Mark: That’s right, we don’t use propane. We have two 125 watt solar panels for a total of 250 watts of solar on the roof. I also have two AGM batteries. I run the refrigerator on twelve volt. We never boondock. We go to full-service campgrounds all the time.
Above: Doris and Mark enjoy using full hook-up service at campgrounds and therefore don’t need propane in their camper.
TCM: How do you heat the camper, and cook without propane?
Mark: We use an electric hot water heater, a portable heater, a hot plate, and Doris uses a toaster oven/convection oven for baking. She has even roasted a chicken in the convection oven.
By not using propane, we can use the exterior propane compartment for storage. I use it for a barbecue and charcoal. We cook outside quite often.
Above: Visiting the Amana Colonies during the 2013 Mid-West Truck Camper Rally
Mark: We love the rallies. We find we have a lot in common with fellow truck campers.
Above: Doris hangs out with friends at the Gettysburg North-East Jamboree.
TCM: Is there anything else that you’d like to add to your interview?
Mark: We live in our Northern Lite truck camper five months a year. We’re in it every day and it holds up great. There have been no problems with it.
We’ve met a lot of great people through truck camping and look forward to meeting new friends down the road.
Truck: 2013 Ford F-550, crew cab, long bed, dually, 4×4, diesel
Camper: 2012 Northern Lite 10-2RR dry bath
Tie-downs/Turnbuckles: Torklift Fastguns
Gear: Twin alternators, dual fuel tanks for a total of 68 gallons, and a Dish Tailgator portable satellite dish