Camper

Camper

I spent Thanksgiving Weekend 2016 in Bishop CA in my Toyota Tacoma with a camper shell and deck so I could sleep in the back of the truck. The weather was great during the day for climbing and hiking but at night it got down into the single digits. The sun went down at 4:43pm and didn’t come back up till 6:36am almost 14 hrs later. Each night as I lay in the back of the truck, without the ability to even sit up, it led me to the conclusion that I was going to need more living space if I was going to do this full time.

I got back from that trip and started to layout plans to build myself a new home, these are the cornicles of that build.

Electrical Part 4

This is part four of my electrical system, for part one go here. In this I’m going to talk in more detail about my solar panels and how they were mounted. Once again this is for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to be instructional in anyway. If you...

Electrical Part 3

This is part three of my electrical system, for part one go here. In this part I’m going to talk about the lighting and outlets as well as some changes that needed to be made to the main electrical. Once again this is for entertainment purposes only and is not...

Insulation and Trailer mods

Insulation and Paneling All of my frame work was done using 2”X2” I beam, to insulate the spaces in the I beam I took ¾” blue foam insulation and cut it into strips that fit in the gaps. I used spray foam in all the areas I couldn’t get the blue foam. I wanted to...

Electrical Part 2

This is part two of my electrical system, for part one go here. In this I'm going to talk in more detail about the individual components, why they were chosen, and how they were made if I had to make them. Once again this is for entertainment purposes only and is not...

Electrical Part 1

No off grid system would be complete without a proper solar set up. I don't plan on spending a lot of time at campgrounds with hook ups so I need solar to get power. I plan to make most of my money working from my lap top so I'll need to be able to power that, charge...

Will it fit?

With a new truck comes new modifications, the camper was custom made to fit on a first gen Tacoma, a mini truck, and I now need it to to fit on a full sized Chevy. Not a big deal but in my mind it does look a little funny now. I knew when I started looking for my new...

New (to me) Truck

1999 Chevy Classic K3500 Club Cab Well, I just sold my Tacoma and bought a Chevy, one ton, 4X4. I am really happy with this truck so far. It has a few things I’ll have to get used to but for the most part I think it will suit my needs just fine. I always say, you...

Trailer

I haven’t talked about my trailer yet but as it has become a critical part of my current trip I decided to do a quick write up on it. A couple of years ago I bought a 6’X8′ flat bed trailer from Tractor Supply and I’m in the process of modifying it to suit my needs. I...

Air Bags Suck!!!

I am currently on vacation for 5 weeks (unpaid) as I need to be back in CO for a series of events starting with a race that I have done for the past four years called the CB3P and ending with a weekend of paddling with Team River Runner at an event that I’m organizing...

Roof and Running Lights

Still working away, over the last few weeks I’ve been working really hard to get this thing done. Looking at the calendar I only have a little over a month to get what I can done before I have to be back in Colorado for a race. Since my last post I got a lot of little...

Skin

I’ve been busy as hell lately. Over the last two weeks I’ve worked several hours every night after work and both weekends on the camper. I managed to get the skin on both sides and the back as well as mount the windows. For skin I used FRP bought from Lowe’s. All of...

Fiberglass

Over the years I have worked with fiberglass many times but this was the biggest job I have done yet. In my early 20s I was into building car stereo systems for competitions and I used fiberglass to reinforce sub woofer boxes or to build custom stereo or speaker...

Sheeting

LA has been having an unusual amount of rainfall this winter, which is awesome for the area but sucks when you’re trying to sheet a camper with plywood. I started to sheet two weeks ago and had to pull everything back off because it rained for 7 days out of 10. At the...

The Frame

So the idea of building a camper came after I spent the weekend in Bishop CA over Thanksgiving with a low in the single digits. I originally planed on living out of my truck with a LEER topper towing a trailer with my raft, kayaks and the rest of my gear. I built a...

The Design

I’ve always been a builder. For much of my life I have worked to hone my skills to be able to create and build whatever I could imagine using whatever medium needed. It mostly started with wood shop, lapidary and even graphic arts in high school. I became fascinated...

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