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Classic Truck Camper Plans From Glen-L

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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:

Glen L Everglade - DIY truck camper plans

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!

Glen-L truck camper plans testimonial

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.

Glen-L Truck Camper Plans Include
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.

  • home-built-truck-camper-glen-l-aculpulcoDan 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.)

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  • January 8, 2015

    Funny how life is a cycle , while on my never ending research into building the best camper I can I came across your site where I find my build mentioned and to a certain degree critiqued,
    Thank you for the compliment and I wish you all the best on your journey.

    • January 8, 2015

      Richard Ziewiec, “the legend” himself! 🙂 (Isn’t it funny what the internet does to people? Especially if you’re one of the only people online doing a certain thing, such as building a homemade camper.)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting (and joining my list, too, I see). As I only just launched this site the other day, and Google only indexed this site yesterday, you’re actually my first commenter! Which seems very fitting.

      You’re about done with your build, and working on “end game strategy” now, right? How’s that going?


      • January 9, 2015

        Ha Ha, legend, Thanks , We have a saying in Australia , “Legend in your own lunchtime” 🙂 MY end game is going fine except things I thought would be easy aren’t and some things I thought would be complicated have slotted straight into place. Out the shop in a week or so then the finishing touches.

        • January 12, 2015

          Awesome! It’ll be great to see it actually on the road.

          Great saying, too. I’m myself aspiring to be a legend by second breakfast. 🙂

  • January 19, 2015

    Hey Mobilerik here is my latest video Part III of my camper.

    Have a great day!

  • Jim Petersen
    August 30, 2015

    Saving link, thanks

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