Update for 2017
We have upsized again into an ultra-high shell on a rugged Dodge Ram instead of the trusty Tundra! We still don’t have the convenience of a sink, refrigerator, and stovetop, (I’m working on that) but we have the added advantage of being able to store our boats and equipment inside the truck bed. Like the Tundra, I built a 2-piece platform bed that sits on the rails for sleeping and everything fits underneath. With the added size, the frames can now go inside, but usually will go on the roof rack above the cab… The truck has the Cummins diesel for improved fuel economy and power!
Update for 2014
We have downsized even further into a high-top shell instead of the camper! We no longer have the convenience of a sink, refrigerator, and stovetop, but we have the added advantage of being able to store our boats and equipment inside the truck bed. I built a 2-piece platform bed that sits on the rails for sleeping and everything fits underneath. Well, the frames usually go on the roof rack above the cab… The truck is still the same old trusty Toyota. It has close to 200,000 miles on it now!
2013 and earlier
Our home on the road for many years was a small pop-up camper. It was an older Eagle model by Four Wheel Campers that served us well for over 10 years. These campers have a surprising amount of storage for such a small camper and we utilized every spare inch we could find. We’re constantly looking for ways to pack more of our essential toys into the small living space. Sometimes we have to take the trailer!
The camper is mounted on a trusty Toyota Tundra 4×4 Access Cab that is very capable of taking us to the rugged places we like to go (Mexico, Guatemala, Colorado, Idaho).
Here are some facts about our home on wheels…
52 Square Feet including Roof Rack
40 Square Feet without Roof Rack
13 Square Feet of floor area (maybe)
Very little actual living space
Fuel – Gasoline 12-15 MPG (wish it was better!)
Power – 12 volt auxiliary battery powers all systems
Stove – Propane 2 burner
Refrigerator – Runs on either propane or electric
Water – 1 water tank, 10 gallons of available water
Heat – Climate controlled (Hot in summer, Cold in winter)
Air Conditioning – Hah! 1 vent fan in the roof, 1 large window
Bed – Queen size with Memory Foam
Shower – None, sponge baths and baby wipes