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The Ultralite TB50 Camper is Both Lightweight and Affordable

A recent post on Instagram by a popular and controversial journalist created a furor in the digital and real world. In his post, the journalist lambasted an influencer and the companies who worked with him to build an easy-on-the-eye, well-equipped, but (apparently) grossly overweight vehicle. Overloading is a problem for most overlanders, as we all struggle with the concept of less is more, and there are campers offered on the market that exceed the base vehicle GVM even before being packed with gear and essentials. Thankfully, lightweight camper options are available at reasonable prices; the TB50 is one such camper.

The HatCo (High Altitude Trailer Company) Ultralite TB50 is a new addition to the truck bed camper shell market and is built for mid-sized and smaller pick ups, including the Jeep Gladiator, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Colorado, and Ford Ranger. Designed to accommodate two individuals, the camper’s interior layout focuses on functionality, and attention to space utilization is evident inside the camper. With an interior length of 10 feet, 3.5 inches, an interior width of 5 feet, 11.5 inches, and an interior height of 5 feet, 11 inches, the camper is not the most spacious on the market, but a low base weight and purchase price compensate for that relative lack of space.

Ultralite TB50 Camper

The Ultralite TB50 maintains a dry weight of a mere 550 pounds; this lightweight construction ensures ease of handling and transportation, contributing to its practicality for overland travel. The bed within the camper measures 60 inches by 80 inches (standard queen-size), offering a spacious sleeping area. The focus on practical dimensions and thoughtful design elements highlights the Ultralite TB50’s commitment to providing a functional and comfortable space for your overland adventures.

Ultralite TB50 Camper

The base cabin is constructed of a fully insulated cabin with a thickness of 1.25 inches, composed of composite material, and coated with TOFF (a state-of-the-art polyurethane/polyurea hybrid coating). It also includes a 12-volt DC roof fan, an LED light strip, two LED lights, a fold-down bed, and seven tie-down straps for your gear (five with a weight capacity of 500 pounds and two with a capacity of 1,000 pounds). There are four color options to choose from for the exterior finish: gray, sand, green, and white.

Ultralite TB50 Camper

Naturally, there are also various add-ons available for a fee. These include a Maxxair deluxe roof vent, an OVS Nomadic awning 270, other OVS products, thicker mattresses, and custom-made removable jacks for convenient storage and base camp setup.

The base weight of 550 pounds and base price of $14,500 makes this an attractive camper for the weekend warrior or long-distance traveler alike.


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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell