With Black Friday arriving this week, Angela and I have been preparing our holiday wish lists. It just so happens that Angela and I are also spending our early winter purging the living daylights out of our house. The last thing we need or want is more stuff. So what do we do?
“Well, what about truck camper stuff?” Angela said. “We can ask Santa for stuff for our new-to-us camper!”
This led to a conversation where we wondered what other truck camper owners wanted for the holidays. That’s when I said, “Why don’t we pretend we’re like the North Pole of truck campers and have everyone send us their holiday truck camper wish lists?”
For a graphic, I had visions of putting antlers on our cat Harley and decorating our rig in Christmas lights, but thought better of it moments later.
This week’s Question of the Week is, “What do you want for your truck camper and truck camping lifestyle this holiday season?” We’ll publish everyone’s items this Friday and help stoke the Black Friday madness.
Here are 10 items from our holiday truck camping wish list:
Now that we own our camper, we can hang things up. We have heard from numerous truck camper owners that 3M Command Hooks are the way to go as they are easy to install, and easy remove without leaving a mark. They also come in a variety of colors and styles.
After Bryan Appleby’s excellent Personal Safety for Truck Campers series earlier this year, bear spray was put on our list.
It’s time to get rid of my yellow plastic toolbox. I’m done heading, “Is that a Fisher Price?” from the knucklehead camper next door. No, I’m not getting a heavy stainless steel monster box like too many folks I know carry in their rig. Although yellow and black like my current box, this DeWalt looks the business, and offers better organization and capacity without the weight of a metal box.
Another tool we have seen everywhere during out truck camping adventures is a multi-tool. I know one individual who wears one on his belt everyday, and seems to use it for just about everything. Honestly, I don’t know why he puts it away. He might as well have it installed like Captain Hook. After seeing how useful it is, I want one too.
I hate being cold. In fact, there’s almost nothing I love less than a cold bathroom in the morning; especially when taking a truck camper Navy shower. While our camper has ducted heat to the bathroom, it doesn’t seem to do the job. When we’re plugged-in, I can use a small ceramic heater to safely and quickly heat the dry bath. When we’re off-grid, I can use this Mr. Heater product. It will also be great when we’re off-grid and just need to take the chill off the camper without hitting the batteries.
Long time reader, Tom Emerick, recently told me that everyone with a truck camper should have one of these. Campgrounds sometimes have poor power that can, in some situations, damage your truck camper appliances including your refrigerator, air conditioner, and anything plugged into 110 volts. This line meter plugs into an interior truck camper outlet and quickly tells you if the power is safe for your truck camper. If the meter points in the green area, you’re good. If the meter points in a red area, unplug your truck camper immediately. It’s that simple, and could save you a lot of time and money on the road.
Our truck camper’s fire extinguisher is ten years old, and prudence dictates replacing it. Not exactly something you can’t wait to unwrap, but it’s a necessity.
We have the first edition of this book, and it’s been a fantastic and inspirational resource for our travels in the United States. This is a no brainer with pictures, descriptions, and maps showing where to go and what you will see. There’s also a Kindle version for those who don’t want the bulk of a large hardback in their rig. Highly recommended.
We buy a new Rand McNally Road Atlas every year. It’s a staple in our truck and camper and a key component to our travel planning at home as well. I know your GPS is great, but don’t ever leave home without at least one good road atlas. This one is our choice.
We often need to look somewhat presentable right out of our truck camper. Most truck camper owners don’t work shows or meet fellow business owners on the road, but we do. This little iron could make us a little less wrinkled.