Essentials List for Full Time Truck Camping
Your list will look different. This list changes as I discover new solutions.
The links take you to a place to buy the item. It doesn’t cost you more, I get a few cents from the transaction. Not for ARE, but all the rest.
- Topper: An A.R.E. DCU 30″-36″ aluminum topper with liner and windows. Liner is essential to eliminate condensation and hail noise. After 4 years I still love it. You need to “build your own” on the A.R.E. website.
- Rack on top of the cab: This is the place for the gas cans, the shovel, a window scraper and garbage on the way to town. It is a Thule 859XT Canyon Basket. Works great.
- Bedding: An old carpet remnant on plywood. I love sleeping on a hard surface. Two sleeping bags. 1 cheapie sleeping bag and a fancy down one I bought in 1968. In winter the down bag goes inside the cheap one. Toasty.
- Water 2 Scepter Water Cans (5-Gallon)with a drinking water hose, shut off valves and a hose bandit.
- Cooking: 20 pound propane tank and a Coleman Powerpack Propane Stove. This needs a new, longer hose/connection than the one that comes with the setup. Needed a windbreak, also. Compact Stainless Steel Dish Set is the way to go. Easy to clean, very hard to damage, and are very light.
- Tarp: A white 12′ x 20′ Dry Top Heavy Duty White Full Size 10-mil Poly Tarp item 312201. Two painters’ extension poles, some paracord and heavy-duty bungee cords. Gave up on the big tarp. Got a nice nylon small tarp.
- Safety items : A fire extinguisher, a heavy-duty 16′ 6 gauge booster cable ( and instructions on how to jump someone else’s car. I can never remember the sequence ), a 2 in x 20 ft Recovery Tow Strap 10,000 LB Breaking Strength, a weather alert radio, whistle, a Cobra Electronics CPP 12000- JumPack XL – Jump Starter/Power Pack (a wonderful item to charge phone, camera, Kindle and to jump start vehicles. Worth every penny.) (This finally failed to keep a good charge after 4 years. Time to find a replacement.), a 900 lumen LED flashlight for protection , and a Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station, 400Wh Battery Powered Generator. When I bought this a few years ago it came with a solar panel and a great lamp.
- Best light Best to cook with, best to read in bed with, best for walk to bathroom with, best darn thing for camping. Really.
- Construction of bed and shelves.
- I have milk crates, clothes, books, and a folding table. The milk crates are good for books, but terrible for food as mice/chipmunks/bugs invade.