Here’s Part 2 from last week’s question of the week, “How would your truck camping lifestyle change if you won $100 million in the lottery today?”.
“I dream of overlanding for months at a time, so a pop-up camper is what I really want. I know it’s weird that I don’t want a million dollar land boat, but I really like getting out on the backroads.” – Randy Winslow, 2011 Ford F150, none yet, still in a tent
“I think I would trade the truck and camper for a new Prevost bus conversion. I know that I will not be able to do some of the same things I could with the camper, but I have always wanted a bus conversion, and the Prevosts are the best!” – Albert Cerf, 2003 Dodge 3500, 2011 Advanturer 86SBS
“As we have done quite a few upgrades to our camper, I would not upgrade it or the truck. We would spend more time on the road, but not full-time. We would see as much of the United States as we could. The people we meet are some of the best memories we take with us.” – Darrell Watson, 2012 Dodge Ram 2500HD, 2007 Lance 815
“I am planning to buy a new Arctic Fox 990. If I won the $100 million dollars, I would retire and buy an Arctic Fox 1150 and a 3500 dual rear wheel Laramie Long Horn and set off full-timing. I would go to the Southwest in the Winter and north in the Summer, taking my time to explore everywhere I can.” – Scott Stielow, Dodge 3500, Arctic Fox 990
“I’d be camping a lot more without a job!” – Pete Horneck, 2006 Ram 2500, 2010 Hallmark Milner
“I don’t have a driver’s license, but my sister does. I’m in the big city and she lives in a small town. We want to go out and travel. I’d purchase a single axle Ford four-wheel drive F350 truck for my big sister to drive. Then, I would purchase an Arctic Fox truck camper with solar panel and other cool stuff added on the camper. I would buy trucks and truck campers for my sister’s adult children. They love the beach, and can boondock near the beach for free.
We would travel as a family to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic games. First, we would stop and see Mexico, one of our ancestral countries, along the way. Then we would go to Ecuador, Columbia, and Venezuela on the way to Rio de Janero. The next trip for my sister and I would be Europe. We would see and experience our other ancestral country, Spain. Then, we would travel to the other European countries.
Even though I can’t drive, I’ve been reading articles and looking at photos of truck campers. From my years of research and love for truck campers, there’s no better freedom to travel than in a truck camper.” – CM Alarcon, none, none
“We’d upgrade to a Unimog Mercedes custom self contained camper. And we would have a ball! Heck we already are. Who needs 100 million?” – Walt Bowen, 2007 Chevrolet 2500, 2009 Northern Lite 8’11 Q Classic
“I would upgrade my truck and get a bigger camper, head to school to get my PhD, and then hit the road and see every corner of this country. I would show my daughter what makes this country great.” – Joseph Curry, 2009 GMC 2500HD, 2011 Palomino Maverick
“I would buy a well insulated model and go hunting auroras, swimming on all the coasts, play in the snow, and build sandcastles. I’d go to all the big sheepdog trials. My hubby could retire so we could get on the road right away. I’d bake cookies wherever we camped to share with other campers.” – Pam Wolf, 2002 Ford F150, Looking for a camper
“I would indeed upgrade to the biggest and the best truck and camper money can buy. And a Prevost would be parked alongside it for travel to venues that aren’t space limited.” – Robert Hicks, 2008 Chevy 3500HD, 2011 Lance 992
“I would keep my old Bigfoot. They don’t make them like that anymore. I would buy a new truck, travel more, and hire someone to look after my place so I would have something left to come back to. The rest of the money would be deposited in the bank to replace what I have spent trying to keep this Ford 6.0 diesel running.” – Ernie Leet, 2006 Ford F250, 1999 Bigfoot 10.5
“I would probably keep what I have for a truck and, perhaps, exchange the Lance for a new Northern Lite 10-2 CD Special Edition. I would get a new boat to tow, for starters anyway.” – Nik Rende, 2011 Ram 3500, 2005 Lance 1010
“With $100 million, I’d still likely keep our current set-up as it is pretty new and works well for us. The big change would be hitting the road with no return date and no worries about fuel costs. I’d be heading south and east with the goal of Alaska, maybe next Summer.” – Elliot Groeneveld, 2011 Dodge Ram 3500, 2011 Arctic Fox 1150
“I would change a few things. I’d go to a F650 crew cab. I would put a ten foot Alaskan on it. I would get the cube model and, of course, a few more gadgets.” – Eric Williams, 2002 Ford F350 2002, 2012 Alaskan Camper
“With 60 million after taxes, I would buy a Class A and hire a driver; a good looking lady driver, of course. It would cost in the $1.5 million to $2 million range based on a Prevost chassis.” – Rob Collins
“My camping world would definitely change. To start, my chauffeur, Tom Selleck, and I would park ourselves in the most beautiful spot. Yes, we would change from time to time and let the rest of the world come to us, wherever we happen to be.” – Joei Carlton Hossack, 1997 Ford F250, 2004 Adventurer 10 foot
“We just got our new camper. It’s the third one in the last twelve years. I love it! If we won that much money, we would still go camping in our camper.
