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2016 Truck Camping Bucket List Adventures

“Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico (Angela), Burning Man in Black Rock Desert, Nevada (Gordon) – we’re in, when are we going?” – Charles Coushaine, 2001 Ford F350, 2012 Chalet DS116RB

“In our years of travel we have visited 46 of the lower 48 states, Alaska, and all provinces of Canada except for Quebec.  In recent years we have focused on using our Jeeping in many of the known off-road areas.

In the last five years, we have visited Ouray, Colorado to enjoy the world class Jeep trails.  The beauty of the San Juan mountains in western Colorado is unprecedented with its mountains and old mining areas.  We also enjoyed the Moab Easter Jeep event.

Remaining on our bucket list is visiting Oregon and Washington where we have not been.  We would enjoy visiting many of the federal land areas, and especially traveling along the Pacific coast.  Seattle is a must, and a tour of the Microsoft facility would be in order.

Also on our bucket list is taking our Jeep to more of the world class Jeep trails out west.  Mainly, we want to go on the Rubicon Trail in California which is perhaps one of the most technical challenges for the driver.  Also, Tillmook in Oregon, and Monument Valley in Utah would be a must.

With reduced travel expenses, and lower fuel prices, 2016 should be an opportunity for all truck campers.” – Warne Todd, 2000 Ford F250, 2005 Lance 981

“My wife and I have started a bucket list of places we want to visit.  We also just purchased two new Honda Fourtrax Rubicon 500s.  We plan on trailering them to some of our bucket list destinations.  One of those destinations is Tree Step Hideaway in LaSal, Utah because it looks like it has some great places to ride.

We started a favorites file called Bucket List.  When a destination catches our eye we add it to that file.  Then we pick one for our vacation and go see it.” – JT Tardif, 1998 GMC K2500, in between campers right now, but still use our truck with topper to sleep in

“Just roaming around is on our bucket list.  North to Alaska, the Trans-Canadian Highway, Vancouver to the Lighthouse, criss-crossing the USA to knock off the lower 48 states and the ten cool itineraries, north to south, and east to west.  Taking secondary roads not traveled before, if possible, even if it takes longer.  Fun!” – Frank Poole, 2016 RAM 5500HD, 2016 Arctic Fox 990

“My husband and I want to go back up the Alcan Highway and drive on the Dempsey Highway and to explore the Northwest Territories of Canada, including the town of Yellowknife.  In 2013, we drove from Chilliwack, British Columbia to Fairbanks, Alaska, back through Sweet Grass, Montana to our home in Ohio.  We will just reverse this and go to places we missed the first time around!” – Linda Clark, 2006 Dodge 3500, 2008 SnowRiver RK102

“First the past.  We drove our truck camper to Costa Rica and back and took a year to do it.  Also, we bought a VW camper van in England and drove it around Europe for six months and 15,000 miles.  Then, we sold it to another traveler for what we paid for it.

Those two trips were about 27 years ago while on a four-year, mid-life, around-the-world retirement.  It can certainly be done again now.

My house will be on the market within the month.  My truck and camper are ready to go.  My plan is to travel for six months of the year around the US, Canada, and Mexico, and then put it into storage while I travel to Southeast Asia and South America with a backpack.  Another trip to explore Europe by camper is also in my future.

I’ll do these six month flip/flops for the rest of my life or until either my body or mind gives out.  I’m now 67, retired, single (again) and ready to hit the road forever!  You can, too.” – Steve Cordis, 2000 F250 Ford, 1996 Weekender 1010

“We are planing a trip to Petersburg, Alaska in July 2018 for a family reunion.  Then we plan to go further north into Alaska and then come home to Washington State through Canada.  We will take the Ferry up and drive back.  I can’t wait.  I’ll be retired by then if all goes right.” – Bruce Moses, 2006 Chevy 3500, 2008 Lance 1191

“This year our bucket list is going to Charleston, South Carolina and, from there, going to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit a niece and check out the Quaker culture in North Carolina where some of our Quaker ancestors came from.

The next trip will be to the Midwest Truck Camper Rally in Minnesota.  I have always wanted to visit the Northwest, so we will leave the Midwest Truck Camper Rally and head to Washington and Oregon.

From there we will attend the Glacier National Park Rally on the way home.  We have never seen Glacier National Park, so this will be all new to us.  We will be attending the Midwest Truck Camper Christmas gathering in December also.  If something else comes up we may be going somewhere else.  We can’t get enough traveling in the truck camper.  I feel so lucky to be able to do this.” – John Bull, 2004 Dodge 3500, 2015 Arctic Fox 990

“We need to get to Minnesota and Wisconsin to complete all the continental states.  We plan then to hit the last eight Canadian provinces/territories we haven’t made it to.

After getting our new Northern Lite last March, we have driven over 9,000 miles testing it out.” – Philip Bolding, 2012 Ford F350, 2016 Northern Lite 8-11 SE

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