Question Of The Week

Truck Camper Attire: The Wardrobes We Roll

Why is storage one of the very first things people notice about a truck camper?  It’s not because cabinets are cool.  It can’t be for the thrill of drawers and pantries.  And exterior compartments don’t exactly dance the jig either.  So what’s so immediately compelling (or repelling as it may be) about the available storage in a truck camper?

Stuff!  Our precious stuff needs storage or we’re not going anywhere.  Would you go camping in your truck camper if it were stark empty?  No clothes, food, tools, or toys?  Probably not, or at least not for very long.  Stuff and truck camping go together like, well trucks and campers!  Without one, the other isn’t nearly as fun.

This is why I always ask, “Where do socks, underpants, jeans, T-shirts, and sweatshirts go?” when reviewing a truck camper.  Unless the industry wants to limit their customer base to nudist colonies and pet stores, smart and plentiful clothing storage should be a priority.  It’s amazing how often this simple idea gets missed.

This week we asked a question to find out more about what clothing we pack for truck camping, and why.  Of course you’re probably really here to see which Muppet won the favorite Muppet poll.  Here are the results:

Favorite Muppet Poll

It’s a tie between Kermit and the Swedish Chef!  Børk! Børk! Børk!

A few of folks said they never watched The Muppets (oh start now), or didn’t like any of them.  Others voted for the Chickens and Rizzo the Rat, both worthy of favorite Muppet consideration.

A good number of people wrote in characters from Sesame Street; Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, The Count, and Grover.  I have no issues there, but this poll was specifically for The Muppet Show characters.  Besides, if you had to pick a favorite Sesame Street character, you can’t forget Oscar the Grouch!

This week’s Question of the Week was, “Do you bring your normal home clothes with you when you go truck camping, or do you have a separate and dedicated set of clothing for truck camping?”

“I always keep a separate set of clothing in the camper.  That set gets washed, returned to the camper, and is ready to go.” – Carol Brockway, 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500, 2013 Northstar Laredo

“I carry a tuxedo with cummerbund and spats.  I’ve got to look good for my truck camping friends!  Seriously, I schlep clothes from house to camper.” – Bob Lick, 2003 Ram 3500, 1993 Alpenlite 11-foot

“We keep a set of clothing in the camper for cooler weather.  We live in south Texas in the winter and travel north all summer.  We also keep canned food in the camper.” – Dean and Judy Lonning, 1997 Dodge 3500, 2016 Northstar 12STC

“Mrs. Piggy reminds me of my ex-wife!  LOL.  We keep a couple light jackets in the truck camper in the closet and usually pack whatever we need for a particular outing.  My wife and I each have out own plastic tub we keep our clothes in.  With the limited space, that works well for us.” – Daryl Davis, 1997 Ford F350, 2014 Palomino SS1500

“Other than the camper jackets that always hang in the closet, we bring our clothes from home.  We do not dress differently, but we do plan for activities and pack accordingly; hiking boots, water socks, snow shoes, etc.” – Ben Hansen, 2006 Ford F350, 2005 Lance 981 Max

“When we arrive at home, we completely unpack our camper of clothing and foot wear.  We camp in many different areas.  Repacking with the type of clothing we need for a planned trip is best.  You may camp at an isolated place one time, and camp at a major city the next time.  Foot wear varies greatly depending on where we are going.” – Gary Burgess, 1998 Kodiak 9-foot

“We keep a basic set of clothes, shoes and jackets in the truck camper but always bring seasonal clothes from the house and return them to the house (via the washing machine) after each trip.” – Mark Joslin, 2006 Ram 3500, 2005 Lance 1181

TCM T-Shirt Group

Above: Truck Camper Magazine T-shirts at the North-East Truck Camping Jamboreee

“We have three sets of clothing.  One set is up north in Connecticut, one set is down south in Florida, and one set is in the truck camper!

The three clothing sets are very similar, but vary slightly based on the average temperatures seen at the destination.  Our Connecticut clothes are heavier with longer pants and more jackets.  Our Florida clothes have more shorts.  And our truck camper clothes have a mix of both.

