An important consideration when buying a used short-bed truck camper is ensuring the size and weight are appropriate for the truck that is going to carry it. Buyers should also check for structural integrity and make sure any appliances work.
Most people buying used truck campers already have a truck, so matching the two is important. A camper that is too heavy can damage the vehicle and be dangerous to drive. It is important to factor in the weight of the camper when it is fully loaded with gear, which can add hundreds of pounds in some cases. Checking the length of the camper is also important for short bed trucks in order to ensure the camper fits safely.
Buyers should also inspect the camper carefully before buying. Rust spots, water stains, cracks or other wear could indicate a structural problem. In some cases, it can be a safety issue, but even mild damage should be considered, as it can let in wind or water. The buyer should check the electrical wiring and any plumbing fixtures to ensure they are working properly. Windows must also be checked to ensure they open and close easily, and any blinds or curtains should be in good shape. Some damages may not be severe enough to rule out buying the truck camper, but they may be useful in negotiating the price.