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post #1 of 16 Old 06-15-2010, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Camping in a camper shell

Anybody sleep in their truck cap? I'm going to build a sleeping platform in the back of my short bed Chevy with storage underneath and was looking for some ideas.




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post #2 of 16 Old 06-16-2010, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Well, decided to go for it today......










It's nice and comfortable, plenty of storage for the gear and it's always ready to go. No more setting up a tent in the dark after hours of driving.

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Simple & Effective...

Looks like it turned out great! Good job on a simple and effective mod...
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That looks awesome...good job...looking at your photos made me sleepy...going to go take a nap.
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Just FYI, I was going to do just that but with an air matress in the back. THEN, add one of those SUV tents to the back to have a place to change, store stuff and whatnot. AC unit on the camper shell and ready to rock.
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Thought about that, but this is a tow rig. Don't want to disconnect the trailer to set up a tent, plus getting away from a tent is half of the reason to do this.

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Seems like a lot of work. We just used an air mattress and inflated at night time when we could put the cooler and stove and stuff on the ground and rolled it up in the day. BTW, there is nothing better for a Summer camp site than a really big tarp suspended up in the trees like a canopy. We used a cheap pool cover 25x45 and tied nylon through the eye holes and made a canopy about 20 feet up. No bugs in your lunch and shady all day.

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Theres a whole thread about these on expeditionportal.com. Some people make some really nice fancy ones.

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My father had a '79 F150 with a 8 foot bed. It also had a shell that was ~1' above the cab.

He built the bed in thirds. Left 1/3 and right 1/3 were permanent. The bed were lids that had a hinge, lifted up, you could store anything, so he had two beds, the center was left open, like an aisle. However, on the inside of the two sides he left a lip. This lip held a flat board(which was removeable obviously, thus making the entire area one large bed) for when he had children. He also built a shelf/cabinet in the top part. He also had 2 lighs and a fan.

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Used it a couple times now and it's a bit difficult to get in and I do need more headroom.

So I think I'll be ordering this to put on for trips..... US Truck Tent


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If you could find a camper shell that is taller than the cab of the truck, I think you'd like your set up.

I don't know if they even make them anymore though.

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hahahaha. the last time I was @ Rausch Creek I took my S10 up and I put my air mattress in the bed and slept in the bed UNDER the tonneau cover. I dont think I have ever done something so similar to sleeping in a coffin before in my life. while laying on the mattress my face was less than 6 inches from the underside of the bed cover. wasnt fun, but it was cheaper than a hotel and it got the job done
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They still make them... Century Fiberglass, Inc. | Fiberglass, Inc., maker of Fiberglass Truck Caps and Toppers

But the US truck tent above assembles at home, can drive freeway with it on, and has tons of room for a third of the price.

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Looks good. How hard is it to get in and out of?

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hahahaha. the last time I was @ Rausch Creek I took my S10 up and I put my air mattress in the bed and slept in the bed UNDER the tonneau cover. I dont think I have ever done something so similar to sleeping in a coffin before in my life. while laying on the mattress my face was less than 6 inches from the underside of the bed cover. wasnt fun, but it was cheaper than a hotel and it got the job done
This wouldn't be a bad idea, but something better to do is prop open the cover so it has no chance to fall. Then take something and go around it to seal the cover to the bed forming like a pop up tent sort of thing.

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