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Snowbird In Your Truck Camper

This week’s Question of the Week is, “Would you snowbird in your truck camper all winter?”

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“We are generally tied close to home (Atlanta) through the holidays in November and December for family, but come January we are on the road. Our favorite warm weather spot is Death Valley.  It’s dry and warm, but not too warm and it’s gorgeous.  We may stay in one campground for a few weeks, but then we get the itch and move around to other campgrounds. We would never stay in one of the big, private resort campground.  We take our time getting there by hugging the Mexican border and then take our time coming back.  We would never sell our house, but we meet up with some full-time RVing friends and have a great time.” – Larry Routt, 2005 Ford F-350, 2004 Lance 820

“Yes, I would go to South Texas, unload the camper and day trip.  I’d ride bikes and enjoy life!  We would spend much of our waking hours outside.” – Bill Dalton, 2001 Dodge 2500, 1999 Lance 845

“Last year we did South Padre Island in Texas.  This year, we toured Florida from the west coast to east coast staying a week a each place we stopped.  We took time to visit and there was always a place for us.” – Richard C. Raymond, 2005 Chevy Silverado 3500, Palomino Winter Creek 11.5 RS

“We have been in Arizona for as long as two months at a time over the last five years.  It is not the truck camper that is the drawback.  It usually winds up that we either get homesick or get bored, and just want to move on.” – David and Lila Weinstein, 1999 Dodge 3500, 2005 Arctic Fox 1150

“We are off to see the USA.  We sold our house last fall and retired just before Christmas.  We spent Christmas with the family and headed south the day after in a snow storm.  Our mantra is to never have to scrape the windshield.  We are exploring Florida this winter and then will follow the weather north and southwest over the next five plus years.  Your magazine has been our inspiration and help with our equipment decisions since we met at the Springfield show three years ago.” – Philip McEachen, 2000 Ford F350, 1998 Bigfoot 3000

“We would definitely stay in our camper during the winter.  We either go to Florida or Arizona.  We visit friends and family, play golf and fish.” – Joe Vieites, 2013 Chevrolet 3500HD, 2005 Lance 1181

“I love the Four Wheel pop-up camper, but it would be way too small for that amount of time.  Being from Canada, I’m sure that I’ll want to snowbird once retired.  But the truck camper would have to be bigger, like the Lance 1172 or Adventurer 116DS, which are two of my favorites.  I also think that I’d have a hard time staying in one place for the whole time and would rather move around.  If I were going to stay put for six months, I’d get a full mobile home or condo!” – Darrin P, 2014 Ford F-150, 2014 Four Wheel Hawk

“We actually did snowbird for two years, and visited Illinois, Maryland, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, and California. We mostly visited friends and relatives.” – Henry Huizenga, 2005 Chevy 2500 HD, 2004 Arctic Fox 860

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“We just returned from a three week trip to the east and west coast of Florida and the Gulf Coast.  The only challenge would be to stay where the weather allowed outside activities for us.  Cabin fever would overtake us if we were stuck inside.  We are planning a four month Alaska trip the summer of 2015, so we have no issue long term tripping.  Camp on.” – Tom Elliott, 2012 Dodge Ram 1500, 2012 Outfitter 6.5 Lite

“I am a snowbird.  In two words, “cabin fever”.  We spend four months every winter in a triple slide, 36 foot, fifth wheel.  By the end of the winter it is pretty confining and we are ready to go home where we live in a house. We love our Lance for summer fishing, travel, towing toys, etc.” – Ron, 2014 Dodge 3500, 2012 Lance 850

“I am retired and my husband will be retired in one and a half years.  We would like to get away from the snow and cold in New England, however, we do not want the expense or responsibility of owning an place far away.  We do not want to leave New England but do want to get away in the winters.  We have family in Georgia and Florida and would definitely spend our winters with them in our truck camper.  We have no problem living in it for a season and it would give us the opportunity to stop and explore different places.” – Rich and Denise Snyder, 2006 Dodge Ram 3500, 1997 Bigfoot

“We would head south on the east or west coast and then start working my way toward the other coast.   We would go see the sites as we moved. We would probably spend a week or so at each location where we found interesting things to do.  We would try surf fishing and play along the beach.” – Butch Evans, 2013 Dodge Ram 3500, 2012 Northern Lite 10-2 CDSE

“We would leave on January 6th, towing our Jeep, and would head to Florida.  We would explore the Keys and Gulf Coast and visit with friends. Then in February we would head West to Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico to visit with friends, go off roading, and explore off the grid locations.  Then we would slowly head back east with an estimated time of arrival of sometime in May!” – Joe Mac Donald, 2013 Chevy Silverado 3500, 2013 Northstar Igloo U

“I don’t like winters that much unless I’m camping somewhere kind of warm.  I don’t like the basement type truck campers with the necessary heated tanks.  They’re too tall.  Really a flight of stairs?” – Jimmie, 2003 Dodge 3500, 1999 Fleetwood Elkorn

“If I didn’t have church, family, and work obligations here up north all winter long, I would certainly do it.  I would road trip through the south and California with stops no longer than a few days in one spot.  So far it just a dream, but it is fun to think about.  As I said, too many obligations in our lives to be able to do it any length of time.  We will just get out as much as we can when opportunity arises.” – Allen Brummel, 2008 Dodge Ram 1500, 2008 Northstar TC650



“We love to travel in our camper any time of the year, but we need to expand our space after a few weeks.  The camper is great fun, but it is terribly cramped.” – Randall Rice, 2012 GMC Sierra 3500HD, 2002 Bigfoot 2500 10.6

“I have done it for a few winters for 3 (+or-) months periods.  I did however move around every three to four weeks for a change of scenery.  Arizona was my destination along with southern California.  I’m now skipping a few years thanks to the price of gas.  I’ll also be downsizing my rig as I would be outside most of the time down there.  Hiking and biking is what I enjoy doing while snowbirding.” – Mark

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