Brian: It’s been a running joke between me and my wife. You hear in life there’s always Plan B if something doesn’t work out. Working in finance with the economic turmoil for the past five to six years, we feel we survived the chaos by saying we could just hop in the camper and take off if the floor fell out. We’d say, “Let’s go spend the next six months on the road. That is our Plan B.” We never resigned to our escape plan, but we still hold on to our plan B.
When we’re at a gas station folks would jokingly ask, “Whatever happened to Plan A?” Our answer is that, “Everyday is Plan A”. Plan B is our alternate life. It’s something that helps us escape.
TCM: Anything else that you’d like to share about your truck camping experiences?
Brian: Find a vehicle that supports your own escape plan. Few people dream of escaping their lives only to be shoulder to shoulder with an RV. When people dream up getting a truck camper, they are probably not thinking of hanging out with fifty foot RVs with generators. Folks daydream of getting away from it all. I strongly encourage people to do just that. Pick a place on a map and head there.
|BRIAN ABERLE’S TRUCK CAMPER RIG|
|Truck: 2009 Toyota Tacoma, crew cab, single rear wheel, standard bed, 4×4, gas|
|Camper: 2010 Phoenix custom camper|
|Tie-downs and Turnbuckles: Phoenix tie-downs/turnbuckles|
|Suspension Enhancements: Firestone Airbags|
|Gear: Yakima track that runs the full length of the camper, can have 15 feet of gear on the roof, Yakima bars, cargo box for kayaks, bikes, etc., gas lifts on the inside for the pop-up to go up easily|