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How Does A Four Wheel Camper Roof Lift Work?

I love the clever way the roof lift is done on the Four Wheel Campers. No winches or fancy expensive mechanisms -- just simple mechanical elegance. Gotta love it. The "secret" to how the Four Wheel Campers lifter mechanism works is fully described in the patent (US Patent 4201413 by David Row...
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While it can be a bit of a challenge to DIY a full-scale Four Wheel Camper style popup roof, I've learned that if you keep it “stupidly simple!” — it’s totally possible to enjoy a fun and functional pop-up roof on your camper. I actually constructed my own pop-up truck camper over the course of just a few days and found several easy ways to pop the roof to enjoy the breeze and sunshine. I'm still experimenting with new ideas, but because I kept the design simple enough to "get it done", I'm now doing it on the road as a full-time boondocker! 

–Mobile Rik
Chris Willet's home built popup truck camper

Impressive Homemade Pop-Up Truck Camper On A Toyota Tundra

December 22, 2014
Here's a really awesome DIY Slide On Four Wheel Camper Style Pop-Up Truck Camper RV by 'notesfromavagabond.' It's built on an aluminum frame he welded together himself and includes a few innovative features, such as a fold out room and a simple roof-lift mechanism. (Thinking about building your own truck camper? (You can build them out of wood, too!) If you haven't yet, check out my article on How To Build Your Own DIY Truck Camper RV)
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How Does A Four Wheel Camper Roof Lift Work?

December 14, 2014

I love the clever way the roof lift is done on these pop-up campers.

No hydraulics or fancy expensive mechanisms -- just simple mechanical elegance. Gotta love it. It'd be great if I could see one up close so I can figure out the cheapest easiest way to duplicate this for my own DIY camper. I also wonder how it would change things if the popup was much taller, so the bars would have to cross. Hmm... Ideas, anyone?

In contrast, you can see the standard lifter system employed in Four Wheel Campers beginning at about 1:09 in this video.


...And in this video which gives a really nice explanation of the process beginning at 1:30.


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The Wedgetail – An Amazing Popup Truck Camper Design From Australia

June 11, 2013
The Wedgetail Truck Camper from Australia is officially the coolest design ever! At least as far as I'm concerned.  :-) I previously…