How to Live in a Pickup Truck Camper

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How to Live in a Pickup Truck Camper
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Living the vagabond life can be enticing. If you have the means and desire to live on the road for a spell, a pickup truck equipped with a camper can serve as a rolling home. Truck campers do not consume as much fuel as a large RV but many are still self-contained units. There are things to consider when planning to live out of a pickup camper.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy



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    Stock the camper with two sets of sheets, including one for cooler weather. Pack two sets of towels. Having backups help when going long periods between laundering. Bring a supply of games, books and entertainment. If the camper has a TV and DVD player, equip the rig with a library of movies.

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    Prepare for breakdowns and where you will stay if the camper-truck needs to be in the shop overnight. Be sure to have enough cash or an emergency credit card on hand for hotels should the vehicle require servicing.

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    Arrange for your bills to be paid via auto pay or through online payment services. Chances are you won't receive mail on a regular basis. Have your mail forwarded to a friend or relative and call your credit card companies to arrange auto pay. If you work on the road, arrange direct deposits for payments.

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    Keep a spare tire on the camper at all times. Keep a jack and tire iron in a repair kit for emergency fixes. The repair kit should include jump leads and a small tool kit.

    Camper Living

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    Check on local regulations regarding camping in the vehicle when parked on city or municipal streets. Some cities allow this while others do not.

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    Keep the truck camper well ventilated, especially in damp and musty regions. The truck camper is a tight space and mildew or mould builds up quickly in damp environments.

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    Drain the grey and black water holding tanks every two to three days to prevent unwanted odours or bacterial contamination. Dump stations are available in campgrounds and at many highway rest stops.

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