DIY Truck Bed Camper!

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Introduction: DIY Truck Bed Camper!

I wanted to make a camper bed with pullout drawers for my truck. After getting a truck cap, I gathered up some reclaimed wood from pallets and old shipping crates and went to town breaking them down into usable lumber.

This is a quick and easy way to create a simple camping or working platform that can easily be removed from the truck when the bed is needed for other uses.

My goal was to keep it simple, lightweight, free, and modular.

The camper platform is comprised of three flats with a center supporting platform with the two wings resting on top.

The drawers are completely removable, with the center one on a track, and the outer ones just sliding on the bed.

I hope you enjoy and please check out the video on my Youtube channel and subscribe for more!

~intothedirtshop

Step 1: Making the Center Frame

The center portion is design to hold the large deep middle drawer and the two side wings that will rest on it. It is constructed from scrap 2x4's that are screwed into the sides.

Step 2: Making the Platform

The center portion as shown here has an attached plywood platform on it, while the two wings just consist on plywood floating on the center platform and then just two small 4x4 legs. Check out the video for more details!

Step 3: Making the Drawers

I just used plywood and 18 gauge nails make some simple drawers. No fancy joinery, just cut and nail the sides together, check out the video for more details on the drawer construction.

Step 4: Drawer Fronts and Assembly

I decided to spice up the drawers with some pallet pieces nailed to the front. It gives it a much cleaner look just regular old plywood.

The assembly is simple, there are 6 parts total.

The center platform is dropped into the bed and floats in the middle. It is fairly heavy from all of the 2x4's so it doesn't slide around. Then the two wings are placed on top of the center platform into their grooves. This whole portion fits snug inside the bed frame. Lastly the three drawers are inserted into their slots.

The whole thing takes 1 person and about 2 minutes to assemble or take apart.

Overall it was a great build, FREE, and easy to make in an afternoon, with a great work platform and storage or top sleeping arrangements for a camping trip!

Check out the youtube video and subscribe to my channel!

~intothedirtshop

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Its amazing what you can do with salvaged pallets and ply.

Pride is a pleasure well deserved ,enjoy it and great job.

I built something similar for my Mazda5 minivan. I built a platform by fitting a plywood sheet to the interior shape of the car, cut in half, with hinges across the middle. The second row seat is removed, and the front part of the platform rests on 6 milk creates with camping stuff. The crates are sturdy and easy to carry from the car to the camp site.

Couldn't have come at a better time. Recently retired and bought a mini-van with the thought of making it into a part time camper with lift out bed. The very next day this article appeared on my FB page. Its bookmarked so it will be easy to find when I'm ready to build. Thankyou

that is so awesome! post up a video or photo on my facebook after you finish it

NIce work

you could make an extension if you open the drawers you could fit wood plies the size of the truch back door when its open.

hope to see the final proyect

the final project is in the works! but excellent idea I have been thinking about adding tops to the drawers to cook on!

I have made a similar contraption to utilize the empty space underneath my kid's bed.
Thanks for posting this!

I am so going to do this! Then I'll need an 'Ible on building the camper :)