We will be adding a screen tent for the next time out.” – Randy Smith, 2017 Ram 3500, 2017 Adventurer 910DB, “If we are going to be at a place for more than a day, we will unload the camper and put the awning, mat, and gas fireplace out. Sometimes we’re minimal, other times not. I like running as light as possible since we mostly camp disbursed off road. We park, pop-up the roof, plug-in the power if available, and camp. My Setup in Practice and Use. If I am traveling with my wife and we are at the same place for more than one day, we’ll set up the awning (weather permitting), get out the chairs, and the folding table. We camp in grizzly/black bear country, so we keep everything inside when we are gone for the day on our quads. Due to the limited space on truck camper roofs, portable solar panels are a … If we are stuck inside, we will read or craft, sometimes listen to a small portable radio, but we have never had a television in any camper we have owned. My wife and I do some short hikes together, but she is not a long distance hiker. The beauty of traveling in a truck camper is that is it easy to keep the amount of stuff to a minimum.” – Wanda Myers, 1999 Dodge 2500, 2003 Hallmark Cuchara. We’re generally in the truck camper for seven straight months, so we try to keep it simple. Also, there are no insects. We also have a small, 2-foot by 2-foot folding table that gets used occasionally for eating at or playing cards. For extended stays with a group, I’ll break out the big kitchen; a Camp Chef two-burner stove, prep table, and side table lights. Our life is so much more rewarding without television, computers, and stuff. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Living at the edge of the woods I am used to a dark night sky and the only intruders I usually worry about are bears trying to get into the bird feeders or the garage. We don’t take that lightly. Purging is a continuous process.” – Frank Poole, 2016 Ram 5500, 2016 Arctic Fox 990. Many products featured on this site were editorially chosen. It all has to go back in before we can take off for the golf course for the day. Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, especially if you're taking your pickup truck. Sometimes we’re minimal, other times not. If it was all that simple, everyone would run the electric heaters in their pickup truck caps, though the issue here is that they use a ton of power, which is difficult to get in mobile situations. VEVOR Truck Tent 8’, Truck Bed Tent, Pickup Tent for Full Size Truck, Waterproof Truck Camper, 2-Person Sleeping Capacity, 2 Mesh Windows, Easy To Setup Truck Tents For Camping… We have also eliminated extra chairs, the awning and – unlike you – we never put the jacks down. Feb 16, 2018 - Explore Adventures of Mulehawk's board "Truck topper camping" on Pinterest. Our campsite reflects the amount of time we’re staying. I just pull into a level campsite, extend the awning over the back door, and set out a lawn chair. Comparatively speaking, our campsite is buck naked. We just enjoy nature and the friendship of the campground host. Upgrade your truck with the world’s highest quality tailgate pad — The Basecamp System.Backed by an industry-leading five year warranty, The Basecamp System comes with two Lounger Chairs, a Jeffrey Cooler and one Basecamp Pad. We also have a sign which I designed and my husband made letting everyone know who we are and where we are from. We figure it is an invitation for someone to chat with us.” – Rich Bain, 2010 Adventurer 810, 2014 Dodge 3500. The bikes come out if we are staying for more than a day. I drive in and look around to see if it’s safe. We usually haul stuff in the camper and boat (chairs, BBQ, stabilizing jacks, camper steps, ladder, fishing gear, water jugs, and an ice chest with extra food if it’s an extended stay). You can use your truck cap to haul all your camping essentials to your most favorite campsite. Urban and suburban people live where there are lights 24/7 and maybe the threat of intruders. Sometimes we’ll put out a boot brush or small rug if the weather is wet and the ground is muddy. “Naked! My pleasure comes from cycling, hiking and the water. I also have fishing gear, a vacuum sealer, freezer bags, knives, cutting boards, an extra case of bottled water, a flagpole, flag, and finally, the generator.” – Kenneth Beal, 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500, 2000 Lance 810. Which means your new truck cap is part of you, too. We park, hookup, unhook, and go. Carmen means a “Camping Anywhere Remote for a Margarita Environmental Nirvana”. If I’m at a place more than two days, I’ll break out the small kitchen, or maybe just the BBQ. Sometimes we deploy the awning if we need the shade.” – M. Stoute, 2002 Dodge 2500, 2004 Lance 920. Other than that we’re fairly minimalistic – no fancy lights or other decorations.” – Wes Brubacher and Bobbi Chamberlain, 2018 GMC 3500 Sierra, 2005 