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Truck Camper DIY

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This is a follow up to my video "truck camper build." It is a more detailed description of the steps in a truck camper build. In this video you will see a truck camper build, truck camper conversion, truck camper accessories, truck camper modifications, truck camper design ideas, and truck topper heating and cooling. See this vehicle on the road trip! https://youtu.be/ANNQq31opkE More episodes on Channel "K&J Adventures" at: https://www.youtube.com/KJAdventures 👍 Please Like, Share, & Subscribe to support this content! Video Footage: Iphone 5s Music: http://www.bensound.com "Happiness" Watermark Logo: http://www.logomakr.com
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K&J Adventures (4 months ago)
“Truck Camper DIY” Build supply List: 🛠 1 sheet (4X8) 1/2” cabinet grade plywood used for shelves and side locker storage covers, paper towel holder etc. 1 sheet (4X8) 1/2” regular plywood for bed platform - cut into 2 pieces for easier storage and assembly. 1 sheet (4X8) 5/8” cabinet grade plywood used for 2 long joists for primary bed supports. These two bed joists were “notched” out so 2X4 cross beams could slip into joists for support. Scrap plywood pieces were used to set 2X4 cross beams into for bed stability. Six 2X4X6 KD lumber pieces. One Camp Chef butane stove (Amazon). Three 12 volt plastic receptacles (Amazon). Road Pro Ceramic heater/fan unit (Amazon). 1 AGM battery with appropriate gauge wire for your 12-volt electronic accessory charging. Battery operated DVD player (Amazon). LED touch lights (Harbor Freight). Home made insulated curtains (fabric store supplies). Velcro used to attach curtains and LED touch lights to cap headliner. Reflectix Insulation roll and HVAC tape to secure to metal (Lowe’s), Velcro to attach to carpet headliner. Carbon monoxide detector. Godspeed! ☘️ KJADVENTURES
John Dickerson (10 days ago)
That's nice , I like the taller canopys with the door , I would need a little more room .
alcrab (18 days ago)
Do you get a lot of dust in the camper? Did you do anything to prevent that problem? Thanks looks like a nice setup.
Chris Guice (1 month ago)
I dig seeing folks use their imagination to come up with ideas. Good job😎✌
Devinder Kumar (1 month ago)
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john alexander (2 months ago)
Great job comfortable and simple to do my wife loves it.
K&J Adventures (1 month ago)
Thank you for watching and happy camping! ✌️KJA
Chunda8 (3 months ago)
Thanks for this you guys, a cheaper and lighter alternative to the surprisingly expensive hard-side inserts....It's good to know I could still roll out if the budget doesn't have that last extra zero. Those ARE shells are looking great as well.
K&J Adventures (3 months ago)
Your are very welcome & thank you for watching! I was also inspired to build my topper truck camper after seeing some nice designs in YouTube videos. Good luck with the project & Happy Camping! 👍 KJA
christian ruvalcaba (3 months ago)
Just bought my truck cant wait to get started
K&J Adventures (3 months ago)
Awesome - good luck with the build! 👍 KJA
Pedro Avilez (4 months ago)
K&J Adventures (3 months ago)
Thank you watching! ✌️KJA
Jaco Jonker (4 months ago)
that looks cosy 😎
K&J Adventures (4 months ago)
Good to hear, thank you for watching. ✌️KJA
Mile High Beer Guy (4 months ago)
Hell ya! !
K&J Adventures (4 months ago)
Lol - Thank you for watching! ✌️KJA
Jonny DIY (4 months ago)
Great Job! :)
K&J Adventures (4 months ago)
Thank you for watching! ✌️KJA
Island Mike (5 months ago)
Love it
Island Mike (4 months ago)
K&J Adventures Welcome bro !Regards from the Caribbean.
