GM Authority has been fielding questions from readers who want to know about fitting a slide-in camper to the Chevy Colorado midsize pickup truck or its corporate cousin, the GMC Canyon. This is, after all, possible on the full-size Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, but that’s not the case on the Colorado and Canyon midsizers.
General Motors has made this point unambiguously clear in the relevant section of the Colorado’s and Canyon’s owner’s manual: “The vehicle was neither designed nor intended to carry a slide-in camper,” it says. “Adding a slide-in camper or similar equipment to the vehicle can damage it, and the repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Do not install a slide-in camper or similar equipment on the vehicle.”
Well, nothing could be clearer than that. But this leads immediately to a supplementary question: what exactly is the problem? For the answer to that, we hand you over to Megan Soule, communications manager of Chevrolet Trucks and Full-Size SUVs.
“When we began developing the current generation Colorado‘s architecture, there was no mid-size box like ours on the market,” she explains. “So naturally, no one made a slide-in camper that was designed to fit. Because of this, we didn’t design or test the architecture for that specific accessory condition.”
Some have already fitted a slide-in camper to the Colorado, such as Outfitter Manufacturing’s Caribou Lite Camper. Even so, the use case is clearly not advisable.
What’s more, this will not change during the life cycle of the current, second-gen Colorado or Canyon, though it might not necessarily apply to their replacements. The next-generation Chevy Colorado and future GMC Canyon are expected to launch toward the end of the 2022 calendar year as 2023 model year vehicles. If GM now feels there is enough demand for the midsize pickup trucks to accommodate a slide-in camper, then the 2023 Colorado and 2023 Canyon should have it.