At a time when RV builders are addressing the downsized market, others are taking a different tack. Chalet RV (www.chaletrv.com) deals mainly in the lightweight RV world, but it recently released an all-new triple-slideout truck camper that’s positioned among the largest such models available today.
Chalet’s new TS-116 triple slide camper features a floorplan that is not uncommon for this kind of camper. Entry is via a side-mounted door out back. The aft wall has a sofa/bed in a nearly wall-to-wall slideout, curbside forward of the entry door the galley moves out in a slideout, and opposite, streetside, there’s a large U-shaped dinette and refrigerator sharing slideout space.
Access to the fore-and-aft oriented queen bed is via a streetside “hall” and the roomy dry bath is self-contained in a curbside enclosure. The net result is an open floor space that seems more like a trailer or small Class C motorhome in scope.
The camper is in a package that’s 20-feet long with an 11-foot 6-inch floor and 6-foot 6-inch interior ceiling height. It’s a full 8-feet wide, which is normal for most RVs but big for a camper.
As explained by Gordon White, publisher of Truck Camper Magazine (www.truckcampermagazine.com), “At one point we had five adults in the TS-116 sitting and walking around. We were all comfortable and no one was in another’s personal space. It’s difficult to convey the sense of space in this camper, even with our wide-angle lens photography. You’ll have to trust us when we say that the TS-116 is one very open feeling truck camper.”
Chalet accomplishes the open floor space, without any wheel well-intrusion compromises, by placing the entire floor above the bedside rail height. That allows the slideouts to move fully to the outside walls with no interior space compromises.
According to a Chalet spokesman, the triple-layer laminated floor is “so strong you could almost drive a car on it.” That floor forms the backbone of a structurally sound camper.
Naturally, customers can choose from a wide variety of luxury and functional options, and the TS-116 starts at $37,999.