This week we asked our readers, “What’s on your truck camping bucket list?”
Many readers reveal that Alaska is at the top of their lists, with plenty of National Parks along the way. If Alaska is on your list, we strongly recommend reading, “Plan A Trip to Alaska”, and “Alaska On A Budget”, for starters. And don’t leave home without a copy of The Milepost.
If you would prefer to go to Alaska as part of a paid tour, there’s a 2017 Alaska Truck Camper Tour being led by fellow truck camper, Charlie Coushaine.
In the meantime, we couldn’t help but be inspired by your bucket lists. You might want to get a pen and paper handy before you read these responses. Better yet, go get your bucket list. Our list now has a few more destinations.
“I would like to go back to Alaska. The first time we traveled there we took three months to explore the beauty of Alaska. It is a breathtaking place to visit. We went to Montana and crossed into Canada and up to Alaska. The Icefield Parkway was beyond words and on the Trans-Alaska Highway we saw so many black bears.
What an outstanding trip! I advise anyone who has the means of going to Alaska to do it. You won’t be sorry. We went on a cruise to Alaska, but it serves no justice. You need to travel through it on land.” – Richard Luczynski, 2015 Chevy Silverado, 2015 Lance
“We are looking forward to a spring trip to Gonzaga Bay, Baja Norte, Mexico and an early summer trip to Blue Ridge Reservoir, north of Payson, Arizona.” – Mike and Sharon Nervik, 2002 Silverado 3500, 2004 Eagle Cap 1150
“We have three big truck camper bucket list trips; (1) the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Boulder Dam loop, (2) the Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Great Lakes loop and (3) a sixty day trip to Alaska all starting from Indiana.” – Jon Hancock, 2015 Ram 3500, 2016 Northern Lite 10-2 EX CDSE
“In one word – Alaska! We haven’t yet retired so we’re saving Alaska, British Columbia and the Yukon for our trip of a lifetime with no time constraints.” – Rick Guffey, 2012 Ram 2500, 2013 Hallmark Everest
“Next year we plan to drive across Labrador. Then we’ll take a ferry to Newfoundland. This is a less traveled route to Newfoundland as it is very remote with few services. The roads across Labrador are not paved, but in good condition. The ferry crossing the strait of Belle Isle to Newfoundland is less than two hours.” – Judi Sutherland, 2016 Ford F350, 2014 Adventurer
“I would have to say that to approach a bucket list item many times seems overwhelming! That being said, we made our first trek to Alaska two years ago via the ferry and drove back, re-entering in Montana. We studied, prepared, packed, repacked, bought more, unpacked, and repacked. You get the picture.
We had the chance to be there for about six weeks and we loved it so much that we are going back this year for about twelve weeks. We will only pack once this time. Never let fear of the unknown make you miss an adventure or the ultimate truck camping adventure.” – Tom Elliott, 2007 Ram 2500, 1999 Lance 835 Lite
“My immediate wish is that the cancer my wife has is cured. Truck camping is a distant thought. However, my bride and I were talking that when she is cured we would like to find a beautiful spot to dry camp on a mountain stream and fish for trout. We want to be in a place where there is no cell service or television if possible.” – Ed Krech, 2006 Dodge 3500, 2012 Northern Lite 8-11
“My husband’s bucket list includes a trip to Alaska. We’re getting a bit over the hill, but we still think we could go if he’d just stop working all the time.” – Cheryl Nelson, 2004 Chevy 3500, 1990 Shadow Cruiser 9.5
“My truck camping bucket list is to get a truck camper!” – Van Savell, 2010 Honda Ridgeline, tents
“We’re making our second trip to Alaska this summer. This time we will be taking the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry through the inland passage along British Columbia. Two years ago we drove via Banff and Jasper Parks and the Alcan Highway. We’ll take the ferry north, and likely drive home.” – Philip Tron, 2009 Chevy 3500, 2012 Lance 1050
“We hope to go to Alaska this summer.” – Robert D Mayton, 2014 Ford F-450, 2014 Lance 1172
“Alaska – going up on the Alaskan Highway and returning on the ferry.” – Robert Lee Hicks, 2010 Chevrolet 2500HD, 2011 Lance 992
“We are gearing up for retirement to the West Coast of Canada. When the farm sells, our first activity before getting settled in our new digs on Vancouver Island will be to take a leisurely (no time constraints) trip around North America. We have a 42-foot Trawler on the coast and realize that once we get on the water we will be less inclined to take the time needed for such a truck camper adventure.
We plan to travel first from west to east across Canada and then down into the USA. We will continue down the east coast of the United States through the lower southern states and up through the central area on an angle ending up back at the west coast of Canada. We think we could spend six months on this trip and are very excited about the whole affair. We have upgraded our truck and I am in the process of upgrades in our camper in anticipation of this amazing trip.” – Wes Hargreaves, 2016 Ford F-450, 2006 Snowbird 108DS