I recently was able to find a camper shell for my 2005 Toyota Tacoma, it’s not the exact one I want but it will do. My plans for a few years now have been to build a comfortable sleeping area in the back of my truck with room for storage so I can “dirtbag” it on my days off.
I wanted to be able to travel on the road, and sleep whenever I get tired, be it a campsite, BLM land or a Walmart parking lot. It cuts down on the cost of a hotel big time! Here’s my build so far!
I started by putting some 2×4’s across the middle, 4 to be exact. Next I placed a 2×10 long ways using one of the notches in the truck bed as a guide, it makes the space on both sides un-even but only by about an inch or two.
I placed a 2×4 standing up to brace the last 2×4 across so that it is a little more weight bearing. Next I started to cut the OSB board to fit so there were two sides. Separately so that I could pull them in and out and lift them up to clean, or get to stored things.
Once the plywood was cut to fit I wrapped them with carpeting, which gives it a nice finish, so I can throw a futon, or small foam mattress in the back and not snag it on the wood.
Next I bought some bins for storage when Im on the road. It took a little while to find ones that were somewhat sturdy but not too expensive. But I found some that will do.
Next I started to make it “stealthy” by making some covers for the windows in the back for when I am camped out in a public area such as a parking lot where I don’t want people looking in (Walmart allows this, and some other places.) I wanted an easy way to put up a curtain of some type and easily take it down, but when I’m camped out in the solitude of nature I would rather have the curtains down and the views when I wake up.
I figured I would just cut a black out curtain down the middle, and use them for the side windows, as well as the front and back windows of the camper. I sewed in velcro pieces every foot or so, and really wasn’t sure if it would stick to the inside fuzz of the camper but I tried it out after making the first one and it worked like a charm! Cant see inside at all now.
Thank you so much to a great friend who hooked it up with a memory foam mattress for me to cut up and put in the back for some comfort, i’m stoked and ready for a road trip dirtbag style.
Well that’s it for now, the dirtbaggin’ wagon is ready for my road tripping adventures! Finished just in time for a road trip all around Colorado next week. I’m sure I will never be truly done with this build but I am happy with it for now!
No plans just me and the road and whatever I find along the way! Feel free to ask any questions on this and I will hopefully have an answer for you! Thanks for stopping by!
“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu