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Hot Dog Caption Contest Winner

This past Tuesday we published a photograph showing an enormous hot dog on our truck camper roof.  We discovered this big wienie in Mackinaw City, Michigan on top of a restaurant called Wienerlicious.


Parking in just the right spot, and angling the camera just the right way, we captured an outrageous photograph that looks like a big hot dog landed on our truck camper.



We love photographing our truck camper with roadside attractions, but this one was too perfect.  We showed the photograph to a few friends later that day and they agreed; a caption contest was in order.


While many of the caption entries were funny, one in particular almost made us snarf:

“Does this camper make my wiener look small?” – Jan Openlander

Jan, you made us laugh out loud, and won yourself a Truck Camper Magazine T-Shirt.  Congratulations!

Five other captions nearly won.  Here are the five runners-up:

“No power needed, we’re bun-doggin.” – Erik Russell

“Payload matters when you want the works!” – Jessica Thomas

“Resupply complete, let’s go!” – Frank Burley

“Hot dog for president!” – Jennifer Keeler

“The Ram can handle it!” – Scott West

Thank you to everyone who played along with our ridiculous fun.  We loved reading all the captions and, even better, knowing that our readers have a wonderful sense of humor.  Speaking of which, here are all 93 entries:

“Wheelin’ Weinermoble.” – Bill Sprague

“Truck campers like to bring their own food.” – Chip Collin

“Here’s a roving doghouse fit for a king… here King, here King!” – Curt Paden

“Would you like bio-diesel fries with that?” – John Desjardins

1. “Do you think it will spoil before we reach California?”
2. “Do you think customs will notice?”
3. “Does this camper make my wiener look small?” – Jan Openlander

“Retirement… it’s a dog’s life.” – John Stanley

“Gordon White was asked to provide the food for Friday Night’s meal at NATCOA and this is what he brought.  It ought to be wienerlicious!” – Dave Layson

“Patriots delight.” – Jerry and Judy Funk

1. ”TCM’s truck camper rig is top dog!”
2. “TCM eschews the traditional rubber roof for the optional ‘tube steak top.” – Bruce and Kathy Allison

1. “Kayaks? We don’t need no stinkin’ kayaks.”
2. Can thirty-two of your employees stand on the roof?  Well no, but wait until you see this.” – Gregory Himes

“I have a large PVC drain pipe mounted on the top of my Hawk camper to carry the awning.  Whenever I am asked what it is for, I reply that it is my rocket launcher to take care of inept drivers in front of me.  This would be a much more formidable weapon.” – Bill Peters

1. ”We don’t need no stinkin’ groceries this weekend!”
2. “I told the guy, “Hold the mustard”; now what?” – John Cook

“Honey, I think the ozone is messed up.  My dog don’t look right.” – Craig Willis

“Hot dog, we’re camping!” – Ellen and Ed Graf

“No power needed, we’re “Bun-doggin.” – Erik Russell

“Yes we did camp at Coney Island, why do you ask?” – Frank Donofrio

“The new review on the edible pop-up from TCM.” – Mike Reier

1. “White’s Wienermobile”
2. “Americana all the way”
3. “Hot dogging all over America.” – Joe MacDonald

1. “Overweight”
2. “Grossly Overweight.”
3. “Where’s lunch?” – Stan Johnson

“I absolutely relish this write up in TCM by Gordon.” – Rich Bain

1. “I got the hot dogs covered, who’s bringing the hamburgers?”
2. “Who took my hot dog?”
3. “TCM unveils new camper accessory.  It’s dog gone too good to be true!” – Steve Haas

“Park in center field.” – Linda Norman

“Does this change our center of gravity?” – Pat Bullock

1. “Does this hot dog make my rear end sag?”
2. “Oh yeah? What are you bringing to the rally potluck?”
3. “After that one time, the Whites decided they would never run out of food again!” – Grant Davidson

“Gordon… Do these chrome wheels make my buns look too big?” – John Goins

“Get along little doggie” – Larry Kelly

“Honestly officer, I did not realize that my mustard relish was blowing off and covering the windshields of the cars behind me!” – Allen Williams

