Truck Campers

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by scootertrash, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    I don't want to cross-post on a subject I already posted on in the "Toyota Truck" thread. Instead I'm going to post a link to a truck camper build up I did. Instead of purchasing a traditional TC, I bought a Durashell 165 fiberglass slide-in utility body. The unit is spacious, reasonably light ( 400lbs approx) and is relatively aerodynamic.

    The interior dimensions are 67" from bed floor to ceiling, 75" from back doors to front bulkhead , 60" wide at the bedrail overhangs and 110" from the back doors to the front of the cab overhang. With thoughtful upgrades, the unit can be very liveable and not super heavy. I ran three 2x4's across and then added a sheet of 3/4" plywood ripped into two 24"x75" panels. They are stacked and used as a floor on the left, but can be set side by side if needed. I fastened a 75" cot on the right side with 3 ratcheting straps, giving me good access below and storage for taller items. The floor can be lifted up for additional floor storage access.
    I had two 6" diameter clear access hatches installed in the rear doors and one 8" hatch as a passthrough to the cab. It is a simple, stealthy, low cost approach to natural light and ventilation. Additional I installed a battery O2 alarm. I have a 2 gallon water cooler, a Honda EU2000 generatior, electric and propane heaters and several baskets & tubs to maintain order.
    My plan is to buy a current generation 4x4 Access cab Tacoma. My current paid I4 5spd Tacoma really slows down on the grades, but will do the job for now. I get a truck allowance and have no write off's so it makes sense to pick up one next year after I complete my child support in March 2013,
    Please view this thread to see the pix:
    http://www.cheaprvlivingforum.com/p...lthadventure-vehicle-camper.-5873334?trail=15
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  2. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    Funny you should mention SS's. I just ordered the SSA7s yesterday for my taco. My rig isn't squatting too bad, I just wanted a firmer ride and a little more level. How do you like them, also, did you install them yourself?
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  3. RustyStuff

    RustyStuff Been here awhile

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    I guess I'll stick mine up,

    I got it for $450. Ugly, but it wasnt totaly rotted out ( like most I found). 2 burner stove, 10kbtu furance, gas light, 12/120v lights, sink, the frige is dead. :/

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    In it's natural habitat. I've towed my boat behind it. This year I'm thinking of building a Hitch carryer for my suzi, so it can go along.
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  4. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    On page 4 of this thread I posted a picture of our previous TC.

    Here's our new one:

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    The dinette adds lots of floor space- SWMBO decided that the German Shepard needed its own dog to play with. 2 people and 2 dogs did not fit in the smaller camper.
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  5. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    I got a really nice Shell free the other day for my old Power Wagon. I really like it because it is so full of windows, you can see as well with it on as when it's off the truck....almost! I really only need it for occ fishing trips or as a bug out piece. Or of course for dump runs and keeping stuff dry in my bed.

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  6. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    Is that a 1050s, we just got one last week.
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  7. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    RR,

    I only wish it was.

    No, we have a shortbed truck- 6.5' bed (I understand that they are banned in Texas:rofl)

    Our TC is a Lance 855S. It weighs about 3500#

    Best of luck with yours. We have had some fun trips with ours.

    Have you joined RV.net?

    John
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  8. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    Yes, short bed truck drivers are arrested in Texas. :lol3
    I'm signed up there I believe, I'm on so damn many
    bulletin boards that I can't keep up. I also joined the
    Lance owners forum, lots of good info there too.
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  9. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    I love TC's, they fit our lifestyle perfectly.

    my old Dodge and 03 Lance 1071/slide.


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  10. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    Your Dodge is a really nice looking truck. :thumb
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  11. THRASHED

    THRASHED Moving on Up

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    Good deal. I've got a 70 Power Wagon. I've been looking for a shell for quite a while. Hard to find the old long bed measurements.
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  12. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    Thanks Red Rocker, I have many hours in it.

    the only problem with it is the harsh ride, it's tough on my kidneys. :lol3
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  13. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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  14. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    That stupid stretch truck with a truck camper on back may be THE most over-posted image on every RV website :puke1.
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  15. Stretch67

    Stretch67 Mad Scientist

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    'Neck: "Hey, you got a truck camper, don'tcha? I seen this pitcher of a stretch-limo truck with a slide-in camper on it. What's yer email, I'll send it to ya!"

    Me: "Yeeeaahhh... uh, my inbox is full, can't receive emails right now, sorry."
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  16. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    I have developed a powerful attraction to pop-up truck campers: light, low profile, off-road capable, and no guy lines to trip over at night...:freaky

    Any recommendations? I've checked out Four-Wheel and another I can"t remember online, and I've seen Jayco & Sunlight out & about.

    I would love to have one of these.
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  17. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    Palomino,, Northstar, Starcraft, Sunlite, just to name a few.
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  18. Desert Skies

    Desert Skies One brick shy...

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    I took a little different route. I got tired of freezing my cojones and getting my tent blown down so I want a one-up camper for winter desert trips and also wanted to carry two bikes. Being it only gets used a couple times a year, I didn't want a toy hauler that I had to keep tags, tires and maintenance on and since I had a lowboy to haul my tractor on, thunk up this idea.

    I started out building a frame from sq tubing.

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    Welded, wired, ready for interior/exterior covering.

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    A little time spend on making cabinets and finishing out the inside.

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    Loaded up and on the way to play.

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    After a day having fun, a comfortable nights rest awaits.

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  19. MANXMAN

    MANXMAN Overlander

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    I've spent far too much time researching campers and have decided on 4 Wheel. That company seems to be generally the most respected and now they are starting to manufacture tray campers for the North American market. I want a tray camper so that sealed the deal for me.

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  20. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Could you put up a link to that? I have no idea how any of it works.
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