Truck Camping Secret Tools


My new love. I have given up on tents . I still needed some way to protect me from the rain and/or wind. This tarp is terrific. I abused and used it hard for a long while. Not a scratch or tear. And it folds up to nothing, weighs next to nothing, and I love it. When there are trees it is so easy to set up with the bungees.


Bungee cords

and pvc pipe give me a fast and secure way to set up a tarp. The pvc keeps the bungees from sagging. I use a painter’s pole also. I can change the whole set up of the tarp really quickly with bungees. Bungee cords hold the tables and chair in the rack on top of the cab.  Bungees are my friends. Bungee cords also hold thing to the inside of the truck. Out of the way, but quickly accessible. I really love bungee cords.Bungee Cord Use

Cable Ties

To keep the bungee cords and ropes and strings organized I use cable ties.  Easy to get the right item if you don’t have to untangle everything. Much experience in sitting with tangled balls of rope. Cable ties are great if you want something in a semi-permanent place. I tie down small things in the roof rack with cable ties. Easy to get things down/open with just a pair of scissors.


Are another secret love of mine. They are great when matched with bungees, hold the plastic bag of trash, they hold my keys to the back pack. There are never too many carabiners. Get a few in most popular sizes. You will be surprised at how often you use them.

Do you have any secret truck camping supplies?



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6 Responses to Truck Camping Secret Tools

  1. Cindy Rogers says:

    Pickett, thanks so much for posting this, the timing could’t have been better! Batman and I were just talking about what and how to rig up a tarp system to his van. He just got back from a long camping trip in southern Idaho and would have loved some shade. I’m going to order one of your tarps 😊🤞


    • Mas Prema says:

      I cannot believe how terrific this tarp is. Glad you and Batman will have shade! Just talked to a fella about hooking the tarp to the topper. I don’t want to drill holes in the topper. He suggested aluminum JB Weld. Aha! Just have to use sandpaper to remove the finish. Can’t wait to try it.

      On Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 6:42 AM Truck Camper Hints wrote:



  2. Dale says:

    Thanks for the tips, very helpful advice from a truly trustworthy camper. I envy your lifestyle. Please keep blogs coming. I so enjoy them all. Stay safe & God Bless you.


  3. Mar says:

    Great list of helpful items! I appreciate all of the above ,- camping or not.
    What kind of tarp is that Pic? Nylon or other material,- I imagine rain resistant?
    You are the ultimate ‘happy camper’. 😃💖


    • Mas Prema says:

      The mfg calls it ripstop silnylon. Waterproof. It has nice loops everywhere, even on the absolute middle. It was $89 and worth more to me than 4x that amount. It came with stuff I didn’t need (pegs and ropes), but so worth it. Too easy to set up. And it’s tough. High marks from this truck camper!

      On Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 10:07 AM Truck Camper Hints wrote:



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