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Truck and SUV Trout Bumming

The next step up from a motorcycle is usually the pick up truck with a camper shell on it or SUV.

This method of Trout Bumming is comfortable, fun, easy and adventurous. Converting your current vehicle into a Trout Bum Over Landing Machine may be the lifestyle for you. 

 

SUV's 

SUV's usually get better fuel mileage then a truck. The back of your SUV can be converted into a camper. This allows you to travel, sleep, tie flies, take cover from bad weather and more. 

 

  • There is very little camp set up, so you save time for more fishing.
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  •  Its quick and easy to move camp to another location because your SUV is your camp.

 

 Usually removing the back seats works best although some modern SUV seats, tuck completely out of the way. Rather than go into suggested designs myself, I have listed several links at the bottom that will give you many ideas. Many more are on the internet. The only suggestion I have, that has worked well for me, relates to organization. Tight living spaces requires good planning and well thought out organization. I use the plastic bin concept, and keep like kind of items in each bin. Each bin its self has smaller box's or Zip Lock bags, containing similar items for quick retrieval. 

So for example, a food bin, fishing/fly tying bin, cooking bin, clothes bin, and more. Again for example, the cooking bin may be smaller but houses utensils, pots, stove, stove fuel, coffee maker, paper bowl and plates. 

 

TB Tip... When living out of a vehicle Trout Bumming, Paper Towel is your friend. Keep plenty on hand as they have many uses. 

 

Truck Cap's

 A "cap" refers to only a "shell camper" over the bed of a truck. Within it, is open space that can easily be converted to fit your personal taste and lifestyle. 

When I was younger and starting a career and family, this is what I chose to go Trout Bumming in. The wife was comfortable for a few days in it, and if a fishing buddy went with, it was good for two. There are some very creative ways to fix up a truck cap for comfortable truck camping. 

 When truck camping in a “cap” for extended trips consider a motel once or twice a week just to get you out of the setup, clean up and catch up with the world. It helps with the attitude.

 

Truck cap tips

 

  • Build a bed in the cap.
  • Use a thick piece of foam for cushion.
  • Home Depot has foam.
  • Bad back, cut a piece of Memory Foam to fit on top of existing foam.
  • Use an extra wide sleeping bag for comfort.
  • Use plastic boxes for organization under the bed.
  • Place your solar shower on top of cap, for daily heating
  • Cook outside.
  • Use a small tarp off back of cap door for more weather comfort.
  • Commercial tents are made to attach to caps. Provides shower, cooking, changing and lounging area, and weatherproof.
  • Use Luci Solar lighting inside your cap at night

 

Casting Further...

Some of the below links may seem strange but will actually provide more useful tips for those practicing this form of Trout Bumming.

 

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