Of course I carry a full wardrobe of North-East Truck Camping Jamboree and TCM shirts!” – Charles Coushaine, 2001 Ford F350, 2012 Chalet DS116RB

“Since we are preparing to travel full-time in our truck camper, we will carry the clothing we need and like.  Until now, we brought the clothing from home we expected to need and want.” – Bruce Bowens, 2015 Ram 3500, 2017 Eagle Cap 1165

“I take the same normal clothes from home.  I always take extra winter items because I like to camp at altitude.” – Chuck Cox, 2005 Ford F150, Range Rider Cap

“I take the same clothes from home.” – Jeffrey Buckley, 2011 Ford F250, 2017 Travel Lite 625SL

“We pack for the trip.  We carry normal clothing, and bring heavier-duty camping apparel if needed.  I keep some jackets and hats in the camper closet year-round for whatever comes our way.” – Mark Obert, 1999 Ford F250SD, 1999 Lance 920

“Since we are not rich we wear what we wear at home; blue jeans, shorts, tennis shoes, and T-shirts with a pocket.  That’s for spring and summer.  Fall and winter I just add a flannel shirt with a pocket!” – Denver Woods, 1997 Ford F350, 2001 Lance 1121

“I bring normal home clothes.  If I’m staying at a RV park near a city, I may add a business causal outfit, just in case.” – Lt. Y, 2014 Ram 3500, 2007 Lance 1191

“I take clothes out of the closet for one reason.  My wife for some reason wants to take way too many clothes on each trip for both of us making camping more time consuming.  We wouldn’t have anything to wear if she left that much in the camper.  After one seven day trip this summer I counted twenty-two shirts that she brought back still on the hanger.  Please don’t ask how many she wore that week.  I can’t count that high.  LOL.  I myself would rather have a set left in the truck and change only between cold and hot weather.” – Jeff Lewis, 2001 Ford F-350, 2014 Lance

“I pretty much dress myself out of Costco and Walmart.  Hey, Rustler jeans are only $9.99.  I wear the same stuff at home and when I’m on the road.

If I run short of things to wear at home, I can just go out to the camper and I’ll usually find it there, and vice-versa.  I’m not much for making too big of a deal out of what I’m wearing.” – John Tully, 2014 Ram Laramie 3500, 2015 Lance 855s

“We bring clothes from home and pack ‘mission specific’.  For example, we just returned from our Elk Hunt and had clothing specific for that purpose.  On normal trips, as if anything we do can be called normal, we bring the same clothing we wear day to day at home.” – Les Brush, 2002 Ram 2500, 2007 S&S Montana Ponderosa 8.5FBSC

“I have a camper wardrobe always in the camper.  It covers winter to summer, mountains to the beach.  It is good for about a week to ten days.

I supplement it as needed before each trip, though not generally with much.  I always wear departure clothes that are a little nicer than camper clothing so I have a go-to/oops backup.  Camper clothes are just like ranch clothing, so there’s no real difference except I have more shorts in the camper.

Laurie always brings everything in duffel bags, except for coats.  She prefers to pack specifically for each trip.  I don’t understand it, but don’t question it either.  All of her cabinets are generally empty.” – Jon Schnebly, 2004 Freightliner M2-106, 2014 Arctic Fox 1150

“We bring normal clothing and our fishing clothes.  We use our camper at least once or twice a month.  We fish bass tournaments and travel doing so.  We love our Lance camper.  It is perfect for what we do.” – Juanita Robinson, 2008 Dodge, 2012 Lance

“We wear the same clothing whether camping or at home.” – Dan Entringer, 2017 Ford F250, 2017 Travel Lite 770R

“We have clothing that is dedicated to the rig, but it’s really no different from what we normally wear.  We are prepared for all temperatures.  We are not fashionistas and wear very serviceable clothes daily.  If we have forgotten something, we’ll hit a thrift shop on the road.  I chose Kermit because a good friend actually was Kermit the Frog.” – Frank and Polly Foley, 2016 Ford F-350, 2016 Northstar 8.5 Arrow U

“I have different shoes that stay in the camper – such as for water adventures – and I have additional, but not necessarily different, clothes that stay in the camper.

I bring the dirty clothing in upon return home and determine what few, if any, I need to take out on next camping adventure.  I have a season switch-over from bathing suit to warmer clothes twice a year.