Bigfoot 10.6. We are spoiled rotten. In fifteen minutes we are packed and ready to move to our next cool and exciting location. When cooking outside, we use an electric skillet. “We do the bare minimum. BBQ and camp stove. I’m working on another canopy. We have two chairs we bring along, but that is the extent of what we do. Outside there is a table with a stove and my chair. I do a lot of hiking, so I may be away from the campsite much of the time, and she will sit outside and read while I am away. We both like food prepared on an open fire because it tastes better. I'm going to frame a raised platform (bed) with storage underneath. The flag goes up, rear step go down, and chairs, grill, and tablecloth are deployed. “We go fairly minimal, but there are essentials that come out every time. We sometimes eat outside, but mostly inside is more convenient. Please Subscribe!This is a system I built for a customer with an older Ford F150 with a tall shell on the back. This fall we’ll migrate to a truck camper for our six months of winter travels – includng Mexico. That’s it. We cook outside even in heavy snow but, when it rains, we usually scamper back inside. We rarely stay in one place for more than one night. I also hate clutter. We always set up a sign of who we are and where we’re from. We have a quad trailer with an awning for the outdoor kitchen. If we are going to stay in a campsite for a week or longer, we might take a screen house along to set over the table, but we have only done that once or twice in ten years of truck camping.” – Allen Brummel, 2013 Ram 2500, 2016 Northstar 650SC, “Less is always better since storage space is always at a premium. I forgot we also have an oven smoker. I am solar powered, completely off the grid, and able to go almost anywhere. Truck Bed Camper Shell. Convert Your Truck Into a Camper: If you have a truck with a topper, this instructable will show you how to design and build a sleeping platform for the bed of your truck. The British Columbia provincial campgrounds no longer supply firewood. And if we need everything we take with us then we can’t add anything new. We’ll bring out a shade shelter for the cat pen, unload the bikes, balls and toys for our kid, and a solar panel. To fix this, I converted a conventional bright yellow real estate sign to say “This Site Occupied by Neil & Yoly”. Maybe later we take out the charcoal grill and grill up some burgers or brats. Copyright © 2021 Outdoor Life. Even if we stay multiple nights, we use the campsite as a base camp so that we can visit multiple sights in the area. The hardest part of building the truck camper setup is measuring correctly. We’ll usually have fishing float tubes laying around and a hummingbird feeder if we’re in a place that allows them. “Usually we just unload if we are staying more than one day. We’ll use a three step ladder instead.” – Rick Brundrige, 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500HD, 2000 Bigfoot 25C9.6. I dry camp the majority of times finding trail heads, grocery parking lots, park entrances, and (in cities) flat somewhat secluded dead end streets. “Bare minimalist, mostly. They want to reduce polluting the air. The TopperEZlift works with your existing topper and comes in two camper packages which create a “pop-up camper” like shelter right from the bed of your pickup truck. We do have a couple of lawn chairs that we put out, but that’s it. We once woke to seeing a wall cloud in the distance, dressed, and got the camper ready to roll in ten minutes before the storm hit in Nebraska.” – Laurel Wilson, 2018 Ford F-350, 2016 Four Wheel Camper Shell. See more ideas about camping, truck camping, truck toppers. “We are somewhat minimalists, though after reading my list, maybe not so much. We do a lot of boondocking, so if we put anything out then it will be one solar light to illuminate the bottom of the stairs. If you’re interested in truck bed camping, or leaning how to go camping in the bed of a truck, you’ve come to the right place! Announcing the Truck Camper Adjustment Bureau Mod Contest. That way we can wipe off excess dirt, mud, and pine needles before going inside. One Mega Mod will... Just for fun, here’s a crossword puzzle on truck campers. Welcome to the second entry in January’s Mega Mod Contest. Nothing too fancy, just a place to crash and stay relatively warm and dry. It’s essential since we prefer not to cook indoors or become food for insects. We are in stealth mode most of the time.” – Jake and Sylvie Mathis, 1994 Dodge Ram, 2005 Northern Lite 9 Q. Sometimes the chaise lounge comes out to sleep.” – David and Lila Weinstein, 1999 Ram 3500, Arctic Fox 1150. We are campsite minimalists. That’s the only two times I’ve tried. We like to be outdoors, but we live and camp in mosquito country. I cleaned out under the bed in the old pop-up prior to selling it, and off-loaded lots of stuff that we used only once.” – Kathy Claycomb, 