Truck Camper Journey

On March 15 I will leave the snowy mountains of Colorado and head west.

Packing is Happening

First: the roof rack got the extra  gasoline, a shovel, a squeegie, and a tarp all artfully bungeed .

Truck Camper Packing Roof
Second: a luxurious gift of rug padding was cut up and installed.

Rug Padding Cut Up for Truck Camper

Two sections went on the bed, the other piece went on the floor.

Rug Padding Placement for Truck Camper

Third:  the passenger area received a day pack, tarp fixings, rock hunting equipment, hammer, tape, water etc. Heavy winter coats will go on top to hide goodies.

Back Seat Packing for Truck Camping


The kitchen is packed with everything but fresh food (apples, oranges, avocados, eggs, etc.).

Next week the truck will be inspected, have her oil changed, have her joints checked, and have  a recalled  leaf spring replaced. She will be so ready.

Its happening!

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12 Responses to Truck Camper Journey

  1. Ming says:

    it sounds like you don’t cook inside when battened down for the weather. I have done so using a backpacking butane stove ($$ fuel and stinky, toxic so crack the windows), a home made alcohol stove (simple, fast setup, less toxic if using bio-ethanol which you can buy at hardware stores for indoor non vented fireplaces, but I just use methyl hydrate and crack several windows), several tealight under the pot (slow but nice for a long burn, cheery flames), and my latest is using vegetable oil lamps made from exhausted tealight shells – simple, cheap and relatively non-toxic fuel that I have around anyways).

    I cannot abide cold soups and take a long time to finish my hot beverages. The home made set-up consists of a pie plate in which sit tealight shells that either burn alcohol or oil, a pot stand from a dollar store, and a windscreen made from aluminum flashing when used outside.


    • Mas Prema says:

      I hesitate to heat up anything inside the truck, as that is where I keep the propane tank. Makes me nervous to have a flame inside. If I didn’t have the propane tank I would follow your route. Thanks for the hints!


  2. Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

    Sounds like a great trip! I would love to see New Mexican soil through your eyes:)


  3. Jean Rhinehart says:

    Pickett – Good Luck and good exploring and hiking on this upcoming adventure. We’ll follow
    your posts – both Doug and I have enjoyed them. Jean


    • Mas Prema says:

      Thanks for following. You all know how much fun I will be having.Are you heading out on an adventure?


      • Jean Rhinehart says:

        Yes, Jean & I will be heading to The Monument (G. Jct.) in early April & then two wks later we go to Squaw Flats in Canyon Lands. This time of year, we get eager to satisfy our addiction to red soil, red rocks, canyons, and the sound of a canyon wren.
        Have a safe trip.


      • Mas Prema says:

        Sounds perfect Doug!


  4. Pickett, Diana, Alix and I will miss you at our 50th reunion. Travel safely! I look forward to your future posts!


  5. Michael Owsley says:

    Hi Truck Camper,
    I love your posts!
    Just one thing, it is not recommended to have propane tanks inside the truck.
    I’m just worried about your safety.
    Via con Dios


    • Mas Prema says:

      Dear MO, Thanks for the concern. I do cook with the back open and the tank is bungeed into place while traveling. I have done it for 40 years and seems ok so far. I love that you read the posts.


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