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State Park RV Camping with our Pickup Truck and Camping Trailer

We like our Florida State Parks. They are well maintained, have great locations and amenities, and they are very affordable for residence of the state. We camp in state parks often.

A lot of the state parks that we’ve visited were built in the middle of the last century. Most camping was done in smaller vehicles and in tents back at the time when those places were designed. What we’ve noticed is that a fair amount of the spaces that are now designated for trailers and other RV’s have limitations for length of the unit. Many seem to limit the trailer to 25′. There are a lot of exceptions to that rule, but what we find is that there are more opportunities to find a good site in the location that we desire if we limit our size. Since we really like camping in such locations it seems to work best for us to maintain an overall trailer length that is less than 25′. I am sure that there are many who will disagree with our logic. I am just explaining the thought – right or wrong.

It frankly is a combination of thoughts that go along with having an affordable solution and that is easier for me to tow and back in to the allotted spaces for the trailer. So the whole thought is what works for us. We’re comfortable with our current unit which is about 23’ including the tongue. The trailer would need to be quite a bite larger to add enough value for us to upgrade.

Admittedly, we are just a couple. A family would be constrained in a trailer unit sized like ours. But in that case I would be looking at a hybrid unit with fold out bed areas. They seem to be a good compromise and keep the overall trailer length reasonable for towing and backing into the tight camping locations talked about earlier.

Obviously, based upon the sale of fifth-wheel and appreciably longer trailer units many families see this differently. What works for you is what’s important. Trucks and trailers are always going to be a balancing act compared to home. We just thought to explain how we arrived at our own setup.

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

Just a few idle thoughts about trucks and their cost.

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.


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!