Truck-Camper-Lifestyle-Stories-2014

 

TRUCK CAMPER LIFESTYLE STORIES

More than anything else, Truck Camper Magazine is about the truck camper community and our passion for the truck camping lifestyle. This is why you'll find more lifestyle stories than any other kind of content in Truck Camper Magazine. We hope that you love reading these stories as much as we love writing them.


Eagle Cap to the Track
What happens when you have an Eagle Cap 1160 double-slide camper, a Ram 5500 truck and custom storage bed, and a 1984 BMW 318i track car?  Fasten your seat belts.

The Open Road of Life
Balancing work and play, Editor Erika Hokanson and her Akitas set out from New Hampshire in a Northern Lite seeking freedom, adventure, and the wonders of the West.

Tug Pug and Truck Camper
Rob Sampson tows a tugboat behind his Toyota Tundra and Four Wheel Camper Raven Rig.  At his side, Winnie the Pug is ready for adventure, by land, or by sea.

Avion: Restoring An American Classic
D.Gorton shares his story of restoring a 1967 Avion C-10 truck camper and returning it to the American road.  In 2014, the Avion has already traveled 7,000 miles.

Truck Camping San Antonio Missions
TCM explores San Antonio including The Alamo, River Walk, and the Spanish frontier missions.  We were also pumped and flushed to visit the world famous Toilet Seat Museum.

HD VIDEO: Dirt Every Day Goes Truck Camping
Fred Williams, Host of Dirt Every Day, takes out a 2014 GMC Sierra by Rancho Suspension and a Four Wheel Camper Hawk.  Don’t forget Batman, Baxster, and Lulu.

The Road of Risk and Reward
In 2011, Foster Huntington was working 70 hours a week in Manhattan, longing to be outside, surfing, and free.  Then he took the risk of a lifetime.

Full-Time Truck Campers Must Be Crazy
Bryan Appleby reveals his full-time truck camping lifestyle; the good, the bad, and what many of his friends and family thought was, well… crazy.  First step, sell the house.

Fox On the Beach
Mike Manion enjoys taking his 2011 Arctic Fox 990 on the beach at Island Beach State Park and deer hunting in New Jersey and Ohio.  Time to air down and hit the sand.

2014 Mid-Atlantic Truck Camper Rally Report
After over a month on the road, we drove north from the Outer Banks to attend the ninth-annual Mid-Atlantic Truck Camper Rally from Thursday, May 1st through Sunday, May 4th.

The Thirst to Wander
Al Stebbins shares his 8,000 mile truck camping trek from the Shenandoahs, across the plains, into Idaho’s City of Rocks, and home.  Thirty-two states for one lucky dog.

2014 Texas Truck Camper Rally Report
Over sixty truck camper rigs converged on Kerrville, Texas for the second annual Texas Truck Camper Rally.  If you think you’ve seen everything that happens at a truck camper rally, think again.

Camping Catch as Catch Can
After a bad tenting experience, Chris Adams and his wife, Michelle, discovered CampLite truck campers and never looked back.  Hop in Ella and Lucy.  Four Corners, or bust!

Work Camping In a Truck Camper
Doris and Mark Bluth live in their 2012 Northern Lite 10-2 RR Dry Bath five months a year work camping and exploring various government owned parks and campgrounds.  And they do it all propane free.

Rig, Rod, and Roll
With his Phoenix Custom Camper, Mitch Kistner has his sights set on making it to the Bassmaster Elite Series, one professional fishing tournament at a time.  Go Mitch!

Off-the-Grid With Santa Claus
Jeff Casey’s kids were thrilled to discover presents from Santa Claus in the back of their truck on Christmas morning.  It was six degrees outside.  Don't miss Jeff's mods!

A Six-Pac Camper Renovation
Ken “Bear” Iddins of Buffalo Hats reveals his unique eight-foot Six-Pac shell model with an extremely custom, tricked-out, and modified interior.  Are those really stained glass windows?

A Man of Many Hats
Ken “Bear” Iddins of Buffalo Hats has traveled 163,000 miles in his custom Six-Pac truck camper rig making custom western hats.  He also researches Bigfoot (aka Wildman).

Always Ready to Go Truck Camping
Rich and Joanne Bain keep their truck camper at their house, plugged-in, stocked-up, and ready to go truck camping anytime, anywhere, and in any season.

Triple Slide on the Wild Side
What happens when you take a triple-slide Chalet TS116 truck camper to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota?  Good times.

Comfort and the Beast
After hiking across the United States with her husband, Karen Clark discovered the comfort of a Hallmark K2 and the power of a Ford F350 beast.  Rock on.

