Camper by rvwalker

Camper

No attempts at great art today. These photos were taken a few days ago on my Gilmore camping trip.

There have been several comments recently about my camping trips in bad weather, so I thought I would show you my camping gear. I have used this rig for twelve years now. The truck is a 2001 Dodge 2500, four wheel drive, manual shift. The camper is a 2002 Palomino pop-up with a queen size bed over the cab, propane heater, stove, sink, and refrigerator. No toilet (see http://365project.org/rvwalker/365/2013-09-12).
The advantage of this small rig is that I can go nearly anywhere a 4wd pickup can go. It isn't meant to be a luxurious RV, but something I can use to camp in out of the way places. I have spent hundreds of nights in this thing.

The problem with this is that one of my camping buddies bought a big trailer, so when we go camping, we end up in RV parks. Also, Linda now has difficulty getting up to the bunk, so I'm afraid this set-up won't be around much longer. I will probably have to "upgrade" to a more civilized RV. That's the way life is.

I will be leaving on a 10 day camping trip Sunday and will be mostly unavailable for 365 comments. I'm sorry I will miss many of your great photos.
What a good way to camp!
September 26th, 2013  
That looks perfect... Sad to hear you will have to change soon. Have a great trip
September 26th, 2013  
Terrific rig...maybe I need to upgrade!
September 26th, 2013  
I think that looks like a nifty way to go. Pam and I rented an RV for a weekend almost exactly a year ago and had a grand http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/squamloon/8075318032/in/set-72157631741027016/ time with the SquamDogs in the Berkshires. Having experienced that, I can see the appeal of what you have, and understand your changing needs.
September 27th, 2013  
@squamloon I couldn't get the link to work, Jim. I hope you had a bigger RV than this with a wife and dogs along for the ride!
September 27th, 2013  
@amandal @michelleyoung @jgpittenger Thanks, ladies. It is great for one person, but a bit tight for two.
September 27th, 2013  
Thanks, Ross, for posting this. I was thinking about you in foul weather and fair. Looks like it would definitely be cozy!
September 27th, 2013  
Would you believe that this is bigger than mine? Love it. Would be a shame to go standard...
September 27th, 2013  
Enjoy your next trip!!
September 27th, 2013  
@rvwalker Well that's annoying. I even changed the permissions on it to "public". It's not even a great photo... but for the sake of Science, does this work? http://www.flickr.com/photos/82117239@N00/8075318032
September 27th, 2013  
@squamloon It worked, Jim. We see a lot of these rental RVs in town here, on the way to Jackson Hole.
September 27th, 2013  
Looks like a great way to go! Enjoy your next trip!
September 27th, 2013  
Winnebago time is it ?
Happy camping Ross.
September 27th, 2013  
great set up Ross. Happy camping. I like that set up as you can boondock anywhere with it. NIce for those ghost towns. My rig is much less capable but an inverter has allowed me to boondock almost anywhere I can drive to so that works. Right now I have it set up permanently in an RV Park where I like to escape to occasionally and will venture out from there.
September 27th, 2013  
@cathieg It keeps me dry, Cathie, but is a bit tight for two people. Thanks for your very nice comment.
September 28th, 2013  
@fueast What do you use, Alison? I know British vehicles tend to be smaller than American behemoths. I would be content with this one for many more years, but Linda has stopped camping because of her mobility problems. It is time to look for something easier for her.
September 28th, 2013  
@leananiemand @pflaume @ch1ppy_m1nton Thanks, everyone. It should be a good trip. I have camped with these guys 32 years in a row, and this will be our second trip this year.
September 28th, 2013  
@libertylady It sounds like you have a good system, Alice. Your inverter doesn't drain your battery I guess?
September 28th, 2013  
Ross, thanks for sharing. The photos and info about your rig. Thais is my kind of camping rig.
September 28th, 2013  
@jackster Thanks, Jack. I'm afraid I will need something bigger for my wife soon, but I've had a great time in this one.
September 28th, 2013  
@rvwalker Well yes it can do that. I have a solar panel which helps and a generator. I have gone over a month without plugging in but now I have it plugged in. You can't use the air conditioner or microwave on the inverter but otherwise does really well. If I wanted to use the microwave, then I just turned on the generator for those few minutes I needed it. Also, driving charges the batteries. However, my batteries are low now from non use the last couple of years so I need to replace them.
September 28th, 2013  
@libertylady Cool. Maybe I will look into the solar panel option. Thanks, Alice.
September 28th, 2013  
It's the perfect camper all around. Great share! @squamloon did you enjoy the rental? My kids are begging to do that and I'm all for it if I can afford it. We've used tents, but I like the idea of some comfort! :)
September 28th, 2013  
Thank you very much indeed for showing us this handy mobility solution. Andenjoy your next trip :0)
September 28th, 2013  
This is really rather cool!!! :) Looks like it can be a lot of fun! :) Enjoy your camping trip!!! :)
September 28th, 2013  
Hey wait--is the RV in RV Walker *this* RV? I've heretofore assumed your middle initial was V.

