Now here’s a breathtaking one-of-a-kind creation: A custom-built aluminum pod built on top of a fully-refurbished Defender chassis! Called the Auroch by designer/builder Tom Duckworth, this is no ordinary truck bed camper. The entire thing was built using early 20th-century airplane and automotive building techniques.
Not only is the vehicle itself ready for any off-roading adventure, the pod on top has the creature comforts of home, including a four-seater dinette that transforms into a bed, and a hob/fridge in the mini kitchenette. This is the first of more Aurochs to come, and it’s up for sale. Tell us what you think in the comments!
Kelsey and Shane are one awesome couple! On a whim, they decided to build a truck bed camper for their truck and go travel the country. Originally they wanted to hit all 50 states in a year and then go back to “normal life,” but now they’ve been on the road in their DIY rig for 2.5 years!
They built their camper with almost zero planning and very little money! All in all, they only spent $4k and used all kinds of reclaimed materials to make it home sweet home. While they don’t necessarily recommend their design or approach to others, they do think everyone should be living a life they love! What do you think?
Channing is such an inspiration! Not only is she an elite athlete as Team USA Paralympian Kayaker, she doesn’t let anything stand in her way. She was tired of plane trips and missing out on the places she traveled with her team, so she decided to build out her own wheelchair-friendly truck camper, so she could travel on her own time, save money, and see what she wanted to see!
Her truck has hand controls, she rigged up a bathroom system that works for her, and she carries her motorized off-roading trike on a pull-away bar on the back of the rig. Inside she has a couch pad, a “loft” bedroom, and all she needs to make food. What an awesome woman!
Cristin calls herself the “Badass Brunette” on social media, and you’ll see why after watching this video tour of her Overlander 4×4 Truck Camper that she’s been living in for the past year. Originally, living full-time on the road was only going to be a temporary adventure, but by putting herself out there, Cristin was able to find remote work that’s allowed her to keep going!
Her truck camper is one-of-a-kind for sure: With a pop-up roof tent bed equipped with her solar panels and a memory foam mattress, a batwing awning that covers more than half her rig in shade, and her custom-build tailgate where she cooks and hangs out. What do you think of her rig?
Just before the pandemic hit, Annie and her boyfriend split and she moved out and onto a new adventure. She chose a tiny van and built it out with a slat bed and hit the road! While she knew she enjoyed the nomadic life, she decided to upgrade to a more spacious truck camper with a bump out and a wet bath.
She completely remodeled her current rig, bringing it into 2021 style and making it fit her lifestyle. Annie’s constant companion is her dog, named Bear, and they are chasing good weather across the country. Her tech job is forever-remote now, so she does the 9-5 from “home” and then explores when she’s off duty. Awesome!
You might think living on top of your truck would be extra cramped, but Chrissy proves it’s not true with her fantastic 2020 Capri camper that sits on top of her 2011 Chevy Silverado.
I don’t think I’ve seen a micro space this tiny that includes a 32″ indoor shower, but Chrissy’s does! She also has a little kitchenette with a microwave, fridge and a two-burner stove. While her bed doesn’t have the most headroom, it’s a queen size allowing her to really spread out!
More and more people are ditching the 9 to 5 so they can explore the country and travel. While we’ve seen tons of van conversions, what about setting up your truck bed for travel?
Marsha showed us you can DIY it here, but TopperEZLift has another option: A lift kit with insulated siding that allows you to get extra height and transform your truck bed into a compact home.
They have a few versions and packages — some are just simple truck bed tents, while others include the full lift kit and even a cot-style bed. You can see everything they sell here, but scroll below to see the lift kit in action! The automated lift only takes 30 seconds to go from road-ready to homey.
This is Tomas’ Toyota Tacoma Truck Camper that he built himself.
He and his girlfriend lived in the micro space while travelling 10,000 miles around the country. They saw the Smoky Mountains, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, California, Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks, Oregon, and Jackson, WY. Be sure to check out more pictures and follow their adventures on Instagram!
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