Ron Humphress is the man behind the Mid-Atlantic Truck Camper Rally this April 19th, 20th, and 21st in Stanford, VA. Ron’s done a heck of a job organizing the rally and really deserves to be recognized for contributing a lot to the truck camping community. Thank you Ron!
Ron’s other truck camping interest is spending every possible weekend fishing and truck camping at Assateague Island National Seashore. After our interview I found myself wanting to join him and his friends on Assateague Island in a big way.
TCM: Tell us about the Mid Atlantic Truck Camper Rally that you’re organizing.
Ron: In the Fall of 2005 I started to see a lot on RV.net about how we need to do a camper rally but nobody would take the initiative. So I set a place and a date and who ever showed up showed up. We pretty much sold the campground out with about 45 to 50 truck campers. This year we have 72 confirmed so far.
TCM: Which dealerships are coming to the rally?
Ron: Outdoor Express, Delaware Camping Center, and St. Michaels RV are coming. The dealerships are bringing Lance, Palomino, Arctic Fox, Travel Lite, and Bigfoot truck campers.
TCM: What does the rally cost?
Ron: The cost is whatever the cost of a site is – $25 to $40 a night. You have to call to reserve a site just like any other campground. Sherri at Tall Pines is handling the reservations. You can reach her at 757-824-0777.
TCM: Who benefits from the rally?
Ron: I’m covering the cost of advertising and fuel. Anything above and beyond those costs is going to charity. Last year we donated about $800 to the March of Dimes. Most of that money came from a 50/50 raffle.
TCM: What’s available from the raffle this year?
Ron: Many companies have donated stuff for the raffle including Lance, Arctic Fox, camp stores, and dealerships. I love pulling tickets and seeing people getting stuff. I love giving. Last year we had two stainless steel Lance grills. They weigh a ton but they’re awesome – all stainless steel. This year we have airbag controllers, Torklift tie down sets, hats, shirts, jackets, and camping supplies. I’m hoping that everyone is going to win something.
TCM: You’re also very involved in the truck camping at Assateague Island National Seashore. How did truck camping on Assateague get started?
Ron: The truck camping on Assateague Island started with fisherman who fished all night. Back in the day, guys had truck caps with cots in the back. That’s grown into truck campers. For many it’s more about recreation than fishing now – relaxing with family on the beach and then in the bull pen area at night.
TCM: When did you get involved with Assateague?
Ron: I’ve been going to Assateague Island since I was born. I remember surf fishing at Assateague with my grandfather thirty years ago.
TCM: When can you be on the beach and when do you have to be in the bull pen?