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Truck Campers Stuff the Wheel Wells

This week’s Question of the Week asked what readers put in their wheel well areas.  Let’s just say it’s a lot more than water jugs, shoes, and umbilical cords.

“We use the space for laundry supplies, canned goods, kindling for campfires, and the beach bag.” – George Elliott, 2007 Ford F250, 2007 Lance 845

“I have two six-volt golf cart batteries in proper boxes.  These feed one deep cycle twelve volt in the small battery box, and gives me 300 amp hours of juice.” – Joe Munn, 2001 Dodge 3500, 1998 9’6″ Bigfoot 2500

“I put a Ute flatbed on my truck with fold up sides.  I store a twenty pound propane tank, two six-volt golf cart batteries, two folding chairs, a Dutch oven, rubber box with miscellaneous tools, a ten pound CO2 tank for filling tires, a tool kit, extra bottled water and soda, a bucket to catch grey water, and miscellaneous treasures we find on our travels like rocks, shells, etc.” – David, 2004 Dodge Ram 3500, 1998 Alaskan 10 foot

“Firewood and dirty laundry.” – Don Udelson, 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, 2005 Sun-Lite 955SD

“Nothing is stored in the wheel well.  You can’t access the area from outside and it’s not easy to reach it from the inside access door either.  I sure could use the extra storage though!” – Maaja, 2012 GMC 2500, 2015 Northstar Liberty

“We had a non-basement Cascade camper for fourteen years.  The wheel well space was used for shoes, boots, and the dirty clothes bag.  Our Lance has a basement.  We miss the access to the wheel well.” – Philip Tron, 2009 Chevy 3500, Lance 1050

“Yes, we use that area, but one must be mindful of small things slipping under the camper when you use the jacks to level your camper.” – Dean Lonning, 1997 Dodge 3500, 2002 Lance 1121

“I keep emergency items like tow straps, jumper cables, air pump, and tools.  I do not need ready access to these items, but I want to carry them.  It is a ridiculous amount of wasted space, and I only have the tie down hatches to access it.” – Bill and Francine Peters, 2013 Chevy Silverado, 2013 Four Wheel Hawk

“On the passenger’s side, I store two metal army ammo boxes, a small gas stove, two gasoline fuel bottles, and a backpackers water filtration system for emergencies.  The driver’s side well area holds a tow chain for emergency use.

By the way, when the camper is in storage, or at a hot dry camping spot, I open the well doors.  I installed a small window screen attached by Velcro and get good cooling ventilation. ” – Jesse Taylor, 2006 GMC 2500 HD, 2005 Lance 815

“The right side houses a custom six gallon gray water tank made from six inch PVC pipe.  The left side houses camping chairs and a wet cell battery. However, we still have some space left for more supplies.” – Jeff Stephenson, 2012 Ram 3500, 2006 Alaskan 10 foot

“I store tools for any emergency repair and, of course, duct tape as well.  I also have a wood saw, hatchet, and shovel.  I’ll take a small propane heater in the winter along with a couple of 16 ounce propane bottles.” – Philip Bolding, 2012 Ford F350, 1994 Lance Squire Lite 150

“We carry jugs of drinking water, leveling blocks, a small outdoor rug, and artificial fireplace logs to make a decent campfire in spite of the crummy wood they sell at so many campgrounds!” – Al and Donna Hubbard, 2004 Silverado 2500 HD, 2000 Starcraft Roadstar pop-up

“In our old non-basement model camper, I found a water tank that held fifteen gallons of water and it fit perfectly in the space in front of the fender well.  I connected a hose and a bilge pump permanently to the tank and could pump fifteen gallons of water over to the main tank in just a few minutes.” – Mike Johnson, 2008 Chevrolet 3500, 2008 Eagle Cap 1160

“Because there is no access to this area with the camper on the truck, we do not store anything here.  Pity.” – Robert Hicks, 2008 Chevy 3500 HD, 2011 Lance 992

“In Travel Lite campers, they do not install wheel well doors, but I do make use of that space when the camper is on the truck.  In that space, I store all the little extras that I need at the campsite.” – Joseph Brown, 2008 Toyota Tundra, 2010 Travel Lite 800SB

“I keep firewood in there, but I have limited access.  I’ve have put wet clothing and towels in there for the trip home.  I can also get fishing poles in on the passenger’s side.” – Gary Pavonr, 1995 Ford F350, 2001 Lance 810

“I store snow chains, half gallon water jugs, a tow chain, and an AC inverter (so you can’t hear the inverter fan).” – Anon, 2001 Chevy 2500HD, 2006 Lance 815

“I carry electric cords, a water hose, and water bottles.” – Ron Tennyson, 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, 2012 Wolf Creek 850

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