This week’s Question of the Week was, “What are your 2015 truck camping plans?” Over sixty readers responded with their routes, destinations, and overall truck camping vision for 2015. Get a pen and paper ready, and prepare to be inspired.
“So far, we are planning many one and two night trips to Maine, Cape Cod, New Hampshire, and the coastal towns of Connecticut and Rhode Island. We need to keep the trips short due to my work schedule and the fact we will be traveling with three dogs.” – Daniel Lowney, 2004 Dodge Ram 2500, 2004 S&S Ponderosa
“Now that our rig is setup with larger battery banks, solar panels, and additional storage – front hitch rack and roof storage pod – there’s no reason to hang out in RV parks. This is especially true with campground rates averaging $40 and $50 dollars a night. Some parks now approach $70 a night. This season we are focusing on boondocking with minimal stops at campgrounds (mainly to empty tanks and fill other tanks).
We have an early spring boondocking trip working our way through Gettysburg and Hershey to Skyline Drive along Shenandoah National Park. Later in July, we are going to boondock our way to and on Price Edward Island.” – Michael Lallier, 2011 Ford F350, 2013 Arctic Fox 996
“Well, funny you ask! We are getting ready to hit the beach of South Texas. Our plan is to stay out until the end of April, when I fly home to visit with my family and friends.
Our dog is turning fourteen, and she can’t travel as much as we will like. Nevertheless, she has slept in each province of Canada and almost every state of the United States, including Alaska, but not Hawaii. We are giving her a break and giving her freedom on the beach. Thank you guys. Hope to see you soon.” – Charlee, Jake, and Sylvie Mathis, 1994 Dodge Ram 2500, 2003 Northern Lite 9’6”Q
“I will be going to Bass Fishing Tournaments with my camper and bass boat. All totaled, six to seven trips. Also, there will be a trip to South Padre Island on the beach. I will go on other trips with the wife, grandson, and Lab this summer. I’m undecided on the locations at this time.” – Jerry Dolezal, 2008 Chevy 2500, 2006 Lance 881
“I am planning our annual trip from Tucson, Arizona to Moab and Green River, Utah in May to go four-wheeling for a couple of weeks.” – Erwin Greven, 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, 2002 Lance 921
“I’m sitting in the truck camper as I write this. We are on a two-week trip to Arizona to participate in four skeet tournaments. The rest of the year has been roughed in and will include at least four more out-of-state trips to more shoots, and one trip to St George, Utah for the Senior Games in October.
Fishing trips planned so far include six trips of four to six days each; all in-state. There may be a trip back to Michigan for a Class Reunion (55 years) but I haven’t gotten any dates for that yet. I think it’s going to be a busy year for us.” – Robert Hicks, 2010 Chevrolet 2500HD, 2011 Lance 992
“After spending two months driving to and in Alaska last year, this year we’ll spend lots of time touring the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and even Iowa. We’ll go on more local and shorter trips.” – Phil Tron, 2009 Chevy 3500, 2012 Lance 1050
“I’m not sure we’ll ever get the camper dug out of this snow. We haven’t had time to think about there even being a season!” – Jim and Patti Duarte, 2015 Ford F350, 2013 Eagle Cap 850
“From home in Calgary, Alberta, we’re planning to go, somewhere! We were actually trying to figure it out last night but couldn’t decide. Perhaps the Okanagan, perhaps Montana, perhaps Vancouver, British Columbia, or interior British Columbia. Or maybe we’ll stay a little closer to home and spend some time in Banff, Kananaskis, or Waterton. There will hopefully be quite a few short, weekend-length trips, not always on the weekend. It’s the bigger vacation that we haven’t figured out quite yet.” – Melissa Malejko, 2003 Chevy Silverado, 1981 Okanagan
“We are going to shake down the new truck on a couple of short trips in Washington at the end of March and another in June. Then we are headed to Wallowa Lake, Oregon for a big family reunion in July. The big trip of the year will be from late July through the middle of September when we head to Fairbanks, Alaska, our former home, to visit the grandkids.” – Robert and Janice Spencer, 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500HD, 2003 Lance 915
“Our first trip will be to pick up our camper. That happens tomorrow at Hallmark. Then we camp our way home to northern Arizona. After that, it’s go somewhere once a month. Pretty vague so far, I know, but being newbies….” – Mike Cash, 2014 Ram 2500, Hallmark K2
“Originally, I was planning to explore the Midwest and then head down to Los Angeles to visit friends. However, given that the Canadian dollar has dropped to just $.80 to the American dollar, I have decided to wait a year or two for that trip. Instead, I will travel to my favorite province – Newfoundland and Labrador – while working to fulfill my five-year travel goal to ride every single ferry in Canada.
There are quite a number of ferries between small remote communities throughout the Canadian Maritimes and it’s my intention to spend this coming summer riding as many as possible in a six week trip. I love traveling two lane roads and staying in small communities. I will also head back into Northern Ontario and Quebec on shorter trips to continue to explore my family roots.” – Michele McLeod, 2013 F150 HD, 2002 Northstar TC800
“We just got our new-to-us truck and camper. It is an extended cab, three-quarter ton pickup with a hard-side non-slide camper.
After de-winterizing the camper and shaking down all the systems, we’ll be traveling from Denver to Arkansas for my daughter’s college graduation in May. We’ll probably camp in Eureka Springs, which is a quaint little town in the Ozarks.
Next up is a trip to the Pacific Northwest in the summer. We’ll visit Crater Lake and the Oregon coast before heading to Portland and Seattle to visit relatives. Can’t wait!” – Steve Hiss, 2004 GMC Sierra 2500HD, 1999 Lance Lite 835