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ewarnerusa

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Posted: 03/24/22 09:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello. I am a long time TT owner but have been brainstorming about what I might like to do in the future. We 100% boondock off grid in dispersed spots and I like the idea of how much more we would have access to if I wasn't towing the camper but carrying it instead. But is it common/practical to take the camper off your truck at the camp spot and use it while on the ground? I think that would be a very attractive way to do it, freeing the truck up for things we would want to use it for without having to bring the camper with. Thanks.


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We take the camper off our truck occasionally when camping. For example, when we were in Glacier last fall we took it off so we could drive the Going to the Sun road. We boondock a lot too, but we usually move on after 1-2 nights so it is usually not worth the time/effort to load and unload the camper. We've used the camper on the ground, off the truck for many nights and never had any difficulties. I believe some of the pop-up truck campers are not recommended to be used off of the truck, but I am not certain about that.

I also agree that you would have access to a lot more dispersed camping areas with a truck camper as compared to a trailer.

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Posted: 03/24/22 11:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It is uncommon both when I had a TC and now IMO. The height of a TC limits access to about the same degree as a short TT. If I'm not sure...I scout ahead after dropping the TT. Takes a while to drop a TC and reload.


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Posted: 03/24/22 11:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used to take the camper off the truck all the time. Liked the convenience of being near the ground. After having to evacuate due to a forest fire nearby, I decided to leave the camper in the bed of the truck.


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I don't usually take mine off, but taking it off has more to do with how fast/easy it is for you to take it off. With one exception, there seems to be some private campgrounds that don't allow you to remove the TC.


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Yes you can and yea it’s normal. And most TCs can be used, off the truck.


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I avoid taking mine off. First the clearance on mine is really tight and reloading can take a while. Second, I use the space in front of the wheel wells between the camper and the truck. It is great for storing extra paper good, a long extension cord, space heater, boots, shoes, dirty laundry, etc. Third, I really enjoy having the conveniences of the camper with me at all times. That includes being able to prepare decent food, a cup of coffee, use the facilities and even take a mid-afternoon nap. There have been a few places were removing the camper would have been great. Goin to the Sun Road was mentioned. I just took the free bus instead.

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The only time we don't take it off is when the wife either brings her car or tows the boat. Otherwise off it comes. OP, I've been doing it so long I could do it in my sleep but it is a bit getting used to. You should have no problems. There have to be hundreds of videos on YouTube about this very subject as well as just as any articles and threads here. Good luck!
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Thanks for all the fast responses! Good to hear that taking the camper off the truck and using it on the ground is not uncommon. I guess it must be odd that I don't recall seeing it done.

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I like keeping the TC on the truck. We like having our facilities with us all the time, especially me. Usually we put camper on the truck in November or December and take it off around April. I love it for daycations and short trips.


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