The XPCamper V2 debuted at Overland Expo and created quite a buzz. Before the prototype was disassembled, for final production, I managed to snag the keys and take it on a little adventure in the California mountains. I picked up the Toyota Tacoma based rig at the XPCamper factory in Grass Valley, CA and headed up to the Bowman Lake area. Afterwards I also talked Marc Wassmann, XPCamper’s designer and owner, into a little overland adventure to the Black Rock Desert. These experiences all highlighted the fact that the XPCamper V2 is an extremely capable overland expedition camper.
I like to think of XPCampers as the luxury yachts of the truck camper world. The high quality marine grade appliances, electrics and fittings let you know that the camper is built to last. The extremely tidy layout utilizes many ideas from yacht interior design to optimize the use of all available space. The monocoque foam core fiberglass shell and smooth fiberglass interior structures would feel right at home in any luxury yacht. They also combine to provide a super durable, well-insulated and lightweight camper.
The V2 is designed to fit on medium sized pickups with 6’ or longer beds. Options in the US are limited to the Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier and Suzuki Equator. In order to fit the V2 to these pickups the bed must be removed and exchanged for the custom XPCamper flatbed. While this adds some cost, that cost is easily offset by the extra camper living space, extra built in storage space, utility when the camper is removed and the quality XPC flex mount system.
Interior Camper Update (10/29/13)
The V2 Interior has been redesigned with the dinette on the driver’s side, instead of across the back by the entrance. This creates a 6′ long sleeping area for another person, meaning the V2 now sleeps 3. It also creates a closet area, shoe storage and makes it easier to get in or out of the camper without moving the table or disturbing anyone seated inside. The updated prototype also has more interior lighting, a small gray water tank, a interior shower system, under bed storage, a water filtration system as well as making the exterior hatches into outdoor counter space. The interior of the hatch door makes for a great outdoor kitchen area and the interior storage is even now accessable from the outside through sliding doors on the rear of the interior cabinets. Check out the three photos below to see the new setup.
The first thing you’ll notice about the V2 XPCamper itself is the streamlined and completely hard-sided design. With the V2’s pop up design you get great fuel efficiency while still having a very secure and weather resistant living space. It is a bit annoying that you can’t access the interior of the camper without raising the top, but at the same time it creates a very secure area for all your valuables while traveling, and is super easy to raise with the touch of a button. The interior composite construction makes for smooth easy to clean surfaces that are designed to last. The composite construction also allows for built in insulation making this a great 4-season camper, especially with the included diesel heater unit and the HUGE windows, 3 on the sides and 1 on the roof, as well as 2 roof vents with built in fans. The large volume of living and storage space in this relatively small truck camper is what really sets this camper apart from many of its competitors. Things like the huge under bed storage area and access to some of the interior cabinets from the exterior side lockers highlight the well thought out ergonomics. The first time you spend anytime in the V2 you will quickly fall in love with all the quality creature comforts that come standard: large solar power system with 12v and USB interior outlets, removable toilet, interior shower, 27 gallon heated water tank, diesel cook top, Spinflo kitchen center, 4.2cuft fridge and much more.