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Building a frame for truck camping
For the guys who do truck camping out west, how did you build your frame that you put in the back of the truck so you can slide your totes underneath? Was thinking two sheets of plywood on top of 4, 4x4s in each corner and going 6 ft long by 3 ft wide. Thoughts and pics of your set up would be much appreciated.
I wrestled with this all spring. How to build a deck for my 4 wheeler to allow for totes and such under it. I never could solve it with anything made of wood because of the lack of stability once getting off road. I ended up going the route of basket and rack with 4 wheeler below.
Put the camper shell on. Cut three 2x4’s to length to fit perpendicular to the bed. One in front, one in the middle, one in the back. Boards simply extend over the bed sides. Cut two pieces of 3/8in plywood so each fits perfectly on each half side. No other supports, non nails or screws. Easy in easy out. Works great.
I don’t have any pics and I only put the camper shell on when needed. Built a wood frame that slides under it and an electric hoist to pull up to the rafters in my shop.
Sorry, I wasn't very clear. I bought a topper for a truck I purchased in June. I'm looking to build a frame to sleep on and I can slide totes, tree stands, boots, etc. underneath so I don't lose space for storage. Basically I'd be using the truck as a base camp like guys do elk hunting. Charlie Rehor, OTC Will, and other couple of guys have posted pics of what they had built before. Just wanting to do the build correct the first time.
a very simple bed rack for the truck bed. 2x4 frame on one side using C clamps to hold top on frame. The other side rests on wheel well. The bed is a use hollow door cut to fit. At the far end I use a 2x4 on the floor to hold the frame in place and at the other end (tail gate end), a rubber cord to hold the bed from working it's way to the right. The bed is just high enough so I can set on it and still put on my boots without hitting my head on the roof (important). Some storage under and I can place cooler, storage containers on the floor. I can even fit my kayak in the open space and on the floor next to the bed.. If needed, the bed can be moved out easily. I use a 4 in foam pad for a mattress. The bed is 6 ft in length.
Mine - I put my tools and stuff under the bunk so I can lock my tailgate and keep them secure
Slide my coolers alongside the bunk
I like being able to sit on the bunk and put my boots on
Mike the Carpenter's Link
Works for pretty much any scenario you can think of.
Put a post in each corner. Run a 2x4 the length of the bed on each side. Run 3/4” plywood/OSB or for stiffer run 7/8 or 1-1/8 across. You will need 2 sheets because the bed will be about 5’ wide. I used Tongue and groove so if I have something that won’t fit above or below...ie elk horns you can take one sheet out and slide it on top of the other. Best way I found to maximize space however it maybe not the cheapest.
The truck bed sides are molded for 2x6 to drop right in. Use 3 that go half way across the bed and lay some 3/8 plywood on top. Tack down the edges onto the tails of the 2x6 so it’s all tied together. The same as Cnelk shows in his pic.