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Any true recommendations for a great buy affordable camper for my frontier ? I have been debating this for a while and am trying to stay around 2k dollars . I have a 2012 4x4 v6
 

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Bedshell or tow-behind?
KC, CCSB or CCLB?
 

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With a $2k budget pretty much anything new is out of the question unless you are talking about an off road trailer (a box for stuff on wheels). You could also get a roof top tent for about that much and mount it on the truck.

Are you pretty handy? You can pick up an old popup for less than that and work on restoring it. That is what I chose to do. Check out the link in my signature for details.

What are your goals with this camper? Campgrounds? Forestry roads/ back country camping?
 

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With a $2k budget pretty much anything new is out of the question unless you are talking about an off road trailer (a box for stuff on wheels). You could also get a roof top tent for about that much and mount it on the truck.

Are you pretty handy? You can pick up an old popup for less than that and work on restoring it. That is what I chose to do. Check out the link in my signature for details.

What are your goals with this camper? Campgrounds? Forestry roads/ back country camping?
Fairly handy . Me, my fiancé and dog would like to just go camping in different parts of the state in the summer and bring a couple friends too . Didn't really want new , but don't want to buy a hunk of junk either
 

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Well for something that will require little work you may need to bump up that budget some. The issue with trailers and these trucks is that they need to lightweight. This fact alone eliminates most standard travel trailers that will be close to this price range.

On my local Craigslist at least, you'll need to be in the $2800-$4000 range to start finding anything somewhat modern that can be towed with a Frontier. These will mostly be early 2000s popups and some small TTs from late 90s-early 2000s.

I'm not trying to be rude or anything like that, just saying that the price range you have set may not match what you are looking for.
 

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My wife and I are in the same boat as you are. I want a trailer but my wife wants to sleep in the back of our '12 Pathfinder until our budget allows. We are going to do the latter because I'm a smart man who wants to live. At least until she graduates and can put some wiggle room in our budget!
 

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I bought a $2000 popup once. Corner lifting post broke thru the floor on our first trip out. Sold it soon after. Next pup was bought new..
 

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For $2k get a rooftop tent mounted on a custom removeable bedrack....much lighter than any kind of popup camper. A HEAVY 'rooftop' setup on bed mounting bedrack would run under 400lbs... I'd like to design a fully self contained system that could be removed from the bed with only 2 people. The tents are around 120lbs or so...keep everthing under 200lbs total that would detach from the bed and it should be doable.
 

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You could probably find an older popup camper for that price. It might need a little work though. You might want to just invest in a nice tent and air mattress. You could have a nice tent camping set up for much less than $2k.....
 

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For $2k get a rooftop tent mounted on a custom removeable bedrack....much lighter than any kind of popup camper. A HEAVY 'rooftop' setup on bed mounting bedrack would run under 400lbs... I'd like to design a fully self contained system that could be removed from the bed with only 2 people. The tents are around 120lbs or so...keep everthing under 200lbs total that would detach from the bed and it should be doable.
Feel like $2k wouldn't quite get all that... Most RRT I've looked at are north of $1500 and unless you build the rack yourself those custom bed racks are easily over $1k.
 

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My RTT setup ran close to about 2K. Both are Frontrunner products. The tent was about a grand, and the rack came in at about $1,100. Together, the who setup weighs maybe 150lbs? 90lbs tent and 40-50ish lbs rack. Worth looking into if the trailer becomes out of reach.
 

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My RTT setup ran close to about 2K. Both are Frontrunner products. The tent was about a grand, and the rack came in at about $1,100. Together, the who setup weighs maybe 150lbs? 90lbs tent and 40-50ish lbs rack. Worth looking into if the trailer becomes out of reach.
Hey I know this post is kind of old but I'm looking at getting the frontrunner bed rack. I wasn't sure by looking at the website if they made a rack for both long bed and short bed since I have a king cab I would need the long bed option. Looks like your truck is a king cab too how do you like the rack?


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I am looking to use a cargo trailer for camping. I have been looking around for different ideas to use from other people's builds to adapt to my needs. I don't need a lot of frills and I want to be able to still use it as a trailer, so I will basically use cots/airmattresses and treat it as a hard side "tent." I saw one where the guy set it up with quick releases so he could hang a couple of hammocks to sleep in for his kids.
 

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Hey I know this post is kind of old but I'm looking at getting the frontrunner bed rack. I wasn't sure by looking at the website if they made a rack for both long bed and short bed since I have a king cab I would need the long bed option. Looks like your truck is a king cab too how do you like the rack?


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Hey,

Sorry I don't check in on the forum much anymore. Didn't see your post until now.

I own a crew cab short bed. FR markets the rack under the Tacoma, but fits our truck just fine. I love it. 100% bolt together, light weight, and is short enough to keep bigger items secured in the bed.
 

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Hey,

Sorry I don't check in on the forum much anymore. Didn't see your post until now.

I own a crew cab short bed. FR markets the rack under the Tacoma, but fits our truck just fine. I love it. 100% bolt together, light weight, and is short enough to keep bigger items secured in the bed.
Gotcha I wonder if they make one for the long bed. Guess I'll try to contact front runner. Thanks!

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I am looking to use a cargo trailer for camping. I have been looking around for different ideas to use from other people's builds to adapt to my needs. I don't need a lot of frills and I want to be able to still use it as a trailer, so I will basically use cots/airmattresses and treat it as a hard side "tent." I saw one where the guy set it up with quick releases so he could hang a couple of hammocks to sleep in for his kids.
Nifty idea. Other ideas that could be removed to keep use as a cargo trailer:
1. Install 2-3 windows with screens
2. Top vent with screen
3. Hinges in wall of trailer, as well as screw eyes to allow you to install flip-down cots, tables, bed, countertops. Hinges designed such that you lift up & out, you can remove the cot/whatever. Think like a truck tailgate. Screw eyes are anchors for chain/line to support weight of cot/table.
 

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Gotcha I wonder if they make one for the long bed. Guess I'll try to contact front runner. Thanks!

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Keep in mind the long bed is only 1 foot longer than the short bed... so a rack built for the shortbed will still fit fine, and you can either balance the difference between the front & the rear or just give yourself a bit more space at the back for tall stuff...
 

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Nifty idea. Other ideas that could be removed to keep use as a cargo trailer:
1. Install 2-3 windows with screens
2. Top vent with screen
3. Hinges in wall of trailer, as well as screw eyes to allow you to install flip-down cots, tables, bed, countertops. Hinges designed such that you lift up & out, you can remove the cot/whatever. Think like a truck tailgate. Screw eyes are anchors for chain/line to support weight of cot/table.
These ideas will all be part of what I am planning, but I will not be doing all of them at once due to funds. I will start with insulating the trailer, adding a bench in the front for workspace/cooking area, and roof vents. Possibly windows as well while the interior is already stripped for the insulation. Cots, tables, etc will all be later as I decide what I really need.
 
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