Tag: DIY

Here’s an interesting and simple DIY slide-on truck camper design.

Tontotralman (who points out that he’s NOT a carpenter) built this one-person slide on truck camper to fit inside his 6′ truck bed with the tailgate shut. There’s no cabover, but he still managed to fit a raised sleeping area inside.

It’s built on 2×2 framing with OSB panels, and 1-1/2 styrofoam insulation. The interior is oriented sideways, with a sideways 6.5 foot wide bedroom area over a storage compartment, and front entrance area with storage cupboards on the left and kitchen area on the right.

On the outside he has some storage space between the walls and the bed, and a small electrical hookup. I like the split door idea that allows easy access.

Part 2 shows the finished body with corner trim, ceiling vent, water storage, the completed kitchen area (which looks much like a home kitchenette).

Part 3 shows the aerodynamic nose attached as a cabover extension to be used for lightweight storage in the future. He also explains the split door that allows for an exit when the tailgate is up. A highlight of Part 3 is his upgraded version of a “redneck air conditioner” made from a fan and an ice cooler and upgraded with copper coil and water pump.

Thinking Of Building Your Own Truck Camper?

Check out my feature article: How To Build Your Own Homemade DIY Truck Camper

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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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Need ideas for quickly generating warm shower water? Watch this amusing video showing a simple system using a water pump and heat exchanger coil.

While it could certainly be improved upon with some easy modifications that would help it both heat up faster and be much safer, it’s a great illustration of creative thinking, and a simple demonstration of exactly how an on-demand hot water system works. It would be interesting to see something like this installed more permanently… Perhaps even running off of a small wood-burning rocket stove?

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Interested in making a cheap AC inverter out of parts you can often get for free? If you happen to have a broken UPS backup computer power system lying around, you could possibly turn it into a cheap power inverter for your camper.

Uninterruptible Power Systems are often thrown away when their battery goes bad. Once they do, you could simply replace the dead battery with your RV’s deep cycle battery and enjoy a high quality inverter that typically includes 5V USB power in addition to several standard AC outlets.

(Note: Non-sine-wave AC output by cheaper UPS inverters may not be suitable for all devices. For quickly charging your laptop and mobile electronics, it should do fine, but for continuous power, beware that it could cause problems, so be sure to read the UPS manual. If you’re concerned about this, check out his next series on how to make a sine-wave inverter. )

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Are you looking for a way to purify your own drinking water in an off-grid or long term boondocking situation? LDSPrepper reviews several popular filtering systems. Notably, most filtration systems require you start with pre-filtered tap water, so they’re near useless in a boondocking situation when all you have available is river or pond water. His summary includes a clear winner.

(Note: Since he is reviewing only expensive commercial filters, he does not include an inexpensive DIY bio-sand filter.)

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