Essentials List for Full Time Truck Camping
Your list will look different. This list changes as I discover new solutions.
- Topper: An A.R.E. DCU 30″-36″ aluminum topper with liner and windows. Liner is essential to eliminate condensation and hail noise. After 3 years I still love it.
- 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.
- Bedding: An old carpet remnant. I also put blue jeans under the carpet for ironing and extra padding. I love sleeping on a hard surface. A sleeping bag. A winter coat wrapped around sweaters for the pillow. A stuffed bear for comfort.
- 2 Scepter Water Cans (5-Gallon) with hoses, shut off valves and a hose bandit.
- Cooking: 20 pound propane tank and a Coleman Powerpack Propane Stove. 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. (Very awkward, heavy, but perfect once I wrangle it secure..)
- Safety items : A fire extinguisher , a Slime 70005 Safety Spair 7-Minute Flat Tire Repair System (this is a mistake. I will never actually repair a tire. At most inflate it. I can get a portable compressor.), 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, two 4 gallon gas cans (gave them up, they were too unwieldy and went with 2 2 gal.), 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.), 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.
- Construction of bed and shelves.
- I have milk crates, 5 gallon pickle buckets (too big. Got rid of them the second month.), clothes, books, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, solar shower bag and a folding table. The milk crates are good for books, but terrible for food as mice invade.
- A folding chair and folding side table.