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#21 OFFLINE   flakjacket

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:18 AM

Could be they think a truck camper is just a camper top or cap on the bed rails. They may not understand a TC is self contained. Who knows??

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:33 AM

Could be they think a truck camper is just a camper top or cap on the bed rails. They may not understand a TC is self contained. Who knows??

I think that's the perception, Ed. It's just a 'cap'.

I'm continually amazed by people who step into mine for the first time. They are usually astounded to find 'their fridge', 'their stove', 'their a.c.', 'their sink', 'their toilet', etc. Many say..'Your shower is bigger than our trailer's shower!'. That's when I say..'You do realize you're standing in the back of a pickup truck?', which brings on more amazement.

And, as evidenced by the quote from the check-in-gal at the campground..."THAT THING.......have a bathroom?".... she'd probably never seen one, much less knew what was inside or on-board.

I don't mind us being unique in the campground. We make new friends on each trip when they approach with questions about our rig. Actually most comments are those of somewhat jealousy after we show up with the boat in tow, and are set up in minutes.

We're going to a new campground nearby this weekend. It's in FLAT country, and I can almost bet we'll be the only TC in the place.

PS; Here's some trip-pics from where we fished, camped and visited last weekend. We watched ocean freighters from all over the world go by all night, a couple of hundred yards from the bedroom window of the T.C. Quite scenic with all the lights on them. And, we bought jumbo shrimp that were still kicking, right off of a shrimpboat that pulled up to the dock. What a fresh meal that was!

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 05:19 PM

That unifromed attendant needs to check out some of the "TC's of today". They are probably nicer and better equipped than his own house.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:49 PM

here is our trip planer.


Now that's my kind of trip planner!

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 04:56 AM

i cant say ive ever seen any problem with a tc at a campground or resort. maybe because of my part of the world there are a lot of tc's. ive seen 1 resort in montana that is for class a only but thats it. still though, there are a few around here who are very surprised at just what is IN a tc.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:26 AM

i cant say ive ever seen any problem with a tc at a campground or resort. maybe because of my part of the world there are a lot of tc's. ive seen 1 resort in montana that is for class a only but thats it. still though, there are a few around here who are very surprised at just what is IN a tc.


In the south, towing anything is easy because it's flat, and we have no snow or ice to deal with. Its a 365 day camping season. Also, the lands are vastly private and populated, therefore, one generally has to fit into a prepared slot 'out in nature'.

From the Mexican border in Texas to the tip of Florida at Key West, boondocking is pretty much a foreign word among most campers. Therefore, if you can't boondock, you might as well tow the whole 35 foot house and a carload of kids to your slot in nature.

Sure there are some of us who know how to get away from it all, but, the general mentality is to tow. Another thing is that folks here are not generally loners. The mentality is visiting, cooking, partying, watching the sports game, and water related sports. The typical outing is a two vehicle event, usually one towing the camper, and mom with the kids in another vehicle, towing the boat.

I would venture to say...that for every 1000 trailers, 5vers, motorhomes, ONE TC might be spotted. And, it's usually someone from another state. A local RV dealer has the franchise for a well known TC brand, because he loves them. His lot has about 4 brand new TCs in it. Most are still 2010 or 2011 models. They just don't sell here.


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Posted 15 June 2012 - 10:36 AM

Here in San Antonio the RV dealer we deal with says that they have to have x-many on their lot from most of the dealers they deal with. And in the southern states its trailer country. Like Doug said they like to take thier home with them.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:58 PM

The road was clogged (by Montana standards) with rvs heading to Red Lodge as I headed home today. Usually I see a few TCs but not today. 'Best/worst one I saw was at least a 40 foot toy hauler 5th wheel pulling a 20 foot long boat. It did not look like fun to be pulling it or behind it.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 11:48 AM

I hav e not experienced any TC discrimination, and as a couple of others have said people are amazed at just how much is inside once they climb in there. Although a couple of people were kind of freaked by the wet bath concept and standing that close to the toilet to shower, so i told her to use the outside shower. The strangest thing was the day a police officer stopped by in the cruiser, (kind of had me worried, wondering what I did), he saw me outside and wanted to know if he could look in it. He stopped by about 2 months later with his new truck camper to say thanks, seems he wanted to be able to tow his boat and still have a camper to save money when going to fidhing tournaments

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:21 PM

REPORT: Here's the count. After a 3 Day weekend at a nearby lake with a county/parish RV park with at least 175+ RV full hookup pads, there was one truck camper there. Me! There were a dozen boats or so, some being the double-towed behind the TT or 5ver. I guess I saw about 3 or 4 class c's, 2 class A pushers, 1 class B, and maybe 3 pop up campers. The rest were all TT or 5vers. Probably the 5vers had a slight edge on numbers.


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Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:43 PM

Double (triple) towing is not allowed in most of the NW and NE so TC's or RV's usually tow a boat. Then there are the ones that caravan with a TT or FW being towed by one vehicle and the boat by another. I think these restricted states see more TC's.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 09:52 PM

I have never seen so many new truck campers as I have seen this spring in Washington and Oregon. I stayed at a camp ground in central Oregon this past week and there were 5 truck campers in a half full campground. Most were pulling boats. One new camper Had a big "N" decal on the front overhead. It was a good looking unit. Anyone know who makes the "N" camper.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 10:01 PM

O's younger brother by one letter?

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 04:54 AM

Last month traveled to Sanibel Is (FL), Key West, Mytle Beach, Cape Haterahas, Fredericksburg (VA), Asheville (NC) and Chattanooga. Only had one small pop up TC in Mytle and one full size pop up TC in Cape. Saw about 5 on the road.

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 06:22 AM

I haven't lived in the Southeast for over 20 years, but I don't remember seeing that many truck campers around when I was dragging a Scamp behind me.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:26 AM

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:38 AM

If it has resort in the name, they probably don't want you and you don't want to be there.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 05:59 AM

There are too many misconceptions about truck campers. Many people don't realize that there is plumbing, holding tanks, and RV appliances - Then I run out the slide and power down individual jacks with my remote and make their jaws drop.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:50 PM

We have never been turned away, even when the campground is full they most always have a small space somewhere on their lot.
At one near Fort Steele, they asked if we needed hookups, we said no and they gave us a less expensive spot in the tent area.
In the pricey resorts those class As would just block my view anyways.

Another good place to park is fairgrounds, lots of room, dump stations and water available.
And walking distance to the towns .

And Homedepots have great wifi.

Our just finished 16 day trip, we had full hookups 3 times, paid for campgrounds a total 4 times.
Never deplored anywhere, just unhitched mostly in parking lots and explored the area in the Jeep.

Only take 2 parking spots in lots, and that's towing a Jeep, compared to some fivers taking up to 9 spaces




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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:05 PM

When I called the CG in June Lake, they called me back, to make sure that we had a bathroom and shower since the do not have them available at the campground. They were amazed by the size of the S&S and that it only took me 10 miutes to level it and hook up.

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