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DIY Truck Bed Micro Camper

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DIY Truck Bed Micro Camper – Turning a Pick Up Truck Into a DIY Camper


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  • Andy
    October 12, 2016, 1:22 pm

    Really…Someone is using a Camper Shell for a pick up as a camper???? This was a practice began in the 1960’s so hardly anything cutting edge.

    • Alex
      October 12, 2016, 4:24 pm

      Wasn’t saying it’s cutting edge just something cheap and practical to do if you already have a pickup and are interested in this sort of thing. Thanks for those links!

    • Justin Surman
      November 11, 2021, 10:13 pm

      Wow! Thanks for your especially great comments, Andy! So nice of you to contribute to the fun of sharing. 🙂 You must be the happiest man in the world! 😀

    October 13, 2016, 7:45 pm

    This is someone with a creative mind to come up with something like this. Great idea for so decently a price. Kudos!

    • Natalie
      October 14, 2016, 7:02 am

      Glad you enjoyed it! — Tiny House Talk Team

    October 14, 2016, 1:55 pm

    Nothing new here, and I know many who have had to do this because of the economy back in the early to mid 90’s… If only there where something new or novel about this persons approach……

  • Ynot
    October 16, 2016, 6:01 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me how people have to pop in with negativity. If Alex and Natalie only ever posted new ideas this would be a once a year newsletter. I happen to like seeing other peoples ideas. I camped in my truck for quite a while, and I wish I would have seen this before hand.

  • Michelle Allen
    July 25, 2019, 7:47 am

    I made mine from junk I had at home. Total cost $20. I love the shelf above the wheel well. How is it held in place ?

  • Fred
    October 3, 2019, 1:41 pm

    Found this as a related article to a newer page.
    This reminds me of something my father and I did in the 1970’s as a way to use the canopy that sat on Dad’s trucks more efficiently as an “overnighter” for weekend hunting trips.
    A couple of things we found out were….
    …canopy’s sweat and a little heat really brings out the condensation, inside. So line your canopy’s people. We used foam panels and glued them in with some caulk. Worked great and made the camper more livable.
    …most canopy’s are a little on the short side, height-wise. We had built a couple of benches out of plywood and 2×2’s and those sat over the wheel wells. One we sat on and the other held the stove and other gear.
    First thing we noticed is that we had to sit bent over because otherwise we’d smack our heads on the ceiling. So we made an extension piece out of plywood and 2×4’s that was about a foot and a half tall. The 2×4’s made a frame that the plywood covered and also fit into the post holes on the top of bed of the truck (common thing to see on those old trucks. I don’t think modern trucks feature them). The canopy was then bolted to the top of that extension.
    At that point, we were set. A piece of plywood laid out across the bed, level with the top, and supported by a piece of aluminum angle made for a bunk-type bed (this was at the front of the truck bed). We laid out some closed cell foam that was vinyl backed and laid some carpet remnant over that and that took care of the floor.
    When not hunting, we could easily take the whole thing apart (dad was real good about bolting things together, rather than nailing them), roll up the carpet and use the truck like a normal pickup.
    It was a two-man operation, but we could assemble/disassemble in a couple of hours, on the outside.
    Dad’s been gone for quite a while now, as has that old truck, but I recently found a few pieces of that camper conversion still sitting in the back corner of the garage.

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