Northstar To NASA: A Kennedy Space Center Experience
Truck Camper Magazine visits NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, camps at Jetty Park, and almost gets run over by three cruise ships.  Look out Potato Sack!

Truck Camping Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
What happens when two dozen truck camping adults go to Lake Buena Vista, Florida, stay at Fort Wilderness Resort, and explore the theme parks at Disney World?  A moon shot.

Truck Campers Can Fly
What has two slides, a washing machine, scooter, and a remote controlled Quadcopter with HD video?  It’s a Bird.  It’s a Plane.  Look out America!  It’s the Coushaines!

How a $5 Part Turned Into a $40K Triple-Slide
Let this be a cautionary tale for husbands who innocently take their wives along to buy a $5 part at a dealership that happens to have luxury truck campers in stock.  You’ve been warned.

Rough Roads to Boondock Fox
Bill and Deane Uthman share forty-five years of coast-to-coast camping including favorite National and State Park destinations, off-road getaways, and stunning landscape photography.

Truck Camping with the Ancients
In the cold grasp of winter, Tom Watson and his wife, Sue, set out in their Alaskan Camper to photograph the Pueblo architecture of Mesa Verde and the southwest.

One Northstar Leads to Another
Inspired by family members with a Northstar TC650, Carol and Mark Wegner bought their own Northstar TC650.  Now the two Northstars lead each other to fun and adventure.

Rikki Rockett and the Rockett Raptor
How does the drummer from Poison, an American band that sold over 45 million records, wind up off-road and off-the-grid in a Ford Raptor and Phoenix Custom Camper rig?

Skip Bosley’s California Expedition
To celebrate their fifty year wedding anniversary, Skip and Linda Bosley follow the Lewis and Clark trail, get their kicks on Route 66, and rediscover the American West.

Chevy Avalanche Gets A Custom Camper
A Phoenix Custom Camper for a Chevy Avalanche takes Joel Bingham and his family back to the future.  This story proves that truck campers can be time machines.

2013 Gettysburg North-East Jamboree Report
Thanks to Lee and Beth Lee, and Mike and Cathie Tassinari, the 2013 Gettysburg North-East Jamboree was, once again, a huge success.  Don’t miss Marcia Cunney’s amazing pictures.

Exploring Canada's Backcountry
Pat and Brian Pilat take their Hallmark K2 deep into Canada’s wilderness searching for gold mines, ghost towns, and more.  Get lost, and find what you’re looking for.

Four Season Truck Camping in Southern California
San Diego resident Nolan Sturgeon takes his family and Eagle Cap camper to the Pacific Ocean, Anza Borrego Desert, and Mount Laguna.  Don’t miss Nolan’s top Southern California picks.

Empty Nest Alaskan Quest
Dave and Nancy Carvalho sold their fifth wheel and journeyed 3,000 miles cross-country to pick-up their custom eight foot 2013 Alaskan Camper, the perfect truck camper for them.

Get A Camper, Start A Rally, and Go
Doug Baughman tells us about his custom Northstar Arrow 8.5 flatbed, how he used it as a snowplow, his many mods, and plans for the Midwest Truck Camper Rally.

Truck Camper Keeps Marriage on Track
When Bruce and Kathy Allison park their 2012 Adventurer 910FBS, roll out their race cars, and put on their helmets, the marriage is off until the checkered flag flies.

A Truck Camping Mission of Love
US Army Veteran Kent Phyfe and his service dog Iris travel to America’s VetDogs events in their CampLite 5.7 to help raise money for fellow military veterans in need of a guide or service dog.

Truck Campers Escape the Rat Race
Dave and Cindy Gilbert escaped the rat race to live full-time, footloose and fancy free, in a truck camper.

Mark Marano: Roam Free
With his Ford EcoBoost and Four Wheel Keystone pop-up camper, Mark explores nature from coast to coast, working from the road as he travels.

City Slickers Toss the Trailer
Washington DC residents David and Jenney Kiel took their travel trailer to Utah and discovered two things.  First, pop-up truck campers rule.  And second, the travel trailer had to go.

Bonnie and Mike Pascucci: 2012 Torklift International Treasure Hunt Winners
Bonnie and Mike Pascucci won the 2012 Torklift International Treasure Hunt grand prize; a seven-day all-expenses paid adventure to Alaska in a Northern Lite 9-6Q. 

From Alaska To The Lower Forty-Eight
Henry and Charlotte travel Alaska and the Lower Forty-Eight every year visiting friends and family, ATVing, boating, and fishing, from coast-to-coast.  Want to know the best Alaska route?

