And, now for something a little different.
I purchased this ATC Bobcat shell back in November, 2010, and finished out the interior build in February, 2011. I’ve been successfully field testing it for 3 - Spring & Summers and am satisfied with the interior, however, I’ve got some other ideas now, and I’m going to change the interior to a different configuration. So, I thought I would share what our camper was on its first iteration. Many of these ideas started with sparks of inspiration from other WTW forum members sharing their ideas, so, I thought I should do the same.
Some starting notes.
Sometimes I camp alone, sometimes my wife joins me with the dogs (Jack Russell Terrier & Miniature Pincher), and sometimes I'm in a medium to large group of campers. I'm usually a minimalist when I'm alone, enjoy simple, quick to fix meals and spend almost all the time outside, including eating. When my wife is along, she doesn't like to compromise on meals, so, this camper has everything she needs to make no-compromise meals and she likes to eat indoors away from any flying insects, oh, and she likes a warm shower, inside, every now and then (I confess, so do I). When I am with the group of campers, my camper is usually the Chuck Wagon, and is used to prepare most of our community meals. Thus the interior design of my Bobcat shell follows all of those design criteria.
Owner built features.
All electric (almost).
Interior meal preparation - Microwave, Induction Cooktop, Toaster Oven.
Outdoor meal preparation – Weber Smoky Joe, Coleman Stove, Fire Pit when safe.
Interior Shower (set up & take down).
Two top loading fridge or freezer units, can be either depending on temperature setting.
Maximize floor space in center with cabinets on both sides. Removable dinette and removable seating.
Keep it a light weight pop-up truck camper.
Things that are absent.
No propane tank.
No built in water tank.
No electrical connection to truck.
2000, Ford Ranger Super Cab, 4x4, 4.0L V6, Automatic. Rear leaf spring upgrade and air bags. 30x15 BF Goodrich A/T All Terrain K0 Snow, Load Range “C” Tires. I drive slow and get pretty decent gas mileage with the camper onboard (Scan Gauge II - average mpg is shown in the top left corner, current mpg lower left corner, water temp in top right corner, trans temp lower right corner) .
Truck bed brackets
Camper to truck frame rail mounting brackets that I made. I wanted a secure camper mounting setup for rough road driving and adverse high wind driving. Rotating the angle steel this way lessens possible bending of the bracket, and does not tend to catch debris - like mud on the top surface.
Rear Passenger Side.
Rear Driver Side.
Front Driver Side.
Front Passenger Side.
Edited by Alley-Kat, 31 October 2013 - 06:01 AM.