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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:

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“Do great work and have the courage to sell it and force it to be sold. You can’t just have talent. It’s not enough to have talent. You have to have the courage to not let anybody force you to ever do a job that you don’t think is great.

And people say to me “Yeah but you can’t do that. You don’t want to throw a client out and people’s jobs and blah blah you got to keep your job…” You just proved to me that you’ll never be great. The minute you start doing bad work because it’s “forced on you” you ain’t shit! You have to have the courage to fight for your work.” - George Lois

I’ve felt pressure from within to write lately. Truth is I want to, but I am burned out. I’m chopping up a couple of my rough drafts here and putting them together so you get an idea of how I deal with burnout.

I’d say my first true burnout was buying a property. The solicitors on both ends were useless, and the seller (who was also my landlord) was less than helpful. The mortgage offer collapsed once and the total process took eight months. Sleep wasn’t happening, thinking straight was impossible, and interaction usually ended with me flipping out or slumping into a sorry heap. I couldn’t handle the most basic of questions, such as what we might eat for dinner.

The effects of that stress was all-consuming for a time. After the mortgage completed, I thought I’d go straight back to normal. But still I couldn’t sleep, unwind or handle any kind of conversation. I wanted to curl up into a ball and be left alone.

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