Essentials List for Full Time Truck Camping
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- Topper: An A.R.E. DCU 30″-36″ aluminum topper with liner and windows.
- 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.
- 2 Scepter 5 gal Water Cans with hoses, shut off valves and a hose bandit.
- Stove: 20 pound propane tank and a single burner stove.
- Tarp: A white “Dry Top 312201 12-by-20-Foot Super Heavy-Duty 10-Mil UV Treated Tarp”. Two painters’ extension poles, some paracord and heavy-duty bungee cords. (Very awkward, heavy. Have nothing better yet.)
- Safety items : A fire extinguisher , a Slime 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 20′ Ft Heavy Duty 10,000 Lb Tow Strap, 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 JumPack jump starter (a wonderful item to charge phone or whatever small electronic devices), a 900 lumen LED flashlight for protection (that was too damn big, to awkward to handle. Have to get something shorter. Never had a use for it in 12 months.), and a GOAL ZERO YETI 400 portable power station.
- 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.
- I would like a pair of rubber boots that you pull over your shoes.