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Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ???

Posted By: Tiltman

Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 03:12 PM

Suppose you were able to build your own out of aluminum with a blank set of plans

1/2 Ton 6.5 foot box supercab truck.

Mainly for tournaments or practice , IE after work today if I had one I could sneak down to state park at Tawak and prowl around, crash in my (non existent yet ) camper get up fish all day tomorrow and come home.

I would use the showers at campgrounds or parks , but would want a jon in the camper so I could do my usual 4 times a night pisses (yes I am old) , over cab bed, storage for gen, roof top AC, counter wash basin with drain , can use jugs with petcock on counter for water. Couch/extra bed for added angler if needed, storage bins , awning on back over door, maybe on side. Any cool ideas ?
Posted By: SkeeterRonnie

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 03:27 PM

I’m still looking , too. If you find some plans please let me know. The ones for sale used are way over priced. I’m in the same train of thought. I need an overnight cabin on my truck. I could have even used it at the ER during the last ice storm. I would’ve just stayed there for three nights.
Posted By: Mudman63

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 03:35 PM

Following…
Posted By: 361V

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 03:47 PM

Here’s mine. Weighs as much as a lake house though! We were up @ Broken Bow the other day. [Linked Image]
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Posted By: Tiltman

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 04:04 PM

Those side entries are so nice.

Ronnie, mine will be a guinea pig project. I have a customer that builds high end race trailers and mobile command type trailers etc.

Depending on the investment/potential return they may launch a line of this type of setup.
Posted By: cruzfishing

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 04:05 PM

https://youtu.be/Ay13-sOegsE
Posted By: bronco71

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 04:23 PM

I used a small slide in for many years that had some nice features. It had a crank up top so it was about 12" over the cab when driving but still could be accessed when folded down. Cabover bed, table with bench seats dropped down to make extra bed. Inverter to run lights and small 12v stuff when plugged into A/C power. Roof A/C with separate power cord. Built in ice box (not ref), propane cooktop, sink with small water tank and 12v pump. Rear outside access to areas behind wheel wells for storage, spare 12v battery etc. Inside access to areas in front of wheel wells for storage. Used a self contained porta-potty that could be slide under the table/bed. Storage under seat benches, drawers under sink, small closet, bench seat with storage across front under window and storage bin above window. 3 camper jacks to lift up and drive out from under it.
Posted By: 361V

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 04:31 PM

Originally Posted by Tiltman
Those side entries are so nice.

Ronnie, mine will be a guinea pig project. I have a customer that builds high end race trailers and mobile command type trailers etc.

Depending on the investment/potential return they may launch a line of this type of setup.
Will be interesting to see what you come up with. Problem I’ve seen in the truck camper market is everytime a manufacturer comes up with a newer, lighter(clearly not the route we took), better model they are priced as much as all the truck campers and they have gone out of sight! Anyone thinking they are going to pay less for an “RV” that doesn’t have an axle or a frame under it has not priced truck campers in a long time!
Posted By: KnotEnuff

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 04:33 PM

Capri Campers.
Posted By: Tiltman

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 04:41 PM

For sure will have inverter setup for lights etc. I also think an exterior slide out "counter" or drawer with a little Coleman camps stove on one side of the rear door to cook outside under rear awning with.
Posted By: bronco71

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 04:48 PM

Another thought, mine was 8' in an 8' bed and I removed the tailgate when it was loaded. If it was 2" shorter I could have left the tailgate on and used it as a table and still closed the tailgate. Also with your 6.5' bed you could use an 8' with the tailgate down....
Posted By: 361V

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 04:49 PM

We have an exterior “T” for connecting a stove & grill outside to the campers LP bottles
Posted By: emorydog

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 05:07 PM

If it were me I might just buy a older Capri camper and gut it and go custom from there. No need to to reengineer the shell.
Posted By: Tiltman

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 05:32 PM

361 I agree, I have low teens in mind. I think it can be done. It will be nice but very basic
Posted By: Tiltman

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 05:35 PM

Originally Posted by emorydog
If it were me I might just buy a older Capri camper and gut it and go custom from there. No need to to reengineer the shell.



says the guy that restored an old air stream......


I did think about that but these guys have that the stuff to scratch build pretty nicely.
Posted By: Stan L

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 06:56 PM

I’m with Emory dog and had two Capri’s and they were great for what you are talking about. After going on some long stays I’ve been through three other campers and now run a smaller Lance and it’s great when staying over three to 14 nights. Look at some rodeo sights as that is we’re I bought my Capri’s and good luck buddy!
Posted By: SkeeterRonnie

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 07:14 PM

Those old Capri campers are being listed for 6-7k for a ran down one.
Posted By: Evan O'Brien

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/05/21 08:25 PM

There are some Facebook groups that have some good ideas and what people wish they had in a 6.5 truck camper set up. Lance camper group, truck camper living, truck camping, truck camper living, etc.
Posted By: grandbassslayer

Re: Lightweight Truck Bed Campers ??? - 06/06/21 02:31 AM

Originally Posted by Tiltman
Suppose you were able to build your own out of aluminum with a blank set of plans

1/2 Ton 6.5 foot box supercab truck.

Mainly for tournaments or practice , IE after work today if I had one I could sneak down to state park at Tawak and prowl around, crash in my (non existent yet ) camper get up fish all day tomorrow and come home.

I would use the showers at campgrounds or parks , but would want a jon in the camper so I could do my usual 4 times a night pisses (yes I am old) , over cab bed, storage for gen, roof top AC, counter wash basin with drain , can use jugs with petcock on counter for water. Couch/extra bed for added angler if needed, storage bins , awning on back over door, maybe on side. Any cool ideas ?

They already make those, its called an Alu-Cab.
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