As a newer member I would like to say hi, and thank everyone for this great forum. What a great resource of information, pictures, ideas, references, trip info, and help! I've decided to post a build thread to share ideas that I stole from others. Hope I can help those who decide to go the custom route by posting pictures and thoughts. First, I want to thank Jay Aronow (Chlnile), sales rep for ATC down in Tucson. I received excellent information and service from order to delivery. The camper was exactly as ordered and perfect. Next, a thanks to Gene and Phil on WTW, for showing off their Ocelot shells and a warm welcome. And the biggest thanks to Marty and the crew at All Terrain Campers for building outstanding campers!
New ATC Ocelot Shell Buildout
Posted 11 June 2014 - 07:37 AM
March 2014 All Terrain Camper Ocelot Shell Model 78" wide x 6.5' box
-Mechanical jacks and brackets
-2" softwall extension (for more headroom over the bed area)
-Small window at front wall (cab side) of camper
-Solar panel with solar controller
-Auxiliary battery system with Optima battery
-Fantastic Fan over bed area
-Extra awning lights on both passenger and driver sides
-Gas lift shocks
- Extra reinforcement in rear wall for future Roto Can install
The Truck 2014 Nissan Titan Pro-4x
Mods -Nitto Grappler load range E tires
-Ride Rite air bag
-Du-Ha under seat storage box for HiLift jack, recovery gear, tools
Posted 11 June 2014 - 03:47 PM
-Use existing products that I already had from my Landcruiser FJ60 with rooftop tent setup (Engle 45 frig, water tank, LP tanks, Zodi portable shower, and other misc items).
-Minimal exterior penetrations (service doors, vents).
-Keep as much weight over or in front of the rear axle and down as low as possible
-No 110v service, water heater, or furnace ( plan on using a Wave3 for heat)
-Make the floor area as roomy and open as possible
-Side dinette seating. I want to easily see out of the large side window.
-Create a sleeping platform for stealth camping or extra company, that doesn't crowd the isle.
-Not design around cushion size or have any carpet.
-Have an exterior water supply from water tank.
- Secure and safe LP storage locker with easy and convenient access.
-Water tank on floor and next to front wall.
-Battery on floor next to water tank.
-Frig at front wall of camper
Posted 11 June 2014 - 04:18 PM
After the trip home from taking delivery, it was time to take the camper off the truck and get ready to work. I had the camper bottom well supported and perfectly level before starting. Truck and camper just fit under the carport roof!
Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:02 PM
Starting The Build
I waited six weeks from order to delivery, and during that time followed many WTW build threads and spent serious time internet shopping. Seems the longer I waited for delivery the more I bought and my original modest shell upgrade turned to an almost full build. This is my first pop up truck camper, and even though I had a plan, materials, and ready to start, I was totally overwhelmed on where to begin, so I sat in the camper for a couple days thinking, measuring, replanning. This is when the pictures, and ideas from Bisleybud, Ski3pin, BillHarr (except for the x-ray) builds were invaluable for me. Thank you all! Time to start! First was moving the 12v electric wiring where it came out the front wall, up and over to the side. It was in the way of the water tank. I added a fuse panel.
Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:13 PM
Water Fill Door
I had to pull back the paneling on the drivers side and front wall to examine in wall wiring layout, and to decide where to install the water fill door. At this time I added wiring for a future front spotlight and a future rear spotlight.
Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:15 PM
Looking forward to your build. Take lots of pictures along the way. I wish I would have taken more "before" pictures to show how much the camper has changed. That internet shopping is fun.
Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:20 PM
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