Truck campers and truck camper systems require regular maintenance. This section is designed to help you know what needs to be maintained, and how to maintain it. Our Ask the Expert series asks truck camper industry experts for their advice on maintaining everything from camper seals to camper electrical systems. The Truck Camper Academy gets into the technical aspects of batteries, air springs, and more.


RV Solar Systems Charged and Challenged
Bryan Appleby, aka the Xtreme Boondocker, reveals hard-earned lessons on solar panel systems, debunks battery and solar myths, and offers some battery bank best practices.

Camper Batteries 101: The Basics
Jim Tomblin is a truck camper.  With his deep knowledge of both electronics and truck camping, we talked him about camper batteries and truck camper electrical systems.  He is our go to guy with any camper electrical question.

Camper Batteries 102: Digital Multimeters and Trimetric Meters
In this article, Jim Tomblin gets more in-depth about batteries and introduces us to using digital multimeters and trimetric meters with our campers.

Truck Camper Propane System Upgrades
Truck Camper Magazine makes some critical safety changes to the propane tanks and systems in an eleven year old truck camper.  What is that nasty black liquid dripping from the regulator?

Truck Camper Holding Tank Systems
TCM asks Paul Harris, Lance Camper's General Manager of Customer Service, about how to properly use and maintain truck camper holding tank systems.

Truck Camper Electrical Systems
TCM asks A.J. Rosenbrock, Assistant Plant Manager at Travel Lite, about truck camper electrical systems and the five sources of truck camper power.

Thetford Cassette Toilet Systems
Truck Camper Magazine asks Rex Willett, Vice President of Northstar Campers, about Thetford cassette toilets, the advantages of cassette toilet systems, and their proper maintenance.


How To Inspect and Repair Camper Seals
Truck Camper Magazine removes decals, deoxidizes filon, caulks, seals, and SealTech tests their eleven year old truck camper.  Is that a ghost?

Routine RV Water Heater Maintenance
Suburban or Atwood, here’s how to flush, winterize, and generally maintain your camper’s water heater.  Ever experienced that rotten egg smell?  Here’s how to solve that, too.

Replacing RV LP, CO, and Smoke Detectors
We found expired LP, CO, and smoke detectors in our camper and replaced them.  Here’s how, and why it’s so important.  This is no joke folks, carbon monoxide kills way too many RVers.

Maintaining Happijac Tie-Downs and Turnbuckles
Truck Camper Magazine asks Don Payne, Happijac’s Product Manager, about the proper use and maintenance of Happijac’s tie-downs and turnbuckles.

Maintaining Happijac Camper Jacks
Truck Camper Magazine asks Don Payne, Happijac’s Product Manager, about the proper use and maintenance of Happijac camper jacks.

Truck Camper Slide Mechanism Use and Maintenance
TCM asks Doug Karr, Northwood Manufacturing’s truck camper expert, about the use and maintenance of camper slide mechanisms.  It's electric!  Boogie woogie woogie.

Maintaining Rieco-Titan Camper Jacks

Truck Camper Magazine asks Doug Bakker, Product Designer for Rieco-Titan Products, about the proper use and maintenance of Rieco-Titan camper jacks.

Propane System Maintenance and Safety
Bill Ward, Owner of Hallmark RV, helps to demystify the safe use of propane and propane systems in a truck camper.  Crack the petroleum, it’s a gas!

Maintaining Camper Seals
Truck Camper Magazine asks Mike Kernagis, Service Manager at Palomino RV, about how to properly maintain truck camper seals.  Get your caulk guns ready.



Stealth Camping With A Truck Camper
Retired law enforcement officer Bryan Appleby shares his extensive experience with stealth camping in a large truck camper rig.  No Walmart or Cracker Barrel stores necessary.

Boondocking 101: Water, Tanks, Power, and Propane
Call it boondocking.  Call it dry camping.  We call it fun, free, and a major reason why we love truck campers!  Here's boondocking expert Bob Difley on how it's done.

Extreme Boondocking and the TP Factor
Bryan Appleby takes us through the design, build, and trials of a unique truck and camper rig developed, from the ground up, for full-time living off-road, and off-the-grid.

Beach Camping 101
Life long beach camper Mike Layton walks us through the basics of truck camping on the beach.  It's time to air down, take it slow, and point the truck to the ocean waves.

How To Go Truck Camping On The Beach
Bob Gray on required beach equipment, beach driving, beach protocols, beach fishing, beach friends, and recommended post beach rig cleaning.  First tip: Zip Wax everything.


SumoSprings 101: Paul Gibson of SuperSprings
Paul Gibson of SuperSprings explains the benefits of SumoSprings and compares their performance with SuperSprings and traditional air springs.

Air Springs 101: Paul Gibson of SuperSprings
After more than forty-five years in the air spring industry, Paul Gibson of SuperSprings sets the record straight on air spring technology for truck campers.

GEAR INSTALL: Hellwig Sway Bar
Hellwig team members Dave Wheeler and Justin Strasser install a Hellwig sway bar on our 1998 Dodge 3500 truck.  But first, our whole rig gets a lift.