Of all the RV/camper designs, my favorite is the Pop-Up Slide-In Truck Camper — Particularly the “Four Wheel Camper” style,…
Here’s a great tour of the interior of a “4-Wheel Camper” style pop up slide in truck camper from Phoenix Campers.
Not only do I love the general shape of this style of pop-up truck camper — both for its flexibility and the gas-saving aerodynamics relative to other RV designs —
I particularly love the way Phoenix has managed to fit so much in a tiny space. (Note the combined shower/toilet stall!) Since you’re trying to make a livable space out of approx. 30 sq. ft., it really inspiring to see them getting creative like that.
Personally, as a Do It Yourselfer, I also love this design for a DIY truck camper. Click to read more about my favorite camper design on my blog.
Composting Toilets Are Really Easy To Make!
Essentially, it’s a wooden box with a hole in it, with a 5 gallon bucket underneath.
You cover it with dirt or some other organic matter — like sawdust or grass clippings — and it does not stink!!
“StormCloudsGathering” shares a simple and proven system to create your own fertilizer and use less water, along with other great reasons to consider composting your own “humanure” sooner than later.
I love the clever way the roof lift is done on these pop-up campers.
No hydraulics or fancy expensive mechanisms — just simple mechanical elegance. Gotta love it.
It’d be great if I could see one up close so I can figure out the cheapest easiest way to duplicate this for my own DIY camper. I also wonder how it would change things if the popup was much taller, so the bars would have to cross. Hmm… Ideas, anyone?
In contrast, you can see the standard lifter system employed in Four Wheel Campers beginning at about 1:09 in this video.
…And in this video which gives a really nice explanation of the process beginning at 1:30.
I love this style of pop-up slide-in truck camper.
Small slide in camper RVs of the Four Wheel Camper design allow you to use an off-road truck to get to remote destinations, and the pop-top allows it to keep a low frontal area for better aerodynamics/fuel efficiency.
The only variable after that is how they arrange the interior to maximize its space. Although not my favorite truck camper interior design, this one has some great ideas to consider for my own DIY camper.
See how vandweller ‘rickvanman’ turned a 2012 Scion IQ into an elegant DIY camper van.
This video is chock full of great pics and explanation showing every step from insulating the van walls to framing out the built-in furnishings and upgrading to the very snazzy current version. Also tons more videos on his channel.
Interested in building a DIY truck camper RV instead?
Watch how Amit Ranjan creates a simple air conditioner using just a few parts.
- 1 fan
- 1 ice cooler
- 1 water pump
- a few feet of copper tubing
- a few feet of plastic tubing
- a few zip ties
Click to read more about this DIY Air Conditioner including how it works, some limitations, and how to improve on this idea and make your own cheap cooling devices.
(Originally published in 2008) We got our first taste of geodes and fossils in Utah last summer. Inspired by the…