The Tacobox Build - A Mini Baja Surf Camper

#1
Hey Everyone,

I'm a long-time reader, and thought I'd post as I'm starting my own truck bed camper build.

I'm going for a lightweight camper with lockable, insulated surfboard storage. I've been debating doing an overcab or smaller version, and decided to start with the latter, as it's a cheaper, unique design that I've been playing with for a long time.

This idea was partly inspired by Heifer Boy's build, and I'll be using similar construction techniques. I'm no expert, but have a bit of experience with fiberglass and epoxy, so I'm confident I'll be able to pull this off. I think.

I'll also be keeping a blog and Instagram going while I work on the camper - I'll add the blog link once it's up.

I'm excited to get going - spent today building a platform to work on, and tomorrow I pick up the wood and start cutting!

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A couple diagonals would help keep the table from racking
Post lots of pics of the build


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#5
Not a bad idea Ripperj.

Anyway, finally made it down to Forest Plywood to pick up the goods. I've got to scarf 1 piece right off the bat, which is admittedly kinda scary.

Going with Hydrotek on this one, as it's my first real camper build and I didn't want to fork over for the Okoume just yet.

And oh yeah - the Instagram's up! @tacobox.camp

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So I finished cutting out the base / floor pack. Because of the size I had to scarf 2 pieces together. Don't ever believe what a boat builder tells you - that's a really hard joint to master!

To cut the joint, I built a jig for my router, but if I had to do it again, I'd probably try the circular saw version. Seems like it would be easier and faster. Here are a few shots of the process so far.

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Been getting some cuts done, a few every day. Things are coming along!

The 16 gallon water tank just showed up, as well as a few other tools and parts - absolutely loving the new cordless circular saw.

And... I'm finally putting a few of these parts together!

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Things are moving' along - definitely a messy technique though. Here you can see water tank placement and the surfboard compartment, as well as extra storage on the passenger side.

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Back from vacation and working on the build. Decided to go with chopped strand glass on in the surfboard, propane, and storage area floors... Used way more resin than I'd have liked.

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#11
Surfboards are to short just kidding, I am a long boarder mainly classics and the great thing short boarders have is the ability to move boards a lot easier. Killer build up and keep us posted on the progress.
 
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Surfboards are to short just kidding, I am a long boarder mainly classics and the great thing short boarders have is the ability to move boards a lot easier. Killer build up and keep us posted on the progress.
Haha yeah - I ride both myself. The longboard will have to go up top on racks, but that's ok 'cause it's too heavy to steal.