K&J Adventures (4 months ago)
Thanks for watching Mike! Happy Camping. ✌️KJA
Jay C (5 months ago)
Ain't gonna lie that's looks so freakin cozy
K&J Adventures (5 months ago)
Lol - well said! 👍KJA
Fireroadie : (5 months ago)
Very nice
K&J Adventures (5 months ago)
Thank you for watching! ✌️KJA
Live Free or Die (5 months ago)
Very nice!
K&J Adventures (5 months ago)
Thank you for watching! ✌️KJA
atcfisherman (5 months ago)
K&J Adventures (5 months ago)
atcfisherman Thank you for watching. ✌️KJA
Donkey Kong (6 months ago)
Wow! That bed looks more comfy than my bed at home. I’d sleep like a baby in that thing. 👍
K&J Adventures (6 months ago)
Hey DK, thank you for watching! It’s a fun way to travel if you have a pickup truck! ✌️Julie
Wong Wai-Kit (6 months ago)
its like in a coffin
K&J Adventures (6 months ago)
Thank you for watching.
gears4 brains (6 months ago)
thats a really nice setup! Thanks for sharing!
K&J Adventures (6 months ago)
I appreciate your feedback and thank you for watching! ✌️Julie
TheGre3nT3am (8 months ago)
CHEESUS CHRIST that looks so cozy. What about shelf space? Otherwise just looking at that makes me want to nap.
K&J Adventures (8 months ago)
TheGre3nT3am Lol - grab your pillow and sleeping bag and hop in! Can always use more shelf space for sure! Cruised through 27 states and really found this space to be quite comfy! Thank you for watching - much appreciated. ✌️KJA
Adam (9 months ago)
K&J Adventures (9 months ago)
+skylife Thank you for watching and commenting! Happy Camping! ✌️KJA
bocanowth (9 months ago)
I have a question for you, I own a 2014 Silverado 1500 as well and I am looking to do a project very similar to yours for my truck bed. I was wondering have you noticed any sagging or un-evenness in the suspension of your truck? To put it another way, does your truck now sit lower in the back after the project build or has it remained level? Appreciate any help I can get, thanks!
K&J Adventures (9 months ago)
+bocanowth Well Thank you for watching and good luck with your truck camper build project! Unfortunately, I didn’t take this completed project to the “CAT Scales” so I don’t have exact payload numbers. The quoted Chevy payload for this model was 1,750 lbs. probably like yourself I have put my trucks through the paces over the years. This project had a real nice even load on the suspension. I did not add any suspension upgrades, I balanced the load within the truck and tried to keep the heavier items over the front of the rear axle. No sagging with this load (very level) which you can see in the videos that show this truck on a cross country road trip. ✌️Julie
Matt Thomas (10 months ago)
I really like the idea for curtains
K&J Adventures (9 months ago)
I think they worked out pretty good as well, the work was worth it!  Thank you for watching and I appreciate you taking the time to comment. ✌️Julie
Nomadic Gearhead (10 months ago)
This space is SO cute and smart. I love it.
K&J Adventures (10 months ago)
+Nomadic Gearhead Thank you for watching! ✌️KJA
Hmmm, paper towels and a laptop? Lol
Matt Thomas (10 months ago)
better then using a crusty sock
Skinny Bob (11 months ago)
Well done sir! Fantastic.
K&J Adventures (11 months ago)
+Skinny Bob Thank you for watching and the feedback. 👍
Mark M (1 year ago)
Great setup, if you're camping in the bed you want comfort because sleeping thru the night is important especially if you're driving the next day.
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Very True! Thanks for Watching.
gman73 (1 year ago)
Absolutely brilliant! Im picking up my fibreglass canopy tomorrow and Im going to do the same thing. Thank you.
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
+gman73 Well I bet your gonna have a lot of fun building and traveling in your DIY truck camper! Good luck with your project. Thank you for watching, your feedback, and subscribing - much appreciated! ✌️Julie
Andy Miller (1 year ago)
Nice build
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Thank you for watching and the feedback! ✌️Julie
Chelsea Hetrick (1 year ago)
Hi, do you have a better video or step by step on how to do curtains?
