Wood Truck Bed Camper

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Project by dwpearl posted 09-24-2016 10:43 AM 5128 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a truck camper I built to take my family of four out western to the national parks this fall. I milled all the boards myself and built it without plans for only few hundred bucks, and did it in 6 weeks around my work schedule.

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#1 posted 09-24-2016 10:45 AM

Inside looks so spacy and comfortable.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-24-2016 12:03 PM

Very nice.
I like seeing these type of projects.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 09-24-2016 12:52 PM

That is outstanding! Nice work.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#4 posted 09-24-2016 08:41 PM

Great job on the camper

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 09-25-2016 01:42 AM

Heeeeyyy! I like it
A most impressive build

Now a couple of questions:-
1. Why is there only three pictures of the project posted? Did the battery go flat in your Camera?
2. Why is there little or no construction details, did the dog eat them?

So as a result:

More questions relating to the construction
3.How did you weatherproof the roof?
4.Where did you get the side window with the rounded corners
5. How did you attach it to the vehicle? ( sure hope it not just a F clamp!)

I will be watching for your update (including more pictures) after everybody gets back from the western National Park Trip

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 09-25-2016 03:14 AM

I only posted 3 pictures because I thought that was enough maybe I should take some more .

The camper is made from spruce framing, pine ship lap, and plywood. Everything is glued and screwed for the framing. The siding is construction adhesive glued and nailed with SS ring shanked.

The roof is salvaged commercial rubber roofing membrane that is glued down and nailed one inch on center roughly.

The rounded window are from eBay they are rv windows and the rest of the windows are plexiglass

It is attached with a four ratchet staps to hoof in the bed and a couple f clamps…. Haha but are going to be switched to clamps.

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#7 posted 09-26-2016 03:03 AM

Now that’s an interesting prospect for my old Ford in its twilight years.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#8 posted 09-26-2016 04:05 AM

That’s the nicest slide-in camper I’ve seen. Also looking forward to a trip report…

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#9 posted 09-30-2016 03:09 AM

Nice job! I built something similar about thirty years ago for an all-West summer trip. I used plywood instead of shiplap, and I sealed all the joints with fiberglass tape. I painted it with marine varnish, and it stayed nice and dry. Fiberglass is great because it protects edges, and it is indeed perfectly waterproof.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#10 posted 10-03-2016 04:48 AM

Are you from/passing through Gillette, WY? I was pointing out to my wife an awesome homemade camper on the back of a red toyota at lunch today! Looked great!

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#11 posted 10-03-2016 12:30 PM

We just passed through there, and stopped at Pokey’s BBQ for the adults and McDonald’s for the kids… Great BBQ!

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