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Favorite Truck Camping Roads

“My favorite truck camping road is any road that leads out of town when my camper is on the truck!  Otherwise it’s Highway 61 up the north shore of Lake Superior or Highway 53 north from Duluth to Ontario.  Beartooth Pass ranks pretty high too.” – Dave Miller, 2012 Ford F350, 2002 Bigfoot 10.6E

“Really any road that I am on with the truck and camper is my favorite.  But the Kings Canyon National Park road in California is high on the list.  There are amazing views and very high cliffs along the roadway.  Fun drive.” – Barry Schoenwetter, 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD, 2005 Lance 1030

“From Silver City, New Mexico, travel northwest on US 180 to US 191 northwest across the Apache National Forest to Alpine, Arizona.  Then turn south on US 191 to Clifton and then Guthrie.  Follow it to US 70 and then go northwest to Safford, Arizona.  It’s very scenic over the mountains and some valleys.  It crosses several forest ranges and mountains.  There are numerous switchbacks and they are very steep, but it’s all paved and beautiful.  We stopped at a shopping center in Safford and had lunch in the parking lot.  An equally interesting drive is from Apache Junction (east of Mesa, Arizona is Route 88) to Goldfield (Old West Village) on the Apache Trail out to Tortilla Flat (only generator powered) onto to Canyon Lake and then to Theodore Roosevelt Dam to visit Tonto National Monument.” – Bob Robinson, 2002 Chevy 2500, 2010 Travel Lite 960SBRX

“My favorite drive is in southwest Colorado from Durango to Ouray on the Million Dollar Highway.  There are high mountain passes (over 10,000 feet),  lots of dispersed camping by mountain lakes, streams, and thick forests.  There is lots to do including Jeeping, fishing, rock collecting, hiking, and relaxing.  You can go to Google to look at pictures, but they don’t do the area justice.” – Phil Rodacy, 2012 GMC Sierra, 2006 Okanagan 90W

“The North Canol (Canadian Oil) Road from Ross River, Yukon to the border of the Northwest Territories is my favorite because of the challenge of driving over 250 kilometers beyond the last town on an unmaintained, historical World War II road.  There is outstanding beauty in the vastness of the land.  We camped wherever we wanted with no neighbors and yet we ran into someone from Whitehorse who I worked with at the time who was out Moose hunting.  This is not a road for the faint of heart and, if you go, make sure you have a VHF radio and are self-sufficient.” – Steven Gasser, 2001 Dodge Ram 2500, 2003 Adventurer 90FWS


“Beartooth Highway 212 in Wyoming and Montana going out of Yellowstone and into Red Lodge, Montana.  I just love the clean, clear country, and Beartooth lake.  I enjoy the scary turns, too.” – Gillery Fecher, 1998 GMC Sierra, 1980 Sunline

“My favorite road is the Great Basin Highway in Nevada.  Start at the intersection of Interstate 15 and Highway 93.  You go through ranching communities and the Pahranagat Reservoir.  Take left in Alamo.  You can go either to Caliente or along Extraterrestrial Highway to Rachel and Area 51.  It’s the gateway to wide open cooler temperatures of northern Nevada.” – Beth Sundberg-Leoni, 2005 Dodge 3500, 1997 Lance Squire 3000

“I have lots of favorite roads, but close to home the old McKenzie Highway 242 over the Oregon Cascades is pretty special.  It’s narrow, steep, and oh so scenic through the lava flows.  It’s only open in the summer.  It crosses at 5,300 feet and is length limited to 35 foot vehicles with an alarm sensor in the roadway if you’re over length.  So, no big rigs allowed.  There are campgrounds along the route.  The Highway 126 turn off is at 44°11’3.23″N, 122° 4’26.27″W.  Enjoy the journey!” – Gary Lech, 2007 Ford F350, 2004 Eagle Cap 1150

“I would like to travel on the Trans-Labrador Highway across Labrador from Quebec to Newfoundland.  It is 400 miles of dirt road with no facilities.  It would take a lot of planning.  They require you to take a satellite phone which you pick up at the beginning and drop off at the end, provided you make it.  If not, that’s what the phone is for.  I think this would be true adventure.” – Don Graf, 2008 Ford F350, 2013 Arctic Fox 865

“I travel around Western North Carolina mostly.  My favorite road is Highway 19 through Nantahala Gorge and Wayah Road to Nantahala lake.  It’s beautiful country going up Wayah Road.  Also Highway 64 to Highlands from Franklin North Carolina is nice.” – Jeff Hagberg, 2002 Ford F250, 2006 Travel Lite 800 SBX

“Just start in Southern California, go to the coast and get on Highway 1.  Travel it all the way to Northern Washington.  You will have to jump on and off as it stops and starts around San Francisco, but it is worth the trouble.  Do not travel Highway 1 through the Big Sur area using a long motorhome or trailer.  It’s too narrow and curvy, but it is fine in a truck camper.  Big Sur in California is the most beautiful ocean drive in the USA, and Highway 1 in Oregon is like going back in time.” – Constance Condit, 1997 Dodge Roadtrek Popular, but wanting a truck camper

“The Dalton Highway is the last great challenge in Alaska since they have turned Alaska into a tourist trap.  I traveled the Alaskan highway forty-five years ago with an Alaskan camper!  I don’t think they will ever make it bug proof.  If you travel the Dalton Highway, have CB radio and talk to the truckers.  The tanker trucks are the worst.” – Eugene H. Roth, 2007 Alaskan 8.5, 2007 Chevy Silverado

“Beartooth Pass and Pikes Peak make you feel like your on top of the world.  The Moki Dugway is definitely an E ticket ride I accidentally found.” – Charles Phy, 2011 Dodge 5500, 2010 Eagle Cap 1160

“Bear Tooth Highway in Montana is my favorite.  We’ve done it both directions many times.  It’s always an adventure and always beautiful.” – Dee Bartel, 2010 Chevy 2500HD, 2012 S&S Campers


“My favorite road to drive is Highway 242, in Lane County, Oregon at the the Old McKenzie Pass.  It is narrow and winding and starts in a rain forest on the west and climbs via switchbacks to the lava beds.  The Dee Wright Observatory is at the base of the Three Sisters Mountains.  Along the way there are Black Tail deer, elk, bear, and other wildlife.  There are several trailheads that lead int the wilderness.” – Rod Fosback, 1999 Ford F350, 2008 Snowriver 10’8″

“Not sure if it is our favorite, but it is the one that we will never forget.  It’s Schnebly Hill Road near Sedona, Arizona.  Twenty years ago, before GPS, we made a wrong turn from the highway and ended up on this off-road trail down the mountain.  It was late at night and we were in this tiny rental car.  It was only after a white knuckle ride down the mountain did we see any warning signs.  All I can say is that, if we had our truck and camper, I wouldn’t be here to share this story.” – Paulette McCarron, 2013 Ford F350, 2013 Northern Lite 10′ 2 CDSE

“My favorite is Highway 395 in California.  It is interesting and beautiful any time of the year.  There are many different campgrounds with its distinct and unique surroundings and fauna.  It’s a playground for campers, hikers, and fisherman.  There are beautiful mountains, the desert, and alpine lakes and it’s not crowded.  There is boondocking, undeveloped campgrounds or private campgrounds with all the amenities.  It’s a photographer’s paradise as well as for artists who enjoy landscape art.” – Ronald Oh, 2008 Dodge Ram 2500, 2008 Six Pac D650


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