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Truck Camping Plans for 2014

This week’s Question of the Week was, “What are your summer truck camping plans for 2014?”  Fifty-three readers responded with truck camping plans that are sure to get you inspired.

“Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.” – Carlos Armas, 2014 Ford F450, 2013 Arctic Fox 990

“I am leaving northern Wisconsin about June 1st on a solo road trip driving north through Canada, including the Alcan and Top of the World Highway.  I am planning on driving the Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay, then down to Seward, Alaska for some fishing.

On June 26th, I am meeting a group for a ten day backpacking trip in the Denali National Park backcountry that includes a fly-in and fly-out.  Then it’s back to the lower 48 via western British Columbia and Vancouver.  Once back in the United States, I’ll travel US Highway 2 across Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota.  I plan to arrive home about the 15th of July.” – Paul Schwenzfeier, 2011 F350 Super Cab 4X4, 1998 Palomino B-1200

“It’s going to be a cowboy summer.  My first stop is Oklahoma City to the Cowboy Hall of Fame.  Then I’ll go to Cheyenne, Wyoming for the Frontier Days celebration.  After Cheyenne, I’m on to Pinedale, Wyoming where, in 1833, one of the mountain man rendezvous happened.” – Everett Baird, 2009 Ford King Ranch 350 dually, 2010 Lance 950

“I’m headed to the Black Rock, Nevada playa for two weeks of dust and rocket launches.” – Gary Lech, 2007 Ford F350 SD, 2004 Eagle Cap 1150

“A timely question you are asking.  On June 1st, my wife and I are heading westward for at least three months.  We will head from York, Pennsylvania to Cheyenne, Wyoming for the start of mostly National Forest boondocking.  We will zig-zag northwest to the Tetons, cross over into southeast Idaho, zag-zig again through central Idaho into northern Idaho and western Montana.

After Montana, we will cross into British Columbia into the Kamloops area, swing east into Jasper and Banff, and then cross back into the United States to Glacier.  From there we’ll go south to Yellowstone and then to Custer National Park, the Badlands, and then homebound.” – Jesse Taylor, 2006 GMC Sierra 2500 HD, 2005 Lance 815

“Cathy is a writer and has had one of her books published.  Later this summer we will be traveling throughout the northeast more than three days a week to visit bookstores to promote her latest book.  The truck camper will be our mobile motel room.” – John and Cathy, 2012 Chevy 2500HD, 2012 Lance 855-S

“We are new to truck camping and planning some local trips (six hours or less) to fishing tournaments.  We are also planning a two-week trip to Michigan.

We’ll start in Copper Harbor, work our way across the northern Upper Peninsula to the Soo Locks, and head down the Mackinac Bridge into the Lower Peninsula along the shore of Lake Michigan to Ludington.  Then we’re going to visit some old haunts inland and make our way to southern Michigan to visit family and do some boating/fishing.” – Darin E. Price, 2011 Ford F350, 2014 Arctic Fox 811

“So far we have two trips planned; one short trip, and one a little longer than a week.  The first will be a two night trip to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for vintage motorcycle races the first of June.  The second is heading to the BMW Motorcycle National Rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota for three nights.  From there we are heading to Wall, South Dakota to the Badlands for two nights.  Then we’ll go to Custer State Park in the Black Hills in South Dakota for three more nights.

My wife retired on December 31, 2013.  I have two years to go until I can retire at 62 and I have five weeks vacation.  So, it should be a good year!

We already have seven nights in the truck camper in Flager Beach, Florida in early March.  Our fall trip in October is not planned at the moment.  Maybe we’ll go to the mountains of North Carolina or Tennessee.” – Shrop, 2014 Dodge 2500, 2014 Palomino SS-1251

“We are renting a truck camper from ABC Motorhome in Anchorage.  My college buddy, who is a nature photographer who specializes in Alaska and the northwest, and I are spending a week in Denali (backcountry pass) and nine days in and around the Kenai Peninsula.  I’m looking at truck campers now so this should be a good test.  Can’t wait!!” – Scott Henry, 2009 Chevy 3500, 2010 Lance Camper

“I am traveling across the country and up to Alaska.  I’m loafing up the coast of Oregon now.  I plan to return home around the end of July.” – Larry Rathburn, 2013 Ford F550, 2012 Chalet TS116

“This is my newbie summer.  I am taking several trips to prepare to join the Truck Camper Caravan from Kingston, Ontario to British Columbia this September.

The first trip is in early June.  It will be a long meander through Northern Ontario, exploring backroads (some that my grandfather showed me from the train as they were being built in the 1950s).  I will be researching family information for my niece who is creating the family tree.  I will also be stopping to visit friends and family and working out a daily travel process and habit.

What didn’t I pack?  What shouldn’t I have packed?  Does this store best here or there?  I am hoping to be brave enough to boondock a night or two.

The second trip is in July when I plan to head east through Quebec City then down through Vermont and New Hampshire to the North-East Truck Camping Jamboree on July 24th.  Overall, I am spending the summer as a truck camper trainee. ” – Michele McLeod, 2013 Ford F150, 2002 Northstar TC800

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