@darylo it was an absolute hoot. Driving the thing takes a little getting used to, if you've never driven anything big, but that adds to the adventure.

It's a fascinating cultural experience, too... I'm so proud that I know from our experience what @libertylady means by "boondocking" and "inverter".

If in 15 years I get one (and who knows, I just might), I'm going to ddefinitely have it set up for that kind of self-sufficiency.
September 28th, 2013  
@darylo @squamloon If you haven't used one before, I definitely recommend renting first to see what features you like and what you don't like. Then go to an RV show to see what is out there before you buy one. Unless you plan to live in it, keep it small. You can't take the really big ones anywhere but freeways. Have fun! Jim, V = VanDervoort. I'll bet you didn't figure that one out!
September 28th, 2013  
@beluga @monkeykid Thanks, Beluga and Therese. I will be off-line or have very limited wi-fi for the next ten days, but it should be fun.
September 28th, 2013  
Very nice rig!
September 29th, 2013  
Ross, Have a great trip. And this pix does bring back memories. This is what we had for several years when our kids were small. Finally outgrew it when the kids got bigger..... not enough room for four of us. Now, after a couple of used RVs, we purchased a new 27 foot Class C RV in 06.... Love it. Perfect for the two of us and our dog. And we both gave up sleeping on the "overhead" bed. No longer works for either of us. We've made several trips to Alberta and a couple more as far east and north as the Maritimes in our current RV.... and looking toward another trip to Alberta next summer.
September 30th, 2013  
@rvwalker We had solar panels put on our RV when we got it in O6. We can dry camp to our hearts content if we have enough sun. Shade doesn't help us much. You mentioned Linda has mobility problems and doesn't like the overhead bed. Four total joint replacements killed the overhead bed for me..... both hips, both knees. We sleep in the back on couches made into beds. Much more comfy and easier.
September 30th, 2013  
@aglennc Interesting camping history, Anita. My goals are a bit different. I still want something small enough to be able to get into a forest service campground, but big enough for Linda to be comfortable. She hasn't gone with me for a couple of years because of physical problems. So, our solution will probably be motels or rental homes for longer trips, and a smaller trailer with good ground clearance for local camping. I like the solar panel idea. My annual camping trip with friends changed drastically when one of them bought a 24' trailer. We used to all have small campers similar to mine, so we camped in really remote areas. As I type this, I'm sitting in that 24' trailer in a RV Park in Elko, and it really isn't the same as the old days.
October 1st, 2013  
@rvwalker Our first motorhome, Class C, was 21 feet. We could park it in a one car parking spot, not out a mile from where we wanted to go, and it was easy to get in and out of, "downstairs" sleeping, etc. I was not doing well, mobility wise, for quite awhile (before various replacements, etc.,) and, even being on crutches, it worked well. And it had a bathroom. Also -- we boondock camp, so the solar panels were welcomed on our current rig.
October 1st, 2013  
You mean you never named it.?
I have named all my vehicles over the years. I like it goes places, I have a thing for off the beaten track
October 1st, 2013  
@gigiz Nope - no name, Gigi. It is a heckuva tough rig, so "Butch" maybe?
October 9th, 2013  
@aglennc Sounds great, Anita. I have considered a Sportsmobile because it is true 4wd, but sticker shock has stopped me so far.
October 9th, 2013  
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