This brings us to the truck camper before us today. Dubbed the Original Cabover, it's the construction that really kicked things off for this team; it's the one that started it all. Before starting Casual Turtle, CEO Peter Pavlowich noticed that most truck campers on the market lacked a certain something, "variety and style," and that's how this flagship took flight.
Now, Casual Turtle is clearly a family-owned business, and because of this, they're able to create campers that are indeed as unique as their future owners. But, considering that each one is hand built, they can take up to about 12 weeks to complete.
Suppose you call Casual Turtle after this article and want to adopt this sort of habitat for your own truck. Once you've slid it in, secured it to your bed, and finally hit the road, you'll stand out like a sore thumb in whatever glamping circles you decide to rest for the night; the truth is that very few folks still use a completely wooden camper. Be ready for lots of questions, including how much you paid for this bugger.
Speaking of pricing, I don't mean to alarm you in any way, but if you're looking to get an Original for something like an F-150 truck, you're looking at a starting price tag of no more than $5,900 (€5,800 at current exchange rates). That has to be the most affordable camper I've ever written about, and that says something.
At the end of the day, it's not the largest or most capable off-grid camper you will ever meet, but it doesn't have to be. This one is for those folks that just want to get to explore without having to drop their life savings on a unit that offers the luxuries of a mansion. This is the authentic way to enjoy the outdoors. Sadly, while coming Casual Turtle's website, I noticed a little disclaimer that states they ceased production back in 2016. No motives, nothing. Just an iota of hope saying, "This may not be for good." Fingers crossed for the future.