With a family of four, his desire for a functional (and cost-effective) camper van wouldn’t be easy to fulfill.
Frustrated with the sticker prices of new camper van RVs, he decided to modify his 2012 Ford F-150 into a low cost truck camper!
Plan for the Ford F-150 camper van roof created with Autodesk Inventor software.
I found that some VW camper vans open on top strictly for standing room in the camper and others open for extra sleeping space. I decided to design mine to do both so that the back half of the truck would be open to stand up and the front half would still be long and wide enough for 2 adults to sleep in.
This Universal Truck Roof Rack from Harbor Freight would serve as the frame.
Test fitting the roof rack.
Cardboard templates helped create custom-fit sides to fit inside the roof rack.
After cutting with a jigsaw, the 1/2″ plywood sheets fit neatly inside the frame, but he would need to caulk the roughly 1/8″ gaps around the edges.
One of the panels after light sanding and applying wood filler.
Rear panel in place.
Once satisfied with the fit of the panels, he applied poor man’s fiberglass to each wooden sheet.
The roof lid is held in place by these hinges.
This opening connects the camper to the truck window.
This duck canvas creates the sides to the pop-up roof. It’s stapled through a fold to the roof and attaches via magnets to the truck cover shell.
An air conditioner fits into a hole cut into the rear of the pop up.
Ready for camping!
With the roof down, you’d never know!
Overall this was a blast project to build. I dislike projects that have long tedious steps (like re-roofing my house) and this project did not have any. Took me about 3 weeks to complete the shell.