After sharing our 2014 holiday wish list, we asked readers what they wanted for the holidays this year. Solar panels, new campers, and “a lovely, good-natured, outdoorsy, in-shape, attractive female co-pilot” top the lists.
“We want to upgrade to dual batteries. We like to boondock more, and dual batteries will give us longer times in the desert and mountains. We also want a portable generator, which will give us even more time off-the-grid. Other than those things, we are set to go!” – Mike Kolinski, 2012 GMC Sierra 2500HD, 2012 Four Wheel Camper Hawk
“A 2000 watt inverter, flexible solar panels, the best battery bank and charger system, and the know how to pick the best of each. I need this because I’m retiring from USCG in June!” – Capt Gdog Martin, 2011 Ford 350, 2011 Alaskan 8.5
“More LED lights, especially reading lights. Better loading system so I can load straight without numerous back and forth attempts. One eye doesn’t work, so I have limited depth perception. A back-up camera! A better place to store fishing poles and rods. A better traveling companion. And more places to go with low fuel prices.” – Harry Palmer, 2008 Dodge, 2008 Lance 915
“Aqua-Hot’s hydronic heat system re-sized to replace any truck camper hot water heater. C’mon Santa! Happy Holidays TCM!” – Fred Pausch, 1997 Ford F-250, 1991 S&S 8.5SC
“Spring and Summer!” – Jim Duarte, 2015 Ford F350, 2013 Eagle Cap 850
“I hope Santa brings us a new CO2 detector that doesn’t go off at 3:00am because someone spilled water on it. Ours was manufactured in 1998. Wondering if that is considered old in the detector world.” – Susan Milner, 2004 Ford F-350, 2000 Skyline Weekender
Editor’s Note: All detectors need to be replaced every ten years. Please replace your detector as soon as possible.
“What I need most is time! Time to restore our truck camper so we can get camping in it.” – Grant Davidson, 2005 Ford F-350, 1965 Avion C-10
“My camper to stop leaking.” – Bryan Malone, 1999.5 Ford F250, 1997 Shadow Cruiser 851
“I wish for an air conditioner for my truck camper so I can use it on extremely hot camping trips without sweating at night when I try to sleep. I also wish for electric jacks to replace my hand cranked jacks that I have now.” – David Miller, 2012 GMC 2500HD, 2012 Travel Lite 890SBRX
“Solar charging setup, tire chains, and more time off work to go camping!” – Pete Horneck, 2006 Ram 2500, 2010 Hallmark Milner
“A Palomino HS6601. I’m picking it up on Black Friday!” – Howard Bisco, 2007 Ford F150, 2012 Palomino Bronco 1251SB
“We have one item on our wish list for the upcoming season… a new camper! Santa took our order early and will put a Hallmark Guanella in his sled for us. He’ll have to make a special trip for us next spring though because it won’t be ready for Christmas. Bill, Matt, and Andy Ward are putting it all together for us. Can’t wait! Love the TCM updates too. Something to look forward to since we have snow on the ground now.” – Mike and Kim Baird, 2001 Dodge Ram 2500, 2000 Frontier C99S (for now!)
“A second Fantastic Fan to be installed in the bathroom to replace the standard junky fan. A magazine rack to place all of my state atlas books. One more solar panel. A high output inverter of at least 1,000 watts with separate wall plug. Four is enough – for now…” – Steve Cilenti, 1999 Ford F350, 2012 Arctic Fox 990
“I recently had some work done at a Lance dealer service department. They had used Lance campers about the same age as mine, but they looked brand new! I want new caulking and beautiful, unstained and shiny exterior, just like the ones I saw on their lot!
On a more whimsical note I would like to replace my Generac generator with an Onan. I have lived without using my problematic generator for almost two years, as my two solar panels provide sufficient energy for my basic needs. But every once in a while I wish I could use my blender! Replacing the twelve year old fire extinguisher is on top of the list! I hope Santa brings joy and continued safe travels to all!” – Maggie Karam, 2011 Dodge Ram 3500, 2002 Lance 1130
“More time to enjoy camping!” – Bill Tex, 2006 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, 2013 Eagle Cap 850
“Safe stair system with a little porch. A skylight. A clear window in the back door at the top. A better holder for the sewer hose. A rainproof outdoor carrying place for the generator.” – Dennis Nord, 2005 Chevy 2500, 2004 Northern Lite Notherner
“For the camper, electric jacks and solar panels. For the truck, an Aluminess front bumper, a 12,000 pound winch, and a replacement fuel tank.” – T.J. Purdy, 2007 Chevy Silverado 2500, 1992 Caribou 9.5