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About Mello Mike
Mello Mike is an Arizona native, author, and the founder of Truck Camper Adventure Magazine. He's been RV'ing since 2002, is a truck camper and Jeep enthusiast, and has owned and restored several Airstream travel trailers. He enjoys college football, hiking, travel, off-roading, photography, and fishing. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years and now works as a project manager for a major banking and security firm. He also does some RV consulting and RV inspections on the side.

Fail on the Apache Trail

May 7, 2017

I know this is a truck camper website, but I just had to share what I found on the Apache Trail last weekend. I came across this severely damaged Class-A motorhome at the bottom of [read more]

Restoring a 1968 Avion C11 Truck Camper

April 20, 2017

Some people say that Airstream and Avion owners have aluminum in their DNA. Some owners (and a few non-owners) are obsessed with them. As a former Airstream travel trailer owner and restorer, I can say [read more]

Torklift Releases 2017 Fitments for StableLoad

April 11, 2017

Torklift International just announced that StableLoad fitments for 2017 trucks are now available. Fitments for 2017 trucks include: all Ford F-150 trucks, Ford F-250 regular cab, super cab, extended cab and super cab trucks; the [read more]

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

March 16, 2017

Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument has a checkered history. After its creation in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the national monument was known as one of the prettiest parks with some of the [read more]

Interview with Host Rainer Owner Jim Hance

February 23, 2017

Truck Camper Adventure is proud to present this interview with Jim Hance. Known as “jimh425” on RV.NET and other forums, Jim lived half of his life in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and still follows SEC [read more]

Why Wood Frame Construction?

February 16, 2017

Wondering if you should buy a truck camper framed with wood rather than aluminum? In this interview, Rory Willett, the owner of BundutecUSA, provides his thoughts on wood in general and makes a compelling case [read more]

Mello Mike Talks Solar Power

January 23, 2017

Still using a generator to recharge your truck camper’s batteries and getting tired of the noise and noxious fumes? Mello Mike discusses the pros and cons of solar power, the types solar panels available, and [read more]

Torklift 2017 Tie Down Fits Now Available

January 16, 2017

SUMNER, Wash., — The latest Torklift International truck camper tie down fitments for 2017 trucks are coming out now with more being added weekly. Ford and Dodge applications are the most recently released tie down [read more]

The Winner of the 2016 TCA Photo Contest

December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas, everyone! We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday with family and friends whether it’s at home, camping, or out on the trail. Christmas is also the day we announce the winner of our [read more]

Truck Camper Batteries 101

November 24, 2016

Boondocking in remote, hard to reach places is one of the benefits of owning a truck camper. Getting to that remote spot, however, means little if your camper’s 12 volt battery dies on you while [read more]

Another One-Ton Pickup Truck Lesson Learned

November 3, 2016

Truck Camper Adventure recently received this email from Chris Heatherton about his 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD. His email provides serious food for thought for readers who are in the process of choosing a pickup truck [read more]

2016 Marks 40 Years of Business at Torklift

October 10, 2016

SUMNER, Wash., — This year Torklift International celebrates 40 years of business rooted in innovative, niche products. “Torklift is born out of dreams, hope and love,” said Torklift President Jack Kay. “In 1976 there was a [read more]

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