Category: DIY Truck Camper

Here’s a fantastic slideshow of a commercial quality homemade slide-in truck camper handcrafted with plywood framing from ‘spidersfrommars’.
The frame is constructed from 1/2″ birch plywood, with ample large holes cut out to decrease its weight. A layer of 1″ styrofoam is applied, and aluminum sheeting covers it all.

It also features a lightweight curved roof and built-in furnishings.

(Note: The video oddly cuts out halfway through promising more to come.)

Read My Article: How To Build Your Own DIY Truck Camper

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Here’s a really awesome DIY Slide On Four Wheel Camper Style Pop-Up Truck Camper RV by ‘notesfromavagabond.’ It’s built on an aluminum frame he welded together himself and includes a few innovative features, such as a fold out room and a simple roof-lift mechanism.

(Thinking about building your own truck camper? (You can build them out of wood, too!) If you haven’t yet, check out my article on How To Build Your Own DIY Truck Camper RV)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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