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FleshEater

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Anyone use a truck cap with a camping set up frequently?

I have a design in mind for my bed frame with 11.5”x45” of storage under the bed frame.

Looking for small heater ideas and maybe some other stuff I haven’t thought of. Not doing long stays. Just a night or two at a time. I can get a deep cycle battery and inverter for free from a buddy. Figured it’d be useful for this.

Post up pics of your set ups!
 

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Bed frame built to go over the left wheelwell with storage under it. twin fold up mattress on it. Small table with a coffee maker and alarm clock on it next to that bed at the head. Inverter generator and an electric heater for thos super cold nights. Woke up in a 40 below bag in 14 degrees with a ice river where I was breathing out. fuck that. Now I sleep in shorts.
 

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Long bed, short bed, mini truck, foolsize?

I have a cap for my F350 8' bed. Air mattress fits between the wheel wells, low pro toolbox at the front (not over the rails obv :homer:) works as a great shelf for phone+ charger, shotgun, whatever, tailgate wedges mattress against toolbox nicely. Never did cold weather but everyone raves about the Little Buddy heaters, CO2 monitoring, ect. Crack a window and don't worry about it
 

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Long bed, short bed, mini truck, foolsize?

I have a cap for my F350 8' bed. Air mattress fits between the wheel wells, low pro toolbox at the front (not over the rails obv :homer:) works as a great shelf for phone+ charger, shotgun, whatever, tailgate wedges mattress against toolbox nicely. Never did cold weather but everyone raves about the Little Buddy heaters, CO2 monitoring, ect. Crack a window and don't worry about it
6.5’ bed. Probably won’t be much room for a shelf, but just looking for one or two night camping possibilities.

I’ve refined my bed frame idea a little bit. Fewer materials and lighter to remove when I need it for working.
 

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Make sure there's a way to crack a window or something. Hot weather with no ventilation is miserable.
 

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I just slept 2 nights in the wife's F150 with a shell. First time I kinda wish I'd had gone longer than the 5.5' bed :laughing: for heat, if truck and she'll both have sliders, you can put the heater on out side air and it will force feed the shell. Works really well heat or a/c. Especially if you have remote start. :flipoff2:

Buddy heaters are killer and would heat the shit out of a shell space. As long as you have a way to secure it.
 

woods

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That's small of a space, I'd almost thing heating up a bottle of water in a Nalgene bottle and slipping it into the sleeping bag with yea may do the trick.
 

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I don’t know how much I’ll have to worry about heat. Not sure we’ll be camping in the snow, but figured it’s better to be prepared than not.
 

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I've slept in the back of my truck more times than I can count, and the only time I was not comfortable was on a Mojave Road trip where the temps dropped into the teens and I only had a 40* bag. A 12v blanket or a better bag would have helped. DT75FLH had a little buddy in his shell, and was fine till it ran out of pane, and then he froze his ass off too. I think we were all happy to see the sun come up.

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Next time out....I had to turn off the lil buddy heater cause I was sweating :laughing:

I remember our water bottles freezing that night :lmao:
 

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bed of my truck..
*not my setup but copied 90% (no ladder rack,went lower on sleep platform) did months out er last year. Gave away as wanted truck bed space back during hunting season and taking that in and out/storing wasnt in the cards.
This “months long out’n” I’m roll up cot/ sleeping pad’n it under the shell on a section berber carpet 8’long 4’ wide.
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DAC half truck tent off Amazon.
Make bed platform low enough so can sit up/turn over comfortably.
Replacing all that w/ Four Wheel Campers “Grandby” before winter/KOH 22’ is the plan.
Edit:
Google image “truck bed sleep platforms” to see a metric ton of ways to outfit a camper from mild to wild for sure can gets ton ideas as well.
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If its in your budget a propex heater is a good choice. Mount it under the bed and pipe it in.
 

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DAC half truck tent off Amazon.
Make bed platform low enough so can sit up/turn over comfortably.
Replacing all that w/ Four Wheel Campers “Grandby” before winter/KOH 22’ is the plan.
Edit:
Google image “truck bed sleep platforms” to see a metric ton of ways to outfit a camper from mild to wild for sure can gets ton ideas as well.
50F8003A-59FE-4646-A0A2-5C7F61349F50.jpeg

I used the same, tent setup on my ford from the pic above that rocdoc posted...
 

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Originally built it for my Travelall, but after I sold that I use it in my pickup with a shell. I built it so 1/3 of it folded up for the Travelall back seat, or if you are taking taller items that dont fit underneath. It is a bit heavy and headroom isn't great but there is enough room for storage below. Obviously you could do better if you didn't have to sleep 2.

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and in the truck I have now. Probably going to build something that works better with the truck bed allowing more headroom.
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