Turn Your Truck into an RV!
“Hey, Disaster Guy! I see you’ve got a taller camper top on your pickup truck!” Red said.
“That’s not a camper top. It’s my new RV,” the Disaster Guy said.
“RV? It can’t be! It’s barely 3 feet tall!” Red said.
“But it’s tall enough to sit up in, on a mattress.” the Disaster Guy said. “It’s my new RV, not a full-fledged camper.”
“What are you going to do with it?” Red asked.
“I’ve got to take a trip that will take a month or more, and I don’t want to pay for motels every night,” the Disaster Guy said. “So, I decided to spend part of my motel money to make my pickup truck into an RV.”
“Come look!” he said. He opened the back of the camper top to let Red look inside.
“You’ve got big wooden boxes on each side and a mattress in the middle,” Red said. “And there’s a big shelf across the wooden boxes, by the truck’s rear window, with a plastic cooler and plastic bins.”
“Right! I sleep on the mattress, between the storage units, with my feet under the shelf,” the Disaster Guy said. “In a pinch, I can put a plywood sheet on top of the storage units and have space for two people to sleep. But there’s a lot less headroom.”
“That’s a neat setup!” Red said. “Too bad you don’t have a kitchen!”
The Disaster Guy opened a cupboard door, pulled out a propane camping stove, and sat it on the tailgate. “Here’s the kitchen stove,” he said.
He pulled out a wooden box full of pots, pans, and kitchen utensils. “Here’s the rest of the kitchen,” he said.
He opened another cupboard door and brought out a wooden box filled with cereal, pasta, soup, and other dehydrated foods. “Here’s the kitchen pantry,” he said.
He pulled out another wooden box, painted red, that had canned goods in it. “Here’s the more perishable food,” he said. “It stays in the house unless I’m going to be on the road. Summer heat isn’t good for canned food.”
Red looked at the boxes. “You do have a kitchen in the back of your truck,” he said. “But no way to make coffee!”
“Oops, forgot that,” the Disaster Guy said, pulling out a coffee maker.
“Where you going to plug that in?” Red asked.
The Disaster Guy opened another cupboard door. Sitting in a plastic dishpan was a large deep-cycle 12-volt marine battery. “This is connected to an isolator so it and the battery in the truck both charge when the engine is running. When the engine is off, I can draw electricity only from this battery,” he said. “And my truck always starts!”
The Disaster Guy pointed to a blue metal box with fins on it. “This is a 400-watt inverter that changes the 12-volt DC current to 120-volt AC current,” he said. “I can run a light or fan or charge my computer.”
“You know, the only thing missing is the bathroom,” Red said.
“Usually I park for the night where there is a restroom,” the Disaster Guy said. “But I also use Baby wipes and wet washcloths. There are showers at truck stops and some rest areas.”
“My wife would say you need cold milk and veggies,” Red said.
“I keep them in an insulated cooler in the cab of the truck,” the Disaster Guy said. “Nothing like having snacks on the road! I can put meat in there until I cook it, too.”
“What if you get cold at night?” Red asked.
“I have a couple sleeping bags, which I can sleep in or use for quilts,” the Disaster Guy said. “I have several changes of clothing.”
“Where do you change clothes?” Red asked.
“In truck stop or rest stop bathrooms, after I shower,” the Disaster Guy said. “I can black out the windows in the camper, but I like to be able to see out.”
“What if you meet people while you’re camping? Where do they sit?” Red asked.
“I’ve got folding chairs,” the Disaster Guy said, pulling one out.
“How do you defend yourself from the inside?” Red asked. “Do you have a gun?”
“Don’t need one!” the Disaster Guy said. “I just sleep in the back of the RV with my head covered. When I tried this, a couple guys came by in the middle of the night and looked at me with a flashlight.”
“’It’s a stiff!’” they said. “’Let’s get outta here!’”
Making a truck into an RV is easier than you’d think! You can e-mail the Disaster Guy at <DisasterGuy@wildblue.net>. More information on preparing for emergencies and surviving a disaster is on his website.