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
I can tell you I gained a lot of respect for sewing as I completed this project. I had no idea how hard it was! These ideas you are throwing out are absolutley awesome! Spray adhesive - genius! Thank you for watching and taking the time to comment! 👍 Julie
ShelenaH (1 year ago)
Definitely a great way for the curtains. If you do not sew you ca use Stitch Witchery to adhere the material together or even spray adhesive. Or, LOL, you could use safety pins of different sizes. Ever needed one and cannot find one anywhere.............
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Hey Chelsea a video of the process would be a great idea! I so regret not making one at the time. So, lets talk curtains... Here's a step by step of how these truck camper curtains came together. Measured all my truck topper windows by length and width. Went to a fabric store to find some experts to help me. Purchased the amount of material in yards I needed based on my measurements. I doubled the amount because I had 2 pieces of fabric on each window with an insulating material in between. There are many types of insulating materials available at fabric stores. You also could use Reflectix for insulation between fabric pieces which would be cheaper. I chose a fun print fabric for the interior and a dark solid color facing outside the window so it blended in with cap. 1. Cut the fabric in the shape of the window - Add 4-6 inches around the perimeter. 2. Pin front and back pieces together with insulation in between. 3. Sew pieces together or if your not going to take them up and down much you could use stick on velcro (in fabric store) in between pieces and fasten together. 4. Take some final measurements with the curtains against the windows before you make any final cuts. 5. You will need about 4 inches around the edges to attach additional velcro to and then stick to the cap area around the window. The stick on velcro will not work well if you are removing curtains often that's why I used sew on velcro. Sewing on velcro is definitely a lot more work. I hope this helps with your project. Feel free to email me at KJAdventures@comcast.net with additional questions. Thank you for watching! Julie ✌️
Isa Salah (1 year ago)
it's nice ) I wander if you can build walls few feet get it higher and get that camper on top of it get more room
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
+Isa Salah I've seen that done in other youtube videos, it can be quite nice with the extra height in a DIY truck camper - good suggestion! Thank you for watching this video and commenting. ✌️
Carolyn Mihelcic (1 year ago)
Very nice you get a Gold Star 🌟
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Thank you for watching! ✌️
Nun Urbuisness (1 year ago)
I'm planning on doing somthing very similar I have an 89 mighty max a mini truck. the bed is 7.5 feet a very odd size for mini truck I can't find a topper so I want to make the drawer system at wheel well height with some nice rollers then for the topper I want some nice plexiglass Windows in front back and sides I may just have the majority of it being plexi glass
tortron (1 year ago)
sounds like a long wheel base single cab, my 81 has a lwb gen 2 tray cut down to almost 6ft (leaving a large gap behind the cab so i dont know why they bothered) and i cant find anything to fit either. I am thinking of making a canvas tent up, or making a frame and skinning it with aluminum
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Wow, that is a weird size truck bed! I agree on those drawer systems, seen many on YouTube. It would be nice to be over the wheels fully to gain more storage. Sounds like some good design plans. Too much glass could make it a bit hot inside? You definitely should upload a video of that project! Would enjoy seeing pics of this build when complete (KJAdventures@comcast.net)! I appreciate you watching and taking the time to comment - thank you. Julie
Daniel Tojcic (1 year ago)
Nice job
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Thank you for watching and the feedback! ✌️
OregonBatman (1 year ago)
Good Job!
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Thank you for watching and the feedback. ✌️
Benjamin Zev (1 year ago)
Nice job!
Jeremey Thomas (1 year ago)
I didn't subscribe because annotations...
phuck ewe (1 month ago)
I never sub. But I like your camper.
Alan Byam (1 year ago)
Subscribed because Jeremy didn't
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Thank you for watching.
