Affordable micro-camping pod serves as both truck and trailer camper

Tusca Outdoors HitchHiker Camper
Mount it onto a standard utility trailer, and the Tusca HitchHiker transforms into a simple squaredrop camping unit. Images courtesy Tusca Outdoors

In the world of outdoor adventures and camping, the quest for lightweight, versatile, and affordable shelters has led to innovative solutions that cater to the needs of explorers without compromising on comfort and durability. One such innovation comes from Tusca Outdoors, a Pennsylvania-based company known for its mobile shelters. Their latest offering, the HitchHiker Camper, stands out as a beacon of versatility and efficiency in the micro-camping world.

Initially founded in 2022 with a focus on hunting blinds, Tusca Outdoors quickly established itself as a pioneer in lightweight, durable outdoor shelters. The company’s hunting blinds are celebrated for their robust insulation, capable of warming up to 55 °F within an hour in sub-freezing temperatures, all thanks to the heat from a single candle. This impressive feature is made possible through the use of polyurea-coated EPS foam construction, a technique that Tusca realized would be perfectly suited for a camper.

The HitchHiker Camper is a testament to Tusca’s innovative approach to design and utility. Unlike traditional campers that are built around a chassis, the HitchHiker is a chassis-less, teardrop-inspired pod that offers unparalleled flexibility. It can be mounted on a utility trailer or fit snugly in the bed of a pickup truck, making it an ideal choice for various types of trips. Its lightweight design, weighing in at under 200 lb, allows for easy transportation and storage, highlighting Tusca’s commitment to convenience and mobility.

Measuring 7.5 x 4.8 x 4.4 feet, the HitchHiker is designed to fit on a standard 5 x 8-ft trailer, with the potential to be mounted on a larger flatbed for those wishing to transport additional equipment like ATVs or dirt bikes. The adaptability extends to pickup trucks, where it can be mounted with the tailgate down or removed in shorter beds, despite its width exceeding the space between the wheel wells. Tusca plans to offer a lag bolt mounting system for permanent installations, as well as integrated lateral roof rails for those preferring the flexibility of easy mounting and dismounting.

Tusca Outdoors HitchHiker Camper Weight
At 190 lb, plus the weight of the flat-top utility trailer, towing the Tusca HitchHiker is a breeze.

In terms of features, the HitchHiker embodies the essence of simplicity. It forgoes the luxury of built-in kitchens and bathrooms to maintain a low weight and cost, focusing instead on providing a secure, insulated shell that can accommodate a full-size mattress for one or two adults. Features include a lockable entry door, slider windows with screens, small ventilation vents, and a shore power hook-up, ensuring a comfortable and practical camping experience.

Tusca Outdoors HitchHiker Camper Interior Space
The HitchHiker’s interior accommodates a full-size mattress (not included), good for sleeping one or two people.

Priced at an incredibly affordable US$2,750 base price, the HitchHiker Camper presents a cost-effective solution for camping enthusiasts looking for a hard-sided, fully-insulated four-season pod. This price point is notably lower than most new pickup campers, toppers, or camping trailers on the market, making it an attractive option for those seeking value without sacrificing quality.

The HitchHiker’s debut at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, marks a significant milestone for Tusca Outdoors, with the company already offering a promotional $500 discount on preorders. This launch not only showcases Tusca’s commitment to innovation and quality but also emphasizes the growing demand for compact, versatile camping solutions that cater to a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts.

Tusca Outdoors HitchHiker Camper Lift Up
The Tusca HitchHiker can be lifted onto or off a trailer or truck by two or more people.

Source: Tusca Outdoors