With limited space in the truck bed, she utilizes the backseat of the cab for clothing items. A young artist named Magali found a way to turn a Ford F150 into a beautiful home. From the outside, you couldn’t imagine what’s in the back of this truck. She built a bed and a fully functioning kitchen with a double sink and two-burner stove. While cooking, she can open her vent, which she’s installed on her truck topper to release smoke and steam from the kitchen. Think about what you’ll do with your truck topper when you’re not using it as well.
They add some additional insulation and reduce condensation/moisture inside your truck. If you plan on doing a lot of winter camping the carpeted interior might be helpful and make things feel more cozy. Personally, I have had camped in the winter wood carving tool sharpening and summer with the stock fibreglass canopy and have no complaints. The trick with this build is that the bed of my truck isn’t square – it’s literally twisted. If I built the topper square on the ground, it might not fit my not-square truck bed.
We added folding legs to the drawer so that it could double as a table when pulled out. First step was to find a used truck cap that was in good condition. We hit the Internet to find a seller and went on a road trip to pick it up. On first glance, it looked to be in pretty good condition.
So I had to build it on the bed, to ensure it was properly crooked. Here is a look at our self-built camper set up at the campground. We are just about to make our breakfast in this shot. As you can see, one HUGE benefit of a truck tent is the extra room it provides.
This is an amazing DIY truck camper shell that is great for camping. You have to take a look at the tutorial with step-by-step instructions on how to build it so you can have your own with the help of this guide. If you are building it the same way, you need to know about the gross weight of your truck. This will help if you have to change the weight in some areas just in case there are limitations when building.
The lid itself started with good pine 1x4s with crowns cut into their top surface placed across the bed. 3/8″ exterior construction plywood was glued and screwed to this, with about a 3″ skirt around the edge where it connected to the top of the box. At the corners of the top surface and the skirt pieces, I used big (maybe 1″) quarter round molding to give a nice radius. The truck bed sides were actually curved slightly, so everthing was cut and fit to match, and all the plywood ended up with nice, gently curved surfaces. The topper has been a popular and successful project which led to the larger truck camper project published a few years later in Outdoor Life magazine.