Photos of Camping Trips and Special Places Visited

It’s a little sad that we don’t have a lot of photos from our travels and camping trips when we were younger. Digital photography is so wonderful. What a difference in just twenty years or so.

Before this millennium our photos were on film, what few we took. We didn’t have the money when raising our family to shoot and develop lots of photographs and only wish we had. The photos that we did take are precious to us. This must be true for almost everyone.

Here are a few old photos with the old tent.

Well as a result,  we don’t have pictures from many of our camping trips. We don’t have photos of vehicles and events that could be shared here either. These few excepted.

I suppose that the next generation will lament not having taken high definition videos as often as they will wish in their older age. What next – holograms? Perhaps. 

Well I got to thinking about this when looking for photos of us tent camping. That wasn’t so long ago.  But we have been camping since the 1970’s. Our old cotton duck Eureka tent was a big part of our recreation. Trucks came only in the 1980’s. At first we camped out of a  Volkswagen beetle.  Later we had a minivan.  I used trucks in my work, but we didn’t camp with them until about 2012 or so. By then it was just Beth and I once again.  Empty nesters. 

Photos from the Smokey Mountains. We were tent camping and had our bikes on a rake at the back of our 2009 F150 STX 4×4.

What I found though was that my old body didn’t still enjoy setup and knockdown of camp. I wasn’t thrilled with sleeping on a cot either. And I didn’t like getting out of the tent and to the campgrounds bathroom in the wee small hours of the night. I didn’t need to when I  was younger. 

So we evolved to trailer camping. Turns out we had a truck for towing. We could afford it, and having a bed, a bathroom, heat, and air conditioning turned out to be necessities not luxuries. Our truck made it possible to keep camping. 

Our first travel trailer. We did a lot to clean it up when we bought it on eBay. A 2008 FB189 Funfinder.

I actually wrote a short book about the experience. Here is a link to it at Amazon

And here is a link to a video that I did back then.

So we continue to enjoy the outdoors.  We take lots of digital pictures.  We have a good time. 

The Cost of a Truck

Good Looking Older Truck – A Keeper!

Buying a new truck can be a real challenge. New trucks are really pricy. It has been true for many years. Also, finding a good used truck with low mileage is difficult and has its pitfalls as well. Trucks by their natural are often heavily used and abused.

Recently I have been reading that dealerships are getting backed up with truck inventories. We also see that pricing incentives are becoming generous. It may be that the manufacturers have hit an inflection point and will need to start dumping vehicles to maintain their production. This may be a time to pay close attention if you’re interested in a new pickup.

On the other hand, the high valuations for existing older trucks is likely to start dropping, so if you have a truck that’s three to five years old, and you plan to upgrade, now might make the most sense. Sell high and buy low. Even then it’s a bunch of money to spend.

For me, I am keeping my 2014 F-150 for the long haul. Here in North Florida, on the Panhandle, folks drive trucks forever. I like that. I own my truck outright, and it has less than 40,000 miles on the odometer. It should last me a long time.

WEATHER GUARD Truck Boxes

While running my construction business I used a WEATHER GUARD Truck Box to maintain small tools for my crews. Stuff like razor blade replacement blades, tape measures, trowels, sponges, and parts for tile cutters, in addition to having a set of tools that were my own.

That box was tough and watertight. It was lockable with a dependable mechanism. It’s aluminum diamond plate finish looked good on my black F250 XLT.

These are a premium box and cost more than those basic tool boxes you’ll find at the big box stores, but the quality makes them very worthwhile. These are sold at Home Depot and Amazon, Tractor Supply, not to mention many other locations. Recommended!

Curating Stories and Posts About Trucks, Trailers and Accessories for Both

It is my intention to offer a variety of topics that relate to the truck owner and their towed accessories, including what they have in or on those trailers. I also want to include equipment both for towing, but also equipment that makes the truck more useful for work and play.

My own personal experiences and current truck and equipment are something to mention from time-to-time, but what I am doing isn’t remotely as inclusive of the possibilities available.

For that reason more needs to be added. Hopefully we will find a few writers out there who want to share their slant on the subjects we cover. It’s also my intention to add more content that hits the mark as research is done with the manufacturers, and where we can find articles and videos that match the subject of trucks and trailers.

Hopefully this will continue to be fun for me. I am looking for these topics anyway. It makes sense to share them here too.

Just like my recent infatuation with our new trailer furniture, it may seem like too much of a single subject as I explore. I will try to get a balance and if we can add another writer’s voice, that will really make a difference. Writers, are you out there?

So let’s have fun together. Please add comments. Thanks for being here with us.

Watch “Cirrus 670 Tour! The new half-ton short bed truck camper!” on YouTube

I am posting this video because I thought that they did a good job showing the unit. While we aren’t agile enough to use a truck camper like this, the layout seems very good, and the bathroom accommodations seem particularly well thought out.