Getting out of the city and into the bush is the dream of many hard working British Columbians…and as we march toward the summer (and this expected heat wave), finding a prime-time piece of real-estate at a lake, the beach, or up in the mountains will be a priority.
National Geographic recently posted their “Ten Ways to Camp Better (and more).” Huge tips…but I liked #8 (build a house on wheels) and 10 (but first organize). And actually #4 is clutch (don’t sacrifice having good coffee)
They say you’ll get out into the bush a heck of a lot easier if you are ready to go. So let’s build a bitching camper truck! Here’s how from Outside Magazine.
It’s easy—and relatively inexpensive. But before you rush out and start converting your truck into the ultimate adventure vehicle, step back and think carefully about the design, because the same rules you’d follow when buying a nonmobile home apply here: Be patient and detail oriented, and begin with the right foundation.
$1,500: Truck Bed Cap
This will be by far your largest expense, but it’s worth it—these are the walls to your house. I suggest budgeting $1,500. When hunting for a cap, broaden your search beyond the name brands. While Leer and ARE offer some of the best caps on the market, I got a screaming deal on a new ATC cap, and the sub-$1,000 shell worked perfectly for years.
What’s the use of pimping out your truck if you can’t bring your toys? The Yakima Track Hard Top Kit will cost you around $400—and it’ll be one of your best, safest options for storing gear on top of your rig. Tip: Go superwide on your crossbars so you can fit your bike, kayak, and future RocketBox on the roof at the same time.
$100: Interior Build
If you keep it simple, all you’ll need are a few two-by-fours, some particleboard, two hinges, and enough carpet to cover the whole structure. (I know you can get out for less than $100 because that’s what I did when I built up Charlie, my 2000 Chevy Silverado.) Make a simple platform that you can sleep on, with enough room below to place gear bins. Don’t cut corners with the carpet. It’s essential to making the back of your truck comfortable.
Read the rest of the steps at Outside Online and then get after it this weekend!
Do you have a sweet camper truck/van you made? Post a pic on the CFOX app.
— A F Station (@AFireStation) May 12, 2015