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Snowbird In Your Truck Camper

“Yes, I would go to Florida, Texas, Arizona, or California to hike, bike, RV caravan, or work camp.” – Carol Bowman, 2005 Dodge 3500, 2014 Lance 1191

“If I had the time and money (something I never have) I’d probably bum around Florida or take that bucket list trip to Mexico I’ve dreamed about since I was in high school.” – Blake Hooper, imaginary truck and camper for now (currently living in Japan)

“This is exactly what we have planned after retirement, which is unfortunately still a decade away.  We are in New England but have been blown away by the southwest.  The mountains and deserts and everything in between are calling us.  We’ve been out for vacations but can’t wait to really explore.” – Michael Voldahl-Vorliss, 2012 Chevy 1500, 2012 NorthStar 650SC

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“We have been on the road since November, but have not stayed in one location.  We worked our way from Maine to Florida and west to California. Our goal was to find warm.  We are currently in Kentucky headed for home.  It’s cold and there’s a dusting of snow on the ground.  It makes us want to turn around and head south.” – Don and Sue Graf, 2008 Ford F350 Diesel, 2013 Arctic Fox 865

“Yes, I would go to South Texas, South Florida, the Inland Empire of Southern California and the Mexican Baja.  My wife and I snowbirded by accident.  We bought a home in South Texas and moved down in November.  The house was a fixer-upper and as a result we lived in our camper for about three months; me, my wife, and our four dogs ranging from five pounds to eighty pounds.  Not only was it fun and the dogs absolutely love it, but it was an overall enjoyable experience.  Our camper has one slide.  The dogs love to live under the dinette table and there was plenty of room for all of us.  We have full timed in a forty-five foot motor-coach with three slides.  That was a year long experience that none of us enjoyed as much as our camper.  Does it take a bit of getting used to? Sure!  You cannot both be in the bathroom at the same time, nor is there much room for more than one cook in the kitchen.  The result is that I sit down at the dinette and drink my coffee while my wife fixes breakfast.

Truck camping may well be the best kept secret in the RV world.  We sure are a lucky group to have discovered it.” – Don Pryor, 2011 Ford F350, 2009 Arctic Fox 1150

“I would travel west first to Texas, then Arizona, and California.  I would stay for a few days in parks and with friends and family.  I would head back east through all southern states to spend time in Florida with friends.  That’s just a general idea for now.  Retirement is a few years away, so I have plenty of time to get my game face on and get ready to travel.  I would also upgrade to a double slide ten footer.” – Sue Surateaux, 2002 Silverado 2500, 2008 Arctic Fox 811

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“Yes, to Florida.  I’m looking for places to relocate in retirement.” – Brad, Dori, Elsa, 2008 Ford F250, 2013 Arctic Fox 865

“Yes, I think I could do the Southwest all winter in the truck camper, but I doubt if the little woman could!  I believe I would not park in one spot for the whole time.  I would enjoy being able to explore the area for a few months.” – Howard Bisco, 2007 F150, 2012 Palomino Bronco 1251SB

“Yes, to Arizona, New Mexico, and Southern California.  I would visit the relatives (naturally), explore places I have not been to, fish a little, read a lot, eat regional foods, and camp most of the time in remote and uncrowded areas, such as BLM, and live economically. ” – Harvey Keene, 2002 Ford F-350, 2002 Northern Lite Ten 2000CD

“I’m fine for three months on the road.  After that I miss my home and shop.” – Thomas Emerick, 2011 Chevy 3500, 2012 Arctic Fox 990

“I would boondock around Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, changing locations every few days.  I did this in July, August, September and October of 2012 in Canada, Alaska and the west coast traveling over 17,000 miles.” – Mike Herzfeldt, 2011 Chevy 3500 HD, 2005 Arctic Fox 990

“Yes I would.  We have never stayed in the camper for more than two weeks at any one time.  We have decided that we are going to this winter starting in Thanksgiving 2014.  We are going to leave St Louis, Missouri and head to south Texas.  We would probably move around some since most of the camp sites we looked at only allow you to stay between 15 to 20 days at a time.  We will work are way to Florida.  We have never done this before so it will be a real experience for us.  I work from home and can work anywhere as long as I can connect with my hot spot and phone.  Mail is the only problem I can see.  We can forward that if we could get a long term location at an affordable price.  So if anyone out there has the solution for that I am all ears.  We are planning to take the cat.  She has never been camping at all so I figure it will be a big thrill for her too.” – Barry, 2005 Ford F350, 2013 Arctic Fox

“Yes, we would go to southern Texas to the Rio Grande Valley.  The key is being able to use the outdoors to play in while having full hook-ups to offset the limited water/dump issues.” – Chip Cartwright, 2000 Ford F-350, Eagle Cap 1160

“I would go to the southern states and volunteer at campgrounds.” – Gerald Rivers, 2008 Ford F350 SD, 2010 Palomino

“Yes, first, the southwest, next year South America, and the next year the southeast.  I’d definitely move every month or so because there’s so much to see.  I would also take my motorcycle with me.  I keep trying to talk my wife into doing just such a thing.  It would be cool to do a rotation like that. That way I wouldn’t tire of the same area.  I’d have to do Yellowstone at least one winter.  Imagine having the place to yourself.” – Michael Murphy, in the process of getting one

“Yes, I would go to the Florida Keys and go geocaching, kayaking, hiking, and lay on the beach.” – Bandit, 2003 Chevy 3500, New Palomino on order

“Our 8’6″ truck camper is too small.  We need more room for extended periods of time.” – Tom Bender, 2011 Ford F250, 2009 Sun Valley Apache Chief 8.65 WS

“Yes, we would be hauling a nineteen foot Boston Whaler, and staying at various Florida State Parks, near the water for fishing.  Later into the spring we would stay near Lakeland, Florida to watch our Detroit Tigers in spring ball, and then work our way north, fishing our way back to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (home) in time for the Walleye opener May 15th.” – John Katona, 2013 GMC 3500HD, 2009 Lance 981

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