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ToniFranklin
post May 30 2018, 07:47 AM
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Hi,

What are the drawbacks to building a pickup truck camper shell, rather than a slide-in, as a cabover ? I've found many plans for slide's and so on, but never anything like a simple shell that would include a cabover compartment. I'm wondering whether there's an inherent problem that prevents this.

Please help.

I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.

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post Jun 24 2018, 05:06 PM
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QUOTE(ToniFranklin @ May 30 2018, 07:47 AM)
Hi,

What are the drawbacks to building a pickup truck camper shell, rather than a slide-in, as a cabover ? I've found many plans for slide's and so on, but never anything like a simple shell that would include a cabover compartment. I'm wondering whether there's an inherent problem that prevents this.

Please help.

I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.

References:-
https://www.glen-l.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=18630
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Thanks!
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Camper manufacturers would make cabover shells if they could make money off them. With the additional structure required of a cabover, a shell with a cabover would be twice the cost.

If you build it yourself, there's no problem. It's significantly more structurally difficult to build the cabover. I rebuilt a smallish cabover camper reusing only the aluminum siding, windows and accessories.

Steel reinforceing 1x1" angle welded into an L was used to support the 3/4" plywood cabover bottom from the front of the camper behind the cab. Additionally, there is a 1x6 that runs the full length of each side of the camper (12 feet long) supporting the cantilever. With these four additional structural members, the cabover is solid as a rock.
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