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Monster Truck Motorhome: Take Your RV Off Roading

This motorhome is a different take on a monster truck RV.

Where would you take this monster truck motorhome that would require this extreme outfitting.

Everyone's Talking About This Awesome 40 Year Old Beetle Camper

Look how maneuverable this thing is! I've hauled trailers before, and had to back them up, and always found that process a brain-melting exercise in frustration. Why aren't these common now? 

Maybe now's the time — maybe all the attention is a sign. It's time. Time for revolution. Revolution via towing little trailers. I'm ready.

A Fire Truck Camper: Because You Are Just That Bad of a Cook

What is better than this? Camping with a RV that can help get a cat from a tree and can allow you to run red lights. This fire truck camper does it all...

Saw It Liked It: Delorme InReach Explorer

Some day, there will be an easy, affordable, and lightweight way to combine smartphone with satellite capabilities for text and emergencies. Until then, we’ll have to be happy with incremental progress, like the Delorme InReach Explorer. Previous InReach models simply connected to your phone the Explorer handheld gives you GPS capabilities and rudimentary mapping, as well as letting you send and receive texts via satellite. Most compelling, you aren’t tethered to an annual contract, but can buy monthly use.

Guest post - Overland Expo EAST

In the last six years, the Overland Expo has grown from its enthusiastic beginnings to the largest event of its kind in the world—a combination of overlanding university, outdoor shopping mall for all things related to vehicle-dependent travel from flashlights to $300,000 Global Expedition Vehicles, and—perhaps most important of all—social event during which people from all over the world meet, share experiences, and plan new ones.

When attendance passed 6,000 people, we realized it was time to share the event with the other side of the U.S. (And it’s not as if we could have ignored the three or four hundred emails that came in each year from the “back side” of the Mississippi.) So we’re delighted to annouce the first Overland Expo EAST, scheduled for October 3rd through 5th at Taylor Ranch, just eight miles outside Asheville, North Carolina.

As westerners we naturally assume we have an exclusive on beautiful landscapes, but North Carolina shut that up. The Blue Ridge Mountains captivated us, and Taylor Ranch, the site for the 2014 event, is nestled in their foothills among pine and oak trees. Asheville proved to be perfect as a convenient urban hub, with—among other benefits—the densest population of microbreweries we’ve seen anywhere.

Registration is now open for Overland Expo EAST, and we are working on the schedule of classes. Our partner Land Rover will be there in force, and we’ll have a challenging driving track where attendees can receive expert instruction behind the wheel of a new Range Rover or LR4. Our Camel Trophy training team members will be there as well, and we’re working on a suite of advanced driving and recovery scenarios, along with classes in winching, ropework (Need a bridge? No problem), and all our other offerings from loading and lashing to provisioning and cooking, from navigation to photgraphy.

At Overland Expo WEST the percentage of attendees with truck campers has been increasing steadily, and campers now fill a substantial part of the day-pass parking and camping areas. Since Roseann and I drive a 2012 Tacoma fitted with a Four Wheel Camper (the JATAC—our second such setup), we’re perfectly happy with this—a truck camper is simply one of the best compromises for those of us who like to get off the beaten track while remaining comfortable for weeks at a time.

We hope to see a bunch of truck campers at Overland Expo EAST as well. Please visit the Overland Expo home page HERE for more information. And many thanks to Joshua for the opportunity to be here!

Different Types of Truck Campers

Truck campers are an American institution.  They help people to enjoy the great outdoors in comfort and style.

If you are in the market for a truck camper, it can be a difficult decision to make.  You first need to understand what the best truck camper for your needs will be.  You need to choose one that matches in with your particular needs, lifestyle and also budget.

With so many truck campers for sale it is a mine field.   To help you out, a summary list of the most common truck campers is provided below.  Enjoy!

Arctic fox truck camper

This camper is the most popular truck camper in both Oregon and Washington.  The reason is simple.  It can be used in any conditions – especially the cold – and is a true all weather camper. 

They also have huge slide outs and are home built in Oregon.  A great choice if you are heading out in any weather.

Truck bed campers

As its name suggests this is a truck camper that has a bed.  It can come in many shapes or forms, ranging from metal frames to wood structure to simple canvas.

If you are using the truck camper for overnight trips then you need to have a bed.  Simple!

Slide in truck campers

These are truck campers that have moveable walls.  These walls allow the space of the interior to be expanded. 

To have slide in’s you need to have a frame design – not a pop up.  It can be a great option if you have more than two people using the camper as it creates significantly more space.

Pop up truck campers

Pop up truck campers are perfect if you are traveling long distances and want to minimize weight and wind resistance.  In other words, save fuel!

The pop ups are low profile and the roof has to be raised mechanically when camping.  They can be both soft walled or hard walled depending on the design.

They are often well priced and make for a versatile option.

Pick-up truck campers

This refers to when a camper is placed on the back of a pick-up truck. 

Perfect for those who want space, and the power to tow anything – or go anywhere.

The only downside is fuel efficiency.  But it’s a worthwhile compromise!

Small truck campers

As the name suggests these are smaller truck campers that generally include a small living areas and a bed.

They are perfect for couples, or people looking to get away for only a few nights.

We know of a lot of people who use these as a way to save money when traveling.

As a benefit, depending on the vehicle they are placed on, they can almost go anywhere.

In summary, when you see a truck camper for sale, you need to quickly assess if it matches your needs.

The key questions to ask yourself are:  What is my budget, what are my space requirements, and where will I be going in the truck camper.

If you ask these, then finding the right truck camper for your needs becomes a lot easier.