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    Looks like a fun project.
    Don't forget the roof exhaust vent.
    Don't want to go to sleep, and never wake up.

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    Giving me ideas... my truck box is badly rusted so I have been tossing around ideas for an aluminum framed and skinned pop up style camper(hard sided where the walls overlap) with a rear double door so I can still carry wide cargo like a sheet of plywood slid in underneath everything. Aluminum to save weight... pop up so I can stand in it to change clothes when camping. No frills, bed a small cook stove, place to stash a portable toilet when I am camping... I figure a sink and a small portable propane water heater that won't take up much space. Coolers for cold storage is fine for weekend camping...

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    Elkins45...what thickness plywood did you use?...I would think 1/4" would be plenty strong on a small structure like that.

    Its really looking nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhawk0 View Post
    Elkins45...what thickness plywood did you use?...I would think 1/4" would be plenty strong on a small structure like that.

    Its really looking nice.

    redhawk
    I used 3/8 sanded for the sides and front, 3/8 sheathing for the roof and floor. For some reason 3/8 was $4 cheaper per sheet than 1/4.
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    My reason for doing my own camper was because none of the factories produced a camper with insulation. Mine will have 3 inches r19

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    I love these kind of projects. good point about vents. i'd do some windows w/ a vent of some kind. the humidity within after a night of sleeping in your box (breathing) will make everything wet. keep the photos coming.

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    Few years back I considered trying to make a truck camper. Seemed within my skill range but in the end I found a nice AWD Astro van and have been using that for my road trip mobile ever since. I really like the van approach now. I'm into photography and hiking, no hunting at all. My needs are a little different than most but it sure is nice to be able to sleep where I want to shoot (pictures) and not have to drive from a hotel. At my age, tents are totally out of the question!

    Good luck with the build if you get half the use from that camper that I get from my van you'll be smiling from ear to ear. Check out ExpeditionPortal.com if haven't already. Excellent source of info for all sorts of builds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 725 View Post
    I love these kind of projects. good point about vents. i'd do some windows w/ a vent of some kind. the humidity within after a night of sleeping in your box (breathing) will make everything wet. keep the photos coming.
    I bought a couple of aluminum mobile home windows for the sides. You can see where I framed for them if you look for the horizontal member in the side wall.

    It’s going to be a couple of weeks before any new photos. Other stuff to do...
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    look into the spray foam for insulation. they have a do it yourself kit that is easy to use and the r value is the best you can get.
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