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RV's and Trout Bumming


RV's make Trout Bumming so easy and provide a very comfortable lifestyle. From an RV you can employ all other forms of Trout Bumming listed here. One can haul all the gear they need, stay just about anywhere in comfort, and easily move on to your next destination. There is much information on the web involving the RV lifestyle. Below I will share only a bit as it relates to the Trout Bumming lifestyle. Ill provide what has worked for me as Iíve owned and sold several RV's over the years. Remember again, this advice is coming from a guy that camps off a motorcycle in the back country and is subjective.

RV' s can be broken down into several kinds. 


Truck Overhead Campers

Truck campers have advantages and disadvantages to the Trout Bumming lifestyle. They probably lend themselves best to the lifestyle. They can be removed from the vehicle when trips are done or left at a campsite, and the vehicle can be used to explore other locations, and are often less expensive. They donít take up much space, thus can easily be stored in a backyard.


Iíve tried and sold four truck campers over the years. One was a mini truck camper for a Toyota pickup. My wife and I used it for Trout Bumming trips all over the west, including the Miracle Mile, Green River below Flaming Gorge and other locations. It was definitely tight living but had all the comforts of a bigger truck camper, only smaller. It was what we could afford at the time and some of our best trips were made in this little camper. 

Full size overhead truck campers offer more room, security and comfort. You can even get them with a slide out dining area! For me they have worked well as a Trout Bum travel vehicle. They also lend them self to "stealth camping". Lance supposedly builds the best, most expensive, and the heaviest. The below site has much information for those looking for a truck camper. 


Click here for information on Truck Campers


Truck pop-up campers & trailers

Not owning a pop up trailer I have no personal experience with them, although I know many who have. They are light weight designed to be pulled by small vehicles/small motors. Because of canvas sides they tend to be cold inside, fall and spring. If you plan on using them in grizzly bear country they do not qualify for "hard sided camping only" areas. Remember they are also not secure. They do not effect your vehicles gas mileage much, and pull well. 


Pop-Up Truck Campers

I have never owned a pop up truck camper but after trying all the others it would be my first choice. I've talked to many owners while Trout Bumming, using them. The fuel mileage is better, they are not as tipsy, easier to load and unload from trucks, and are light weight. They are secure as long as the top is down and can be used in "hard sided only" camping areas in a pinch, as long as you sleep in them with the top down. Both of the above can be stored in back yards if you are a city dweller because they are not tall and take up very little room.  


Types of Motor Homes


Class C Motor homes

Never owned one of these because they have limited use for me in the back country and your always stuck with it rather than pulling a trailer which can be dropped. 

The biggest benefit to these is for what I call "Mad Dash Trout Bumming Trips". Iíve met a few guys while on the road that have done this. Basically a group of fly fishing buddies plan a Trout Bumming trip cross country, to Yellowstone Park for example, and stop along roadside pull offs, next to famous western rivers for fishing. When the trip is complete they mad dash it back home again. Always sounded like fun to me! They also lend themselves to family trips. The downsides to the Class C is poor gas mileage, sticking to major roads and again not being able to drop the RV and go elsewhere.


Class A Motor homes

The same as the Class C but less maneuverable and worse fuel mileage. Lots of  room and comfort.


Different Kinds of Trailers


 Bumper pull trailers

Trailers up to 24 feet are usually easy to pull, maneuverable and lend themselves well to the Trout Bum. There are plenty of used ones out there, so costs can be low. Iíve owned one 21 foot bumper pull, and used several government issued for law enforcement projects throughout my career.  Comfortable simple and a  good choice. One's with slides, really open them up. They do not pull as well as 5th wheels. 


5th Wheels

Bigger and more room, but oh they pull so nice compared to bumper pulls. Wise use of space up front with plenty of storage options below, and super comfortable especially with slides.  Never owned one but know several people that have. Lots of good deals out there on used ones.


5th Wheel Toy Haulers

When it comes to my personal Trout Bumming style this is one of my favorite options. They are lighter than standard 5th wheels, cost less and again so nice to pull. Usually twice the fuel mileage as a class C motor home. The beauty is they allow you to haul an ATV/motorcycle for hitting the back country, kayaks and more. I like to set up a fly tying station in the back ďhauling roomĒ, so its out of the way when camped. They have more fresh water storage, grey and black water storage for boon docking then any other trailer. I can boondock comfortably for 3 weeks on the water carried in mine.


RV Parks

I rarely stay in RV parks because they are not often located near the places I like to fish. But I do utilize them when on the road traveling at times. If I need to do laundry I find they tend to have cleaner laundry mats then the public ones. Also, if I get caught in a big city overnight I will use them for security reasons. 

But for those who need to be hooked up and like the comforts of RV parks, they may be perfect for you. One could set up "house" for awhile and travel to fishing locations nearby. 


TB TIP... Many Walmarts offer overnight RV parking.


RV Boon Docking

Boondocking refers to RVing in remote areas or back country, for extended periods, off the grid. This is my favorite style and near, or often on good fishing locations.

 Boondocking lends itself to other Trout Bumming lifestyles listed on this site. One needs to set up their RV for this kind of living. Golf cart batteries, solar recharging panels, switching inside lighting to LED's and more. There is so much information on the web regarding this lifestyle, so rather than going more in depth here visit the sites I've linked below. They have helped me learn much.


TB Tip... Never buy an RV new. The deprecation hit is so bad. The market is flooded with used RV's. RV market stats show that people buy RVs with high expectations and end up selling them within 5 years, with very little use on them. Buy used and find one with upgrades, and a great price!  


TB TIP... Many Walmarts offer overnight RV parking.



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