It’s All About the Toys
Tim and Ginger Burk urge us to hit the off-road truck camping fun button with a go cart, canoe, tricked-out Suzuki Samurai, and dune buggy.  Don’t forget the Shitzu!

Hallmark Mountain High
After getting his first Hallmark truck camper, Matthew Bernier decided to take on a quick winter crossing of Engineer Pass.  Two days later, he emerged on the other side.

Sailing the States with a Truck Camper
The Hannas tow a twenty-five foot Catalina sailboat behind their 2012 Travel Lite 1000 SLRX Ultra truck camper.

Assateague Island National Seashore
Forty years of stories, wisdom, and advice are shared about Assateague National Seashore, one of the most rewarding truck camping destinations on Earth. 

Michele Sprague: Adventures In Photography
Husband and wife team Mark and Michele launched a successful Colorado wedding photography business and a truck camping lifestyle full of freedom, independence, and discovery.  Dare to dream.

Retire Young and Have Fun
Jim Bursen retired at age fifty and hit the road to freedom.  That was 1991.  Now in his second Alaskan Camper, Jim’s still having fun, twenty-three years later.

Building the Perfect Truck Camping Beast
From their home in Juneau, Alaska, Kim and Dan Rounsley designed their ideal camper rig including a Ford F550, Arctic Fox 990S, and a custom Douglass Truck Body.

How to Run a Truck Camper Rally
Mike Tassinari of the North-East Truck Camping Jamboree shares his hard-earned experience and advice on how to run a successful camper rally.  It all starts with a campground.

Winter Camping Tips
Bruce and Kim Scott (Spott) share their winter truck camping advice from staying warm, to driving and towing in winter conditions, to hiking, sledding, and a crock pot.

Four Custom Phoenix Camper Stories
Larry Bowman, Jeff and Bobbi Buck, John and Carol Small, and Kathleen Metcalf share their custom Phoenix Camper builds, and the equally unique truck camping adventures that followed.

Putting Together a Flatbed Truck Camper
Richard and Karen Parsons share their story of assembling a 2012 Northstar American Hero flatbed truck camper with a 2012 Chevy Silverado 3500HD crew cab flatbed dually truck.

Secret Mission: The Sunshine State
Skip Bosley shares insider tips on Florida boondocking, state park reservation strategies, and taking grandkids to the Magic Kingdom.  It’s a top secret mission to the Sunshine State!

Andy Elliott: Inheriting the Truck Camper Itch
Andy Elliott’s grandfather shared his passion for truck camping adventure until finally Andy couldn’t take it anymore.  Now Andy’s family is hooked on truck camping.

Aaron Barber: Shooting Off Road
Find out how Aaron Barber found himself deep in the Kootenays seriously considering shooting the tires out of an Alaskan Camper rig driving in the distance.  Stop, thief!

Dan McKinnon: Pop-Up and Ride On
After surviving the loss of his wife of fifty-three years, Dan McKinnon picked himself up, bought a pop-up truck camper, and set out across the country.  The road magic followed.

Denise Hupé: Rock On and Roll Out
Denise Hupé and her husband set out from Quebec seeking out new truck camping experiences, and rocks for Inuksuk sculptures.  Rack ‘em, pack ‘em and stack ‘em!

Orian Hartviksen: Minus 15 and Truck Camping
Down a twisty mountain side logging route deep in the cold Canadian wilderness we find Orian Hartviksen and her husband camping for free in their Northern Lite 8-11.

Anne Veres: Work and Play on Wheels
From the comfort of their Travel Lite pop-up truck camper, Anne and David Veres explore the freedom and possibilities of the open road, and make a living doing it.

Don Walker: Florida Campground Owner and Truck Camper
Truck camper Don Walker doesn't need reservations to spend his winters in a Florida campground, he owns one!  How can one guy be this lucky?

Paul Karchut: Truck Camping CBC Reporter
CBC Ski and Outdoor Reporter Paul Karchut ventures out in his Arctic Fox 990 truck camper to experience everything the Calgary outdoors, and his radio listeners, can throw at him.

The 225,000 Mile Truck Camper
Kenneth and Fran Eickhoff bought a brand new Four Wheel Camper Grandby in 1986.  Twenty-six years and 225,000 miles later, they’re still going strong.

Bruce Rife: From Alaska to Denver to Nepal
This is the story of Bruce Rife, a man from Alaska who discovered his dream camper in Denver and ended up in a Hallmark Nepal.

