year, we checked out the Sportsmobile and Four Wheel Camper factories. I had heard about XP Camper on ExpeditionPortal (as well as an RV.net thread where the RV crowd was much more critical of the price point than the expedition crowd), and I had taken a video of an XP Camper unit that was on display at OverlandExpo last year.

There’s no doubt about it: The XP Camper is expensive. MSRP is almost $70k, vs. anywhere from $10k from a mass-produced Palomino camper to $30k for a Hallmark camper. So the first question is whether the XP Camper is worth the price. After visiting the facility and talking to the owner Marc for three hours, the answer is an unequivocal ‘yes.’ Marc started making XP Campers because he wasn’t satisfied with anything on the market. And for the right buyers, the thought that’s gone into his work, its design, and the resulting value, will be obvious. However, that will likely be a small niche of the truck camper market, which is already a small niche of the overall RV market. Marc is aware of this, and will be introducing a smaller camper called the “V2? for Tacoma-sized trucks in the future. UPDATE 1/14: The V2 is now on the market at a sub $40k price point. My wife and I have been testing one extensively. Learn more about the V2 on the XP Camper Forum, including videos of a walkaround, an updated floorplan and some other pictures.

We walked away incredibly impressed. Below are some in-depth videos showcasing the XP Camper, as well as a number of pictures with annotations. You can find a full photo gallery of XP Campers here. If you want to research your options a bit more, read this full write-up titled “Our two-year journey choosing a pop-up camper”

First, watch the video from OverlandExpo last year:

If we're looking at Portland...

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We are currently living in Seattle and looking for a new place to live. We're looking for rentals at this point as our credit is still recovering from the foreclosure/bankruptcy a few years ago. While looking this weekend, so far, we have found 3 potential homes. One is locationally perfect in that we can stay at the same church/schools/jobs etc. Another is more of a commute, but has more space both inside and in the backyard. The third, is further away, but in a familiar neighborhood of the past...other end of town, great atmosphere, but would mean a LOT more driving if we kept job/schools the same.

We're considering them all, and while discussing them, I kept on slipping, and almost every time I said the word "important" I slipped and said "in Portland". Sure they sound a like, but maybe it is a sign? Maybe we should be looking there?

I am affiliated with a company planning to open an office from there, and I also lived there, sure it was in the 90's but I do still know at least a few folks there.

That got us thinking that if we're willing to look there, maybe Tacoma...so much potential!

I think that we will probably stay here at this point, chill a few years, and maybe when we're ready to buy we'll look further into that option. It would mean a lot more change, but hey, we're good at that!

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