Just got back from a 2500-mile, two-week camping trip to Texas that included 4 state parks, 2 Corps of Engineers campgrounds, Marathon RV Resort, and as it turned out, only one night of observing. But that one night, at Davis Mountains State Park in west Texas, was incredible. I paid the $3 for a permit to be at the top of Skyline Drive after 10 PM. There was one other man up there with me after 10, imaging with what looked like a C8, but he only stayed about an hour. I was up there until 1, and man the skies were incredible. My wife had somehow agreed to let me take my 11" Starmaster on the trip instead of my 6se, and it was so worth it. Two views really stand out for me - M42 in Orion, easily the best view of that I've ever had. Such amazing wispiness! The other was the Leo triplet - M65, M66, and NGC 3628. Just incredible what truly dark skies will do for a telescope. I'd never had a telescope under skies that dark. The other memorable sight was Omega Centauri, which because I was on a peak at 5500' was well above the southern horizon. I was too low for me to comfortably observe with the Starmaster, so I just used 8x42 binoculars, but it was still a beauty. The one disappintment, if you can call it that, was that I failed once again to find NGC 1569 in Camelopardalis. I've been chasing that for some time, and thought I would finally nail it at Davis, but no luck. I was supposed to have a second night, but a combination of early clouds and the need to leave early the next morning (because we had to reroute our trip due to high wind warnings and red flag warnings at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, where we had intended to go next) I didn't set up again. I had also hoped to set up at Marathon, but there were clouds there too. Disappointing, but that one night at Davis was enough to make the trip memorable.
So how do you pack a large telescope into a small truck pulling a small camper, which is already pretty full from the things we normally take? Photos attached!