Kenai Ditch the Office In this New In-Bed Truck Camper?
Scout Campers launches its third and largest truck bed camper model, the Kenai.
When you look up what Kenai means, a few different things show up, including "flat lands" and "Black bear" and "our home." There's the Kenai Fjords National Park on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, 126 miles south of Anchorage. Then there's the little city of Kenai, Alaska, which is 187 miles south of Anchorage. The name has an outdoorsy ring, for sure. Added to things associated with the word Kenai is a new in-bed truck camper that embraces the pioneering spirit and may be well-suited for Alaska's back country.
The Kenai is the newest model addition to the Scout Campers lineup, joining the Olympia and Yoho (not "YOLO," sorry, kids). Even though it's bigger and packs more features than the Olympia and Yoho, at its core it is everything Scout Campers desires of its campers, with specially designed features that make it minimalistic, lightweight, practical, portable, customizable, and off-grid-able. It's a bug-out truck bed camper for the overlanding adventurer who mayâor may notâreturn to the office Monday morning.
Anyone who has ever gone down the rabbit hole of truck bed camper shopping knows how expensive even the most compact, simplistic units can be. The price attached to a tidy truck and bed camper bundle adds up quickly, and it's arguably cheaper to tow a small house than put an itty-bitty camper in the bed. With that in mind, we determined it prudent to fully deck-out a Scout Campers Kenai on the company's "Build & Price" section of the website, because all-in feels best when the nearest soul is hours away . . . and we know it's going to be expensive no matter what.
The Kenai, compatible with heavy -ton to 1-ton short and long bed pickup trucks, starts at $23,625 and has a base weight of 1,370 pounds. Since it's the largest, most lavishly equipped of the Scout Campers options, it's naturally the most expensive right out of the gate. With that base price comes an assortment of cool features: a portable Goal Zero Yeti 1500 lithium power station, a lockable gear locker, a portable Lifesaver 4.9-gallon Jerry Can with a filtration system, an L-shaped convertible lounge that converts into two single beds, an interior wardrobe, a Mud Room that has a stainless steel drain pan, HB Compass removable marine flooring, dual 10-pound propane bottles, a solar fan and lighting, a solar porch light with a motion sensor (but does it have an integrated doorbell like the Airstream?), a stainless sink and sink cover, a slide-out Queen bed, and much more.
The standard features come with bragging rights of their own, but it's the add-ons that make the Scout Kenai super drool-worthy to the outdoor adventurist. We simply went down the checklist and said heck yeah to all the options we could, because let's face it: some of these are more like necessities, and the Kenai we envision has all this stuff. Here were the options: Rhino Rack Batwing 270 degree compact awning ($878); removable camper jacks ($845); portable indoor/outdoor gas cooktop ($260); Dometic CFX3 75L fridge/freezer ($1,235); driver side and passenger side hanging storage ($416); Roost roof top tent with internal hatch access ($4,680); Newport Real Flame 4.5K BTU gas fireplace for those cold nights ($1,268); Roto Pax water packs ($300); RinseKit Plus heated, pressurized, portable shower to use in the curtained entry-way Mud Room ($423); and a Thetford Cassette Toilet that swivels outward for more leg room ($943).
To the base price of $23,625 we added $11,248 in options, for a total of $34,873 for the 7.7-foot (floor length) Scout Campers Kenai. The options added 546.7 pounds of weight, bringing the fully loaded Kenai to 1,916.7 pounds. For comparison, the 8.5-foot Lance 825 starts around $30,000 and weighs about 1,835 pounds—and one with a slide-out could start around $36,000. The Kenai is not a budget overlander, but no one asked it to be. It is, however, a competitive option in the ever-growing off-grid truck bed camper market.
The Scout Campers brand launched in April 2020 and falls under Adventurer Manufacturing, a family-owned business out of Yakima, Washington, that also owns and operates the Adventurer, Eagle Cap, and Overlander brands.