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#11 iowahiker

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:05 PM

We have both an Aliner hardside folding camper and a FWC popup camper.  Our Aliner hardside panels do not have a tight seal in the vertical position and so are drafty while our FWC is airtight.  Aliner's are very light, lighter than our FWC.  Aliner did produce a popup hardside truck camper years ago but sales were very poor.  The Aliner has more floor space than our FWC but less head room.  We strongly prefer the geometry of the FWC, space at eye level is much better than space at foot level.  Our Aliner is water tight since we were in a 60 mph wind driven rain thunderstorm without any leaks.  An NCO truck camper would be a better living space than an Aliner because of eye level space and there are many different makes and models of NCO which can be very light.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 02:42 AM

I have a strong interest in a hard panel pop because I tend to camp a lot in cold weather and i usually get there on very windy highways. So I built my own because I couldn't find one that fits my needs and budget. It's basically an A-liner on the rear of my Tundra. I can still use most things (cook, use sink, access to fridge, toilet) but not the sit down shower. So far it's working well. Getting everything sealed up against drafts is the issue. Not impossible to solve but I think my latest round of seal designs should be pretty effective...I hope. Construction is 1.5" foam sandwiched with 1/8" plywood. Popup panels are just foam with poor man's fiberglass which makes them pretty light for their purpose.

Wish there more hard pop up options besides Alaskan.

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#13 Old Crow

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:09 PM

I have a strong interest in a hard panel pop because I tend to camp a lot in cold weather and i usually get there on very windy highways. So I built my own because I couldn't find one that fits my needs and budget. It's basically an A-liner on the rear of my Tundra. I can still use most things (cook, use sink, access to fridge, toilet) but not the sit down shower. So far it's working well. Getting everything sealed up against drafts is the issue. Not impossible to solve but I think my latest round of seal designs should be pretty effective...I hope. Construction is 1.5" foam sandwiched with 1/8" plywood. Popup panels are just foam with poor man's fiberglass which makes them pretty light for their purpose.
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I love it!   Looks like you did a great job on it.   I'd love to see more.  Do you happen to have a build thread on it somewhere? 


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:14 PM

Nicely done!

I have a strong interest in a hard panel pop because I tend to camp a lot in cold weather and i usually get there on very windy highways. So I built my own because I couldn't find one that fits my needs and budget. It's basically an A-liner on the rear of my Tundra. I can still use most things (cook, use sink, access to fridge, toilet) but not the sit down shower. So far it's working well. Getting everything sealed up against drafts is the issue. Not impossible to solve but I think my latest round of seal designs should be pretty effective...I hope. Construction is 1.5" foam sandwiched with 1/8" plywood. Popup panels are just foam with poor man's fiberglass which makes them pretty light for their purpose.
Wish there more hard pop up options besides Alaskan.
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:33 PM

Welcome to the "cult". Nice looking camper. How about some inside shots.

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:45 PM

That's it! That's what I've envisioned. Thanks for sharing.

I'm going to guess that you had considered the other hinge side locations as well; although what you chose makes perfect sense. For myself, I would love to have it hinge on the front, but that would likely require it to swing up further to achieve the same comfortable stand up height you achieved.

Congratulations, you have a setup I envy. Want to build an 8' model ☺?



I have a strong interest in a hard panel pop because I tend to camp a lot in cold weather and i usually get there on very windy highways. So I built my own because I couldn't find one that fits my needs and budget. It's basically an A-liner on the rear of my Tundra. I can still use most things (cook, use sink, access to fridge, toilet) but not the sit down shower. So far it's working well. Getting everything sealed up against drafts is the issue. Not impossible to solve but I think my latest round of seal designs should be pretty effective...I hope. Construction is 1.5" foam sandwiched with 1/8" plywood. Popup panels are just foam with poor man's fiberglass which makes them pretty light for their purpose.
Wish there more hard pop up options besides Alaskan.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 11:59 PM

Here are some inside shots. Sorry I'm using my phone and don't have a proper fisheye to get everything.

Driver's side of the interior. Stove, sink, toilet/shower area.


Passenger side of the interior. Twin size bed with clothes and fridge storage underneath.


I chose to go with one hinged side (as opposed to all four corners lifting) for a more rigid structure to withstand the winds. So far it works
I don't need standing height above the bed since I physically can't stand there anyway. With this arrangement I can use the sink and stove like a normal person without crouching. It's actually a lot roomier because of the height and I don't ever feel too enclosed.

Would love to build another one out of aluminum or a full blown foamie. I couldn't do a "real" foamie since it can be difficult finding XPS insulation nowadays in CA. Guess i'll just wait until this one serves it's life and start the next one.

Edited by kamturbo, 23 March 2017 - 12:04 AM.

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 12:03 AM

I love it! Looks like you did a great job on it. I'd love to see more. Do you happen to have a build thread on it somewhere?

Sorry no build thread for this one. I tend to get too absorbed into the building process and forget to take pics. But I'll be sure to document my next build and hopefully get your guys' input as well.
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Posted 23 March 2017 - 12:08 AM

That's it! That's what I've envisioned. Thanks for sharing.

I'm going to guess that you had considered the other hinge side locations as well; although what you chose makes perfect sense. For myself, I would love to have it hinge on the front, but that would likely require it to swing up further to achieve the same comfortable stand up height you achieved.

Congratulations, you have a setup I envy. Want to build an 8' model ☺?



Hinged from the front makes more sense and that's what I first envisioned. But when trying to work out how the panels would collapse neatly I realized that I wouldn't be able to get the roof to the proper height given my footprint.
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Posted 23 March 2017 - 03:48 PM

Very cool camper!


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