While we are at it, I have a separate set of other items in the camper; eating utensils, dishes, pots, pans, toiletry items, ratchet set, other minor tools, wine cellar (well, couple of bottles), condiments, and USB switch/laptop charging cord/keyboard/mouse.  I can head out on a truck camper adventure with little effort.” – Fred Patterson, 2013 Ford F350, 2002 Lance 1161

“My wife and I keep clothing in the truck camper.  That way it’s ready to go if we have a chance to sneak off last minute for a weekend.  I do a lot of hunting and fishing so my camper wear isn’t a lot different than my casual non-work clothes.

My wife, on the other hand, keeps more Columbia and Cabelas clothing packed and ready to go.  We both agree we have more packed than we need for most trips” – David Rivers, 2016 Chevy 3500, 2016 Arctic Fox 990

“We bring our normal clothing from home.  If we are traveling in the summer or out west, we will wear shorts, bathing suits, short sleeve shirts, etc.  If we are going to the northeast in the fall, we bring sweaters, light jackets, and down-filled coats.

One day in Maine it was in the high 70s to 80s and the next day we woke up to snow.  On the way home we were ahead of an ice storm that the weatherman wasn’t expecting.

My wife always packs a little extra!  Be prepared.  RVing is an adventure, so just go with it.” – RJ Bickford, 2007 Dodge 2500, Palomino Maverick 1000

“We generally bring normal home clothes, with the caveat that we won’t freak if the clothes are damaged in a malfunctioning dryer.  Most fine home clothes stay home.  Our few fine garments dry in our shower while we’re sleeping.

So far, Facebook friends have not commented on the frequency (duration) that some outer-wear appear in photos.” – Tony Coyne, 2015 Silverado 3500, 2016 Arctic Fox 1140

“We bring our daily clothing from home.  When we are done camping, we bring them back in and wash them.  We do leave an array of coats from parkas to wind breakers in the camper.  We have something for every type of weather.  We also leave a pair of shoes in the camper.” – Erwin Greven, 2002 Chevrolet 2500HD, 2002 Lance 921

“I bring my normal home clothes as we usually empty the camper so they can be washed.” – Jan Van Hoven, 2002 Ford 250, 2001 Pastime 800FD

“We go truck camping with our horses and bring both regular stuff and riding clothes. Depending on where we go, we bring bathing suits too.  Much of the clothing stays in the camper for the full season and just gets washed and put back.  It’s too much of a bother to pack and repack.  It’s easier to just have things preloaded.” – Esther Fiddes, 2001 Chevy 2500 HD, 2006 Lance Lite 951

“We keep dedicated sweats for sleeping, plus rain gear, fleeces, hats, socks and gloves in the camper.  That’s just a precaution against a turn in the weather.  Everything else we pack in and pack out.” – Randy Smith, 2001 Ford F350, 2017 Adventurer 910DB

Cathie and I have camper clothing that stays in the camper at all times.  We plan on seven days of various outfits.  Then it’s time to do laundry.  If I change or swap out anything, it would be more shorts and less jeans for the summer months and the opposite in the spring and fall.

But the bigger picture for us is our annual ten to twelve week Florida trip.  We can leave Massachusetts in single digit numbers wearing flannel shirts and winter coats, and four days later we are in Florida and it’s time to break out the shorts and tees.

Now add in the challenge of doing a seven-day cruise out of Tampa this winter and you have to think about three different sets of clothing.  So we’ve got winter clothing, Florida clothing, and cruise clothing!  I’m gonna need a bigger camper.” – Mike Tassinari, 2002 Ford F350, 2016 Lance 1172

“We use our regular clothes from home.” – Pat Bullock, 2016 Ford F350, 2001 Lance 1030

“We don’t keep a separate set of clothing in the camper, but we load jeans, tees, light jackets, heavy jackets, hiking boots, truck shoes that are easy to kick off while driving, and layers.  We keep a list of items so we don’t forget something that we had to add on a previous trip.

We live in Missouri and travel west to Montana because that is where we grew up and have family.  It can be hot and muggy in Missouri and across Kansas and Nebraska, and then frosty in Wyoming and Montana.  That requires different garments in some cases and the necessity for adding layers in other cases.

