Charly Schirra shares his experience exploring Germany and Poland in his Four Wheel Camper Wildcat. Pull in the truck mirrors. These streets are tight.
Someone needs to start a cruise ship company that would store RVs on the ship, especially truck campers, and cruise in style back and forth to Europe. Passengers could stay in their campers or in cruise ship cabins. It would be an ocean crossing party every time with good people, great food, and more great food.
Imagine something like the Alaskan Marine Highway, only for a trip across the Atlantic and with cruise ship style amenities. Heck, why not have ships crossing the Pacific and to Australia and Africa while we’re at it. Sign us up, we’re ready to go.
While we wait for this daydream to come true, truck camping in Europe is still on the menu. Probably the easiest solution is to rent a truck camper in Europe. Another perhaps more economical solution is to contact someone who already owns a truck camper rig in Europe and suggest an exchange. They could fly here and use your camper and you would fly to Europe and use theirs. People do this with their homes all the time. We’ve talked about this at Truck Camper Magazine many times, but have yet to take the plunge.
Charly Schirra’s story certainly makes the idea of truck camping in Europe even more tempting. From his home in Germany, Charly explores his native country and Poland with his Four Wheel Camper Wildcat (a Fleet model domestically). He was accompanied by his friend Heinrich who rented a Four Wheel Camper for the trip.
Above: Campsite in Mönkebude am Stettiner Haff; very nice and quiet located on the water
TCM: Tell us how you got into truck camping.
Charly: I have been camping for about four decades. I started with some tents and later went fishing with a travel trailer. In the beginning of my camping career, truck campers were not known here in Germany.
Since I bought my Four Wheel Camper, I’ve been able to reach many new places that I could not reach before. This was the main reason I got a Four Wheel Camper. Now I can reach almost all the places I want to go. I have tested bigger campers, but my choice is still the Four Wheel Camper.
TCM: Did you have to modify your Four Wheel Camper for Europe?
Charly: In Germany, the Four Wheel Camper buyers are supported by a strong dealer who cares about all the necessary changes. I received my camper from them ready to go and didn’t have to make any modifications myself.
Above: In Kolberg where they got food and supplies
TCM: Truck camping in Europe sounds amazing. Where do you live?
Charly: I am living in the middle to western Germany, on the green border of the “Ruhr-Area”. I really like to be on the road with my Four-Wheel Camper. We are non-static campers, so we travel all the time from one location to the other. We like to explore the country, and the Four Wheel Camper is ideal for us because it is so compact. While we are camping, we have everything that a bigger camper could offer.
TCM: Has your truck camper been a good solution for visiting your family?
Charly: Oh, that’s a great point. My daughter, her husband, and my three grandchildren live together in a small flat. Since I have my truck camper, I can park nearby. And if I would like to take a nap or need some calm, I could step into my camper, close the door, and I am home.
TCM: We like using our camper when visiting friends and family too. Tell us about your last trip to Poland and along the Baltic coast. Where did you go and what did you do during that trip?