Jeremey Thomas (1 year ago)
I didn't. There was too many annotations...SO I DIDN'T SUBSCRIBE.
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
I appreciate your subscription and thank you for watching! 👍
CTGAMING 800 (1 year ago)
U just need a tv at end of. Bed hooked on a hinge and a PS4 under the bed
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
+Jake the Gamer Lol - you are so right about that, would be okay with me! 😉 How many 12 volt battery watts would a PS4 use per hour?
john smith (1 year ago)
Nice queen size bed.
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
+Van Kham Thank you for watching! The bed was probably closer to a full size vs queen. It was a futon mattress that I had. I appreciate you commenting.
Zoo Wee Mama (1 year ago)
Very cool, but how do you lock it?
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
+Got your Girl hanging Thank you for watching! The tailgate locked with a key and the cap door was locked from the inside with a rope. The rope was used to pull the window down and shut it from inside. Then when closed, the rope was tied at the other end to a tie down hook in the truck bed. Not super sophisticated but window could not be opened from outside.
total cost...3,000 dollars, pretty good huh!?
DRT71 (1 year ago)
would like to see a pass through design so you have access to the cab.
DRT71 (1 year ago)
Oh I know, its just you never see them anymore.  I was just referring to this truck.  I didn't word it correctly.
camaroman101 (1 year ago)
DRT71 they do have boots to provide a passthrough, but you have to remove the glass
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
+DRT71 That would be a real sweet option! I guess that's where vans have an advantage over pickup trucks when it comes to a homemade DIY camper setup. Thank you for watching and the comment!
1Earth4all (1 year ago)
Simple and sweet! And fully functional.
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
+1Earth4all Appreciate the feedback and thank you for watching!
Radnally (1 year ago)
nice set up. do you think that a roof vent is needed or id the existing windows sufficient ventilation?
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
+Radnally Yep, I'd totally agree with that plan. 👍
Radnally (1 year ago)
K&J Adventures good points. I'm not a stealth camper...purely out in the forests. So maybe just a 12v fan and both windows would be plenty for most of the time?
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Thank you for watching and great question! Cross ventilation is great with those side windows slid open. For stealth boondocking or in any area you want privacy from a crowded spot closing the windows and curtains is necessary. I was driving cross country parked anywhere at night it was free and sometimes I'd prefer no one know I was in there and the fan (when it was warmer temperatures) was a needed amenity during those times. If I were camping in the middle of the woods every night my dream would be the pine sap smell of a cool cross breeze. So I guess it could be considered personal preference for ventilation and how you plan to use the rig. Julie
Logan Johnson (1 year ago)
can you please attach a list of supplies by name? I would like to recreate this for my 2004 dodge ram
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
+Logan Johnson I can hardly wait to hear and see how the project goes! A guy in New Hampshire bought my setup on Craigslist and has been putting it together in his 2004 Ford. I'm waiting for those pics too. I like how everyone has there on style and method of tricking out their truck bed - so fun to see people's projects. And remember if the battery is only for lights - those touch LED lights that run off AA's stick right to your headliner with velcro. Pack of 3 is $9 at Walmart or harbor freight. I'm still using those off the same batteries, those LED's don't draw much power!
Logan Johnson (1 year ago)
K&J Adventures I start the build next week when I take time off. I think what I'm going to do is go with a 12v battery under the bed near the very back left. I'll have to cut away a lid for quick access. I'll mostly only use that for lighting. my secondary option will be a power strip with extention cable run between topper and bed between the bed and cab, so I am able to run off 110 as well. I'll make sure to send you a link to how it turns out. I'm sure I'll want to ask a few more questions!
