Frequently Asked Questions

Our focus is to build a lightweight, low maintenance, truck camper that is durable enough to withstand the demands of the outdoor enthusiast by getting back to basics with a few modern conveniences.  How do we accomplish that?

  • Incorporate standard composite boatbuilding techniques
  • Compact size for easy transport and container shipment
  • Comfortable interior design for all-inclusive living
  • Maximum storage capacity for multi-use adventures
  • Component systems designed for year-round use & ease of use
  • Quick link attachments & fast-jacks for efficient mounting/dismounting
  • 2 basic designs: empty shell, and full or mid-sized complete unit both designed for a flatbed pickup truck

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes your camper unique?

Port-Lite campers are molded as a single unit of fiberglass and foam making them more durable than typical campers.  There is no internal frame, no mechanical fasteners holding the walls together, there are simply no unnecessary connection points to fail, leak or otherwise maintain. And all the fixed elements in the camper are molded in the same manner as the shell.  The structural integrity of the finished product reduces maintenance issues and extends the life of the product.

What’s this thing made of?

The construction of the camper consists of a combination of glass fibers, rigid foam and vinyl ester resins. Structural components are reinforced with carbon fiber.  The final product is gel-coated, painted and/or vinyl-wrapped.

What do you mean “composite”?

The use of the word “composite” when referring to the structure and manufacturing of our camper refers solely to fiberglass, carbon fiber, and resin raw materials and methods.

How are they made?

We use a closed molded/vacuum infusion process for all the parts, which is environmentally friendly and safe for our workers.

What kind of foam do you use?

Recycled plastic bottles, seriously! We do strive to make conscious eco-friendly decisions in our choice of materials, products and vendors. Our insulation is a high density, rigid foam made from recycled bottles.

What’s your R-Value?

The roof and floor are around an R-10 and the walls are around R-7.  Of course, the overall R-Value of the camper can vary.

How do I fix it?

Cosmetic repairs are typically minor and can be easily remedied by a DIY type of customer or local boatyard.  In the rare event of significant damage, seek a professional composites repair technician.

Do you make slide-in campers?

Not at this time. The campers are designed to connect to standard mid or full-sized flatbeds. We believe a flatbed creates a more versatile utility vehicle. Flatbeds are included in the cost of the camper. 

Is the truck included?

No. Customers are expected to already own a truck and will be given instruction on proper camper connection, removal and storage. 

Do you install the flatbed?

No. Our flatbed manufacturer has a web of authorized professionals around the country that can swap out your truck bed with our flatbed.

What if I already have a flatbed?

We will provide a mounting kit and instructions to you.  You are wholly responsible for installing the mounting kit to your vehicle.

Can I get an empty one to build out the interior myself?

Yes, we do sell empty shells to individuals for personal use only.  We do not sell to other camper manufacturers.

Can you move the toilet or cabinets?

No. Customization, at this point, is limited to color and fabric to ensure that costs can be managed, product can be delivered in a timely manner, and price can remain affordable.  We also have a few systems upgrades. 

Can you do a large pass thru?

No. We can offer an 18”x23” weathertight door for a small crawl thru option with a bellows to connect to the cab of your truck.

Do you offer a North/South bed?

Not at this time.

Can I get a propane cooktop?

We don’t use propane for several reasons – safety, efficiency, cost, condensation and accessibility.

Why Diesel?

One stop fuel stop. Diesel doesn’t explode. More BTUs for your buck!

What’s an L-Track?

It’s a load rated track system designed for mounting many different accessories with a very high working load limit.  (specifically used in the aerospace industry)

What kind of solar panels do you use?

SIGs…What the heck is that? It is a flexible solar panel made from coal ash that is highly efficient at low sun angles and each cell is independently routed to ensure the whole panel isn’t destroyed with one little scratch. We fully expect you to go driving through the woods.

What kind of heating system is in it?

We use forced hot water fueled by a diesel boiler.

Do you offer air conditioning?

Yes.  We offer a high voltage unit and a low voltage split unit.  Each have unique power requirements that may affect other systems options.

Do you ship them?

Yes. They fit in a standard shipping container.  You can also pick up your pre-ordered camper from our shop in Maine.

How do I order one?

Contact us for an initial quote.  Then click the Pre-order button on the model you want. Submit your placeholder fee. Complete your order specifications with one of our reps and sign a build contract.