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 HD, Getting a new Northstar in two months, “We are minimalists. Your State-by-State Spring 2021 Turkey Forecast, 7 Tips for Catching Big Cold-Weather Bass, Field Test: The New Straight-Pull Savage Impulse Rifle, How to Call More Coyotes into Shotgun Range, The Ultimate DIY Guide to Making Wild Game Jerky and Snack Sticks, After Being Barred from the Family Deer Camp, Beginner’s Luck with a 215-Inch Iowa Buck, Are Today’s New Hunting Shotguns Really Worth the Price? Once we arrive at our destination, we empty the vehicles and stow our gear under the camper. Our theory of RV stuff has always been if one thing is to be added, one thing must go. Our campsite consists of putting out two lawn chairs and our dog’s lead. Generally, I use the camper for traveling rather than staying, so I try to keep the clutter to a minimum so that breaking camp is quick and easy.” – Richard Mount, 2013 Ford F150, 2013 Four Wheel Camper Grandby. This week’s Question of the Week was, “How do you set up your campsite when truck camping?”, “Brimming! We have an awning (bag awning) that gets deployed for sitting under in the lawn chairs and cooking outside on a fire in the evening. “The only item that is always set up outside is the portable barbecue since that is where most of the cooking takes place. We may use our folding chairs, but we do not leave them up.” – Matt Wiegand, 2014 Ford F150, 2017 Adventurer 80RB, “We deploy the awning and a couple of camp chairs, hookup water and electric, and call it good.” – Howard Bisco, 2015 Ford F250, 2014 Palomino HS-6601, “Although we are not total minimalists like you, we usually put out our folding chairs and folding table. Getting to those remote trail heads is one of the main reasons I purchased a truck camper. We have since upgraded our camper, but have not changed what we bring with us. “I guess I could be considered a minimalist like you guys. It’s great to kick it after a day of hiking or biking. If there’s a group happy hour, I’ll break out my Carmen battery-powered margarita mixer. It took a bit of research in camper forums to hit on the right blend of simple and stable. Sandra and I enjoy the quiet times so much; we can have devotions, and just talk. To each his own. Camping in your truck bed is a little different than regular tent camping so it’s important for you to be prepared. As you’ll see in the picture, back when we had the Range Runner we’d set up an elaborate camp largely due to the more confined space of the small 6×8 trailer.” – Neil and Yoly Mullen, 2016 Ram 2500 Tradesman, 2018 Eureka. Get a huckable guest room that won’t slow you down, whether it’s prerunning the Baja 1000 or running home from the hardware store. Unless you have a bare metal truck bed, the plastic lining along the inside walls of your bed will not be a perfect square. Usually we don’t see anybody so it doesn’t have to have it real pretty. We carry the tarp, dual awnings, camping chairs, and are set up for a propane grill. The design Pros at TopperEZlift have put a lot of brain power into the design so that you can spend almost no time setting up your truck bed campsite and more time doing the outdoor activities that you love. But, we pretty much keep it tidy.” – Greg Sellers, 2002 Ford F250, 1980s SunLite pop-up, “We do pretty much as you and Gordon do. The photo is from my turkey hunting camp near Greer, Arizona.” – Tom Waters, 2003 Dodge 2500, 2014 FWC Grandby Shell. How do you set up your campsite when truck camping? I do more of a set up if I’m staying several days to see an area, especially if I am having guests. Again, my truck camping build is somewhat transformer-like in that things can change around as I see fit. “When we set up camp, it’s level the camper, open the three slides, and we’re pretty much done. “We’re pretty much minimalists due to weight restrictions with our old truck. A camper or tent shouldn’t be an embarrassing, truck-ruining liability. But, without the rip-away screen we wouldn't be able to sit comfortably in our truck camper with the access door open. In fact I don’t believe we have ever camped in a commercial campground in 30 years. If I’m by myself, I may get out a chair or two but I keep it simple. Weather permitting, there is nothing better than a small campfire and some star gazing, which is why I boondock. “It depends on the length of the stay, or if we are towing our boat. We do not have a mat for outside. All Rights Reserved. “We camp very conservatively. It makes me smile just thinking about it! We used to carry a large screen house, but didn’t use it and wisely sold it to another truck camper who got much use out of it this past winter in Florida.” – Chuck and Jodie Ramsey, 2012 Chevy Silverado, 2014 Adventurer 116DS, “We’re not as spartan as you guys. Everything else is contained in the trailer. They’re probably out for half of our camping nights. We only use the