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TCM: That’s a good deal, especially if the information is accurate.  You go to music festivals every October and March with your truck camper.  Tell us about them.

Dan: I started going to music festivals by myself in 1999 and tent camped on the ground.  I decided I was too old for that.

Once we got the travel trailer, I started camping at the same music festivals every year and met more people.  There is a group of us, along with my son and I, who all camp together.  There are three or four stages and you can’t see and hear everything, so we all pick and choose things we want to go to.  Everyone is on their own, but we’re there together and share food and have campfires together.  It starts Thursday afternoon and ends Sunday night.

Tonight I’m actually going to a benefit concert in Tampa.  I called and asked if I could spend the night in their parking lot with my truck camper after the concert ends and they said yes.  My truck camper is great for short trips.

My son in Orlando has a couple parties every year with a band and lots of friends.  I stay in the camper and go to bed when I want to.  I don’t have to worry about anyone else.  I read in Truck Camper Magazine that you can go visit people in a truck camper and not put people out, so I can spend the night with my own bed, toilet, stove, and refrigerator.

I can pack up my truck camper within a few hours and be off somewhere.  If I ever have to evacuate from a hurricane, my truck camper is ready to go.  The travel trailer was always in storage, but my truck camper is in the driveway all the time.  I have a beat up Toyota that I drive everywhere, so my truck camper can stay on the truck.

TCM: What’s your next planned truck camping adventure?

Dan: I want to go into Utah and Wyoming next summer.  I would also like to get back to Maine and Nova Scotia again.  I’m trying to trace my dad’s side of the family, and I think they’re from there.  I love that area.

Truck: 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, extended cab, single rear wheel, short bed, 4×2, gas
Camper:2011 Palomino Bronco 1251
Tie-downs and Turnbuckles: Generic brand
Suspension Enhancements: N/A
Gear: Took back seat out, and put in second battery



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