So this is what my winter truck box camper looks like, built for less that $500!! Very warm in -20C too 😀

in #life4 years ago


Hey hey heeeeeey

So as some of you may remember from before, when I used to frequent this platform daily, I work on the oil rigs in Western Canada and I have decided to made the trek back.
This time however I decided to build myself a camper, on a budget! One that I could possibly survive in during the winter months... This is what it turned out looking like!
The whole project cost me less that $500 to build


I want to give a huge shoutout to my family and my girlfriend for helping me with this project, without them for support, this project would never have taken form!





So we built this awesome unit in the 8 foot bed of my '99 Dodge ram 2500, 5.9L Cummins diesel, out of 2x4s, some plywood, some insulation, some silicone and a number of days to assemble it all.


We started by measuring everything and coming up with a basic idea of what we were going to build!



This is what our basic shell looked like, built mostly out of 2x4s to maximize the space I could stuff with insulation







We covered the 2x4 shell with half inch plywood. I would have used thicker plywood, but I was trying to do this on a budget, and since the price of wood is crazy right now up in Canada




We coated the outside of the box camper with a dark black waterproof deck stain and I sealed all the joints with an exterior clear silicone.


We then stuffed all gaps in the frame with insulation. I was given a whole bunch of 1" thick insulation which we jammed into every crevice we could!

Below you can see all the insulation stuffed in, as well as on the floor. We stuffed fiberglass insulation behind the plastic box liner to try and keep heat in from the bottom as best we could! Then we put a piece of 1" insulation down and then covered it with piece of 1/2" plywood (with cutouts for the wheel wells)

I framed in a bed outline, and used 4" thick foam as a mattress.

We threw up a headliner to cover the roof. I chose to use a dark fabric because... well I was given it for free

You can see we used a blue carpet for the floor. Under that we laid down some soft squishy foam matting as to give the floor some softness.

We worked all hours of the day to get this project finished!


Here you can sort of see the flip open door we put on. It is just hinged up top and flips up, and then held open by a piece of wood.


Aaaand here is the finished product from the back!


So I also made a short little video showing how I setup whilst on my travels!



Ive slept in it now for about a week, and every night it ends up so hot in there sometimes, I have to turn the heater off until it gets cold again, then i turn it back on. I have now got myself a little heater with a thermostat on it, so it self regulates according to how hot or cold it is inside

Stay tuned for more!!





Thanks for taking the time to look at my winter project!!
All pics and videos were taken by myself

@Diggerdugg


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Terrific! You could get so much use out of this. Ice fishing, camping, star gazing, eloping...

forsure mate!! in the summer too, just put a bug net across the back and leave the back end open.... you could literally go anywhere and just park. summer time no power even needed!!

That's pretty sick bud! For $500 u can't go wrong with that, looks cozy too. It could double as a place to live if the wife kicks u out too 😁

Haha now i just gotta focus on not getting kicked out!!
When im parked at hotels, im always afraid someone is going to come out from the hotel, knock on the camper and kick me out lol

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This is so well made! I’ll have you make me one someday! 😁🖤🐶

Haha thaaaaanks Donna :)

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Good post jajaja I am a photographer, it passes for my blog and sees my content, I hope that it should be of your taste :D greetings

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