We have learned to never leave home without a warm jacket, stocking cap, and gloves even though we might start the trip in shorts and sandals.” – Laurel Wilson, 2013 Ford F350, 2016 Four Wheel Granby Shell

“I wear the same style/type of clothes at home and in the camper.  I keep a basic set of clothes in the camper at all times, so I just add before a trip what I want to take.  This approach saves a complete packing/unpacking for each trip.  It also helps if I should overlook putting something in.

I put a sticky note on the table to list all things I remove.  That way I know what belongs in the camper at all times or things that need replenishing.” – John Hallett, 2011 Ram 3500, 2014 Bigfoot 9.6LB

“Being the ultra bargain shopper I am, we have a set of clothes in the truck camper that stay in there.  When they come in to be washed, I just grab replacements out of our closet in the house and restock.

I say ultra bargain shopper because the majority (95%) of our clothes I purchase at thrift stores.  Nine times out of ten, they are the higher-end name brands (i.e. North Face, Columbia, Carhart and such).  Yes, I find them all at thrift stores for usually less than $5!

My favorites for always having are our zip-off pants.  They go from long pants to shorts by just unzipping the legs.  They are perfect for cool mornings when you know it’s going to get warmer later.  And I’m sorry, but I wasn’t a huge Muppet fan. – Cindi Delo, 2013 Chevy K2500, 2004 Adventurer 90RDS

“We bring clothes that we’re not concerned about if they get a few sparks from the fire ring at night.  Other than that, we take our regular clothes.  We never know if we’ll be sightseeing, shopping, or eating out.  Having a truck camper, we stay cleaner than when we were tent campers.” – Sharon Arlia, 2016 Chevy 2500, 2014 CampLite 6.8

“I take the clothes that I use everyday; at home or camping.  However, I do keep a pair of hiking boots and a rain coat in the camper that I do not use when I’m at home.” – Bill Gahafer, 2008 Ford F450, 2013 Lance 1181

“We have some clothes that live in the camper, like truck camper rally tee shirts, TCM tees, N-SSA and artillery tees.  Also, we carry some sweatshirts, light rain gear, and lots of ball caps.  Packing goes quicker with this approach.

We throw in season specific clothes and underwear, socks, and shoes needed for each trip.  It speeds packing, and most of the stuff that lives in the camper doesn’t get much everyday use as it is camper or hobby oriented.  We dress as casually as possible (jeans, tee or denim shirts, sweatshirts, etc), mostly to cover our nakedness, and for added warmth.

And, I can’t believe you omitted cute, furry little Grover from the survey!  I’m appalled!” – Marylou and John Wells, 2011 Chevy 3500, 2012 Chalet Ascent S100F

Editor’s Note: Grover is from Sesame Street.  The survey was for a favorite muppet from the Muppet Show.  That said, Grover (and Super Grover) totally rocks!

“We bring normal clothes brought from home.  Because the truck camper is normally used when we camp with the horses, the clothes are associated with riding.” – Don Norris, 2003 Chevy K2500HD, Travel Lite 800SBX

“I have my travel clothes, but I have camping clothes, and my clothes for when we go out on our Polaris ranger and hit the trails.

Usually my camping clothes are my older half-wore-out stuff.  It’s stuff that can get dirty, smokey, and covered in bug spray.” – Ken Atamaniuk, 2012 Ram 3500, 2016 Lance 885

“I have clothing that stays in the camper year-round, and then I bring home clothes for the adventure on the agenda; camping, fishing, hunting, visiting, and just traveling see this great United States of America.” – Jerry Oakley, 2017 Dodge Ram 2500, 2016 Northstar TC650

“Typically we will load the camper with clothes dedicated to the trip we’re embarking on.  There are too many weather/climate variables and too little storage in the truck camper to keep it all in the camper.

Since we hike and backpack, and use the truck camper as base camp, our clothing tends to be more technical and lightweight.  For example, polypropylene long underwear and down parkas for cold weather.  We also have ultra-violet blocking summer clothes for summer or desert treks.” – Bruce Allison, 2017 Ram 3500, 2012 Adventurer 910 FBS

“I have several sets of military BDUs (battle dress uniforms).  For whatever terrain I’m in, I have the woodlands, desert tri-color tans, and chocolate chips from the Desert Storm era.  I like BDUs because they are comfortable and durable and the field jackets are warm.  This way my regular clothes don’t get ruined.” – DuWayne Hermann, 1996 Ford F-150, 1993 Fleetwood Elkhorn

“Trick Question!  I bring normal clothing with me because all my clothing is suitable for truck camping.  I have jeans, T-shirts, fleeces, smart wool, and technical clothing (Columbia, ExOfficio, North Face, Athleta, L.L. Bean).

