Michael and Karen Smith, founders of Truck Camper Adventure

Truck Camper Adventure is the brain child of Michael Smith (aka Mello Mike). The website was founded as a simple blog in 2012 and evolved into an online magazine in 2015. After retiring from the US Navy as a CWO3 in 2004 and working as a project manager in the civilian sector for over a decade, Michael wanted to venture out on his own for a change and that’s how Truck Camper Adventure got started.

The pathway to success wasn’t easy. There was a lot of resistance at first from the competition and from some manufacturers who didn’t like having another voice in the industry, let alone an independent one. Yet Truck Camper Adventure was able to slowing penetrate the marketplace with free advertising and articles for the truck camper industry and low rates. Truck Camper Adventure has now grown into a web magazine with a readership of nearly 3 million per year with over 30 advertisers and partners including some of the largest names in the industry. In spite of the success, Truck Camper Adventure’s rates remain among the lowest in the industry.

Truck Camper Adventure is different from the competition. While we offer truck camper news, reviews, and travel tips like other websites, we cover the entire industry regardless of whether a company advertises with us or not. Moreover, our reviews are written by those who own the product, not paid “infomercials” like you find on other websites which claim to be “unbiased” and “impartial.” Truck Camper Adventure also hosts an annual rally in Quartzsite, Arizona each February and sometimes hosts 4WD caravan runs in unique and scenic places in the American West.

We cover all types of truck campers here at Truck Camper Adventure. It doesn’t matter if it’s a slide-in or a chassis-mount, a hard-side or pop-up, if it’s a truck camper and it’s carried on a truck, we cover it. Basically, we specialize in overland truck campers of all types designed and built to go off-road and off-grid, including reviews of equipment and gear used to support such excursions. As such, you’ll usually find us covering one or more Overland Expos each year.

Truck Camper Adventure caters to the off-road, overland expedition crowd. We are an advocate for the responsible use of public lands through exploration, outdoor recreation, and off-grid camping. As a result, you won’t find any ridiculous RV park ratings or top 25 campground lists on Truck Camper Adventure. Instead what you’ll find are write-ups and tips on breath-taking destinations and off-road trails that can be explored and enjoyed in your truck camper. “Get away from the campground” is our motto. If getting away from the campground is your modus operandi, too, then you’ll like what Truck Camper Adventure has to offer.

Reviews are what we do best here at Truck Camper Adventure. Unlike our competition, we don’t “pay to play,” meaning we review truck campers and truck camper related products by all companies, whether they advertise with us or not. Moreover, we only review products that we own. This ensures that Truck Camper Adventure remains an unbiased, independent source for information for the community. As such, we are always in need of honest, thorough evaluations of products, so if you’re interested in writing a review of your truck, truck camper, or truck camper related product, contact us and we’ll get you on the publishing schedule.

Truck Camper Adventure is, and will remain, politically neutral. Aside from supporting the truck camper community, this site has only one agenda—to promote the use and enjoyment of our public lands through the use of truck campers and other four-wheel drive vehicles like Jeeps.

Truck Camper Adventure Staff and Writers

  • Michael Smith (Mello Mike), Founder and Senior Editor
  • Karen Smith, Photographer
  • Daniel Smith, Photographer
  • Alex Blasingame, Author and Photographer
  • Duncan Crawford, Author
  • Gary Matos, Author
  • Jeff Gunn, Author
  • Michael King, Author
  • Jeff Reynolds, Author
  • James Young, Author

Unless noted otherwise, all content is copyrighted and is the property of Mello Mike and Truck Camper Adventure (contributors retain ownership of their own articles). We make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained in this website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no way will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website or in any of our email responses.

Truck Camper Adventure Classifieds

If you have a truck or truck camper that you’re interested in selling, sell it on Truck Camper Adventure. The cost to list your truck or camper is only $100. We have a nationwide reach. The price includes a full-length feature listing on the website with 10 high resolution photographs. Your high-visibility, classified ad will stay active until your truck or camper sells. Our classified listings post on Saturday and will be included in our weekly newsletter until it sells. To date, we have a 100 percent track record when it comes to selling trucks and campers. Contact us at tcadventuremag@gmail.com to list your for sale item today!

For more information about us and truck campers, in general, check out our FAQ page.

Mello Mike speaking at the 2022 Truck Camper Adventure Rally in Quartzsite.


  1. I just retired and planning to visit your country boon-docking… its my style, I agree with your argumentation on this subject. Its not a matter of saving money, but I can take it.
    You've got a great site, very informative and I refer to it whenever I want to refresh my dream about full time rving in the US.

    Serge Lacombe from Québec, Canada

  2. I just retired, I shipped my travel trailer to Chile to do lots of Boondocking-Off Grid Camping, I have enjoyed reading your tips, I will use them, thanks.

  3. Hi Mello,
    Came across your blog via RV.net. Excellent blog and great info! I'm starting to research areas of Utah and dipping down to Monument Valley for my next summer trip. Will mainly be a hike/explore/photography expedition. I only spent 10 yrs in the Navy :-). Nice truck choice! I have the '12 F350 and tow a giant fiver.

    Best regards,

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