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49 Readers Reveal Their Campsite Behavior

“I am a park and done truck camper.” – Joe Pospicil, 2007 Ford F250, 2000 Lancer 960

“It depends on the situation.  If just passing through we just park and sleep.  If we are going to stay for a couple of days or more then I’ll put out the entry rug and a couple of lawn chairs.  I’ll set up the generator if it is needed.  Then I hook up the cable run for our cat so he can move around without getting lost (he loves to walk on a leash around the campground).  Then we sit back and relax.” – Mike and Nancy Pohl, 1999 Ford F150, 1985 American Pilgrim 8.5

“We are park and done truck campers.  We are travelers more than campers, and we like to stay light on our feet.  A couple of chairs and a table cloth is pretty much it.  We like to bring along a minimum of extra stuff.  The necessary goodies weigh enough.” – Walt and Gail Hotz, 2005 GMC 2500 HD, 2009 Lance 861

“I am a park and done truck camper.  I just bring out enough equipment for use for that day and then everything is put away before sleeping.  If we have full hook ups, the camper is hooked up until we leave in the morning.  Everything else is put away for the night.” – Rick Law, 2005 Ford F550, 2003 Bigfoot 30C 10-11 SL


“One of the reasons I bought a truck camper is because I can be a park and done truck camper!  The camper is self contained so I don’t have to worry about anything except if it’s level and the steps go up to the door.  We used to camp with a truck cap and it took a solid day and a half’s work to get ready, set everything up, pack back up, and then tear everything back down when you got home.  Now we just load the camper, pack the consumables and we’re gone.  If I come home tired and don’t want to mess with unloading, the truck just sits in the driveway keeping everything dry and safe until I get to it.” – Jason Schreckengost, 1986 Chevrolet K30 Silverado, 2012 Palomino Real-Lite 1806

“I am a park and done truck camper.  I am a minimalist.  Also, I usually only stay the night and I do not want to have to pack up wet stuff the next morning.” – Leo LaRochelle, 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500, 2012 Four Wheel Camper Hawk Shell

“I like to keep it simple and enjoy my time camping rather then setting up and taking down.  I have friends who do the who huge set up and spend half the day when they get there and before they leave.  I think that is time wasted from enjoying the scenery and riding horses, which is what we do. – Joshua Magner, 2010 Toyota Tundra, 1996 Harmar


“It depends on the situation.  When I am a park and done truck camper it is because there is too much going in in my environment.  I do not want to get stuck with a bunch to do when there is so much to see and do outside in the great outdoors.  Not to mention the lack of space to carry superfluous baggage.


If I am going to stay a while, then I buy some plants, set up my bird feeder and hook up to shore power if it’s available. I  leave the plants behind when I pull up stakes.” – Maggie Karam, 2011 Dodge Ram, 2001 Lance 1130

“I am a park and done truck camper.  Once we reach our destination, we put out only two things, a small plastic weaved mat and two folding camp chairs.  Then, I open a beer for the hubby and a glass of cool wine for myself.  There is no need the set up anything else since we will be out visiting the next day or back on the road if we are on our way to somewhere else.  That’s one of the main reasons we bought a truck camper to begin with!” – Denise Hupé, 2004 Ford F250, 2004 Adventurer 810WS

“We are “Boomers on the Move” truck campers.  We always want to see what’s on the other side of the hill.  We move often even after we getting a campsite.  For us life is too short to be parked for an extended period of time.  The urge to explore the surrounding landscape keeps us moving.  Having the truck camper with us lets eat and rest anywhere we stop to visit.” – Lucien Langlois, 2012 Ford F250, 2004 Lance 1025

“I am a park and done truck camper.  I am self employed, so I usually take three to five day trips.  I want to get at relaxing ASAP!  That’s the beauty of the truck campers, when arriving or leaving.” – COURT, 2011 Ford F350, 1997 Timberline 1150

“I am a park and done truck camper.  We can park anywhere as long as it is safe.  At a campground we ask to be near the wild animals.  On the beach, we pull up, open the door and take out a chair.  In a parking lot, we like lit areas so that we don’t need interior lights.  Simple and easy, that’s the rule.” – Tom Chappuis, 2006 Dodge Ram 3500, 1989 Lance Squire 9000


“Pretty much it’s park and done.  For thirty years I was a tent camper.  But after the last tent collapse from the wind at Truck Haven, I was done.  I go camping to relax, not to work.  The hardest thing I want to do is figure out which tire to put the leveling blocks under.  Then I pull out the canopy, set up the hammock, grab a beer, and I’m done.” – Tim May, 1993 Dodge 2500, 1987 Vacationeer 9-10

“I am a park and done truck camper.  I get there I want to enjoy my new home.  I don’t want to do yard work.” – Phil Olson, 2011 2500 HD , 2013 Lance 992


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