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
+Logan Johnson Hmmmm good questions. So the 2014 Chevy had a 2nd battery tray under the hood. Our wiring ran through the drain holes in bed under the truck and up into the engine 2nd battery. I had a car guy friend who connected it through the alternator with some kind of relay device so that it charged when I drove but the main truck battery would not drain when I used the amenities in my topper. So in my case it was a drill free modification. In your case I wonder about a 2nd battery in a battery box in the bed of truck. Wire in amenities and consider a simple solar panel set up (cheap at Harbor Freight) to recharge battery while driving or a portable panel you put outside truck while your camping. I'm thinking of getting one of those "portable solar kits" for my new truck camper for off grid camping. Some guys wire everything to their main battery cause it's the easiest solution to power needs. But I admit I kept worrying I would kill the truck battery and not be able to start it up after camping. Just some thoughts on this end. Your at a common fork in the road with contemplating the power options... Julie
Logan Johnson (1 year ago)
Have you considered adding a power station and running an extention cord through a port to the truck? I'm trying to figure out how I would do that without needing to drill or modify the truck or topper but also having it discreet and nearly invisible. bit of a struggle right now lol.
Logan Johnson (1 year ago)
K&J Adventures thank you so much!
Ken Osburn (1 year ago)
you made that look too easy. good job.
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
LOL Thank you for saying Ken! As you might imagine lots of planning and failed design ideas along the way... Lucky there were so many great ideas to draw from on YouTube! I appreciate you watching and the feedback - Julie
1_ Fishin'_ Magician (1 year ago)
cool an good job...THUMBS UP.......I'm doing the same thing soon then going fishin down on the Outer Banks at a camp site....waterfront.....with my dog 1FM Lake George, NY * HEY WE GOT A NEW PREZ TODAY....GOD BLESS AMERICA.....fish on bro
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
+1_ Fishin'_ Magician Thank you for watching and the positive feedback! Outer banks is on my list of places to see and camp too. Hope the big ones are biting! 🐟
Tony Eden (1 year ago)
Simple and cool 👍👍👍
Tony Eden (1 year ago)
K&J Adventures .....agreed I'm on board Cheers for reply 👍👍👍
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
+Tony Eden Thank you for watching Tony and your feedback. "Simple" is a good way to camp and travel!
Chowder Stevens (1 year ago)
Neet, but where do you put the dead buck on the way home?
phuck ewe (1 month ago)
The Deer Hunter ......giving me flashbacks of 'Nam.
mike stradling (1 year ago)
tie it too the hood lol
Russell Sevilla (1 year ago)
Chowder Stevens a trailer
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Chowder Stevens Thank you for watching & good point! 🤔 Guess I'd have to eat a lot of stew before I head for home! 😀
Patrick M (1 year ago)
very nice, I've been brainstorming mine for a couple weeks, can't wait to find a topper so I can start. where did you find out how to power the heater? is it a separate battery than your truck battery? inverter?
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Patrick M Yes it is.
Patrick M (1 year ago)
OK, thanks, so is the agm connected to your alternator?
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Patrick M Thank you for watching and commenting! The heater/fan is a RoadPro brand 12 volt appliance. It does not require inverter to operate which made it the right choice for me. The 2014 Chevy Silverado's added an extra battery tray under the hood. I added a 2nd battery (AGM) under the hood and wired under the truck directly to the cap area. The two hard-wired appliances I had were the heater/fan and a 3 socket 12 volt receptacle. I plugged in my DVD player and charged electronic devices at night. Like yourself, I watched a lot of YouTube videos to figure out the best setup for my needs. The planning is half the fun 😃. I appreciate your feedback and good luck with your project!
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Thank you for watching Patrick! The heater which is a "roadpro" brand is a 12 volt appliance and it is also a fan. It does not require an inverter to operate. The 2014 Chevy Silverado put an extra battery tray under the hood. So I used an AGM 2nd battery under the hood of the truck to power the heater/fan and 3 12 volt plugs inside the cap. Those were for my 12volt DVD player and to re-charge electronics and stuff. I did not use the truck battery as I did not want to run it down and risk not being able to start the truck. So the wiring went from the battery, under the truck, into the bed and directly into the two 12volt accessories. I've seen it done many different ways but I liked how I didn't have to put the battery in the truck bed. I appreciate your feedback. Good luck with your project!
