#truck camper

in this (very) long article, i’ll explore why i chose a van for travel rather than another type of camper or rv, and go into the details of the various options i chose that i felt would be best for a campervan when i special ordered a custom built van. i’ll also go into details about the build and decisions i made there to keep things simple and lightweight. i compare my experiences with the van to the previous truck [...]

these are all the star-lapses i shot on the journey i took from chicagoland to california and then to florida, between september and november of 2012

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i just sold my truck to put the funds towards a condo i’m buying. i’m also selling my camper as soon as i find someone interested in it. though a part of me will miss the journeys, having my own place feels more like what i need right now. i will still travel in the future though will consider other options, depending on where and for how long. unless going on many long journeys and keeping a truck and camper for a long time, it may be much more cost effective to stay in hotels (or tents, etc). it’d be nice to be able to stay anywhere one can drive to, though perhaps the solution is simply to get a smaller vehicle that’s comfortable enough to sleep in for one or two nights at time. driving around town would certainly be more fuel efficient and fun in a small car that gets twice as many miles per gallon and can be maneuvered much more easily in small spaces. i may also consider a van (like the sprinter or other similar models coming out now) as it’d be far easier to park anywhere without drawing attention that you are camping in it (and would have lots more interior room than my camper and truck did).

i look forward to having my own place, as it’s been over four years since i was settled in my own space. since then, i’ve been between places, travelling, or living with others, and it’s certainly felt different (and at times not very peaceful). seems like this new place will suit what i was looking for all along. it’s within a mile or so of two nice parks i like to go to that are right on the lake, and in a quiet area with nice trails to bike on. the beach, the gulf, and other parks i like are not too far away either. (and it seems i’m discovering more healthy places in the general area too!)

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i recall there being three things i shouldn’t have done here (per the instructions for the rieco titan standard tripod camper jacks): the rear of the camper shouldn’t have been raised higher than the front, the mounting brackets should’ve been screwed or bolted into the camper, and i think the camper shouldn’t have been removed on a slope. i didn’t want to drill holes into the camper for the mounting brackets and i didn’t really have a choice about keeping [...]

 

UPDATE: my camper has been sold. the Camper Dolly is available For Sale & my Camper Van is available For Sale.

** UPDATE ** read why i chose a Camper Van Conversion after having this truck camper here: markmarano.com/2019/01/01/why-i-chose-a-ford-transit-van-to-convert-into-a-camper-vanlife/

To watch on youtube, click on this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4oFCYPtEx8

 

This is a detailed tour + demo of the Keystone pop-up truck camper I had custom built by Four Wheel Campers in 2011. I go over all of the built-in features, custom added equipment, and modifications/hacks/tweaks I made to it. It is currently available for sale (in Florida) with a custom built dolly and tripod jacks. If you’d like to purchase it (or know someone who does), you can reach me by sending me a message at the following link:

markmarano.com/contact

 

UPDATE: my camper has been sold. the Camper Dolly is available For Sale & my Camper Van is available For Sale.

** UPDATE ** read why i chose a Camper Van Conversion after having this truck camper here: markmarano.com/2019/01/01/why-i-chose-a-ford-transit-van-to-convert-into-a-camper-vanlife/

 

Here’s a link to a very long, detailed article I wrote about why I chose this camper and truck after doing lots of research on various rv options:

markmarano.com/2012/01/11/why-i-chose-a-four-wheel-campers-keystone-truck-camper-and-a-4x4-ford-f-150-supercab-heavy-duty-truck-with-ecoboost

 

Here’s an interview I did with Truck Camper Magazine about my journeys in this truck camper:

truckcampermagazine.com/camper-lifestyle/mark-marano-roam-free

 

At these links you’ll find videos of my 72 day “life on the road” journey out west, from Chicagoland to California and then to Florida:

markmarano.com/what/truckcamperfilms/

youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYlEKn8xkNmVcJzBPGDznWUqHbu51wGC3

Here’s a faster version of all those videos combined into one:

youtu.be/kUVuTyxuVXU

Here are just the time-lapses (mostly of the stars) from the videos:

youtu.be/w02JSdm4bJw

This is a time-lapse video of the removal of the bolted-down camper from the truck:

youtu.be/zYlaydCjP7Q

 

More I’ve written about my truck camper and photos can be found here:

markmarano.com/what/truck-camper/

Sped-up 1 minute instagram versions of the truck camper life on the road videos can be found at the following link along with some writing about each day:

markmarano.com/what/truckcamper+instagram/

 

To see my photos, videos, writings, perspectives, etc, visit:

www.markmarano.com

 

here are details of the price and components it has:

markmarano.com/2017/03/11/2011-four-wheel-campers-keystone-pop-up-truck-camper-fully-loaded/

 

thanks for watching! please share with anyone who might be interested.

 

UPDATE: my camper has been sold. the Camper Dolly is available For Sale & my Camper Van is available For Sale.

** UPDATE ** read why i chose a Camper Van Conversion after having this truck camper here: markmarano.com/2019/01/01/why-i-chose-a-ford-transit-van-to-convert-into-a-camper-vanlife/

i’ve put together a youtube playlist of all the 2012 life on the road films in chronological order if you want to watch them one after another. here’s the link:

www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYlEKn8xkNmVcJzBPGDznWUqHbu51wGC3
 

to see pictures from my truck camper journeys or read more about the adventure, visit this link:

markmarano.com/what/truck-camper

(you’ll need to scroll past all the videos as they’re also on that same page)
 

see the short one minute videos i’ll be posting on instagram (and read a little bit about each day), look here:

markmarano.com/what/truckcamper+instagram/
 

[from california to florida]

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this is everywhere i’ve been when traveling in my truck camper since i got it. a couple of places (mostly around florida) may be missing as i didn’t track it all in the beginning, and some routes might be slightly off as some gps data was missing [the lines on the map that are straight without any curves probably aren’t the exact route i took, but rather the average from one point to another further away when the gps location was saved].

i just made it to all 48 contiguous states in my truck and camper! [and its not even 22 months since i got both the truck and camper!]

 

this is a compilation of all 72 days of the journey i took from chicagoland to california and then to florida, from september 6th to november 16th in 2012. this is running at 5x the normal speed (otherwise it’d be around 19.5 hours long). it includes all of the following parts:

– from chicagoland to california [a five week adventure]
– life in california [three and a half weeks]
– from california to florida [just under two weeks]

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this is a map of my journey this summer to chicago and the rest of the 48 contiguous states i hadn’t yet been to in my truck and camper.

the trip from chicago to maine and back to florida wasn’t quite as epic as my journey last fall. this one was 4680.4 miles in just under 3 weeks. getting from florida to chicago was only 1373.6 miles in 5 days, though i stayed in chicagoland much longer than originally intended. the whole round trip including time and driving around chicagoland was 6563.5 miles in 9 weeks. i took my truck and camper across the border to canada for the first time to go to roosevelt campobello international park. i ended up sleeping in a parking lot near the lighthouse at the northern tip of the island as someone i met up there (who was towing a camper) told me the locals said it was fine and there were no signs indicating against it. i had met someone else in the park at the southern tip of the island who told me about that lighthouse location which i didn’t know about before. perhaps i’ll take a trip to all the provinces of canada and alaska in the upcoming years..