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Palomino Backpack Edition Truck Camper

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With the Palomino Backpack Edition truck campers, you can hit the road in minutes and explore! These hard and soft side campers easily fit a large variety of trucks found on the roadways today. Each offers you spacious living inside with many conveniences and comforts that you would expect to find in a larger RV.  With one of the Backpack Edition campers added to the bed of your own pick-up truck, you can also easily hook up your boat, or trailer loaded with ATVs, and take them along too!
So, for camping adventures in any place that your truck can go, or to your favorite fishing spot near the lake or stream, choose a new Palomino Backpack Edition hard or soft side truck camper and discover a whole new world of adventure! Come choose your model today!

Backpack Edition Features:

Standard Features (2018)
  • LED Interior Lighting
  • Vented Battery Box (2 Std. on Max Series)
  • Battery Quick Disconnect
  • Exterior Battery Charging Station
  • Rieco Titan® Electric Roof Lift (Soft Sides Only)
  • Ball Bearing Drawer Glides
  • "Landing Pad" Integrated Bumper (Hard Side Max Only)
  • Laminated Walkable Roof (Hard Side Only)
  • Congoleum® Flooring
  • Mortise and Tenon Walnut Hard Wood Cabinets
  • Pocket Screw Lumber Core Cabinet Stiles
  • 55" One-Piece Door (Soft Sides Only)
Palomino Construction
  • Hi-Gloss Gel Coat Fiberglass Exterior (Optional Grey Exterior)
  • High-Density Block Foam Insulation
  • Alpha Super Flex Membrane Roof
  • Plywood Substrate
  • Decorative Wall Board
  • Aluminum Framing - Fully Welded Super Structure (N/A on Soft Sides or HS-650)
  • Heated Insulated Basement
Commonly Ordered Options
  • Air Conditioning
  • White or Grey Hi-Gloss Exterior Fiberglass
  • Entry Step
  • Microwave (Hard Sides Only)
  • Side Awning w/LED Lights (Hard Sides Only)
  • Rear Awning w/LED Lights (Hard Sides Only)
  • Wireless Remote for Rico Titan® Roof Lift (Soft Sides Only)
Optional Elite Package(8801/2901/2902/2910 only)
  • Solid Surface Countertops
  • Back Up Camera
  • Motion Detection Exterior Porch Light
  • Line X® Package
  • Rear Power Awning w/LED Lights
See us for a complete list of features and available options!
All standard features and specifications are subject to change.


Palomino Camping Trailer construction began in 1968 with the dream of Mr. Vern Landey. Mr. Landey had been a tent trailer distributor for several years when he felt he could design and produce better quality units than were currently being offered to the public. He would design units which were lightweight and offered convenient floorplans at affordable prices. He began designing and producing Palomino pop-up tent trailers in a small building in Savage, Minnesota.

As demand for the Palomino grew, Mr. Landey felt it would benefit his company, Vanguard Ind., to relocate. With most manufacturers and industry suppliers located in the Elkhart, In. area the move eastward seemed logical. Vanguard Industries settled in the community of Colon in 1972. Once in Colon he began to put his plans in motion. By 1973 he had built the main production facility and within days Palomino tent trailers were rolling out the doors.

In 1976, Vanguard added its own Needle Division, in 1978 its own Metal Fabrication Plant, and has several cold storage facilities. On May 27, 1992, the primary production building and offices were destroyed by fire. By late August, 1992, the first 1993 model Palomino rolled of the line in the new 52,300 sq. ft. facility, which was built on the same site as the previous building had been.

The year 1998 continued to see expansion with the addition of a new 75,000 sq. ft. production facility, and another storage facility.  In 2002 Vanguard was purchased by Forest River, Inc. This allowed for rapid growth and the introduction of two new towable lines of travel trailers and fifth wheels, Puma and Sabre by Palomino.

In 2005, Forest River, Inc. and it's divisions were acquired by Berkshire Hathaway.  Palomino RV operates as a separate division of Forest River Inc., and has grown from humble beginnings in Minnesota to one of the top 5 RV manufacturing facilities in North America.