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Truck Camping In Your Backyard

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“We have a small poultry farm and the last time we used the truck camper near home was when we sold our chickens on January 30, 2014.  The temperature was down to zero degrees with snow and ice.  We stayed in the truck camper instead of going back and forth to the house.  We were only about 200 yards away.” – Stephen Beal, 1999 Dodge Ram 2500, 1985 Scamper 080

“We use it when we have family gatherings when we have more people than beds.  We jump in the camper and leave the house to the guests.” – Pete Clark, 2006 Dodge 3500 , 2008 Snow River 10-2 RK

“At least once per summer we take our camper about one mile around the corner to our friends’ home (we share grandsons) and enjoy a weekend campout with all four grandsons, our campers, and the pool. 

We have also camped in the driveway a few times before we sold our Class C because it had air conditioning and our house doesn’t.  We enjoyed a better night’s sleep that way.” – Chuck Bradford, 2010 Dodge Ram 1500, Jayco Sportsman 8′ pop-up

“We purchased our camper a little less than a year ago.  We knew it was an investment for when my husband was able to retire, which is in a year or so.  We wanted to go ahead and get it as to get it paid for before retirement.

Sometimes, on weekends, I will miss my husband and go looking for him.  I find him sitting in a lawn chair in front of the Fox Landing just looking and dreaming of times to come.  Sometimes we just sleep out there and dream about our future adventures.  We’re hoping for many happy miles.” – Rochelle Berg, 2013 GMC Sierra 3500HD, 2013 Arctic Fox

“We use the camper to escape visiting grandkids for a little sleep.” – Robert Johnson, 1993 Dodge W250, 1989 Sunlite

“Yes, we camp in our backyard!  We have used our camper for overnight guests and, especially after we first purchased it, to figure out all the ins and out of it  Usually our first trip out in the spring is in our backyard because we can’t get into any of the campgrounds due to the snow (especially this year).” – Cin, 2004 Chevy K2500, 1990s Skamper pop-up

“Whenever we have guests or out-of-town relatives stop by, we stay in the camper so everyone has extra room.” – Phil Rodacy, 2012 GMC Sierra, 2006 Okanagan 90W

“When I have a very early start at work (2:00, 3:00, or 4:00AM), I will go sleep in the camper, in the driveway.  It’s nice and quiet out there.  No pets, no kids, no phone ringing/door knocking, etc.” – Ron Williams, 1997 Ford F-250, 2003 Lance 1010

“We spent three nights last summer camping in the driveway because our home air conditioner went out.  What a life saver.  My kids sleep in the camper when we have a full house.  It’s cheaper and better than a hotel.” – Rodger Greene, 2004 GMC 2500HD, 2012 Travel Lite 700

“Our grandkids were over and they remembered the their last camper trip with us, being able to sleep in the camper instead of a tent.  They talked us into camping in the yard and the camper wasn’t even on the truck.  No phones or television, just something called a radio to entertain us.  There was lots of family bonding and story telling.  You need kids/grand kids to appreciate it.” – Monte Dahlman, 2006 Dodge 2500HD, 1995 Skyline Weekender 10’

“Yes, I use it as an escape.  We have a pull through site for visitors and, about once a month, I just go camping there.” – Bob Nelson, 2001 Chevy Silverado 3500, 2013 Arctic Fox 1140

“We’ll go outside to start a campfire, fire up a grill, turn on the camper satellite radio and outdoor speakers, and open a cold drink.” – Dave, 2008 Tundra, 2014 Travel Lite 770R

“We have used our camper as guest accommodations for visiting friends and family.” – Scott Elliott, 2007 Ford F350, 2013 Chalet TS116

“I live full-time in my truck camper.  When I am parked at my home base, it becomes too tame, too fast, and I hit the road.” – Magge, 2011 Dodge Ram 3500, 2002 Lance 1130

“I have slept in the camper at home several times and it’s also my man cave.  I have drinks, food, water, hot water, and cable hooked up most of the time.  I even had a fire in the fire pit once.  Some laugh, but it’s fun to camp in my yard.  It’s also on the truck.  All fluids are topped off and it’s ready to go in a few minutes if needed to be used as a FEV.” – Jeff Hagberg, 2002 Ford F250, Travel Lite 800 SBX

“I just came back from the dark side (sold my Chalet XL) and have returned to minimalist camping in the camper shell, much in the way I started camping over fifty years ago.  Most of my destinations are high-country hunting and fishing trips.  The biggest challenge has been extended stays without heat.  I’ve been testing different bedding arrangements, which I verify by sleeping in the camper for a couple nights in the backyard.  Experience is the only confirmation of performance.” – William Durkee, 2005 Toyota Tundra, 2007 SnugTop High-Rise Camper Shell

“I just used the camper this week in my driveway because my mom is in the hospital and I had been up over thirty hours straight.  My brother drove me home and used it as a spare bedroom with a private bath.” – Jonathan Hight, 2001 GMC Sierra 2500 HD, 2004 Adventurer 810

“I love it!  I put dogs to bed in the house and sneak out to the driveway and sleep like a baby.” – Damon Trumps, 1991 Ford F250, 1986 Lance 300

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