Two Adults, Three Kids, and One Truck Camper
Dean, Kim, J.C., Hunter, and Madelyn Geisenhaver climbed aboard their Lance 1030 for a cross-country family trip through the West none of them will ever forget.

The Joy of Truck Camper Cooking
WARNING: This article contains detailed descriptions and sumptuous photography of delicious food prepared in a truck camper.  Gourmet anywhere!  Bon appetit.

Hellwig Goes to Yosemite, OX12, and the Grand Canyon
Melanie White, Marketing Manager for Hellwig Products, takes her family out truck camping for the first time in a Ford and Lance Camper rig.

Are Truck Campers Kid Friendly?
We often hear at RV shows that truck campers are not well suited for families with kids.  As Aunt Angela and Uncle Gordon, we put that assumption to the test.

Brian Aberle: From Bear to Plan B
Inspired by a nearby bear while tent camping, Brian Aberle stepped up to a custom Phoenix truck camper.  It’s Plan B, Brian’s working vacation escape vehicle.

Jack and Joann Purdy: 2011 Torklift International Treasure Hunt Winners
Jack and Joann Purdy won the 2011 Torklift International Treasure Hunt grand prize; a seven day truck camping vacation in Canada.  Here’s their lucky story.

Small Camper Big Life
With a telescope and two kayaks, Lee and Bonnie cross the country in their Four Wheel Camper searching for night sky, a place to paddle, and the sounds of nature.

Truck Camping Jamboree Lobstah Bash
What happens when you get thirty-six truck campers, eighty-one lobsters, and twelve pounds of butter in the same place at the same time?  Four days of shenanigans!

A Northstar Downunder: Up Over and Right Again
From Australia comes a cautionary tale of what happens when a truck and camper are not properly secured with modern tie-downs and turnbuckles.

Jeff Hogue: VW Truck Camper
After years camping in Westfalia camper vans, Volkswagen technician Jeff Hogue assembled a VW DoKa truck with a Palomino pop-up truck camper.

Natty and Trey’s Big Adventure
If there’s one take away from Natty and Trey’s incredible story, it’s this; you can’t run away from real life.  Nor can you allow that fact to stop you from pursuing your dreams.

Stu and Karla Dekkenga: Ziplines, Grizzlies, and Glacier
With two kayaks strapped to the roof of their Northstar TC650, Stu and Karla Dekkenga seek out off-road opportunities and discover their fair share of bear.

Keith and Nancy Rivers: Discovering Road Magic
Things happen on the road that not only change our course, but change our lives.  For truck campers, this seems to happen more often than not.  The Rivers know why.

Alex Paquin: The Phoenix Elvis Wong Special Edition
If someone said you were “Wonging” you might take offense.  That is unless you’re Alex Paquin, and it’s so right to be Wong.  Clearly, Elvis has left the pavement.

The Schusters: Zoom Zooming, Jeep Jeeping, Truck Camping Away
As some folks reach retirement, they put on the brakes and ease back on the gas.  Not Tracy and Steve Schuster.  Brakes off, gas on, and go, go, go!

Bill Tex: One Unforgettable Family Adventure
Bill and Lorinda Tex take their son West to experience the National Parks.  Upon their return, Hurricane Irene strikes.  Lights out.  Family Emergency Vehicle on!

Don and Lucy Seijas: Carving Up The Road
Don and Lucy watched in horror as a flat bed tow truck dragged their camper across the pavement.  This sparked the need for a new camper.

Two Whites Go Treasure Camping
Truck Camper Magazine goes truck camping with two White’s metal detectors, three old houses, our 2012 Travel Lite 1000 SLRX, and visions of gold and silver.  Beep beep.  Dig it!

Full-Time With the Funks
If you have ever thought about going full time in a truck camper, Jerry and Judy Funk’s story may send you over the edge.  It’s time to full-time with the Funks!

Guy Dalphond: Truck Camping For Work and Play
Mobile office by day, stealthy hotel room by night, Guy Dalphond’s Northern Lite is an essential tool for his consulting business.  It’s also a social seeking party machine.

David and Molly Niven: On the Road Again
David and Molly Niven show us how free and versatile the truck camping lifestyle can be from fishing Montana’s rivers, to exploring the civil war battlefields, and beyond.

Larry Bluhm: Earthquake Truck Camper Escape
In 1989, Larry Bluhm was getting ready to watch the World Series when disaster struck.  Lucky for Larry, his truck camper was ready to go.

Rose and Gary Kindon: From Crash to Camper Again
After renting a truck and camper three times, Rose and Gary Kindon finally bought their first truck camper.  Then disaster struck.  Phone pole, meet camper.

