I have fond memories of sitting inside one of the early XPCamper models on the beaches of Baja back in 2013. Friends of ours invited us in for a meal, and I was struck by how lovely the interior was. It felt like we were aboard a yacht, floating in the sea, rather than parked on a sandy stretch bordering the Sea of Cortez. A naval architect designed the interior, so the camper’s clean lines, unfussy cabinets, and planked floor are reminiscent of a high-end oceangoing vessel.
XPCamper was taken over by Nimbl President Judd Newman and Founder and Chief Engineer Jon Turner, who continue to develop the platform. It just so happens that Scott Brady interviewed Jon Turner during Episode 31 of the Overland Journal Podcast.
The owner of this build, Carl, says that these campers have a “full-timer” pedigree with several owners taking them on multi-year trips through the Americas and beyond. If inspiration strikes, it is possible to fit the truck and camper in a shipping container.
“We are the original owners of this XPCamper and will be selling as we move on to different adventures. The truck and camper have been great (no issues); the camper has been protected and out of the elements being garaged each winter.
The truck gets 18 to 20 mpg in Colorado; we drive 65 mph [and] at that speed, she handles well and is economical to operate. The camper has been on two to three trips per year in the USA— nothing crazy, mostly remote camping out in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.
One of our favorite things about the XPCamper is the bright interior. Even on rainy or snowy days the camper has a cheery interior due to the large number of windows and boat-like white interior. It also has more storage space than we could ever use. The heater controls near the bed is also nice. You can roll over and turn on the heat while still in a sleeping bag. The way the heat is routed and ducted acts as a floor heater. Its nice getting out of bed to a warm floor.
The camper layout is perfect. Everything you need, nothing you don’t, [including] a queen-size bed, quality marine Webasto appliances, and a comfortable rear dinette with a huge panorama window. It is made from a monocoque composite construction, so there’s no worrying about stapled wood frames falling apart with off-road use.”
2007 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT Quad Cab 4WD
5.9-liter Cummins turbo-diesel engine
Custom flatbed for XPCamper with multiple storage boxes
LED lights on rear for turn and brake controls
Custom aluminum front bumper (has a recess for winch mount)
ExtremeAir compressor with tank and hoses installed
Rancho RS9000 shocks
Hellwig rear stabilizing bar
Custom removable hitch for a bike rack (keeps rack high and out of damage potential)
Toyo Open Country M/T LT285/75R17 tires (including a spare)
Additional rear single leaf spring added on each side
Ride-Rite airbags (not necessary, but nice if you want to level the truck at a campsite)
Tablet mount in the cab for navigation
2012 V1 XPCamper (Build #12)
The camper is removable, and a custom aluminum flatbed can be used by itself.
Interior storage: under the floor and bed, upper cabinet, lower cabinet, under the seat, storage between bath and bed
Exterior storage large enough for chairs and a table
Diesel/oil storage compartment
Easy access to electronics through an outside access panel
All wires and hoses labeled
Easy access to cassette toilet and water through an outside access panel
Heat ducts run near water lines, prevent lines from freezing in winter
When the camper top is down, there is no entry into the interior through windows or doors
Push-button actuation to raise camper (also comes with remote control)
The top can also be raised manually if batteries fail
The sink has a push-button switch for activation with hip
A lowered table can sleep one more person
Entryway cubby to store shoes
Easy to sweep out interior (no lip at doorway)
LED lights throughout
Two 300-amp-hour 6-volt Lifeline AGM batteries
Battery monitoring system (charges via solar and while the truck is running)
Thetford cassette toilet
Blue Sea ACL charge system
Two 125-watt solar panels
Two multi-speed reversing roof-mounted ceiling fans
Freshwater (75-gallon) and greywater (27-gallon) system
Water monitoring system
Marine refrigerator/freezer, 4.3-foot 12-volt
Interior cold/hot shower
Webasto dual-top diesel heating system (furnace and water heater)
SmartPlug shore power, 30-amp
Queen size Froli European spring mattress system
Insulated window coverings for cold weather camping
Dometic skylight with an insect screen and shade
Dometic windows with integrated insect screens and roll-up shades
GoPower Pure Sine inverter, 1000-watt
Water filtration system (never used)
Webasto X100 cooktop (diesel)
Multiple USB ports inside out outside
Mahogany wood trim
Yakima Rain Gutter plates for Yakima rack and accessories
OEM XPCamper jacks, allow the camper to be removed for storage if required.
This 2007 Dodge Ram with an XP Camper is listed for $145,000 and is currently located in Denver, Colorado. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.
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