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.
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