How To Build A Collapsible Truck Camper
Want a super simple truck camper that you can not only remove, but stow away in a minimum of space?
Watch this video from YouTube’s “unicyclerider64” on his Super-Simple Collapsible Truck Camper.
He built it because he wanted a way to stay warm in his truck while escaping winter cabin fever in Michigan, BUT not have a huge truck camper or RV to store in the summer. His solution was to make a lightweight camper that can be carried in the bed of his truck along with his camping gear, quickly assembled at the campsite, and easily stored in a tiny corner of the garage.
From what I can tell, it's very cleverly constructed of only a few parts that can be assembled start to finish in just 13 minutes (or much less I assume if the mostly-decorative roof were eliminated) :
- The walls are thick styrofoam panels sandwiched between 1/4" plywood and framed with 1"x2"s. They fit together (a bit like Ikea furniture) using T-bolts, and since there's no need to make it sturdy for driving on the freeway, the walls simply sit on the rails while camping.
- The actual hard roof is his homemade tonneau cover framed from 2"x4"s and paneled with plywood and fiberglass, which he sets atop the wall structure.
- The decorative A-frame roof is quickly assembled from PVC pipe and a camo-patterned plastic tarp.
- A very cool unexpected feature: The walls are wired with household electrical outlets which receive power by plugging an extension cord into the campground hookup station.
- The total cost for the whole camper was around $160.