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Could This Be The Ultimate Space-Saving Truck Camper Design?

Truck campers usually don’t have a lot of space to waste.

Reddit user tylerthompson21 decided he wanted to make a truck camper that maximized storage and living room. He engineered a heavy-duty pull out drawer that extends the entire length of the cab.

See also: A Handyman Made His Own Custom Wooden Truck Camper. He’ll Make One For You Too.

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Check out how he did it. Maybe you’ll want to use some of his ideas in your own truck camper design.

The first step was creating a simple drawer system in the bed of the truck.

Creating a drawer system in the bed of the truck

He used angle irons to bolt on the frame to make it easy to remove.

Angle irons and bolts hold the drawer frame in place

These are old skateboard bearings used as drawer slides.

He used skateboard bearings as drawer slides

And 1″ x 1″ square tubing for the drawer runners.

1 by 1 tubing for the drawer runners

Drawer and cover ready for a test run.

Drawer and cover ready for test run

He installed a lockable handle from a truck box.

Lockable handle from a truck box

There’s space for a battery inside the right front hatch.

Battery space inside the right front hatch

He later moved the battery bay after learning about the hazards of battery gases.

Another storage compartment on the left of the main drawer.

There's another storage compartment to the left of the drawer

This is what the truck box lock looks like from the back.

Truck box lock from the rear

He had to do a lot of custom cutting to make the lock fit correctly.

He had to do a lot of custom cutting to make the lock fit correctly

A simple household strike plate holds the latch in place.

A simple household strike plate holds the latch in place

Another latch to keep the drawer in place.

Another latch so the drawer can't be pulled open

And the receiver it fits into.

And the receiver it fits into

After varnish has been applied to the frame.

After varnish has been applied to the frame

Varnishing other parts of the drawer.

Varnishing other parts of the drawer

Simple sheet metal lock cover.

Simple sheet metal lock cover

 

Battery in place. He’s looking into modifying the placement of the battery for safety reasons.

Battery in place

Electrical outlet with USB charging ports.

Electrical outlet with USB ports

LED light bars on the rear hatch.

LED light bars on the rear hatch

Gotta have the speakers.

Gotta have the speakers

Drawer pulled out and stuff inside.

Drawer pulled out and stuff inside

The finished truck camper.

The finished truck camper

Someone had asked him why he didn’t put supports on the rear of the drawer.

He said,

…thought about adding legs, but i reinforced the bearings as much as possible (see the cluster of bearings near the edge of the frame). Plus i don’t need to pull it out to full extension all the time, but if things start to warp i will look into another option (like legs). they would have too be extendable (like tripod legs) to account for the uneven terrain of my adventuring.

You can see more pictures here and read about the build discussion on this site.



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