Classic Truck Camper Plans From Glen-L
Looking for detailed plans to build your own commercial quality truck camper in a vintage 70’s style?
Glen-L Design has been great source of DIY plans for sporting vehicles since the 1950’s. Mainly boats, but they also have a good selection of classic RV, trailer, and camper plans.
Here’s an example from the online catalog:
In contrast to my own homemade truck camper design -- which is meant to be "So simple, you don't even need plans!" -- Glen-L campers are extremely complex, involving many small cuts of wood intricately glued together in woodcraft fashion, and use standard materials, fixtures, and appliances, which you'll collect and assemble at current prices. But they insist you don't need to be a carpenter, because their plans not only hand-hold you through every step -- they include life-size templates to assemble your giant puzzle upon. Once complete, you're virtually guaranteed at the end of this huge undertaking (three months to three years I've seen!) to come away with a very impressive camper with a store-bought look and feel, and maybe even with a load of monetary savings as well!
Where To Buy Their Plans
I was partially inspired to write up this article, simply because it's completely NOT obvious where to purchase Glen-L's camper plans. They have several websites, mostly dedicated to boatbuilding, and the hub for purchasing DIY camper plans is buried on their store site at BoatDesigns.com. The prices are very reasonable, all things considered, hovering around $50-60.
Besides the friendly community of fellow DIYers on the Glen-L construction forum, there are also a few very nice (and well-documented) builds online.
- Dan Rogers built his Glen-L "Aculpulco" over three months in Spring 2007 and put the whole process on his truck camper blog, with lots of photos and explanation. He estimates it cost $12,000 to build (not including tools), and he reports that it weighs 2600 lbs.
- Richard Ziewiec is in the final stretch of his 13+ months build -- An impressively updated customization of Glen-L's "Everglade" model, which he's documenting on his website SlideCamper.com. I've embedded a slideshow of his build below. (The image at the top of this post is made from an original photo at his site.)