I do have special truck camping jimmies.  The T-shirt features a truck camping lady with super-hero cape.  This answer, by the way, is being sent from my truck camper in Needles, California.” – Anne Stauffer, 2017 Ford F-350, 2017 Alaskan 8.5

“I bring clothes from home.  What I bring depends on the planned activities.  I do try to keep it simple and will wear a pair of shorts or jeans for a two or three days.

Rarely do I need anything more than a pair or two of shorts and jeans/cargo pants, clean T-shirts, drawers and socks for each day, and a sweatshirt or two.  Shoes also are kept simple with sandals and either sneakers or hikers.

I always have rain gear with me and plan for cold weather.  I always have a couple of ball caps in the truck to choose from.  I plan on one towel that lasts a trip.

This winter we are taking off for seventeen days with some northern winter weather, beach, semi-dress dinners, and Florida tourist stuff to plan for.  I imagine it will be a bit more involved.  As simple as possible is my mantra.

As far as the Muppet’s – when I was in 5th grade, if you missed the Muppets you didn’t go to school the next day.  It’s tough to pick one.  I love the old guys and the Swedish Chef best though.  We will go through the Muppet’s 3D theater yet again when we get there.” – Kevin Jenckes, 1996 Ford F250, 2005 Lance 820

“Normal clothes from home with an emphasis on weather and activity specific clothing. For example, we bring hiking boots and good clothes to hike in quite regularly.” – Steve Bakos, 2012 Chevy 2500, 2015 Arctic Fox 811

“I live in Phoenix, Arizona where the weather stays warm ten months out of the year. However, I travel up north a lot to colder destinations.

I love Duluth Trading Company clothing and keep all those clothes in my little closet and cubbies.  Those are my camping clothes and prepare me for any kind of weather!” – Ashley Pollock, 2017 Ram 2500, 2016 Lance 650

“I don’t have different clothing for the camper.  My work and play cover the same bases. Seasons will dictate what I take, but I still like to be prepared for all circumstances.  I always seem to be finding ways to take less and still be covered.

I have found layering to work best.  I have cotton in the mix for comfort.  I find today’s merino wool very comfortable and light for a base layer.  It’s also great for cooler temperatures.  Layered with polyester fleece and Goose down, one can withstand some very cold conditions.

Linen is great in the heat as well as some synthetics.  I tend to seek the deals on the high-end stuff.  The pricey stuff is made well, lasts, and most reputable companies stand behind their products.

I have warranty returned products after years of use and received new items for the price of shipping and/or a greatly reduced price.  I use Marmot, Patagonia, Arcteryx, to name a few.  We dry camp as much as possible, so preparation is peace of mind.” – Pete Memmer, 2015 Ram 2500, 2016 Northstar 850SC

“We have separate camping clothes made of wool, man-made fibers, or a blend to dry fast and not lose all insulation when wet.  Cotton clothes, cotton blends, and blue jeans aren’t fun after a sudden spring hail storm.

Breathable waterproof outer-shell clothes are also brought for wind and rain.  The winter clothes are heavier than the summer set and includes additional layers for the cold.

We love convertible pants.  With just a quick un-zip you go from long pants to short pants for the shoulder season weather changes.  In the winter, we have highly water repellant-breathable pants and appropriate weight long johns for underneath.  We can actually sit in the snow and not get wet, but still have a fair amount of breathability.  In really cold weather, we can put our rain pants over them for extra warmth.” – David Kiel, 2007 Toyota Tundra, 2012 Phoenix Custom

“We don’t wear any cotton clothing in our camper.  It’s too hard to take care of.” – Robert D. Mayton, 2014 Ford F-450, 2015 Lance 1172

“I carry warm weather jeans and T-shirts.  If it’s cool, I have jeans and a sweatshirt.” – Dennis Opferman, 2015 Ford F350, 2018 Arctic Fox 990

“We load the clothes we think we will need as we load the groceries for the trip.