“Frankly, this camper has gone to the dogs!” – Steven Maney

1. “We are having a lot of bun traveling around the country in our truck camper.”
2. “That last tunnel scraped off the onions.”
3. “That’s why people call me the big dawg.” – Charlie Coushaine

“Hold the mustard, hold the ketchup, bring on the Michigan hots!” – Chip Collin

“Payload matters when you want the works!” – Jessica Thomas

1. “Angela, good thing we ordered the hot dog to go!”
2. “Angela, be on the lookout for the weight police.  I think this may have put us over the GVWR!”
3. “Angela, is that chilly sauce dripping out of the air conditioner?” – Carl Goode

1. “To be frank, not everything is bigger in Texas…”
2. “On our way to the big wiener show, to be frank, we must-ard win in points so the others don’t ketchup.  We relish the opportunity to show off our wienie!”
3. “Our new solar panel cleverly disguised in the shape of a tasty wiener.  You can also get one shaped like a bratwurst or a wedge of cheddar cheese!”  – Thomas L. Warren, Jr.

1. ”Have dog, will travel.
2. “This TC is dog rated.”
3. “Buy a TC, get a dog too!” – James Thomas


Comic by Bruce Lukaszewicz

1. “Meals on Wheels”
2. “All American dog mobile”
3. “Top dog on wheels” – Jim Kauffman

1. “Who let the dog out?”
2. “To boldly go where no dog has camped before.”
3. “Next stop – Sauerkraut World.” – Steve Singhose

“Oh, okay, so you’re going to be at the next rally?  It’s gonna be so much fun.  Can’t wait to catch up with you guys, it’s been a long time.  We’re thinking about ham roll-ups, what do you think you’ll be bringing to the potluck dinner?” – Bruce Scott

“Resupply complete, let’s go!” – Frank Burley

1. “Have wiener, will travel.”
2. “Hey, honey, did you remember to pack the hot dog(s)?”
3. “Last trip I forgot the hot dogs and my wife never let me forget about it the entire trip!
This time I think I’ll be just fine!” – Rose Rice

“What? No fries!” – Bill Meehan

“Hot dog, what a camper.” – Teresa Mater

“Patriotic wiener on the move!” – Kevin Squires
1.  “I’m looking for a barking lot.”
2.  “Looks like the neighborhood is going to the dogs.” – Pat LaVenture

1. “Guinness book of world records… here we come!”
2. “Here’s the beef!”
3. “Only in America!” – Garret Lewush

“And here I thought they were staring at my truck camper down the road.” – Paul Braun

“Delivery for Coney Island hot dog eating contest” – Ron Richardson

1. “Wife: Honey, there is yellow stuff leaking through the roof air conditioner.  It kind of looks like mustard.  Husband: Well taste it and let me know sweetie…”
2. “We should take off the top level of relish if we want to clear the bridge.”
3. “Finally we are  on our way to the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest.  We are sure to win it this year.” – Doug Colfer

1. “Ah, Houston this is tranquility base.  We have one small step for man, one giant hot dog for mankind!”
2. “Honey, did you say to microwave these hot dogs for one minute or one hour because they really plump when you cook them?” – Fran Colfer

“Truly, America’s Top Dog!” – Neil Steirer

“We sure need a hot dog this big, so that we have something to eat while we are waiting to for a tow truck for the Dodge.  Now what do we do for a drink?” – A H Crawford

“Hot Dogs…. Get Hot Dogs!” – Robert Williams

1. “Honey, looks like a politician is on top of our camper.”
2. ”Oh my word!  I think a politician has climbed up our fat latter and is campaigning on top of our camper.” – Kevin Pinassi

From the TCM Facebook page:

“Those with big truck campers… haul around big weiners!”
“Knock… and receive a free weiner.” – James Thomas

“If the weiner is a-rockin’, don’t bother knockin’” – Jerry Klinken

“Boy, That is one big hotdog!” – Franklin Long

“Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weiner, that is what I’d truly like to be.” – Joe Stundal

“The Ram can handle it!” – Scott West

“Hot dog for president!” – Jennifer Keeler

“Have hot dog, will travel…” – Pamela Saul Maulding

“Fine House of Weiner” – Kim Sprandle

“Got mustard?” – Sherry Greene-Walker

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