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$100 Million Lottery Responses – Part 1

Our question of the week last week was, “How would your truck camping lifestyle change if you won $100 million in the lottery today?”.  With over 100 responses (113 to be exact), we are splitting these multi-million dollar responses into two separate parts.

“My wife and I are planning on buying a truck camper and starting our travels this spring.  We take our ATVs in tow and go to off the beaten path to camp, ride, fish, etc.  A trailer limits access too much.  Truck campers rock!” – Darrell Giffin, 2006 Toyota Tundra, N/A

“I would get another pop-up, but with a shower.” – Robert Johnson, 93 Dodge W250, 89 Sunlite

“The only change would be freedom.  Right now we both still work.  Once we leave our jobs, we would then be able to truck camp so much more.  We love our set up and don’t see changing a thing other than much more travel.  And we would not have to worry about gas prices!” – Joe and Nina Mac Donald, 2013 Chevy Silverado, 2013 Northstar Igloo U

“I would keep the camper and trade the truck in on a 2014 GMC 3500, with all the new whistles and bells.  I would put a twenty-six foot seagoing fishing boat on a trailer behind the rig.” – Jim Goodrich, 2006 Chevy 3500, 2008 Lance 1191

“Yes, the money gives you the happiness and money changes everything as the Cindy Lauper song describes.  $100 million changes everything in your life and perhaps your family’s lives.  Here in Spain, the state keeps twenty percent in taxes for lottery awards and national taxes are twenty-one percent on everything you buy.  That leaves just sixty percent.

At this moment, I’m forty-three years old.  After crossing into my forties, I am starting to think about a life I like, which is being in the outdoors.  I want good health and family around.  I don’t need $1 million dollars.  There are no ATMs in the outdoors.” – Emilio Camarasa, 2003 Silverado 2500 HD, still no camper

“We would definitely upgrade our truck and camper.  We are already full-timers with hopes of traveling out west.  Plus we would buy a motorhome.” – Frank and Betty Downing, 2001 Dodge Ram 3500, 2009 Lance

“As a truck camper wannabe, I would be able to buy a one ton four-wheel drive pick-up truck with a fully-loaded Arctic Fox camper.  Then I would travel all over the United States, Canada, and Alaska.” – Lisa MacDonald, 2011 Ford F150, 2013 Escape 19′ travel trailer

“In light of the fact that we just traded our 2007 Snowriver 9.6 for a new Lance 1172 (on order), we might splurge and get a new Silverado 3500HD dually with more comfort features, as our current truck is a work model.

Since money would not be an issue for fuel, camp fees, etc., we likely would take a major trip each quarter of the year, as well as several shorter trips.  Because of family involvement and church activities, we likely would not go full-time.  Yes, we definitely would remain truck campers!” – Dewey Lackey, 2003 Silverado 3500HD, Lance 1172

“We would upgrade to a new Ford F-450 diesel, crew cab, long bed, dually and have a custom camper made to our specific requirements (two slides, dry bath, generator, solar, etc.).  We would take longer trips than the three to four trips we have taken with our existing rig.  With that kind of money, we wouldn’t worry about fuel cost or time away from home.” – Robert Johnson, 2008 Ford F350, 2007 Lance 851

“First, we would pay off any debts we have and fix minor repairs on our truck.  We would upgrade our camper to something four-season, or purchase a four-season camper and go full-time until I am not physically able to do so.

We would rent the home while on the road with provisions of being able to return to the house in later years.  The only state I have not been in is Alaska and have no real desire to go there.  That is about all in a nutshell.” – Bob Lawrence, 2004 Chevy 3500HD, 2002 Lance 1161

“We’ve talked about this!  A Northern Lite would definitely be hopping onto our truck.  We would buy multiple properties in Oregon (coast, eastern, central, and southern) for month(s) long camping trips full of fishing and hunting.  No more hoping our favorite site is available!” – Diane Larsen, 2012 Ford F-350, 2007 S & S Montana Ponderosa 8.5FBSC

“Yes, I would still have a truck and camper.  With that much money I would get a new 2014 truck; a 4500 dually, 4X4, crew cab.  I also would get a larger camper with slide-outs (how many slides will depend on what is available at the time).  Also, it must have a basement, preferably a side entrance, and solar-panels that, under normal conditions, will supply all my electrical needs.

No air conditioning since I think that is ridiculous in a camper where we go away to be outside and not sit inside a camper with vents and windows closed.  The camper must be completely winterized for camping in cold climates.  I have looked at some European RVs that have heated floors and would like a heated floor in my camper.

I am retired so can go when I want, but would not go full-time.  Besides, with so much money, I can afford to keep the house.

I have often thought about what I really would want in a camper and why it is that I prefer truck campers.  One of the advantage of a truck and camper combination is that you can trade in one or the other if you want a change.  Also, I like a four-wheel drive unit for getting into less accessible areas.

Most of all, I like the freedom that a truck and camper gives me.  It’s small enough to go anywhere, park almost anywhere, and still provide all the amenities.  At the same, truck campers let me feel that I am camping and not living in a luxury hotel like you can in a large motor home.  I like to be close to nature and not be tied to large RV parks. ” – Lars G Larsson, 2011 Dodge Ram 3500, 2007 Arctic Fox 805

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