New Truck Camper Label Plates for the TCA Rig

We finally had some custom truck camper label plates made for the Truck Camper Adventure Rig.

Overall, we’re pretty pleased with the way the labels turned out, but finding a business where they could be made for a reasonable price was difficult to say the least. Over a dozen businesses were contacted before we were able to find one that could make the labels we wanted in both the size and numbers we wanted.

In the Navy, we called these Bakelite labels. In civilian parlance they’re called phenolic plastic, but they’re basically the same thing—two-ply plastic with black over a white substrate.

These type of label plates are big in the Navy and in the boating industry with Blue Sea Systems offering pre-made sets for DC and AC systems, but few of these would work in the RV world. Truck campers don’t have anchor lights, bilge pumps, and radars, at least my camper doesn’t. And why have hordes of leftover labels if you don’t need them? On the other hand, if you own a boat or have a buddy who owns one, you can go-in together on a set, but you’ll probably still need a few unique ones to get the job done right.

We ordered our custom labels from Big City Manufacturing of Houston, TX. We ordered the following labels for our Bundutec Roadrunner:

  • wing lights
  • side lights
  • porch light
  • door light
  • cell booster
  • AC outlets
  • water pump
  • battery cutoff

Each label plate measures 1/2-inch x 1.75 inches and comes with an adhesive strip on the back for easy mounting.

While we’re pretty pleased with the look and quality of these plastic labels, the cost was pretty high at about $8 a piece, but we knew what we wanted and we weren’t going to settle for anything less.

We’re sure there’s a business that can make these plastic labels cheaper, but after weeks of looking we were ready to pull the trigger just to get the job done. Please note that Big City Manufacturing has an $80 minimum order, which means that ordering some labels for your AC fuse breakers and water drain valves might be in order.

We’re glad to have this job finished. It’s annoying to hit the wrong switch time and time again, plus the overall look is pretty sweet. The labels give the camper a professional, finished look. And judging from the feedback we received on Instagram, others are interested in the look as well. If you’re interested in purchasing a set, please contact us and let us know at [email protected]. We might start selling a basic set of these labels in our store in the future.

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Mello Mike is an Arizona native, author, and the founder of Truck Camper Adventure. He's been RV'ing since 2002, is a certified RVIA Level 1 RV Technician, and has restored several Airstream travel trailers. A communications expert, he retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years, worked in project management, and now runs Truck Camper Adventure full-time. He also does some RV consulting, repairs, and inspections on the side. He currently rolls in a 2013 Ram 3500 with a 2021 Bundutec Roadrunner truck camper mounted on top.

2 Comments

  1. Mike, another great idea!

    Steve, that’s a good idea about using the trophy shops. I’ve ordered uniform nameplates from galls.com for less than 5 bucks a piece. I think the Air Force and Navy ones only allowed for one line of lettering but were less expensive. The one for Army allowed for two rows of lettering in upper and lower case. No minimum order required.

  2. Mike–good article…..I have had great luck by going to a local trophy shop in San Diego…..They make labels for all sorts of trophies and did not hesitate to make some custom labels for me..Just an idea….Was cheaper as I recall with no minimum…..

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