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Question Of The Week

Snowbird In Your Truck Camper

“Yes, we are right now.  And would you believe we are nearly dry camping?  We’re in Key West, Florida.  We have a hose connection thirty feet away.  Fellow RVers lone us a blue boy to empty the tanks.  We have the truck camper unloaded.  We ride bikes around the Island, and go to the latest run movies for free.  We enjoy watching the prettiest sunsets in North America.  How can we do this?  I’m retired military.” – Lucien and Helen Langlois, 2012 Ford 350, 2004 Lance 1025

“Yes, I’d travel Florida top to bottom.  I’m retired, and my wife just retired.  I have been trying to talk her into it for the past six months.” – Joe Rella, looking to buy, looking to buy

“I live in my 1979 eight foot camper for two years and three months.  I’m living North Dakota working in the oil fields.  I haven’t pay rent yet!  So me, my old truck, and new camper would love to be snowbirds.  I’m thinking Costa Rica on the equator or closer to home in Key West, Florida.  Or any where I can put water in my camper and take shower with out it freezing up for nine months out of year.” – Robert Gregory, 1994 Ford F250, 1976 Excel, 1996 Fleetwood Caribou


“It’s been in the 70s here the last several weeks and some days have hit mid-eighties.  I live in Southern California.  For me, this is prime season for exploring desert parks and camps.  Although, I must say, I have gone to the local mountains and the Sierras just to camp in the snow!” – Mark Obert, 1999 Ford F250 SD, 1999 Lance 920

“I would like a larger camper, but right now we have the 825.  We would spend the time in the four corners area of the southwest USA; Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado.  We would enjoy the national and state parks, BLM land, and the fantastic scenery.” – Mike Pinchers, 2013 Ford F350, 2013 Lance 825

“I would ice fish in northern Maine, travel to Pismo beach, California, and take my grandkids to Fort Wilderness in Disney.  It’s the best campground in the world.  DVDs and smart phones keep them busy since the live in northern Maine.” – Jon Hight, 2001 GMC Sierra 2500 HD, 2004 Adventurer 8.5wbs

“Yes, we would go to Southern Utah, Arizona, and Southern California. We would take our Jeep or quads and explore.” – Bruce Moses, 2006 Chevy 3500, 2008 Lance 1191

“Yes.” – Gordon and Sue, 2006 Ford 350, 2007 Bigfoot 3000

“Yes, we would go to Key West, Florida.  There are many outdoor activities during this time period.  As such, the Fox would only be used as an eatery and sleeping.  Those days not doing an adventure or enjoying the beach would be catching up on news, emails, etc. outside under our awning.  We have everything in our Fox like satellite televisions, etc.  What more would we need with that type of environment?  Health or family issues.” – Cliff Cizan, 2010 Dodge Ram 3500, 2013 Arctic Fox 1150

“I haven’t seen all of Canada yet, and hardly any of the United States, so I could spend all winter down south exploring.  Now only if I was retired and had the time, but it will come to pass soon enough.” – William C. Steger, 2005 GMC 2500HD, 1995 Kodiak SC83

“No, it’s just too small and we are too old.” – Bob Martin, 2008 GMC 2500HD, 2011 Northstar Laredo SC

“In the last three years, Don and I have spent three months from January through March in our truck camper.  Our preference is to travel from one place to another, exploring and enjoying the different areas of the country. Everyday is an adventure filled with new experiences.  Meeting people from different regions of the country is amazing!” – Pat and Don Rose, Ford 350, Chalet TS 116 RB

“As far south as possible, say Key West!  We would visit multiple parks and would like to take a float plane ride out to the Dry Tortugas Island to camp and snorkel for a few days.  I’d probably take my wave runner and a kayak as well to do some of my own exploring and photography.  Work doesn’t transport well!  I need that mobile job to work out!” – Tim Holman, 2013 Ford F-350, 2014 Wolf Creek 850

“I live in New Braunfels, Texas, so I don’t have to snowbird.” – John Schlobohm, 2013 Ford F150, Lance 825

“We left Vermont in early December and drove to Northern California and are now in Desert Hot Springs in Southern California.  Because of the gorgeous weather we spend most of the day outside.  We’re in a hot spring resort called Caliente Springs.  We’ve been out almost three months and traveled about 5000 miles.  The camper is somewhat cramped but because we go swimming, exercising, bicycling, shuffle boarding, etc., it really works well.  We fix our grub here and sleep here and do some computer work.  The rest is sun and fun.” – Ronnie Bosch, 2005 Dodge Ram 2500, 2012 Northern Lite 10-2 CDSE

“We love the snow, so we snowmobile and use our camper as a base.  But we do get away and head south to visit family in Georgia.  We have also been caught in snow storms and stranded (of all places, in the south).” – Tom and Nancy Best, 2008 Ford F450, 2010 Chalet TS116

“Yes, we would go the southwest to go boondocking, hike, and explore.” – Jim Wilson, 2004 Ford F-250, 2013 Palomino

“I am doing this right now!  I left New Hampshire with my dogs during one of many ice storms in January.  I drove down the eastern seaboard, then over California, and now I am up in Washington state.  I drove a big U-shape of the country to avoid snow in the Midwest.  I love living in the truck camper and it’s been wonderful being on the road.  It’s been a little too cold everywhere to dewinterize the lines though.  This has been kind of a bummer.  Maybe I should have stayed longer in Arizona with the rest of the snowbirds!  With inspiration from my full-time RV friends, I am now debating whether to stay full-time in the truck camper or whether to park it and dwell in an abode without wheels for a while.” – Erika Hokanson, GMC Sierra 2500HD, 2010 Northern Lite 8-11 Q Classic

“My winter is not that long.  I would like to try January and February some place.  I can’t ever see myself giving up the farm so we would still have to heat the house.” – Matt Reinker, 2006 Chevy 1500, 2007 Northstar TC650

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