How To Build A Truck Camper For Dirt Cheap
Why spend thousands on an RV, when you can learn to Build Your Own Truck Bed Camper!
If you have some basic construction and carpentry skills, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn just how easy and totally inexpensive it can be to slap together your own simple pickup truck camper from hardly more than a small bundle of 2x4s, some plywood, a bucket of screws, and some paint. Bolt it all onto your truck bed, and depending on your design choices, you could conceivably have an actual working “RV” for less than $200.
Seriously, it doesn’t have to be difficult!
It naturally seems like there must be something special about building an RV, but if you really think about it, a “mobile home” is really nothing more than a very tiny house — And in this case, it happens to be sitting in the bed of your truck. Constructing one is actually a lot like making a shed.
Depending on your design decisions, it may be even easier, or a lot more complicated — And that’s entirely your choice!
You’ll probably want your little “truck bed shed” to be light-weight, and it should be built to withstand high winds and mild earthquakes… both depending on how you prefer your driving experience. The best thing is.. It’s entirely up to you.
For myself, the pop-up slide-in camper I’m aiming to build for my 2003 short-bed Tacoma Prerunner, is going to be doing a lot of off-roading to fossil digs and rockhounding sites. I’d like it to stay light on the tires, but $1000+ in aluminum framing is completely out of the question. Fortunately, since I don’t intend to fill it with much in terms of built-in furniture and a humongous water tank, I can afford to use some heavier-than-typical construction. Hence, I’ll be making mine from cheap and super-sturdy 2x4s. Like I said — It’s a truck bed shed!