We take jeans, T-shirts, sweat shirts, and jackets as well as an extra pair of hiking boots for each of us.  We do not wear anything different camping than we wear at home.” – Tom Ralls, 2009 Chevy 2500 HD, 1994 Shadow Cruiser 800

“We bring normal home clothing with us, with a couple exceptions.  We have a (nothing special) fleece sweater that stays in the camper for each of us.  We usually pack our grubby clothes which are clothes we don’t care about as much; jeans that are already ripped or wearing out, shirts that are stained, etc.  But it’s all the same stuff we would wear if we were at home.

It may be that we are outdoorsy kind of people even at home, walking or biking everyday to school (one kilometer each way) regardless of the weather.  Or maybe it’s because we’re just too frugal to buy special clothes for camping.  Whatever the reason, we most certainly don’t camp naked!

P.S. I’m younger than you and have never seen the clip on nudity.  Loved it!  I miss the Muppet Show!” – Melissa Malejko, 2002 Chevy Silverado, 1981 Okanagan

“I always just bring my normal clothes that I wear at home unless some activity on the trip requires some specialized type of clothing.” – Joe Cassidy, Sr., 1989 GMC 3500, 2008 Lance 1055

“We are jeans and T-shirt people.  Other than packing more outdoor clothes, we pack our regular clothes.” – Sheelin Prinzinger, 2017 Ford F-250, 2016 Adventurer

“I keep a set in the camper all the time and rotate in clean as necessary.  I have Carhart trousers in the camper for fire building, sitting around camp, and campfires.  I also keep fleece Jac-shirt for warmth.  My wife, on the other hand, rotates all her clothing in each trip.  I have a 2017 Hyper Green Jeep two-door toad that I named “Kermit”.” – Robert Doyle, 2006 Ford F350, 2011 Lance 850

“We keep a jacket and bathrobe in the camper at all times, but take our home clothing with us since we travel to different areas.  We might want sweatshirts and jeans or short sleeved shirts and shorts.  It depends on the time of year that we are traveling in.” – Dee Gheen, 1999 Dodge Ram 3500, 2007 Host Yellowstone

“We bring our normal clothes, minus the evening gowns and tuxedos.” – Nancy Malicki, 1998 Dodge 3500, 1997 Real-Lite 1130

“We have both.  Rain coats, casual shoes, and sleeping apparel are dedicated to the camper.  The rest are home clothes.

We have a very nice way of packing.  We went to a packing seminar which had awesome ideas to pack conservatively for a two-week period yet have all you need.  We invested in some special kind of stuff sacks which have turned out to be dual-purpose.  They’re designed for airplane use to help with TSA rulings, but have turned out great for camper use.” – Rochelle Berg, 2013 GMC 3500, 2013 992

“I get the overhead compartment in the sleeping compartment on the driver’s side, and my wife gets the closet on the passenger’s side.  I pack a mix of clothing.

From left to right it’s underwear, socks, short sleeve shirts and shorts, long sleeve shirts and pants.  All items are rolled, not folded.  Jackets and hoodies hang in the shower.  A mix of slip on shoes and slippers are by the door to keep from tracking dirt into the camper.

I pack the same clothes I wear when we’re off the road.  At the end of the season or a trip, I typically find a lot of the clothes I packed have gone untouched.  When camping/traveling I seem to prefer 5.11 Stryke pants, various T-shirts and hoodies.  The pants are treated so they shed stains and dirt well and dry fast.  I can get a number of days out of them.  The fashionistas probably aren’t pleased, but comfort and the lack of dirty laundry is my main priority.” – Jamie Schumacher, 2007 Ford F350, 2008 Lance 1131

“I use my everyday home clothes while camping, though I tend to choose more of my older clothes.  I do keep some dedicated outerwear in the camper, like a hooded sweatshirt (100% cotton) and Carhartt vest.  Cotton clothes do better around the campfire.

