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49 Readers Reveal Their Campsite Behavior


“It depends on the situation.  If it’s an overnight or weekend stay, I level the camper, hook up electric if it’s available, and I’m done.  If it’s a several-day stay, then camp gets a bit more involved.  Often those are artillery competition events, and friends may visit in addition to the longer stay.  Then we roll out the red, er, brown/white carpet and some extras.” – John and Marylou Wells, 2011 Chevy 3500, 2012 Chalet Ascent S100F

“It depends on the situation.  When we go for a weekend, we’re park and are done.  However if we stay at one place for a week or more, we off load the camper, set-up a screen tent for cooking and dining along with several chairs.  The main reason we have a truck camper is that we take a boat when we go.  The wife and I enjoy your magazine!” – Ernie Clark, 2012 Ford F25, 1997 Hideaway by Sportsman

“I am a park and done truck camper.  I don’t have room for all that other stuff!” – Ron Day, 2008 Chevy 2500, 2005 Sunlite 865

“It depends on the situation and how many days we’re out.  For one or two days, we park and camp.  For three or more, we a set up a campsite.” – Karl Aube, 2005 Ford F550, 2007 Host DS

“I am a park and done truck camper.  I’m of the less is more school.  I prefer to park and play.  If I bring all the set-up stuff there would be no room for the toys.” – Bruce, 2003 Ford F250, 2003 Hallmark Guanella


“I am a park and done truck camper.  The more you get out, the more work to put away. And all those goodies weigh something.  We get out our chairs, and portable table if there is no picnic table and we want to eat outside.  This year we were really glad to have our little screen tent as the wasps were everywhere!  Otherwise we rarely take it with us.” – Orian Hartviksen, 2011 Ford F350, 2010 Northern Lite 8’11’Q

“I am a park and done truck camper.  We are very mobile, and want to be able to go for a hike or move on down the road without a lot of fuss.” – Philip Webster, 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, 2004 Citation

“I am a park and done truck camper.  I rarely go camping.  I go to a place to do activities, and those places are far from home, so I camp. If everywhere I wanted to kayak, bike, or hike was within an hour of home, I wouldn’t need a camper.  Staying at the activity destination is easier, cheaper, and allows for more time doing.  And proper sleep is necessary to enjoy these things to their fullest, so a camper is often better than a tent in adverse conditions.” – David Schmitt, 2007 Ford F350, 2006 Bigfoot 9.4 LB

“I am a park and done truck camper.  However, my wife isn’t, so I set up a campsite to keep her happy.  Most of our camping is done in unimproved areas in Idaho.  During the summer it can be hot and dusty.  So putting up an awning and putting down some AstroTurf is a good idea.” – Dave Erickson, 2011 Ford F350, 2006 Arctic Fox 990

“We are heavy on the park and done, and extra light on the set up a campsite.  We are basically travelers instead of campers, so when we park, to us, it is basically a parking spot.  If we are going to spend some time outside the camper, we have two camp chairs we put out.” – John Bull, 2004 Dodge 3500, 2004 Lance 920

“I am a park and set-up a campsite truck camper.  We like to keep it simple.  But, since we need to make the campsite feel like home we want it comfortable for us.  We put out our American flags, patio mats, folding chairs, a small aluminum table and sometimes we put up a screen house and or we put out our awnings.” – Joe and Nina Mac Donald, 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 3500, 2013 Northstar IglooU


“It depends on how long I’m staying and how many people are with me.  I use a truck camper so space is limited compared to tow behind or fifth wheel.  Sometimes it’s park and done, and other times I set up outside.  I do not do the whole flamingo and carpet thing, but do have chairs, a table, and cover if needed.  I do set up for a month during spring Salmon season and clean and process fish outside.  Hunting season I do the same thing, with chairs, tables, and normal hunting camp things.  Also I camp to tailgate for gootball games where more like the flamingos come out.  I have banners, flags, BBQ, tables, chairs, a cover, heaters, etc.” – Rob Mallery, 1998 Dodge Ram 2500, 1996 Shadow Cruiser 851

“I am a park and done truck camper.  That’s the best part of truck camping.  No fuss, no muss.  I can be on the road in twenty minutes!” – Chris Marcucci, 1996 Chevy 1500, 1999 Alpenlite

“I am a park and done truck camper.  Keep it simple.  Then there’s less to carry and less to pickup in the rain.” – Tom Bender, 2011 Ford F250, 2008 Sun Valley Apache 8.6WS

“I am a park and done truck camper.  Most times my camper is a mobile bedroom.  I go to music festivals and to motorcycle meets.  I get up in the morning, we meet up for breakfast somewhere in town, and then head out to the ride or festival.  In the evening we usually meet and eat somewhere, talk a bit over dinner, and then set a time and place for breakfast to meet the next morning.  This is why I park, unload the motorcycle and I’m done.  The trailer neck makes a perfect step into and out of the truck camper.” – Steve Lowery, 1999 Toyota Tacoma, 2010 Travel Lite 690FD


“I am a park and done truck camper.  I get a level spot, a few rocks and an easy chair.  I am always going somewhere, so set up is not needed.” – Dave and Lila Weinstein, 1999 Dodge Ram 3500, 2005 Arctic Fox 1150

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