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Lottery Winners Go Truck Camping: Part 2

“Yes.  I would probably go places that I have read about without worrying about getting stuck.  I could afford the four-wheel drive truck with a decent camper on it.  Maybe it would have a bathroom and a better sound system for traveling.

Exploring the north country would be great in the winter and star glazing.  Fall and spring I’d be out fishing and cooking what I caught instead of doing the restaurant scene.  Summer, I’d probably park it since I don’t care for bugs and humidity.  Yup, I’d have one.” – Allen Schott, 2002 Dodge Dakota, 2006 Sunlite Apache 690

“You bet!  What’s a better way to travel?  There is no one to bother you at home.  Help, I need money!  You really find out who your friends are after winning the lottery.

You wouldn’t have to stay at China Mart.  You could stay at national parks and not have to hear people say how expensive it is to stay there.  We could head to some federal campgrounds where it’s nice and quiet.

I would drive down to Panama City and the canal and maybe farther south.  Who cares?   You would have all the time in the world.  I would put our camper on a ship to Australia and have a blast.  See ya soon, not!” – Neil Steirer, 2017 Ford F350, 2015 Lance 1172

“Yes.  I can not think of another way to have a relaxing holiday with no stress of planning or having to keep up with campground reservations.” – Joan Humphrey, 2015 GMC Sierra 2500, 2013 Adventurer 80GS

“I will continue to own and use a truck camper when I win!  With that amount of money I will buy a smaller truck and pop-up camper to add to our current set up so that I can go more places.  Also, I will buy appropriately set up trucks and campers for each continent to travel to far off places.” – Linda Clark, 2017 Ram 5500, 2017 Northern Lite 10-2 EX CD

We love the truck camper for its advantages; being able to use the truck for other things when not camping, and no tires or engine to maintain.  We love the idea of always having the camper with us wherever we go.  We never take it off when camping because we are able to park in a regular parking spot among other things.

What we don’t like is that there is no direct way to get in the camper without going outside.  It’s not as easy to just get in and go because it has to be loaded and tied down.  The wind drag is much higher and most of the showers are not big enough for someone my size (we are doing a major bath and holding tank remodel right now to improve that).

All that said, my wife and I both agree that we want as small a camper as possible and for it to still be livable.  I don’t think that would change with $150 million since neither of us like the large campers or the idea of dragging a lot of stuff with us.

In a few years when we retire and travel more we may consider a small Class C or a larger Class B.  In the meantime we are loving our truck camper.  We may even keep this camper because the shower will probably be larger than any other short bed camper.  Since we will probably never haul a lot of stuff with us, we don’t want a long bed truck.” – Tom Overholt, 2007 Chevy Silverado, 2007 Palomino Maverick 8801

“Definitely, but with that much money I might spring for a frame-off restoration of my truck!  The camper would just get some updating, but we really like the combination.  It works for us.” – Dan Forry, 1996 Ford F250, 2006 Palomino Bronco 1251

“Yes, I would.  I like truck camping very much.  I have owned three truck campers over the years, starting in 1977.  They fit my lifestyle very well.

I go to car shows in different states and I haul a Jeep or pull a boat.  Sometimes I tow an antique automobile somewhere like Pennsylvania, North Carolina, or Bowling Green, Kentucky.  I go to AACA meets, Carlisle Productions, or to Hershey, Pennsylvania.

I never play the lottery so I won’t win that kind of money, but I am happy for someone if they are lucky enough to be able to get a winning ticket.” – Ralph Tindell, 1997 Chevrolet 3500, 1997 Lance 840

“I definitely would keep my camper.  I would probably make some mods and maybe get a newer truck.  I would also buy both a truck (if needed) and camper for my brother, sisters, nieces, and nephews so that we could all go on adventures together.

It would also give me peace of mind to know they could be ready for any emergency and would fare better in a disaster.  And, of course, I could quit my present job and be independent.” – Marcia Liedigk, 2000 GMC K3500, 1998 Elkhorn

“Absolutely.  We would get way more use from our truck camper unit if we didn’t have to stick around home to collect a paycheck.  After owning trailers, camper vans and motorhomes over the years, plus five different combinations of trucks and campers, we are hardcore truck campers with zero desire to “upgrade” to any other style of RV.” – Sean Lynn, 2018 Ram 3500, 2014 Lance 950S

“Yes, I would still have a truck camper!  It would be a custom flatbed-based hard side with high-tech super lightweight construction, state-of-the-art solar, and massive water capacity.  It would take many cues from EarthRoamer, but with the ability to split the camper from the truck.  This would be used to extend the drives between my mountain and desert houses by several weeks in each direction.” – David Turner, 2002 Ford F250, 2002 Lance 820

“Yes, definitely.  After many travel trailers and motorhomes, now that the kids are grown and gone, the truck camper is perfect for my wife and I.  We are free to go almost anywhere and can fit in almost any campsite.  It is so much more mobile than towing a trailer or driving a large motorhome.

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