I also tend to keep one nice outfit in the camper should we decide to go to a nice restaurant or to church while on the road.  I also keep a pair of flip-flops in the camper for use in the shower house.  I got tired of forgetting them, so I keep a cheap pair in the camper.” – Steve Williams, 2010 Ram 2500, 2016 Lance 650

“When it’s summer, I wear shorts all the time.  I wear sweat pants and Gortex in the fall and winter.  I still lounge in my shorts in the winter inside the unit.  I try to wear as little as possible even though I bring a pile of clothes with me.  I do need to scale that back. Camping is not a fashion show for us.” – John Werderber, 2005 Ford F450, 2009 Lance 910

“We bring clothes from home and wear the same things at home and camping.  We’re really pretty casual and in comfortable clothes!” – Marianne Obrien, 2015 Ford F250, 2017 Lance 850

“Both myself and wife bring our normal home clothes.” – Craig Howlett, 1999 Ford F350, 2017 Hallmark Cuchara

“We like to be comfortable.  We wear shorts, T-shirts, jeans and we always have some special clothing for the theaters (back skirt), special meals (travel slack or skirt), or to just go to town (skorts).  We prefer hiking clothing because they are light, bug repellent, sun protectors, and easy to wash and dry.

When we were weekend warriors, we had weekend attires because working clothing was left at home where they belong.” – S & J Mathis, 1994 Dodge Ram 2500, Northern Lite 9QC

“Same for both.  Although I still have a couple sport coats and a suit, I really work at not wearing them.  My wife has a few dress/business type things, but they live in garment bags right next to my suit.  I wear T-shirts and shorts most of nine months and sweatshirts and 501s the balance of the year.  Although the brands differ, my wife’s wardrobe is similar.” – Tom Scholtens, 2010 Silverado 2500 HD, 2013 Bigfoot 25C10.4

“Although much of our truck camper supplies and gear are separate – duplicating kitchen items and so on – our clothing is simply the same we wear at home when we are doing outdoor activities.  We do not have a duplicate set.” – Steve Merrill, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, 2007 Lance 992

“I keep a full set of normal clothes in the camper.  It is much easier for me.  If they get ruined, I don’t care.  They are older clothes that still fit.” – George Randall, 2012 Ford F350, 2016 Arctic Fox 865

“I keep a separate, dedicated set of outdoor wear in the camper, along with a couple of items to wear if we go to museums or out to dinner.  I like the simplicity and freedom I get by packing in this way.  I feel I am prepared to go on a moment’s notice.

I also have enough canned and dry food for several days.  My wife leaves a few things in the camper, but packs a bag with clothing specific for each trip.” – David Casterson, 2016 Ram 3500, 2016 Cirrus 800, 2010 Northstar 850

“I only keep warm, fleece-lined and extra warm down jackets in my camper.  It gets colder where I go in my camper then here in the San Francisco Bay area.  The rest of my clothes are normal everyday clothes and shoes.” – Ronald Ramos, 2003 Ram 3500, 2017 Arctic Fox 990

“I carry hiking and camping clothes in the camper as well as fishing gear and clothing. All my clothing is from L.L. Bean and Cabela’s.  The camper is loaded with my essentials, so all I need to load is my food and beverages.  I will bring enough underwear to last for the amount of time I plan on camping.” – Roger Couturier, 2012 Ford F250, 2000 Lance 1030

Editor’s Note: I always, always, always bring a ridiculous amount of underwear.  Enough said.

“I bring some normal clothes and clothes that I only wear camping.  We will wear more leisurely clothing when driving between destinations and working around a camp.” – Randy Bunce, 2009 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, 2002 Sun Valley Skyhawk SB

“I leave one set of underwear in the camper just in case.  The other clothes are packed according to the weather and are not different to what I wear outside.  I carry one pair of boots, one shirt, one pants, three sets of socks and only pack for the weekend.” – Allen Schott, 2002 Dodge Dakota, 2006 Sunlite Apache 690

“My wife and I tend to bring outdoor style clothes made specifically to be outside. Whether we are hiking or exploring new National Parks or just for walking around new small towns.  We find this style of clothing perfect.  Just to name a few; Columbia, ExOfficio, Mountain Harware, Melanaza (a small company in downtown Leadville, CO stop by to check them out if you get a chance) and Athleta.  All these brands save weight, save being uncomfortable and the most important save stink!  By far the most impressive and important is our ExOfficio synthetic underwear. Expensive yes, but once you buy it you will never go back to your old style!” – Josh Papp, 2007 Chevy 2500, 2016 Lance 865


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