5 DIY Truck Campers With Video Tours
Truck campers are a great option for people looking to stay agile and go deep into the best boondocking sites. If you are handy and ready to tackle a new DIY project, or just wanting to get your RV renovation feet wet, check out these 5 DIY truck campers!
DIY truck campers can be as simple or elaborate as you need for your camping style – just see for yourself from the 5 videos below.
1. Homemade, DIY Truck Camper
Meet Tobias, a homemade RV veteran. This DIY truck camper is actually his third build!
This DIY camper includes “poor man’s fiberglass” – a sandwich of wet wood glue, painter’s canvas, and another layer of wet wood glue. This unit also features a wood-burning stove, a roof deck and roof rack for outdoor equipment, a 45-quart fridge, solar and electrical system, and a bed for two.
Tobias cannibalized old truck parts for this build. The three of the windows of his camper came from an old truck topper.
To keep the camper in great shape for off-road, Tobias eliminated drawers that can become skewed by driving on bumpy roads. Instead, he utilizes cubby spaces and netting.
2. Ultimate DIY Overlanding Truck Camper
Check out this DIY truck camper from Billy and Sierra (Tula’s Endless Summer) that is perfect for overlanding. This duo took a 2006 camper and made it their own.
Billy and Sierra hit all the high notes of today’s modern RV trends including white walls, white cabinets, contact paper countertops, peel-and-stick backsplash, and vinyl floors. Sierra also replaced all the dinette cushions.
This truck camper has unique, “garage” storage that is commonly not a feature of truck campers. This was achieved by removing the box of their truck.
3. Hand Built Cedar Truck Camper
This truck camper was completely hand built by Endgame over a period of about four months.
The majority of the build is made out of cedar – a dimensionally stable, rot and bug resistant, and lightweight material. The camper is about 800 pounds dry which is a surprisingly lightweight truck camper.
You can expect an average truck camper weight to be about 2,684 pounds (1,217 kg).Survival Tech Shop
For insulation, Endgame used polystyrene foam board wrapped in light canvas fabric. In the roof, the thickness of the insulation increases to 4 inches as compared to 2 inches on the walls and door. This technique was used throughout the camper including the door to help regulate the internal temperature.
Even though Endgame is located in the desert, the 5000 BTU air conditioning unit runs entirely off the solar generator.
This camper has a super unique exterior that gives off major caravan vibes.
4. Truck-bed Tiny House
This truck-bed tiny home by Kelsey and Shane from LoveHut4Life is a homemade, DIY truck camper with a whimsical yellow exterior. The interior of this DIY build is very rustic with pallet board cupboards and walls and corrugated tin backsplash.
Features of this truck camper include a “hillbilly yeti” – aka a super well-insulated cooler compartment accessible from the exterior. The interior features a two-burner stove, 12-gallon fresh water tank, 6-gallon gray water tank, recliner and couch, and a huge front window with a view from the bed.
5. DIY 4×4 Truck Camper for Adventures
This DIY 4×4 truck camper by Courtney and Riley from Ambition Strikes is built for off-road adventures enabling this couple to explore, hike, bike, and ski across the country.
Check out the timelapse of their entire build over a period of 2.5 months! You can also watch full-length episodes of the build where they break down each step of the process.
In preparation for the 2021 camping season, get pumped up for your next truck camper adventure. Maybe even get inspired for your own DIY project.
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