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Old 11 June 2019, 09:09
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I take it back this is the best pickup camper I have been seen. Kind of reminds me of the old Alaskan campers. https://m.imgur.com/gallery/RokIb

I tried searching but it's there an overland thread here? Seems like several folks are into it.
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Old 11 June 2019, 10:55
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Thumbs up

https://www.roguecampers.com/about/

Very cool and ingenious design. $12k seems a little high for a person trying to cut down on expenses.

Their first design, is pretty much what I quoted before. Plywood at the top of the truck bed as a sleeping surface and gear below.
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Old 19 July 2019, 18:44
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Update for the members who reached out to me (yeah, about that- I told you then and I'm telling you now- I'm grateful, and humbled by the support)

I'm in a holding pattern with my Dad's condition right now, and helping my mum out with stuff at the house, etc., so the cross country trek and camping on the coast is a little delayed...I suspect it will be commencing in the next three weeks....I will post pics of my pickup bed setup when it happens.
Thanks again to all. What a great community of amazing people.
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Old 20 July 2019, 09:03
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Found these on RV trader.

https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/199...ATE-5004721439

https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/199...P-I-5008334482

There is a documentary that a couple, Lin and Larry Pardey made about a trip to Africa "Champagne Safari on a beer budget". What would be pertinent to you is how they designed their pickup truck bed and explained what worked in pretty good detail. The video used to be free but they now sell them on vimeo.

https://vimeopro.com/sailflix/lin-an...video/96803647
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Old 23 July 2019, 12:57
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Really sorry to hear you hit a rough patch. I wish the best for you and your family, and hope things improve for you quickly.

From my time doing this type of thing:

1. Ventilation. Vent your area or you will wake up with everything wet. Even in the winter, just vent your area a little. I used a computer fan in my moonroof.

2. Latrine. Get a wide mouth bottle, label it "urine". Helps keep a low profile.

3. Ear plugs. Dog will wake you in an emergency.

4. Sleeping pad. This one is great, even for side-sleepers: https://www.rei.com/product/148193/rei-co-op-camp-bed-self-inflating-sleeping-pad

5. Pillow. Sounds trivial but use a real pillow, not a travel pillow, improvised pillow or inflatable pillow. It's an unbelievable difference.

6. Light discipline. If you get a shell, tint it dark as possible and get opaque shields for inside.

7. Data. Work out what you need before you get on the road. It would be awful to get hit with a huge bill, or worse, lose service because of an overage. When I was using my phone heavily, I would stream music while working during the day and watch 1 to 2 hours of video at night. That was 20GB a month. The best deal Iíve found in the US is tmoble prepaid. They have a $200USD phone that when you buy, the money goes straight onto your account as a credit! So you essentially get a free phone. The promotion I got for my work phone is the $200USD phone which became a credit, and $50USD/month for unlimited talk & text, and 10GB of data. When I signed up I got an LG android phone and 4 months of service for $200USD.

8. Fixed interior light. It sucks fumbling for a flashlight or headlamp. Keep an interior light mounted somewhere you can reach from sleeping position.

9. Power for phones. I use this battery pack, which can charge a smartphone 3 times with power to spare. https://toughtested.com/products-power-rugged-weatherproof-8000-mah-dual-usb-battery-pack
I use this solar panel which has an onboard battery. The panel can charge a smartphone in about 2 hours with full sun. The onboard battery charges a phone at least once. I havenít tested it beyond that. https://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/solarpanel-10-plus

If you need specific solutions, or any questions I am available here or PM. Hang in there - sounds like you have a great outlook and are doing great things for your family.
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Old 23 July 2019, 13:38
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Really sorry to hear you hit a rough patch. I wish the best for you and your family, and hope things improve for you quickly.

From my time doing this type of thing:

1. Ventilation. Vent your area or you will wake up with everything wet. Even in the winter, just vent your area a little. I used a computer fan in my moonroof.

2. Latrine. Get a wide mouth bottle, label it "urine". Helps keep a low profile.

3. Ear plugs. Dog will wake you in an emergency.

4. Sleeping pad. This one is great, even for side-sleepers: https://www.rei.com/product/148193/rei-co-op-camp-bed-self-inflating-sleeping-pad

5. Pillow. Sounds trivial but use a real pillow, not a travel pillow, improvised pillow or inflatable pillow. It's an unbelievable difference.

6. Light discipline. If you get a shell, tint it dark as possible and get opaque shields for inside.

7. Data. Work out what you need before you get on the road. It would be awful to get hit with a huge bill, or worse, lose service because of an overage. When I was using my phone heavily, I would stream music while working during the day and watch 1 to 2 hours of video at night. That was 20GB a month. The best deal Iíve found in the US is tmoble prepaid. They have a $200USD phone that when you buy, the money goes straight onto your account as a credit! So you essentially get a free phone. The promotion I got for my work phone is the $200USD phone which became a credit, and $50USD/month for unlimited talk & text, and 10GB of data. When I signed up I got an LG android phone and 4 months of service for $200USD.

8. Fixed interior light. It sucks fumbling for a flashlight or headlamp. Keep an interior light mounted somewhere you can reach from sleeping position.

9. Power for phones. I use this battery pack, which can charge a smartphone 3 times with power to spare. https://toughtested.com/products-power-rugged-weatherproof-8000-mah-dual-usb-battery-pack
I use this solar panel which has an onboard battery. The panel can charge a smartphone in about 2 hours with full sun. The onboard battery charges a phone at least once. I havenít tested it beyond that. https://www.bioliteenergy.com/products/solarpanel-10-plus

If you need specific solutions, or any questions I am available here or PM. Hang in there - sounds like you have a great outlook and are doing great things for your family.
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Old 3 August 2019, 05:45
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Buy some cheap 1" or 2" insulation and cut it to fit the bed of your truck. You want to get up off that bed for the best night's sleep.
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Old 6 August 2019, 18:54
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Gents- this is fantastic. I'm going to start building my truck bed next week with a view to making the drive around Labour Day. I could not have hoped to start this project without the advice of the board members- you blokes are awesome.
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Old 7 August 2019, 00:01
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Gents- this is fantastic. I'm going to start building my truck bed next week with a view to making the drive around Labour Day. I could not have hoped to start this project without the advice of the board members- you blokes are awesome.
This may sound stupid and don't know how you are sitting financially. I could and have made a slew of projects from the scap in a construction dumpster. I used to go through a ton of wood for bracing mono slabs and one sided walls when I poured concrete. I got most of my short lumber at construction sites. Just an fyi.....good luck, stud!
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