We have driven to Kentucky lots of times. We are getting older and don’t like to be to far from home. We live in California, so we have a beautiful state to explore. Even Utah, Arizona and Nevada are not too far for some of our trips. We take short trips often and enjoy every minute when we are out and on the road. We have been married fifty-one years and are still having fun.” – Nina Giles, 2012 Dodge Ram 3500, 2014 Adventurer
“We love our camper; it looks and acts like new. We have traveled to forty-nine states and all Provinces and Territories in Canada. We’ve driven to the Arctic Circle. Thus far, we have enjoyed about 80,000 miles in the camper. The truck has just under 250,000 miles on it.
We love traveling on smaller roads and talking with strangers who share stories and points of interest along the way. I would consider a new truck as we are older and worry about being stranded.
Money eliminates some worries, however, it wouldn’t make me happier, healthier, or change our values.” – Gary Veeder, 1997 Ford F250, 2001 Northern Lite Ten 2000
“I would definitely get another camper and truck; most likely a XV-HD Earth Roamer. I like to be off-road and as far away from everything as possible. My first trip on the list would be as far off some old logging road in Alaska I could go. My second trip would be to drive from Alaska all the way down through South America.” – Jeff Casey, 2011 Dodge 2500, 2012 CampLite 10.0
“I would donate my truck to a truck camper in need of a truck! And I would get a dually and go explore the beautiful USA.” – Fernando Nogueira, 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500, 2013 Lance 1050S
“No brainer. Bigger truck, bigger camper, sell the house and go full-time, baby!” – Dave Gaskins, 2013 Dodge Ram, 1992 Lance
“I would upgrade my truck (size and type} and camper for more extended stays off-grid. I would add a few more creature comforts for my wife.” – Adrian Strother, 2010 Toyota Tacoma, 2011 Four Wheel Camper
“No change in lifestyle, but I would upgrade both units. I would like to find same floor plan in general and would attend as many truck rallies as possible. I couldn’t see full-timing as we enjoy our home and friends. We already spend over 100 days in our unit.” – Lewis E Turner, 2003 GMC Sierra 2500 HD, 1998 Hideaway
“I would be able to get a new truck and camper with $100 million dollars. My wife would be able to quit work and we would live full-time in our rig since we are about ready to sell our home. Also, we would be able to help my son with schooling and my daughter with her wedding.” – Delbert Steward, 1999 Chevy Silverado, No Camper
“I would keep my camper. I would upgrade my truck to a 3500 so that I would never have a weight problem. I would then take off and drive and drive and drive and oh yes, camp a lot and take a lot of pictures to share with those who did not win!” – Mark Turnbull, 1998 Chevrolet 1500, 2011 Four Wheel Camper Hawk
“We have great summers in Canada. I’d stay here during that season and live in a beautiful house by the water so we could pursue our love of boating. But, in the Winter, bye-bye Canada. We’d leave in a new fully-equipped, heavy-duty Ford F350 or F450 truck topped with a luxurious Chalet or Lance camper with slide-outs.