bare minimum to be comfortable when we are in the campsite and not out enjoying the surrounding areas. Then we send out the slide, and we’re done. Next, I bring out the comfortable folding chairs. It seems like an easy step, but in order to maximize your space, you have to contour your design to your truck bed. I think at the most I unload the grill, but that’s about it. If it’s just me for a night or two, I’ll just roll out the camp chairs (carried inside camper) and be done. We are very blessed to have an awesome truck and camper that allow us to go to many beautiful places which so many can not go. “There normally is a few of us camping together. Various other things go in and out like dish pans, food, binoculars, a bird book, Banana-grams, etc. We are almost always are camping in the bush in the middle of nowhere. We usually don’t have anything out except our chairs.” – John Bull, 2004 Dodge 3500, 2015 Arctic Fox 990. “Truck camping in and of itself helps assure a minimalist approach, which my dog, Paco, and I really appreciate. For more than one night, I may plug in a rope light for ambiance. Keep it clean and sealed. After that, I go exploring!” – Dieter Karaluz, 2017 Toyota Tacoma, 2017 home built hard side pop-up, “We think less is more. 4. The canopy is extended once in a while for shade or rain protection. If you want to improve your security, you can devise a latching system using a hasp lock to provide an additional layer of security. Great sunsets.” – Mike Kolinski, 2012 GMC 2500 HD, 2012 Four Wheel Camper Hawk. Also I don’t normally spend more than one night in one spot unless I am feeling under the weather, in which case I am not interested in decor. “We get out an E-Z UP awning over the picnic table, a Coleman cook stove and BBQ grill. The above picture is how we typically look. We have a disabled cat so we set up his pen the moment we arrive (unless it’s raining) and get the dog’s tether tied up. So, unless we spend more than one night in a campsite, we pull in, plug in, lower the jacks to level and stabilize, pull out a footstool and lawn chairs, and we are set up. I crack a beer and I am am set.” – Dominic Costello, 2001 Ford F-250, 2015 Lance 850, “With the exception of an occasional camp chair, I keep my campsites clutter free. “Just like you and Angela, we open the door, transfer the cat, and plug in a 20-amp power cord. Everything does double duty if possible. Oct 17, 2018 - Explore April LeValley's board "Truck Cap Camping" on Pinterest. AT Overland Atlas. We do have our nice folding chairs, a doormat, a step stool, a bucket for the grey water, and a screen house pitched over the picnic table. We will walk the dogs and then relax. I have no awning. Being in the bush means we have room to set up our cook tent and lights so we can see at night. It has even led to less television and computers at home, but that is not for everyone. So it depends. A Note About Security: For both personal safety and peace of mind, make sure your truck bed camping build-out is secure.Both your tailgate and the canopy should have locks, but make sure they’re up to snuff. If you’re looking for the best mattress for your truck camping, car camping, or SUV camping setup read this post! If that’s not possible, I screw a leash ring into the ground to tether Fido. 3. I break out a good book or the iPad and I roll a smoke. I keep it simple so, when it’s time to leave, I just pull off. Again, because we don’t spend a lot of time in the camper, camping chairs are essential. We enjoy camping with our extended family, which involves mostly hiking, photography, exploring, and quad riding.” – Diane Erhart, 2002 Dodge Ram 2500, 2016 Northstar 950. … That way traveling is cheap since we can’t buy new stuff.” – Russell Berquam, 2014 Ford F-350, 2015 Arctic Fox 1140, “I set up two chairs under the slide-out.” – Jeff Hauser, 1996 Dodge 2500, 2006 Arctic Fox 860. We bring along a fire pit, chairs, tables and of course, Betty and Beatrice – the pink flamingos!” – Bob Smith, 2001 Ford F-250, 2015 Lance 1050S, “I am a minimalist. We consider ourselves travelers and not campers. The toughest part of camping in a truck bed is keeping the interior space … Extra stuff equates to extra weight. “If we’re in a spot for more than a day, then the stairs go down, the oilcloth goes on the table, and the clothesline goes up – in that order. Then, I’ll hookup utilities, hook on the camper steps, put out the door mat, open the slide and the awning (if it’s not windy). My wife’s folding chair is out any time she wishes to use it, and I usually sit at the picnic table, which we place near the fire pit. Had to sell my truck camper this year. A picnic shelter tent. If I have a campfire, I will have water nearby to put it out if the wind picks up or I go to bed. An oilcloth goes on the table if we’re eating outside. If we are fishing, a 17-foot boat follows us into the campsite. Depending on what time we