SouthWestIron (1 year ago)
Wow what a nice setup. Those insulated curtains are an excellent idea.
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Thank you SouthWstron for watching. Curtains were a lot of work but worth it - kept the heat in the topper good. Also worked out well for boondocking because at night even with lights on you couldn't see anything but darkness from the outside. Appreciate your feedback - thanks.
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Good ideas about lightening the load and making for easier breakdown of platform. The set up is quite durable although you point out some good cost saving measures. Thank you for watching and I appreciate the feedback!
101perspective (1 year ago)
Nice build. To cut down on weight, the only thing I would have done differently was simply buy a metal bed frame for like $80. Then place it on top of maybe a 2x4 base/frame to hold it in place. Probably would have cut your costs in half and made it more durable and lighter. It probably would have made removing it a ton faster also. Your set up works though and that is what matters:)
Falcon Trek (1 year ago)
very nice for truck camping. wouldn't want to live in it.
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Thank you Frank for your feedback. Worked out well for a big road trip, but I agree would be difficult to live in. Liking that puppy dog!
StandsWithABeer (1 year ago)
great insulation ideas...thanks! :)
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Glad I could help! Most of the inspiration for this build came from the people that have shared their truck builds on Youtube! I appreciate you watching and the comment, thank you.
Retired Tony 1970 (1 year ago)
Very Nice...well done!
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Appreciate you watching Tony, thank you for feedback!
azimmey (1 year ago)
super sweet!!!
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Thank you for the feedback azimmey! Appreciate you watching.
William Brown (1 year ago)
I'm so in love with this set up! Priceless home made work!
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Your feedback means a lot to me William, thank you so much. I had a lot of YouTube "inspiration" during the design phase and I too fell deeply for a couple of the pickup setups out there! Have you got a pickup setup your working on or dreaming about?
Alma Miranda (1 year ago)
Super nice.
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for watching Alma and the feedback is much appreciated!
K&J Adventures (1 year ago)
Hey Eric, thank you for watching and the positive feedback - much appreciated! The ceramic heater/fan is a "RoadPro" brand. Carried by Walmart, Pilot/Flying J truck stop stores, and Amazon - $39. Do you ever go camping in a truck and what kind project might you use that heater for?
superturboawesome1 (11 months ago)
K&J Adventures I had the same question. That part was a little abbreviated, going to look into this heater to see how it works
Eric Prentice (1 year ago)
What brand ceramic heater die you install? love the video keep up the good work!
Screww Googlle (2 years ago)
Your video was great....nice work all the way around. I just bought an old (1993) Chevy S10 Pickup truck ($450.00 on Craigslist) with a camper top on it...When I went to check out the truck and I opened the camper top up...it had a completely carpeted truck bed with storage areas on both sides and the center (bed) was adjustable to sit on the floor.... or raised up about 14 inches. It cleaned up really nicely and is water tight. Yes, it's small... but I have no problems with it for short camping trips ! I already have a small Toyota Motor Home....but this is way cool for short trips.
K&J Adventures (2 years ago)
That sounds so awesome. I think I've seen one of those "carpet kits" before on line. Like you say, good setup for simple trips and lots of storage too. What a great deal and a fun surprise on Craigslist! Thanks for sharing about your pickup camper set up. I appreciate your comments and feedback! Happy Camping. Julie
Hi Honey (2 years ago)
This was very nicely done... if only I had a truck LOL .. but great Ideas I can use for my VW stealthing and camper mode .. thanks good video I totally liked.
K&J Adventures (2 years ago)
Hi Honey, thanks for watching and the feedback! I got a lot of great ideas from youtube project videos as well. The truck worked out real well for a cross country road trip. Good luck with your project and happy camping! Julie

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