Use Your Truck as a Makeshift RV

Do you have a car, truck, or van and want to turn it into an RV? Many people do this for many reasons, but the most common purpose is that it's cheaper than buying an actual RV. If you are looking for more information on using your truck as a makeshift RV tent or sleeping in a bed instead of a tent, then keep reading.


Provided by Victory 4x4

Truck camping means using your truck as a makeshift RV, sleeping in the bed instead of a tent. Hence, if you are using your truck to be like an RV, here is the truck equipment you will need.

  • Truck bed rack to mount a rooftop tent, bikes, kayaks, etc.
  • Roof rack lights to light your campsite at night
  • Front winch bumper in case your truck gets stuck
  • Roof rack for carrying bikes or other equipment
  • Toolbox for repairs
  • Power inverter for electronic devices

Camper Gear to Bring
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Lanterns/Flashlights
  • Fishing rods
  • Coolers
  • Camping stove
  • Waterproof storage bins/bags
  • Folding chairs
  • First aid kit

Personal Items to Pack
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaset, soap, razor, etc.)
  • Clothes to wear and change
  • Swimsuits
  • Towels
  • Medications
  • Books and gameboards

Safety Precautions
  • Pack emergency items (First aid kit, compass, sunscreen, matches, etc.)
  • Make sure your gas is full tank before heading out.
  • Store food securely to avoid attracting wild animals.
  • Bring extra batteries.
  • Check weather forecasts ahead of time.
  • Tell friends and family where you're going and for how long.

Pro Tips for Truck Camping

Park on a level spot
You'll want to be on level ground if you're going to be sleeping in the bed of your truck.

Turn off your dome light
You may be leaving your truck's doors open a lot during your trip, and turning off the interior lights helps preserve your battery.

Conserve water
Save as much potable water as you can by limiting the amount you use to wash dishes or shower

Check your truck beforehand
Have a mechanic you trust give your truck a good check-up before you leave to ensure it's in good shape.

Carry GPS and communication
Knowing exactly where you are and being able to call for help are crucial if you get lost or have an emergency.

 There you go. I hope these tips will help you with the DIY conversion of your truck to a makeshift RV.

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