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This week’s question of the week was two fold; “First, are you planning to go truck camping this winter?  And second, when you’re not truck camping, what do you do to get through the long, cold, and dark days of winter at home?”

“We probably use our camper just as much in the winter as in the summer.  Most of the time is spent snow skiing at local resorts.  We are lucky enough to be able to camp in the parking lot at out local resorts and many others have areas to park and camp.  With some easy insulation, I have been in five degree weather with no problems and I always go with water in the tanks.” – Ken Lindhorst, 1998 Dodge 3500, 2002 Arctic Fox 1150

“I’m not sure if I am going truck camping this winter.  We hope to make a swing down through North Carolina and South Carolina this winter but it’s not defined yet.   A lot will depend upon the depth of snow to dig the camper out of its spot on the edge of the woods.  We do snow blow around it and roof rake the cover just in case.  Lots of time will be spent with DeLorme mapping software planning and plotting the next big adventure in the spring.  We have yet to go to Newfoundland or Labrador or even camping into way northern Maine.  I keep a list of all the places other truck campers mention so lots to chose from and dream about. ” – Anne and Joe Brown, 2014 Ford F-450, 2011 Chalet 116DSR

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“We visit some of the very nice Florida state parks along the gulf coast of the Florida pan-handle.  The pan-handle of Florida is not as crowded as southern Florida in the winter and it’s a fairly easy drive from our home in Tennessee.  In December I participate in a vintage sports car race at Savannah, Georgia.  Things always seem sort of busy in the holiday months of November and December.  It seems we also have lots of yard work to get done.  In January we get all the doctor appointments out of the way so we can start traveling in February. ” – Buzz Merchlewitz, 1998 Dodge Ram 2500, 2007 Four Wheel Grandby

“I bought my Arctic Fox to be able to go ice fishing since it functions well below zero with respect to water, heat and ability to stay warm when on the road.  Ice fishing places are Idaho, Montana, Utah and if I am able to make it, Minnesota.  My truck is a four wheel drive dully, I have chains for all wheels, a 10,000 pound winch on front, and a tank heater for the engine which will run off separate dual batteries with a converter from 12 VDC to 115 VAC for those cold starts of my diesel. I am also planning of where I am going to ice fishing and updating or repairing my rods and reels for ice fishing.” – Clifford Cizan, 2010, Dodge Ram 3500, 2013 Arctic Fox 1150

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“We use our truck camper for ski camping.  It’s great getting first tracks!  Hike, snowshoe, ski, ski, ski!” – Bill Tex, 2006 Chevy, 2013 Eagle Cap 850

“I get through the winter by planning my next season’s camping trips.  I do repairs and upgrades to my equipment and plan, plan, plan.” – Gary Pavone, 1995 Ford F350, 2001 Lance 810

“We are heading north to Wisconsin to see grandkids and then planning to visit the Grand Canyon.  We ski in northern New Mexico, and don’t take the camper since we have a house up there which is a lot roomier. My wife is a wood carver and works on several projects at a time, while I tinker in the woodworking shop making things for the grandkids.  To relax we sit in the hot tub with a glass of wine or a beer and watch the night sky.” – Terry Berg, 2013 GMC Sierra 3500, 2013 Arctic Fox 992

“I’m not sure if I am going truck camping this winter.  If we do go somewhere, it will be someplace south of Tennessee such as Florida.  However, if there is another disaster someplace that needs us, we will be there. When not truck camping I try to trout fish at least four days per week.  If I’m not on one of our rivers here in Tennessee, you will find me in Arkansas on the little Red.  Also, during the winter trout stocking here in Tennessee, I try to show up with extra rod and reels to teach young and old on how to fish and catch trout while using our lure, the Trout Magnet and to hand out samples.  Just because it is winter time is no time to slow down.  I forgot.  I am going Steel Head fishing with some guides who want to use our lures.” – Ed Krech, 2006 Dodge 3500, 2011 Northern Lite 8-11

“I plan on a few trips.  A friend says to use his camp spot in the upper field where he has a camp ring.  Also a trip to Pigeon Forge is in the works to stay in a campground that is open year around.  I keep the camper on the truck most of the time in the yard plugged in, and winterized.  I have a cube heater that keeps it warm before I winterize it.  Mostly I work, and after work I usually have a fire in the fire place and watch TV.   I visit my Camper and dream of places Id like to go in the spring and summer.   I surf the net and read Truck Camper Magazine.” – Jeff Hagberg, 2002 Ford F250, 2006 Travel Lite 800 SBX

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“We usually make an annual trip to Anza Borrego State Park in the late winter.  Great camping opportunities; both in a campground (full hook-up or no hookups) and boondocking opportunities.  We are considering a trip to Big Bend National Park also.  I am a volunteer at Joshua Tree National Park so I spend three days a week there and always try to get some good hiking in somewhere in the park.” – David Neumann, 2010 Tundra 4WD, Adventurer 80GS

“My wife and I go to the North Coast (Northern California), and to our favorite ski resort in the Sierras that still allows camping.  We live in California, therefore we are in no place to complain about a “long, cold, and dark winter”, especially on this forum.” – Kevin Eliseo, 2006 Ford F-350, 2006 Lance 1055

“Yes, we are going truck camping this winter.  We are going to Allegheny National Forest to go ATV riding, hunting, fishing, hiking, and dry camping.  It’s the best time of year; no bugs and few to no people.  If you don’t camp in winter, you’re missing time for a camp fire!  Wish I was camping.” – Eric and Linda Anderson, 2001 Dodge 3500, 1998 Shadow Cruiser

“Every February we go south to Arizona from British Columbia, trailering our motorcycle.  We move around, staying at state parks and clover leafing, which means taking one to three day trips out to see the local sights.  We generally stay out for six or seven weeks.  This is a great way to combine our two loves, motorcycle touring and using our camper!  We have winter sports which occupy our time, and we enjoy getting together with friends to both re-live the fun of last year’s activities, and throw around some ideas about what we might get up to in the coming year. ” – Terry Teeft, 2003 GMC Sierra 2500, 2013 Wolf Creek 850

“We will be going to places near our home that are packed during the summer.  We go to a ghost town during the off season.  We went to many places like that last year and had the whole place to ourselves.  We also will be heading up to the ski resorts to do some camping and skiing.  I also think about my next trip and plan yet another truck camper rally.” – Rich Bain, 1999 Chevy C3500, 2010 Adventurer 810WS

“My wife uses the truck camper when she works on a local ski hill every weekend.  We ski, read, listen to a lot of music and hike a lot.” – James B., 2006 Ford F150, 1994 Okanagan 8ft

“I’m not sure if I am going truck camping this winter.  In Phoenix, Arizona, what cold?  Well low 40s maybe, but in the USAF stationed in Michigan below zero was the norm.” – Joe Pospicil, 2007 Ford F250, 2000 Lance 920

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