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Big Response To Major Appliances In Truck Campers

Every day, when we have water and power in a campground, we do a load of laundry while eating breakfast.  We then hang it up on our expandable clothes drying rack, and off we go to explore.  No wasting precious sightseeing time doing laundry for us.  This was a great mod!” – Charles Coushaine, 2001 Ford F350, 2012 Chalet DS116RB

“As you indicate, add something up front and the devil’s in the details, sorta like dropping a bigger engine in a truck.  You also have to do the power train, transmission, rear end, etc.  So, while a washer/dryer would be nice, it would take up water and electric, room and space.  So, it’s probably not going to happen.  It would be nice to have a fireplace, but there are a few gotchas behind the scenes.

Having said that, I have a 32-inch television in the cabover bedroom area, and I’m looking for a 43-inch 4K TV with Xbox OneX (new Scorpio) for the dinette area.  So go figure.   But they’re thin, so not so bad – right?.  It is my full-time home after all.” – Frank Poole, 2016 Ram 5500, 2016 Arctic Fox 990

“For now, no to all as it would put a dent into our water usage since we mainly boondock.  I could see a washer/dryer if I was a full-timer and used it occasionally when I wasn’t boondocking – or if I was in a bigger rig (may not be a truck camper).  It would have to use space that is otherwise wasted.” – Loren Jones, 2013 Ram 3500, 2013 Lance 850

“No.” – Joe DaSilva, 2013 Ford F350, 2015 Lance 1050S

“I guess I am not the consumer to target.  For me, simple is best.  I even removed the microwave that came standard in the deluxe package on our new Northern Lite.

For the 95 days we have used our camper since we picked it up nine months ago, we have only had electrical hookups for 14 days.  Those are the same 14 days we’ve had water and sewer hookups.

We prefer storage space, minimal electrical draw, and minimal water usage.  With two solar panels and two Group 31 125-amp batteries, we are self sufficient.  With a 6.3 cubic foot refrigerator, why would you need more cold storage?  Doing dishes for two at the end of every meal is not a big deal.

To me, this question comes down to why you buy a truck camper to begin with.  If you buy it for its ease of going anywhere, getting away, and being independent, then simple is best.  Other recreational vehicle choices probably work better for those that want to live in a park setting for longer periods of time with all the comforts of home.  That’s why we have all these great choices to make!” – Mark Harrison, 2005 Dodge 2500, 2017 Northern Lite 10.2 EXCD

“I’m with you.  I don’t even want a microwave because 30+ years of shift work makes me hate nuked food, and I like the extra cupboard.  No slide-outs either.  Look at all the complaints in the forums about slide-outs.

My built-in generator only worked the summer before the warranty expired, so now I carry a portable on the back seat floor of my crew pickup.  Call me a Luddite or a curmudgeon, but I have fewer troubles on the road.” – Philip Tron, 2009 Chevy 3500, 2012 Lance 1050

“Maybe a washer-dryer combo.  But, no to a freezer or dishwasher.  Let’s face it. how much dirty cutlery can two people make?” – Mark Spremulli

“No.  ‘A camper’s got to know its limitations.’  With apologies to Harry Callahan.” – Mark Obert, 1999 Ford  F250 SD, 1999 Lance 920

“No.” – Gilbert Lukkonen, 2011 2500HD, 2018 Northstar 650SC

“I like the chest freezer idea, but I don’t want to give up any storage space!  We travel with a freezer that I’ve modified with handles and rollers.  We use it if we plan on staying more than a few days with full hookups.

It comes in real handy when headed to the coast for tuna or crabbing trips.  It is the last thing loaded before the camper goes onto the truck and the first thing unloaded when the camper comes down at a campsite.  It holds reusable ice blocks, crab bait, and food.” – Diane Larsen, 2012 Ford F350, 2007 S&S Montana

“No thanks.  All these appliances only appeal to folks who’ve never camped.  Anyone with any camping experience of any kind understands that keeping things simple is the key to enjoying the experience.

The more electrical stuff you add, the more time and money you’ll spend keeping it all working.  Very soon you start avoiding trips because it just becomes too much hassle.” – Harry Woodworth, 2001 Dodge 3500, 2000 Snowbird

“I like the idea of a washing machine if there were a way to do so without losing too much space.  It would be great not to have to spend a half day at a laundry mat during a long trip.

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