arrive and how long we’re planning to stay, we may bring out other things right away, like the axe and wood. Then, I get out our chairs, and the table and grill if I have to grill anything. We have two chairs, a small round table, and a carpet to try to limit the dirt getting into the camper. I just haven’t found the right one. Portable Solar Panels. There are some wonderful and dedicated people maintaining our campgrounds.” – Ellis Tyson, 2006 GMC Sierra 2500 HD, 2000 Sunlite Fold-down. No fuss. I try to find a level place to park and leave without a trace.” – Jesse Black, 2015 Chevy 3500, 2010 Lance 1055, “The picture above says it all. If we know we are going to entertain friends during our visit, we will pull no stops – awning lights, outdoor rug, picnic table cloth, gazebo over the picnic table in case of rain, extra chairs, side tables, firewood and accoutrements.” – Tim and Grace O’Sullivan, 2017 Silverado 3500, 2008 Snowriver 9.6 camper, “I put down the Fox Landing, unlock the door, power out the slide, plug-in, install the pressure regulator, install the water filter, hook up the water hose, and turn on the water. Otherwise, I’d rather spend my time enjoying the outdoors than decorating it!” – Shelley Pike, 2009 Ford F350, 2006 Lance Sportster 950. Now we’re back to minimalists. If we’re staying longer, more stuff gets set out such as the camp mat to keep the cabin cleaner. I’ve only been to two campsites but neither had hookups available. We also sit inside and play a game if the weather dictates.” – Pam Conner, 2015 Ford F350, 2015 Arctic Fox 1150, “We typically pull in, level, and pull out our stairs. “If there are hookups, we’ll use them, but not always. Our truck experts at Campway’s know that if you are looking to outfit your new Jeep Gladiator for the ultimate adventure, A.R.E truck caps … RV parks and full hookups are popular and becoming the norm, but I seek out my minimalist camping locations.” – Terry Gfeller, 2015 Ram 2500, 2013 Lance 865, “We are minimalists. We’re generally in the truck camper for seven straight months, so we try to keep it simple. If we are camping on our land, fire-starters and marshmallow forks also come out. Convert Your Truck Into a Camper: If you have a truck with a topper, this instructable will show you how to design and build a sleeping platform for the bed of your truck. Too bad radios, barking dogs, and loud talking people aren’t banned too.” – Vic Smith, 2015 Ford F350, 2013 Adventurer 89RB, “Our idea of setting up is to plug in and drop the steps. I have a United States flag on the ladder, tiny charcoal grill (not always used, but I remove it to access the flag), and sometimes a chair or two.” – Scott Spradley, 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, 1998 Lance Squire Lite 186, “My wife Elaine and I enjoy dry camping in remote areas while gold prospecting. My usual setup is a camping chair, small folding side table, and a folding footstool. We dump and fill as we leave the campground in the morning. If it’s hot and there’s no shade, we’ll put up the 10×10. Take three measurements when analy… Weather permitting, we spend most of our time outside, either relaxing, people watching, crafting, or exploring by walking or biking. “I am not going to take up space, weight, or my time on crap to display. We stay in a campground only to dump the tanks and fill the fresh water for one night. “Just like you and Angela, we are bare bones with two folding lawn chairs. All in all, it makes for a cleaner camp and less stuff to pack in the camper as well.” – Dave Riddle, 2015 Chevrolet 3500HD, 2017 Host Mammoth, “Out comes two tables and a camping gear stored in floor/walkway, one 10×12 outdoor rug/carpet, a pop-up shade over the tables and folding chairs, three milk crates of solar LED stake lights, firewood, and miscellaneous extension cords and a water hose. We try to set up in a wagon train. Founded in 2007, TCM is the RV community's number one source for news, reviews, guides, newbie advice, destination ideas, maintenance recommendations, modifications, and more. We have a couple of camp chairs if we want to sit outside and hope to meet fellow campers. Now with our new Eureka we’ll probably spend more time outside in nice weather due to the more confined spaces inside. I had owned the camper for over a year before I put the canopy out for the first time. We usually utilize the picnic table when available. We usually bring our own if it’s legal. I’ll actually make a couple laps around the campground before dumping at the common dumpsite to stir up the contents before dumping.” – Philip Tron, 2009 Chevy 3500, 2012 Lance 1050, “Only my truck parked. We also like to cook outdoors, so the camp stove goes on the picnic table. If you’re new here, don’t miss my guide to getting started truck camping or how to build a truck camping setup. There is no need to bring it all when getting away from it all. Here Are 4 Used (and Cheaper) Models to Consider, Winter Fly Fishing: How to Catch Trout on Streamers this Holiday Season, When Lessons Learned in the Wild Find Their Way into Regular Life, I Survived COVID-19, But it Killed My Hunting Season, The 10 Best Stories of 2020, as Chosen by Our Loud-Mouthed Hunting Buddy. But, that is about it.” – Dan Robinson, 2017 Ram 2500, 2014 Palomino HS-8801. “It depends. I don’t have the room to carry all of the stuff that some RVers carry and I don’t want to deal with any of it. We put out chairs and maybe a table. Heck, the camper itself is pretty luxurious compared to our backpacking gear and tent.” – Lyle Tremblay, 2004 GMC 2500, 2006 Bigfoot 25C9.4, “The only items I set up are a Coleman folding table, a couple of camp chairs, the hibachi, and the American flag.” – Frank Kaye, 2005 Dodge 3500, 2008 Northstar Arrow, “It varies for us. On nice days we take out our camp chairs and sit in the sun or shade, but we put the chairs back in the truck at nightfall. Also, a small rug for wiping our feet to keep dirt out of the camper goes at the bottom of the steps. DCU utility truck cap access doors provide amazing panoramic views. At those times, nothing comes out of the camper. That’s pretty wild, and just the beginning. How about you?” – Eddie Cano, 2012 Silverado 2500, 2013 Northstar Igloo 9.5 Igloo. I’m not that organized to call in advance and make plans to camp. In that situation, we are usually there for a week or so. That keeps the chlorine level higher, and we have less of a chance to get skunky water in the fresh water tank. Yes, we smoke fish while camping. There is no set up. The platform will allow you to store your camping supplies … As the largest single-brand manufacturer of truck caps in the U.S.A — and over 40 years dedicated to manufacturing truck accessories — we aren’t too surprised. On our last fishing trip to Colorado (which lasted two months), I believe we only had hookups four or five times. If it’s just overnight, sometimes we don’t even deploy our scissors camper stairs. We bring a lawn chair for each of us. We have had many memorable conversations sitting outside and it’s a great way to make friends while on the road!” – Charles Coushaine, 2001 Ford F350, 2012 Chalet DS116RB. For truck camping on hunts, I will be using an aluminum topper with screened sliding windows on both sides. We have outdoor games we play and always set up our chairs around a fire pit. **** https://www.coloradobackcountryadventures.com ****Hey Everyone! It's mounted on my GMC Sierra extended cab 1/2 ton pickup. I have named the truck camper, Thunderbird II. Therefore, we’re adding more stuff every time we go out. I boondocked for seven months from September 2nd, 2017 to March 28th, 2018. “We take our two chairs off the bed and put them outside. We don’t bother lowering the jacks. I just jump in the truck and go wherever. Bobbi likes to sit outside and read. We use an old shower curtain to cover the sundry yucky things that critters leave on picnic tables. Invest in a High-quality Sleeping Bag for Cold Weather Camping. Below I’ll be showing my truck camping setup as it is actually used while on the road as well as a few tips and tricks that I’ve picked up after so many miles. When we set up camp, we want to enjoy the outdoors by going kayaking or hiking. I stayed away from folding stuff like tables and beds. “It depends. I also wanted to be able to use the entire bed of my truck on a daily basis, so a full-time sleeping/storage build was out of the question. “It depends. That said, one reader admits to not only putting out pink flamingos, but naming them. That’s probably because I am not that good at remounting the camper. We only use the electrical shore power. I go camping to relax; not to load, unload, and set up a bunch stuff.” – Ron Williams, 1997 Ford F250, 2003 Lance 1010. A quality sleeping bag and camping … We only cook outside. Of course a nice rice mat at the entrance which is covered by an awning.” – Pem Richardson, 2016 Ram 3500, 2017 Adventurer 86FB, “We always put up our side awning and our chairs. If it’s more than a four day stay, we’ll take the camper off the truck. We like to travel and golf so we don’t usually spew ourselves too much around at the campsite. - Start to FinishANOTHER ONE!!! Mostly we keep things simple since it’s very easy to leave things behind or run over things. We’re not fond of neighbors.” – Daryl Davis, 1997 Ford F350, 2014 Palomino SS-1500, “Sorry to say, but we go all out with food tents, eating tents, a dishwashing station, wood for campfires, propane stoves, BBQ grills, and two picnic tables – one for kids projects. We don’t advertise where where we are from, nor do we light up our campsite or play loud music. Funny enough, it turns out that we’re not the only connoisseurs of spartan encampments. Build this truck bed camper by spending less than $400. 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