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What kind of truck is best for pop-up camper if doing international overland travel?

This post was originally posted by me on a different blog on Nov 7, 2011:

This answer is from Janet & Tom, a couple traveling through Central & South America.  You can see their related post at ExpeditionPortal, as well as their website cataloging their travels through Africa and Latin America.

“We looked at several trucks, the Tundra, the Titan and F150. We also considered the payload capacity of each truck and the off road package. It is the payload capacity and not really the engine size that is really important. We did also consider a Tacoma earlier on but after reading all we could on payload etc we decided the payload capacity of the Tacoma was not big enough for a camper. We met a couple who had a Nissan Frontier from the UK who had a pop up camper and on a bad road they broke the chassis. When driving on really bad corrugations and rocky roads the camper will move and bounce on the chassis. We traveled with one couple who hit a speed bump and their pop up camper broke their rear window. They have a Tundra and between the tundra and the camper there is a roof wind up mechanism which broke their window. So the campers do move when bouncing hard.

The Day the Bus Died

On Tynan

I told this story the other day and then immediately thought, "Man... that's a good one for the blog."

As I wrote about in my converted school bus story, my friends and I used to have a school bus. We went on a lot of fantastic trips in it, but those stories will have to be for another day.

Our very last trip took us to Las Vegas. It wasn't meant to be our last trip, of course. It was just a short little jaunt to Vegas. Of the six passengers on the bus, half were part owners of the bus and half were just friends.

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