TRUCK CAMPER TECH
The Tech section is designed to help you learn more about your truck camper and to find out what needs to be maintained, and how to maintain it.
TRUCK CAMPER SYSTEMS
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 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.
TRUCK CAMPER MAGAZINE'S PROJECT CAMPER
Installing An Air Conditioner
TCM installs a low profile Coleman Mach 8 RV air conditioner on their project camper. Step one was figuring out how to get the 90 pound unit on the roof.
Installing A Solar Panel System
Truck Camper Magazine installs a 150 watt Zamp solar panel system on their project camper and takes a big step towards cutting the cord and camping off-the-grid.
Installing A Solar Controller
For Part 2, Truck Camper Magazine and Team Emerick install the Zamp Controller, finish the install, and test the solar system. Then TCM kills two batteries, and learns an expensive lesson.
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?
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.
The Best Apps, Maps, and GPS Systems for Truck Campers
Truck Camper Magazine readers reveal their navigational preferences; maps, GPS devices, and smartphone apps. Don’t miss Janet Carter’s window-tossed GPS, and Tracy Schuster’s cartoon.
Inverter Set-Ups For Truck Campers
Readers reveal their portable and installed inverter systems including brands, usage, and experience.
Bed Liners For Truck Campers
We asked TCM readers if they have a truck bed liner for their truck camper rig. We also asked if the bed liner they have impacts loading, unloading, or any other facet of using your truck camper.
Essential Truck Camping Tools Revealed
After 89 readers responded with their essential tool box items, we can pronounce the number one most important tool for all of truck camping; duct tape! Here are over 445 truck camping tools for your consideration.
Replacement Fuel Tanks: Is More Fuel Foolish?
Sixty-five readers responded to the question, “Would you consider, or do you already have, a replacement fuel tank system?” with stories, pictures, and explanations.
Recommended LED Lights for Truck Campers
Thirty-two readers share their bright ideas about LED lights for truck campers. This week’s Question of the Week was, “What LED light products have you tried with your truck camper, and what do you think of them?”
How To Wash A Truck Camper Rig
Fifty Truck Camper Magazine readers reveal the soaps, waxes, tools, and techniques they use to clean their truck campers. Who knew we kept our campers so clean?
TRUCK CAMPER MAINTENANCE
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.
TRUCK CAMPER ACADEMY
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.
TRUCK CAMPER GEAR
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.