No Camper? No Problem! Bring a Bag of Pennies Because OVRLND Has What You're Looking For

So, you want to get yourself into the camper game but don't want to spend a whole bunch of cash to join the show? Well, all you've got to do is get ahold of OVRLND Campers, a crew that strikes close to my heart.
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Folks, if you ever happen to make it out to Flagstaff, Arizona, feel free to head down and meet the folks over at OVRLND Campers. Why? Well, what if I told you that this crew can spit out a camper for no more than $8,400 (€8,000 at current exchange rates)? I know for sure I have your attention now.

Now, this version, of the three possible ones OVRLND offers, is built for 5 ft and 6 ft beds of Tacomas, Frontiers, Gladiators, and Rangers, among others. Oh, you have a bigger truck? That's not a problem.

Starting at $9,400 (€8,900), Tundras, F150s, 1500s to 3500s, and just about any other truck with a 5.5 ft or 6.5 ft bed can be accommodated. Even 8-footers have a place under the OVRLND umbrella. Be sure to check the list of vehicles OVRLND doesn't build for, as there are a couple.

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To kick things off, let's take a look at how these babies are brought to life. Each unit begins with nothing more than aluminum. From the frame to the sheets, it's this alloy that we're looking at, and, as a result, we're getting our hands on a camper that weighs under 275 lbs (125 kg) for the 6 ft bed cam. I literally have no words. OVRLND even states that this baby is "ready for 100 years of use," which is a massively bold statement; is OVRLND the next Airstream!? Who knows where the future may take this brand?

Once the frame and paneling are set down, it's time to check out the next stage in our glamper-achieving process. You may have noticed that these units are pop-top campers, which has upsides and downsides. One benefit of such a unit is how it affects your vehicle's mileage.

Since you're not hauling down the highway with a towering travel trailer, gooseneck, or even some of the 'other' truck campers around, how much longer you stay at the pump basically boils down to how heavy your unit is and not how far it's hanging off your truck. Just 11 inches above your cab is all you'll discover.

One downside of a pop-top camper is that they're very difficult to make four-season worthy. I'm not saying it's impossible - it isn't, and a few crews cracked the puzzle - but because the tent canvas often used to join the roof to the remainder of units isn't the sort of material that keeps the cold out. It does, however, work without problems in case of rain and wind.

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Speaking of tent canvas, OVRLND does tell us the sort of material they use and even why. Overall, "high-grade PVC-coated polyester" is the stuff used here, and it's not only water and windproof but does, in fact, allow you to put down a headliner or an insulation layer. Maybe, just maybe, you can make your machine four-season-ready.

Now, once the base has been completed, let's climb inside and see what else is in store here. To do so, drop your truck's tailgate, flip up the camper's rear hatch, and welcome home, literally. Judging by the images in the gallery, this hatch vertical action can be replaced with horizontal-opening doors, so don't be afraid to dive deeper into the options list; it's a long one.

Once we've accessed the interior of OVRLND's pop tops, you'll find yourself in what you can consider the living room of your unit, and beyond that, hanging over your truck's cab, a queen bed waits for your weary and tired bones. Since this platform is built out of honeycomb composite materials, it's light, strong, and warmer than traditional wood or metal platforms.

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And that just about makes up your next glamping experience, or does it? Well, for the rest of this rather short article, I want you to picture dropping the cash for one of these, and it's now sitting on the back of your truck. What to do from here? What do you mean!?

Just load up your truck with a cooktop, gas or electric, a fridge, battery pack, some solar panels, and an inverter, and get out of town already! Heck, since there's plenty of cash left over, why not bring along some fishing poles you just bought or a pair of e-bikes and really go nuts?

Bring along an outdoor shower room, a portable toilet, and even a tent annex, and before long, you'll find yourself in the middle of nowhere, with the only man-made noises being the ones you make and the occasional airplane flying overhead.

In short, I've been reading the comments you folks leave on some of my camper articles, and if this one isn't within just about everyone's budget, I don't know what is. Maybe one-person e-bike campers are for you. For everyone else looking to join the camper and adventure lifestyle, OVRLND needs to be checked out!
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About the author: Cristian Curmei
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A bit of a nomad at heart (being born in Europe and raised in several places in the USA), Cristian is enamored with travel trailers, campers and bikes. He also tests and writes about urban means of transportation like scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (when he's not busy hosting our video stories and guides).
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