Obviously, these truck campers are completely ill-suited to full-time family living.

We checked them out solely for the amenities.

Three slides, ¾ bath, nicely equipped galley kitchens. It’s impressive what they’ve fitted to a truck-top camper.

Don’t be fooled, though: you’ll definitely need a full-size, 1-ton or better classed truck body for some of these. They reach 5,500 lbs and have wallet-busting price tags: $56k


What would an RV show be without the vendor area? This time I spent a few minutes at the Hobie booth checking out the new 2015 Pro Angler 14–now that’s a darn fine fishing boat.

The kids were far more interested in the Lowrance Elite 4 HDI Gold that Hobie fitted. Probably because it looks like a video game.

Oh, and that stand-up grab bar looks like a good idea. But I played around with its adjustments a bit then decided I’d probably end up bashing my hands or arms against it or using it for extra leverage to capsize the boat at the earliest opportunity.

Not shown: the Hobie guys also fitted some waterproof red and green LED strip lights to the bow and a white strip aft.