Pop-Up Truck Campers

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Pop-Up Truck Campers

Postby angib » Wed Mar 23, 2005 3:25 pm

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I have been looking at some designs for pop-up truck campers.

The designs use scans of Dodge truck plans so they're too big to put on my web site - if anyone wants them in pdf (1-2 Mb each), email me and I'll send them to you. There are dxfs to download, but they don't contain the scans.

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Postby Rob » Wed Mar 23, 2005 4:44 pm

Am I dyslexic or is that backwards? :shock: I know it's five o'clock somewhere, but I still have to ba able to focus on this monitor and can't open the bottle yet. :cry:
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Postby angib » Wed Mar 23, 2005 4:54 pm

It kinda depends on how you look at it. :lol:

Because I grew up in shipbuilding and then moved to boatbuilding, I draw things facing to the right (believe it or not, where I trained you drew merchant ships facing one way and military ships the other way!). But Dodge draws trucks facing to the left, so I flipped the image. Seemed obvious to me.....

So Mike, does all of Detroit draw facing to the left. (Are you pinko commie-lovers or sumping?)

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Postby mikeschn » Wed Mar 23, 2005 5:02 pm

angib wrote:So Mike, does all of Detroit draw facing to the left. (Are you pinko commie-lovers or sumping?)

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We draw facing to the left...
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Postby SteveH » Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:00 pm

Facing Left, facing Right...makes no difference to me.

But on the pop-up truck camper, there used to be one built called "Alaskan Camper" that was a pop up. It was sort of rounded on top and looked really well built, but small. I always wanted one of those because they looked so cool, sort of like a teardrop.

Anyone seen an Alaskan lately?
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Postby chezrad » Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:03 pm

You are facing a European convention of "Right Angle Projection". This is the standard in Europe and we are exactly opposite! :? Makes things confusing when you are working with a mix of US and European drawings. :thinking: Cheers.
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Postby JunkMan » Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:49 pm

SteveH wrote:Anyone seen an Alaskan lately?


I see one every so often, I think the guy lives on the other side of town near the Wal Mart. I don't know the guy, but I can probably get a pic from the street if you want one.

I've got a Skamper for my truck, it has soft sides on the top 1 1/2' - 2' when the top is up.
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Postby SteveH » Wed Mar 23, 2005 11:57 pm

Jeff,

I think it would be cool to see one again....haven't seen one in many years.

Edit: Looks like they are still being built. http://www.alaskancamper.com/
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Postby angib » Fri Mar 25, 2005 2:09 pm

The management was shocked to receive complaints about the presentation of the truck campers drawings, so there's now some Mark 2 versions with the trucks drawn all fancy - see illustration above.

This has enabled me to include the design of the trucks in the pdfs too.

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Postby JunkMan » Fri Apr 01, 2005 11:27 am

Finally remembered to bring my camera and get the pics. It's an older one, and looks like it'sseen a hail storm or two.
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Postby SteveH » Fri Apr 01, 2005 3:28 pm

Thanks, Jeff. Yep, that's definately an Alaskan Camper, and a big one at that. I always thought they were a cool idea, but once I priced one, they were way out of my range.
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Postby JunkMan » Fri Apr 01, 2005 8:14 pm

They look like they would be pretty heavy, but I'm sure that it would be warmer than my Skamper with it's canvas sides.
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Re: Pop-Up Truck Campers

Postby Jimbo » Fri Apr 01, 2005 8:51 pm

angib wrote:Image

I have been looking at some designs for pop-up truck campers.

The designs use scans of Dodge truck plans so they're too big to put on my web site - if anyone wants them in pdf (1-2 Mb each), email me and I'll send them to you. There are dxfs to download, but they don't contain the scans.

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As always, Very Nice!!! If it weren't for that sticker on the door of my 2003 S10 stating that it should not be used for a camper, I'd almost build one of the smaller ones. ;) Seriously, as I look at that design, I wonder if anyone has thought of a Tiny Travel Trailer with a similar design like a Hi-Lo? Something that would fit on the HF 4x8 or Red Trailers 5x8 bolt-together trailer.
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Postby Ron Dickey » Fri Jun 03, 2005 10:04 pm

andrew,

did I show this one?

http://www.quickupcamper.com/

This offer head room and could be on top offering more light and views.

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Postby angib » Sat Jun 04, 2005 9:22 am

Ron Dickey wrote:did I show this one? http://www.quickupcamper.com/

Yeah, Ron, when I first saw that I was so impressed - proper clever lateral thinking (like wot I can't do).

BUT, it has 'tight' dimensions in several places - if you can afford to build a prototype before you make your 'real' one and also make jigs to build the 'real' one on, then it's fine, but I decided it would be too difficult to build a one-off and get it to fold and seal correctly.
If you want to prove me wrong, I'd be happy to draw out something similar... 8)

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