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We offload if we're going to be staying a while (defined as 5-6 days or more). When we went to Alaska last year we left the camper on the truck the entire trip because we were never in one place for more than 2 days. The beauty of the truck camper is you can take it into town or wherever else you need or want to go. If you can park the truck empty you can park it loaded with the camper.


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I normally unload so I can launch the boat in the morning and in the evening to go fishing. That way my wife doesn't have to leave camp each time.

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I don't have a TC so I can't download the camper. When I get set up at a CG, I upload my beer.

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When we had our truck camper, we usually left it on the truck. We would do some hard hiking or bicycling, come back and take showers. This renewed us and we felt presentable to go shopping or out for supper, whatever. Reloading was a bit of a chore for us as we had max. 1 inch of clearance on each side between the camper and the box. We got good at it, but sometimes it was a challenge getting lined up etc.


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We do when we bring the boat.

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I used to make frequent business trips to Atlanta that would be 1-3 weeks long. I always took my camper and stayed in one of the COE parks around Lake Allatoona, the KOA that used to be in Kennesaw, or Brookwood RV Park in Marietta. I always took the camper off then so I could commute to work every day. Nobody minded, and it worked great for me.

Since then, it’s pretty rare but I have done it recently in Acadia NP in Maine. Some of the old stone arched bridges in the park are pretty low clearance, so we took the camper off there. So in short, I do it when it’s needed.

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We rarely unload. It's not that hard, but as short as the TC is it travels pretty well without unloading.


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As some noted above, we do both. One of the main reasons we have owned a truck camper for the last 14 years is to be able to tow a trailer, but still set up camp and have a vehicle to use without taking down camp.

The length of stay makes a lot of difference, but we have taken it off when we were just staying a weekend. Also a lot depends on local transportation options. Rose and I like to stay at Disney's Ft Wilderness campground in Orlando. We never remove the camper there because the resort transportation will get us anywhere we want to go, assuming we don't plan to leave the Disney properties.

If we are on a boating trip or going sight seeing, off it will come.

Just be mindful that some of the more hotty totty campgrounds don't allow them to be removed. We generally don't want to stay at these anyway.

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If I was going to unload at campgrounds on a regular basis I'd buy me a travel trailer.


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We always keep ours on. I like having my facilities with us at all times. Then again we don't travel on many dirt back roads. Another factor is the hitch and truss that we have on truck to tow our motorcycle trailer.


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