I’d love to tour the United States for months at a time where it’s nice and warm. Being able to go where you want without any money worries would mean we could visit all the places we hear about and dream of going, but can’t afford! Who knows? We could end up truck camping in Australia. Yes, we would definitely keep on truck camping. We love it too much to quit!” – Marie Rainville, 2013 Ford F150, 2014 Palomino Bronco 1251
“I would already be on a jet to Chehalis, Washington and paying Mr. Wheat at Alaskan a long visit.” – Kevin Pinassi, I will, for sure, get a camper
“After putting half of the money into a charitable foundation to be given away to assist others, we would buy truck campers for friends and family who wanted to camp with us. We would probably find some land we loved and make a campground out of it where truck campers could stay free of charge. We would probably upgrade our rig and get lots of fun camping paraphernalia; all the gadgets we’d love to have now and can’t afford. We would travel and anonymously help those in need as we passed through. Wouldn’t that be fun?” – Carla Jones
“Yes, I like the flexibility of the truck camper. I would replace the rusty truck, and I would like a lighter camper. I’d finally splurge for the Torklift SuperhHitch and SuperTruss. I probably would not go full-time, but I would certainly travel more frequently and further.” – Carol Bourque, 2003 Ford 350, 1999 Lance 1110
“Yes, we would still own our rig. Our dream is to travel Europe for one year, or much more. We have friends in southern France where we can live!” – Alain Larose, 2011 Ford F450, 2006 Lance 1181
“First, I’d buy a new camper. Then I’d retire and full-time it all over North America. Maybe even South America, who knows?” – Brennan Nance, 2001 Ford F350, Don’t have a camper right now
“I will always own a truck camper. I would buy a brand new Northstar custom built unit and use it more often. I would have more time and would like to spend it helping others in need with natural disaster recovery efforts, such as the Midwest tornadoes or the flooding in Colorado (since the camper would allow me to be self sufficient). I plan to do this someday anyway when I can, lotto or not.” – Bill Modell, 2008 Ford F350, 2000 Lance 1010
“At 81, I would probably sell my fifth wheel and trade my Travel Lite for a truck camper with slide-outs and recliners. And I’d get a truck to match. The fifth wheel is a getting to be too much at my age. We have driven to Alaska twice with our Travel Lite and there is nothing like its convenience, stop and park anywhere, and turn around and go back to see what you missed ability. I love my truck camper.” – Kenneth Wright, 2006 Dodge 2500, 2010 Travel Lite 960
“I’d keep my rig and be on the road full-time.” – Lou Patterson, 2008 Ford F550, 2008 Earthroamer
“I would have a new truck camper with a new truck. We would have it where it never came off the truck. That way we are always ready to take off and never have to load it again. Of course we would take long trips.” – Donna Smith, 2007 Dodge Ram 3500, 1997 Lance
“We downsized a year ago to a camper. Truth be told, I’m not that comfortable on long trips in it. I think I’d probably go to a small fifth wheel or trailer if I had it to do over again. The flexibility of traveling in the camper and our trip to Alaska this summer was great, but there is just no comfortable place to sit, compute, and watch television in the evenings.
$100 million would let us do all the world-wide traveling we’ve been putting off due to the expense of travel to Europe, Australia, Tahiti, etc. After all the fun of giving lots of money away, we would probably fly more and stay longer in places we’ve always wanted to explore in-depth by becoming residents for a month, or two, or three at a time. Truck campers are good for people on a budget and the younger set. Perhaps in our old age we just desire more creature comforts.” – Jim Cornwell, 2011 Chevy Silverado 3500, 2012 Lance 1191
“I would not longer have a need for a truck camper. All the places I go now I could buy a place to stay and store my gear. It would also shorten the time it took to get to these places.” – Henry Nelsen, 2007 Toyota Tundra, 2012 Northstar Liberty
“The only change in camping lifestyle I could envision would be truck camping a lot more. Yes indeed, I would use a truck camper. I have had pull trailers before and can see no reason to ever go back. There are just so many more places we can take the truck camper (and a few we should probably not take it again!).
The only upgrade I would think of is to possibly swap my truck for my dad’s. We both have the same year Dodge diesels, except his is a one ton. He is about done with the snow birding lifestyle and I could use the heavier weight capacity of the one ton truck. I definitely would not buy a newer truck.
