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See How This Couple Built An Expandable Truck Camper Shell

This post was updated on May 10th, 2024

Tyler Thompson and Erin Sofinowski decided to take a year off work to do some traveling. For about three months the couple spent building one of the best DIY truck bed campers you will ever see. Not only is this airy living space adjustable, but their step-by-step guide is also available online.

Their Adventure Truck 2.0 has a handmade camper shell.

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Photos by TylerThompson21

The shell opens for additional headroom and sleeping space.

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The couple originally had another truck with a regular camper shell and a pull-out kitchen.  Their Adventure Truck 2.0 has been making waves on Reddit for the creativity and over 50 photos of the entire build process.

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Tyler Thompson and Erin Sofinowski built the camper for about $6,000.  The main portion of the shell was actually built from a standard aluminum topper for a mid-size truck. The topper was extended to include a cab-over portion.

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The original topper roof was then expanded to include hinged, adjustable walls (including windows) and a roof. Sheet metal was then fitted over the entire frame and insulated with rigid foam insulation.

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The interior of the camper shell was fitted with a tongue and groove fir ceiling, LED lights, and a ceiling fan.

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Plywood was used for the walls and bamboo for the floor. The tiny camper has a kitchen with a handmade butcher block countertop and sliding cabinet doors made of red alder wood.

The main bed slides over the top of the kitchen and tucks away during the day.

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The main bed/lounging area has vented storage underneath for clothing and the battery compartment. The battery box includes all the electrical components including a battery isolator, voltage meter, fuse box, ground strip, and inverter.

Most noteworthy, the main bed is located in the cab-over area and can be slid away and rolled up when not in use. Other details like fairy lights, throw pillows, and handmade curtains add a touch of home to this road-worthy space.

Cooking can be done inside next to the sink…

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…or outside on a fold-down table.

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The kitchen includes a sink with a soap dispenser sunk into the counter. In addition, the kitchen has space for fresh and grey water, a stove, and a drop-down table for food prep or work.

Cooking is done inside the main kitchen or outside on a fold-down table at the back of the truck. The couple is also able to use the top of the shell to store sports and outdoor gear, and the back of the truck can hold additional jerry cans for water or fuel.

You can see their full step-by-step guide on Imgur. If you like their build, also check out This Homemade Truck Camper

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