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Thread: Custom Slide-in Camper for midsize truck.

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    Default Custom Slide-in Camper for midsize truck.

    Hey! I just created this account, just to display my progress of a custom camper i'm making. I wanted a camper that is basic but is not a full size one because i am being cautious of my gas. But at the same time, i didn't want to use a fiberglass canopy, because they are too small But i intend on using it for road trips and such so it will be perfect to sleep in and lounge in..

    Im making it out of .095 1x1 steel. I didnt want to use 1/16 (.0625) , because its too thin, but didn't want to use 1/8 (.125) because its too heavy. The decimals are not metric (for anyone out of US)




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    YES BIG FILES. SORRY. And i forgot to post, but my truck is a 2005 dakota 6.5' bed.






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    The last pic, is how it is at this moment. I will work more on it tomorrow. The area above the cab, is only storage, you dont sleep up there. The camper is only about 5'1'' wide.

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    Welcome! Looks like great work. What's the plan?

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    My plans are pretty much basic. It will be pretty basic. When im done with the shell, i well put on 1/4inch plywood on the outside, and glue on either some thin plastic that i found at home depot for 20 bucks a sheet for 4x8, or get a few 4x8 sheets of thin aluminum ( that will still be glued on). The overall camper will be 8 feet long, so a 4x8 sheet would fit perfectly with out any seems (but only on the edges where i will put some thin aluminum angle). After i install the outer sheeting/shell, i will insulate it with inch foam. Then install the inner panneling, and i will be done, i think, haha.

    Right now, i am going to finish the main frame, then i will make the openings for the 48''x16'' windows on each side. They are from a scrap camper that i have. Then i will use a door from another small camper that i have, and make the door frame. Then i am also going to install a little vent ontop, that is also from that scrap camper. Im just figuring it out as i go.

    Does anybody have any suggestions?

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    I have never built anything like this before, so it is a first and would like some ideas. Thanks!

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    Nice Start! I would say defiantly insulate it, and don't forget some wiring for lights. Way easier to do it now than down the road. Keep up the good work.
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    Yeah, i was defiantly going to insulate it haha. Everywhere, even on the floor area. And if it gets too hot in the summer, ill just open the vents and windows! I was going to create someway for me to put an air conditioner in it. I have a spare door from a utility truck tool box like these http://www.800toolbox.com/service_body/service_bodies that i might somehow install, just to put an air conditioner through when i am parked. (but the door i have, is about the size of an air conditioner)

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    A question for any of you! When i'm done with the shell, i was going to attach 1/4 inch plywood on the outside and 3/8 on the floor area. Im going for a low budget build (or i would of used aluminum for the frame) I found some 1/16 inch very flexible plastic at home depot for 20 bucks for a 4x8. Should i use that on the outside of the plywood instead of spending alot for aluminum sheeting? It would be just as weather proof (as im gluing the material to the plywood either way ) and it would be lighter, and WAAYYYY cheaper to use plastic than aluminum. I know aluminum would be better, but the plastic is very smooth, and seem like it will work! And on all the edges, i was gonna get some very thin/small aluminum angle to weather proof it (with calking and such)

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