Greg Vernovage: From Gold to Everest to Truck Camper
After coaching Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana to win gold at the 2000 Olympic Summer Games, there’s no mountain high enough for Greg Vernovage.

Dan Spedding: Fly Fishing Across America
When the final June school bell rings, high school teacher Dan Spedding hits the road in his Lance Camper, fly rods ready to go.

Stephn Lewis: Two People, Two Cats, One Four Wheel Camper
If there’s anything truck campers often like more than their campers, it’s their pets.  Stephn Lewis and his wife, Lee, give us their pointers on truck camping with pets.

Rodger and Arlene Brill: A Delicious Truck Camping Recipe for Two
Light the campfire and break out the cast iron Dutch Ovens.  It’s time to cook like the cowboys do.  Just don’t burn your biscuits!

Thumbs Up in Michigan: Our Palomino Maverick Max 2902 Experience
With a 2011 Palomino Maverick Max 2902, we explore Michigan’s thumb and the shores of Lake Huron.  We discover piers, lighthouses, and some seriously delicious shakes.

Jack Dykinga: Images Born in Inclement Weather
Pulitzer prize winning landscape photographer Jack Dykinga is back with more stunning photography he took while boondocking in the desert with his Four Wheel Camper.

Hot, Hot, and Away: Our Northstar Escape Pod 750 Experience
It all started when we drove into a field with a Northstar Escape Pod 750 to join the North-East Truck Camping Jamboree.  Then things got hot, ballooned, and exploded.

Catherine Porrier and Lori Miller: Just Roll With It
It’s time to make a fun list.  First, travel beyond cell range.  Second, find the rally party.  And third, bring as many boats as possible.  Meet Catherine and Lori.  Let the fun begin.

Karin LaPointe: Don’t Wait
After surviving cancer, Karin LaPointe discovered truck camping and the open road.  Today she’s a new woman, hungry for adventure.  Welcome to Ladies' Week 2011.

Rick Johnson: Mods, Boondocking, and Beyond
Rick Johnson boondocks from Alaska to Dinosaur, plans everything ahead, let’s the trip take him, and modifies everything to suit his needs.  Even his water is modified.

Mike Tassinari: The North-East Truck Camping Jamboree
Mike Tassinari takes us behind the scenes of the North-East Truck Camping Jamboree and tells us how to launch our own rallies.  Let’s get this rally started!

Warrior Dash: Our 2011 Lance 1050S Experience
For reasons that cannot be explained, Angela White, Editor of Truck Camper Magazine, took on the Warrior Dash.  To keep things clean, we borrowed a 2011 Lance 1050S.

Ed Krech: Truck Camper Helps Tornado Victims in Alabama
Ed Krech volunteers in Alabama with his truck camper helping victims of the April 27th tornado outbreak.  Here’s his story and some information on how we can all get involved, and help.

Mike Church: Author, Adventurer, and Truck Camper
Mike and Terri Church have published seven RV travel books including Mexico, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, and Europe.  Guess what type of RV they have?

Ken Rogman: Top Spots in Colorado
With his custom Phoenix pop-up truck camper, hiking enthusiast Ken Rogman loves camping at his favorite Colorado boondocking sites and hitting the trail.  Don't miss Ken's top spots list!

Sylvie Mathis: Doing More and Spending Less in a Truck Camper
Inspired by our truck camping experiences, I wrote the following article on how we, “Do More and Spend Less” in our Northern Lite truck camper. 

Mitch Polinsky: Soaring Like a Hawk
Mitch Polinsky loves truck camping, but his head is in the clouds.  Is he full of hot air, or has he just gone thermal?  We get to the plane truth on this soaring subject.

Dave MacQuaid: An Amerigo Camper Restoration
Everyone has a story about finding a diamond in the rough.  Maybe it was a car.  Maybe it was an antique.  Maybe it was your spouse.  For Dave, it was his truck camper.

From Hard-Side to Pop-Up: A Four Wheel Camper Experience

For the first time, Gordon and I step out of our hard-side truck camper comfort zone and enter the world of pop-up truck campers.

Tom and Heidi Baldacci: Newbie Adventure in an Adventurer
Tom and Heidi Baldacci had never been RVing, never been to California, never been to a National Park, and had never been truck camping... until now.

Lex Carstensen's Bruiser Custom Camper

What happens when a Hollywood starwagon manufacturer makes his dream truck camper after hours, on his own time, no holds barred?  Meet Lex Carstensen's Bruiser.