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Would You Consider A Tarp For A DIY Truck Camper Roof?

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Would You Consider A Tarp For A DIY Truck Camper Roof?

Know what? Losing the pop-up roof off of my home-built truck camper has been a really interesting experience.


While I don’t exactly want it to happen again, I’ve learned a lot of neat things I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. And since my main motivation in life is to learn stuff, I often find good things come from minor “disasters” like this. I typically learn quite a lot.

One unexpected discovery — Living under a tarp is not so bad! 

As it happened, the first few days after my roof mysteriously vanished somewhere on the freeway north of Sedona (a vortex had something to do with it, I’m sure ;-D ), I slept in the tent. Besides building another solar panel to replace the one I lost, my first priority project was to find a sturdy way to install a tarp in place of the missing roof before the thunderstorms arrived.

You can see what I came up with in the video. I thought it was pretty clever for a quick fix. It not only stays put during freeway driving, but easily folds back giving my temporary “indoor” solar panel a view of the sun and opening the cabin up to the sunshine and fresh scent of ponderosa pine trees. (Did you know they smell like caramel vanilla macchiatos?)

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  • Jim Petersen
    October 7, 2015

    I’d go for the Poor Man’s Fiberglass, which is paint penetrating and bonding canvas, cotton sheeting to wood, seems to hold up for years to the weather. 😉

  • Jim Petersen
    December 9, 2015

    No, my friend. Google Poor Man’s Fiberglass. It looks like a better solution, going forward. Especially at 60 MPH. 😉

  • Joseph Leister
    April 26, 2016

    Price would be right…but would be pretty cold in there….lol

  • Ray Lowrey
    April 26, 2016

    Used to take my ex-wife camping in a small pickup with just a tarp. Did keep most of the rain off of us…but ended up buying a tent instead and used the pickup for hauling stuff…unless I was by myself…then the tarp was great for me.

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