I don’t believe we would go full-timing at this point. We still have commitments with ever aging parents. A $100 million, after taxes clearing about a $1.95, I would more than likely add onboard LPG generator and solar charging systems to this S&S, since it is already pre-plumbed and wired for both systems. So, mostly just upgrading the systems on our current set-up would be about it.” – Les Brush, 2002 Dodge 2500, 2006 S&S 8.5 FBSC
“I would definitely get something newer. It would be one of the 4×4 backcountry explorer type. I guess if I had $100,000,000, I could get a few different camper types, like a half million dollar land yacht, a new Ram 3500 with a Lance 1172, and still have enough money to buy a 68′ Nordhavn trawler yacht and sail around the world. I mean if I’m going to dream, dream big.” – Tim May, 1993 Dodge W250, 1987 9’10” Vacationeer
“I would buy a new truck and camper that’s top of the line. With $100 million we would take it to Europe.” – Russ Gedecke, 1972 Chevy C30, 1985 S&S 8’ camper
“We love our current rig, but in the future might want to upgrade. We definitely would continue truck camping. It would be nice not to worry about the price of gas or the price of campsites.” – Pat and Tom Emerick, 2011 Chevy Silverado 3500, 2012 Arctic Fox 990
“I would share with my family, but keep enough to retire and go full-timing. I would get an F250, crew cab, short bed with a heavy-duty package and a Northern Lite 8-11 Q Classic Special Edition.” – Sarah Brashear, 2013 Ford F150, no truck camper at this time, I just pull a hybrid trailer
“Pay off some bills and completely update the C-10” – Bob Cooke, 2002 Dodge 2500, 1966 Avion C-10
“First, we would take the opportunity to retire early, upgrade our estate plan, etc. Next, we would change our truck to an environmentally friendly diesel that would include a Ute flatbed to accommodate an appropriate Four Wheel Camper. The last step would be to go and explore.
We drove to Alaska in a small pickup with all our gear thrown in the bed back in 1978. And, on our return three months later, we started dairy farming, which limited any travel for twenty years. For the last ten years, with new jobs, we have traveled more and enjoyed limited trips in our camper.
Repeating our Alaska venture with improved accommodations, keeping in mind the added years to our age, would be a dream come true.” – Kenneth Miller, 1995 Toyota Tacoma, 2011 Four Wheel Camper Fleet (wide body model shell)
“I would go with a fifth wheel and Ford F350. The trailer would be forty feet with the ramp. It would haul a ten foot boat, four wheel, jet ski, and my 1967 Mustang.” – Russell Waterbury, 1993 Ford F150, no camper yet
“I would get a plane to ferry the camper to the really good spots.” – Jack Lochhead, 2011 Toyota Tacoma, Four Wheel Eagle
“If I won lottery, I would take care of the taxes first, and then upgrade the 6.0L Diesel engine. I’m not sure about the camper. We picked up our camper on December 2, 2013.” – Ben Sawbridge, 2006 Ford F-350, 2003 Lance 1161
“I would go full-timing, boondocking, and be a photo buff. Yes, I would upgrade, to a short box Lance 8-foot camper. It has a snug fit to a Ford 250.” – Wilbert Griggsby, 1992 Ford F250 and a 1990 Ford F250, Lance 8 foot camper
“I’d forward my phone to my boss’s desk, and then hang a sign in my front window, “Gone truck camping!”. Oh yes, I’d upgrade after a good long stint of full-timing!” – Charles Cox, 1970 Chevy, C-10, 1995 SnugTop Cab-Hi
“That money would allow us to buy a big truck and big first truck camper and hit the road. Look out, here we come!” – Keith Grabowski, 2004 Dodge Ram, 5th wheel
“I love my truck and camper set-up, but if I had $100 million I would keep my truck and buy a one ton dually diesel and the biggest truck camper I could get for it. It would stay set up so we could be ready to go whenever we felt the need, which would be quite often!” – Michele and Dave Bigelow, 2013 GMC Sierra 2500 HD, 2013 Northstar 8.5 Arrow U
“Probably the only thing we would change is to update our vehicle and camper. It would be nice to have a camper with a bathroom and a microwave. Maybe we would eat better and eat out more often. Otherwise we are pretty happy with what we have.” – Ted and Joan Berger, 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel, 2001 Northstar T650
“First thing I would do is get rid of my phone number. Then I would order a new Lance 1172 (my wife and I want a sofa). You have to put your money somewhere safe and off I would go spending about a month in each state. I’d build our church, help my daughter in college, and wisely have fun!” – Neil Steirer, 2008 Ford F350, 2008 Lance 1181
“We would retire and camp more often and for longer periods. I would keep the rig and camper as-is. Full-timing would still not be an option as I need a place to come back to. On the other hand, trips would end when we said so, not an employer.” – Scott Goodrich, 2014 Ford F-350, 2010 Arctic Fox 811
“That’s easy… Yes, yes, yes! I would full-time, get a new truck with a specialty box made to go with the truck, and definitely get a 2014 Arctic Fox 990! We love our truck campers. We would then have three and have to sell two, but it is hard to let them go. With $100 million, we could keep all three!” – Sheri Webster, 2003 Ford F350, Northland Grizzly 880 and 2005 Arctic Fox 990