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Lottery Winners Go Truck Camping: Part 1

A record breaking number of Question of the Week responses reveal what $150 million dollars would do to our truck camping lifestyles.  This is one fascinating read.

This week’s Question of the Week was, “Would you still own and use a truck camper if you won $150 million in the lottery?”

“Having been through this in a similar fashion, first let me clarify that you don’t get the full $150 million.  Here in Michigan, you would end up with about $73 million.

After splitting up the funds to different savings, checking, and investment accounts, we simply went on with life.  The only change was that we switched out of our high stress jobs into part-time gigs that allows us to travel more.

We still have the same house and property, same toys, and the same vehicles.” – E.B., 2002 Ford F250, 1994 Shadow Cruiser

“Even if we won the lottery, I would definitely stay with the camper we have.  Our 1971 Amerigo has lots of sentimental memories.  We have owned it since new.  Although the new trucks are probably more comfortable and have lots of bells and whistles, we love our 1996 Ram 2500.  It has served us well and we don’t have to deal with all the computer sensors.” – Susan Oliveri, 1996 Dodge Ram 2500, 1971 Amerigo

“The lottery would give us the comfort to never look back and always charge forward in our new truck camper!” – David McKee, 2017 Ford F350, Looking for an Arctic Fox 865

“If we won $150 million dollars, we would still have the same truck camper.  We would just have more time to use it.” – Bill Gage, 2015 Ram 3500, 2017 Wolf Creek 840

“Yep!  $150 million should take care of it.  I’d have the same set up with a few mods. The truck’s interior would be upgraded with all the bells and whistles – just because.  The camper would have the solar and batteries that are required.

With $150 million, I’d be looking at the Telsa Powerwall system as they’re working on an RV model.  Otherwise, Lithium-batteries and more solar.  Actually one more 160-watt panel might do it.

I’d be towing a RZR 1000 Turbo buggy on a 7×14’ open aluminum trailer.  The rest of the money would be for the FFBs to get around (Fuel, Food, Beer).  And we’re good to go.  Now I need to go out and buy those Lotto tickets.” – Frank Poole, Ram 5500 HD, Arctic Fox 990

“You bet!  Winning the lottery and getting to go truck camping full-time is one of my favorite daydreams.  I would not get a new truck because I love mine, but I would get some snazzy fuzzy wool seat covers.

I would get a new Bigfoot truck camper, but I would be stoked to not have to sell my old Lance, which I also love.  I would retire and take my son on the trip of a lifetime for a couple years of road schooling.

We would go to every national park we haven’t been to yet.  We’d eat fewer meals of beans and rice and stop for more fancy ice cream.  We’d be able to ride all the historic trains that we read about but can’t afford.

I’d still hike for fun.  I’d just do it in some decent boots.  We’d truck camp at every camping music festival we could find and buy the craziest hats from the vendors.  I’d still prefer state and national parks over RV parks.

Bonus!  I could hire someone to do all the caulking and sealing on the camper!” – Darcy Hubbard, 2014 Ram 3500, 1998 Lance Legend

“I would still go truck camping, but I’d have one custom-built to be exactly what I want, and within the specifications of the brand new truck that I’d be buying.

I’d have a lot of figuring out to do since I run a seasonal (summer) business, which I love, and have a kid in school.  So, we might have to buy a second rig for a full-time teacher to hit the road with us.

You should have asked where we’d go truck camping if money was no option.  I’d go to Australia!  Since money is no option, I’d probably buy a rig down there and sell it – when (or if) I leave.

Maybe someone would build me a truck camper that’s as amazing as this trailer.  I think truck camper manufacturers could learn a lot from this trailer manufacturer!” – Melissa Malejko, 2002 Chevy Silverado, 1981 Okanagan

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