A Little Out of the Box - Hard sided Pop-up 4 season Topper

Andrew_S

Observer
How did you go 5 days with the diesel heater? Must have been very minimal usage.
I have a webasto air heater in mine and I get about 2.5 days before I am down to 50% on a new 105ah AGM.
I run it about 8-10 hours a night. Over night temps have been around -5C.
Only other thing I am running is a few LED lights and a DC fridge.

I've got the same Victron monitor, it's pretty nice.

I'll be going to a couple of lithiums in the future to stretch out our time disconnected. I'd like to be able to go 5-6 days in the winter without having to recharge
Yes very minimal usage. Just turned it on to warm it up as we got settled and then again in the mornings.
That fridge must pull a lot of your reserve I'm guessing?
I really wanted to go lithiums but the cost was just to high at the moment.


An isolated dual battery system sounds like a good idea. Can you mount that AGM battery under the hood? Also I’m not sure about the 2.8 trucks, I had a few of the later 2.2/4.3 trucks. On those trucks you could cut the rounded corner off the battery tray and fit a battery that was bigger. Also on the 4.3 trucks you could grab an alternator and serpentine belt(1” longer) from a full size truck which got you the physically bigger alternator that made its power at lower rpms, supposedly.
I could manage to get a second battery under the hood but I would prefer it in the bed for now.
Definitely lots of alternator upgrades available for this 60v6. First step will be set up the isolated battery and then determine power requirements.

Have done zero to this camper for the last almost 6 months. This spring it will get a round of improvements.
Some pics until then.

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Glad the actuators are oversized for the weight. It would be very irritating to have to clean the top off every time we want to pop it up.
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Verified we can still haul an entire moose home with 5 days of supplies in the bed as well.
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Truck got an extra leaf to help with the extra weight
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DzlToy

Explorer
Andrew_S said:
I looked into sandwich panels, definitely would have saved some weight. Also not dealing with the thermal bridging from the aluminum would have been key. The cost and availability were factors that turned me away though.
Somehow I missed your reply on this. Sandwich panels are super easy to make. If you have the knowledge, skills and tools to build the camper that you built, SIPs are a walk in the park. Of course, having them custom made or purchasing an off the shelf panel costs more, but so does buying a FWC instead of building your own.

There are a few good threads on here covering the topic and with the cold weather you guys see, you will be surprised how much better sandwich panels are when you build version 2.0.

How did you seal the forward flip-up panels and what seals the top half to the bottom half when extended? Most builders just use weather stripping, but I thought I would ask anyway.

Cheers
 

Andrew_S

Observer
Somehow I missed your reply on this. Sandwich panels are super easy to make. If you have the knowledge, skills and tools to build the camper that you built, SIPs are a walk in the park. Of course, having them custom made or purchasing an off the shelf panel costs more, but so does buying a FWC instead of building your own.

There are a few good threads on here covering the topic and with the cold weather you guys see, you will be surprised how much better sandwich panels are when you build version 2.0.

How did you seal the forward flip-up panels and what seals the top half to the bottom half when extended? Most builders just use weather stripping, but I thought I would ask anyway.

Cheers

Looking back now, yup sandwich panels would have been very easy. At the time of conception they seemed like a crazy technology I could never grasp lol. This build was truly trial by fire. The forward flip up panels seal very similar to the alaskan style campers. The entire top box has a D shaped seal that slides up as the wall moves, the walls engage on that seal. They also have an aluminum drip edge that extends past the seam at the bottom of the walls. So far we driven through some serious rain storms and camped in some nasty snow and rain, no leaks (knocks on wood).


We've been out about 20 days so far this season. Here are a ton of set up pics.


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We can camp comfortably down to -10C without the heater.
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Making plans to finish the interior and clean up the wiring. We added a few hooks for clothes/bags.
Planning to make a removeable shelf/storage cubby at the front wall.
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Staged with the big rigs on the ferry's
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So far we are loving the set up. We can camp anywhere you can park a small car. Set up is 70 seconds and just the push of a button and three walls.
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We often find ourselves the envy of nearby truck campers/trailers because we can cherry pick any spot.
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This engel cooler is a critical piece of gear. Forget about it being our fridge, it's a bench and a step into bed.
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Couple rocks an iphone level and some precise stacking to camp on some awful grades.

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We are gearing up to do the next round of work to the camper to increase it's function and ease of use.
 

pigsammy

Member
I was excited to see your update! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about the adventures y'all have, and the pictures. Currently doing work on my truck, then planning a camper that will incorporate some of your ideas. My wife keeps looking over and asking where the pics are from. She's on board for trip to your area one day.

And I feel that I simply HAVE to go ice fishing now. Not easy in Georgia, though. Thanks for that! LOL
 

ytadvexp

New member
EPIC BUILD!!!. WELL DONE!!! U taking orders? How much does it weigh?(i may not have being paying much attention as i was drooling all over my screen)
 
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