• Mar 30, 2011
Ford SVT Raptor with Phoenix Camper - Click above for high-res image gallery

The Ford SVT Raptor is a special kind of truck. After all, there aren't many mass production vehicles on this planet capable of performing the off-roading feats that the Blue Oval rig can do without breaking a sweat. But what happens when your trailblazing journey involves an overnight stay, and there are no Holiday Inns out in the middle of the desert?

Phoenix Campers thinks they have the answer in the form of a specially built pop-up camper unit that fits within the 5.5-foot bed of the Raptor. The snug-fitting camper top can be had in body color, complete with an extension of the digital mud available on the flanks of every Raptor. The camper features a refrigerator, three burner stove and a double sink with water tank. The main bed in the cabover portion is a full queen-size, and if out the dinette you're greeted with a blow-up queen sized bed with electric pump that measures out to a short but predictable 5.5-feet in length.

More important is the fact that this camper fits securely in the bed, giving the owner the ability to shut the tailgate for extra security. The unit is also relatively light weight, which means that this Phoenix Camper shouldn't kill the Raptor's off-road chops.

But while Phoenix Campers touts this camper's utility and sturdiness, the company can't hide the fact that this makeshift mobile home is less than appealing to the eye. But hey, if you've bought a Raptor expressly for going off-roading, you're probably more interested in the fact that this capable little pop-up camper won't do much to hamper performance.



[Source: Pickuptrucks.com | Truck Camper Magazine]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I think its alsome, a place to stay and camp.....then you can go play and have a blast.......LOVE THE PAINT TOO....yet I do not know much about any kind of engine motors...ALL AN ALL.....IF YOU LOVE THE OUTDOORS......LOOS LIKE A GREAT DEAL ;to little old me.....In WEST BY GOD ; wild and wonderful WEST VIRGINA ~
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a Phoenix Camper on my Chevy 2500 SB. No its not a Raptor, but I do alot of off roading and I can say that my camper which I have had for over a year and put over 3000 miles of rough off roads my Phoenix has handled more than I expected. It is attached to my truck using the existing load loops in my truck bed and the phoenix ratchet straps which holds the camper in the bed very well no slipping or extra movement. I also have a cab pad that goes between the camper cabover and the truck cab which helps with both the wind resistance and protects the cab from the cab over in extream movement conditions (ie: jumping. big dipps etc). most of my storage in under the bed so even with the craziness with some of the roads I have been on, I have not had to clean up any mess in the camper. It is also an aluminum frame made for off roading! I love my how I can go have my fun a the relax any where with very little set up needed!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont care what the manufacturer says, I just wouldnt trust that thing on a Raptor, were I taking it over big jumps and washboard terrain. Plus, it looks bloody awful, too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Or you could take a tent with you. Then there will be room in the bed for more fuel.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the idea is just fine. Once you get to your destination camp, you are going to unload it onto the jacks anyway so you can go bump around the dunes and have a place to sleep at night. I don't get why they didn't make it several inches longer and eliminate the tailgate. Seems like a waste to me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope the door opens inward. Otherwise your friends could borrow the keys, close the tailgate, and go for a trip with you stuck inside.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think its alsome....Great for camping and then off road; to have aBLAST.....plus its PRRU..TTY...! THEN AGAIN I DO NOT KNOW MUCH ABOUT CARS OR TRUCKS....OR ANYTHING ELSE REALLY WITH A MOTOR....lol
      Todd
      • 3 Years Ago
      I kind of like it. Its form is definitely outdone by its function. I could see where this would make sense to some people, probably a small niche.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A 5.5' bed is not terribly useful for most people.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Apparently not one of you children actually read the Truck Camper Magazine article. The owner of this Raptor doesn’t do dune hoping. He does a lot of hiking, rock hounding, and photography and uses the Raptor go get him into the remote desert spots. In all reality, the truck probably doesn’t see any more off-roading that a stock F150 could handle. The article is intended to show how flexible Phoenix Camper is with their custom building. All of their campers are custom built to order from anything from an Avalanche, Jeep Wrangler to an early ’70’s Ford Ranchero...or even a Ferd Raptor. If you want a camper and can pony up the money….they build a high quality light weight camper for anything. They are have strong but flexible aluminum frames and are very light weight. A camper like what is on the Raptor is around 800-900 lbs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yuck!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I foresee that camper shifting around way too much from bed flex and body flex during real off-roading. I'm sure some owners wouldn't be too thrilled about that camper rubbing on the truck.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is exactly my first thought as well. That front overhang is very, very close to the cab.
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