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2025 Calendar Contest: Behind the Shot Part 1

For Behind the Shot Part 1, we are featuring photos and stories from Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Colorado, Baja, Mexico and more!  Click here to participate in the 2025 Truck Camper Magazine Calendar Contest and be considered for a Behind the Shot feature.

2025 TCM Behind Shot 1

Duane Maroney
Finland, Minnesota
2022 Ford F350
2018 Adventurer 89RBS
Camera Used – iPhone 15 Pro

I was boondocking at a park and ride for snowmobiling.

Steven Osburn
Paradise Valley Hot Spring, Nevada
2019 Ford F350
2023 Northern Lite 10-2EX
Camera Used – Phone

Paradise Valley Hot Spring, Nevada

We traveled from Washington State to Nevada with friends to see the solar eclipse from a remote area south of Denio, Nevada. After the eclipse (which was awesome) we drove a few more miles and ended up at Paradise Valley Hot Spring, where we found a lot of people who had spent the night there for the eclipse on the morning of the 14th.

There must have been quite a party there on the night of the 13th! The crowds all left by the end of the day, and we spent two nights boondocking here with our friends who also have a truck camper. The hot springs were nice, but not the best we’ve seen. It was still nice to camp with friends, soak in the spring, and ride our bikes. This photo was taken a little after sunset while we were enjoying the evening on October 15th.

Kris Cassidy
Lake Santeetlah, North Carolina
2016 Ford F-350
2015 Wolf Creek 840
Camera Used – iPhone XR

We found this awesome remote boondocking spot on the shores of Lake Santeetlah at the culmination of our Fall color camping tour in western North Carolina. We enjoyed a quiet few days of kayaking and hiking, taking in the spectacular fall colors. You can find me on Instagram at @kriscapturesphotography.

Shane Palmer
Riverside, Colorado
2000 Ford F350
2024 Northstar 850SC
Camera Used – iPhone 13 Max

This is from a weekend camping trip in the National Forest after work at about 8200’. We try to go every other weekend.

Rob Forstenzer
Baja, Puerto Aguaverde
2003 Dodge Ram 2500
2017 Palomino SS-1200
Camera Used – iPhone 8

This was our favorite place during our eight-week exploration of Baja and we spent eleven days there. Almost every day we went out in our inflatable kayak to explore the nearby bays, beaches, and headlands.

Jodie Ramsey
Cheraw State Park, Cheraw, South Carolina
2012 Chevy Silverado 3500
2019 Arctic Fox 990
Camera Used – Olympus Stylus SP-100EE

After spending a fabulous weekend attending a truck camper rally in North Carolina, we headed south to a South Carolina State Park campground that we’ve stayed at previously. Cheraw State Park has a small campground with only 17 RV sites and we were lucky to get one of the five sites directly on the lake for this stay. It was during one of our walks along a boardwalk through the cypress wetlands at the park that I shot this image.

David Skater
Pismo Beach California
2022 RAM 3500
2023 Cirrus 820
Camera Used – Samsung Galaxy S10+

After traveling from November 9th and mostly cooler climates, it was time to get some sun. We were traveling day-to-day without plans and found Pismo, a true gem. Originally we were only going to stay a few days, but ended up staying 15 days.

Jonah Zaimes
Big Bend National Park, Texas
2023 Ford F-350
2023 Bundutec Bunduvry
Camera Used – iPhone 14

This photo was taken on our first real trip with our truck camper. We did ten days and covered 3,000 miles starting from Des Moines, Iowa. The photo was taken at Grapevine Hills site #4. If you are looking for a remote site with an interesting drive to get there, this might be the one for you. The seven-mile dirt road took us 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the site.

This was the same day we did our 15.8-mile hike in the Chisos mountains. We did the south rim trail with the spur trail to summit Emory Peak. I’ve heard the South Rim trail is the best hike in Texas. I’d say it definitely didn’t disappoint.

Craig Beaudin
Alvord Desert, Andrews, Oregon
2003 Toyota Tundra
2015 Northstar 700SS
Camera Used – Samsung Galaxy S22

We were headed home after watching the Annular Eclipse and camping on the Alvord Desert of Eastern Oregon. I was snapping some photos of the rig and the pups to remember the few days spent out there with some friends. Mav and Rambo (the pups) happened to pose like this and I managed to capture the scene at the right time.

This was the first time that I had taken this rig out to the Alvord as I had purchased the camper only two months prior.

At night in this remote area, the night sky was about as vibrant as any that I have seen with the stars and the Milky Way out in full force. It helps that this area is far from any major source of light pollution (the nearest town of any size is Burns, Oregon – 80 miles by air).

Charlie Grimes
Big Bend National Park, Texas
2015 Toyota Tundra
2020 Four Wheel Camper Hawk
Camera Used – iPhone

The Big Bend picture was our annual trip to West Texas at Christmas time to unplug, relax, and adventure away from the crowds. This was at the Robbers Roost Camp. We hiked the Pine Canyon Trail while camping there.

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