OVRLND CAMPERS ONLY : Post your OVRLND Camper build here or a link to your build thread to inspire others!

aaaslayer

Active member
Hello,


Figured I'd start a thread for OVRLND Campers only. I'm getting mine sometime next week, and I look forward to inspiration and pics and tips from others who already have one. Have a build thread already elsewhere? Post your link up. Don't have a build thread, but have an OVRLND camper you'd like to share with the community? Post some pics and tell us a bit about your build. I look forward to seeing other builds and look forward to posting pics of my build soon as I take possession of it and start to build it out. There's not a lot of threads on these awesome campers out there, and a few youtube videos on these campers. Let's get some traction on a dedicated thread for them. **I'm not affiliated with OVRLND Campers, just a customer who is about to get one real soon!
 

dstefan

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This is a great Idea!

Here’s some of the build threads that I found helpful to me. If any of the OPs objects to me listing them here, let me know and I’ll edit yours out.

This is the original Ovrlnd build thread, I think. I believe it was Jay’s 3rd one produced?

Its interesting to compare to his later Tundra build:

Crolison, Wrathchild, and Pshin’s builds were all real helpful to me


Since you mentioned bracing your rear barndoor for Rotopax in the other thread, here’s how I did mine. Just using for Trasharoo and a kitchen-roll bag on the inside so far.

The inner and outer verticals are aligned and VHB’d to the door skin. I also through bolted them and sealed with 3m 5200. The interior L brackets are bolted to the 8020 and VHB’d to the window frame. Its rock solid and its taken some fairly heavy weight without an issue.
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Now that I’m 98% done with my build, I’m sorting all the pictures I took along the way and will start posting the build here.
 
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Wrathchild

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@dstefan Thanks for the plug for my thread! This thread will be a great resource for future OVRLND builders.

For anyone else looking, I sourced a lot of my inspiration from GFC and Drifter folks on tacomaworld. Pretty robust community over there.
 

dstefan

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For anyone else looking, I sourced a lot of my inspiration from GFC and Drifter folks on tacomaworld. Pretty robust community over there.
+1 on this. I learned a ton from the drifter thread (I think its nearly 300 posts now) on Tacoma world. Pretty much all bed rail mounted pop-up campers share the many of the same issues and approaches to build outs, though Ovrlnds are typically more of a blank canvas.
 
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mcjager

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+1 on this. I learned a ton from the drifter thread (I think its nearly 300 posts now) on Tacoma world. Pretty much all bed rail mounted pop-up campers share the many of the same issues and approaches to build outs, though Ovrlnds are typically more of a blank canvas.

I looked into these campers but have you seen the new Enduro Campers? Full composite. In my opinion just as roomy and still looks good not just a box.


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cobro92

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Those enduro’s are pretty slick. Still prefer OVRLND. Vertical sides, and full bed width make for a lot more room in actual use.
And it’s not like OVRLNDs are difficult to insulate, either. Some foam blocks, tape, and reflectix, and boom.


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bgraboyes

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my build thread. used all of the above for inspiration.

 

dstefan

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I looked into these campers but have you seen the new Enduro Campers? Full composite. In my opinion just as roomy and still looks good not just a box.
There's LOTs of new camper designs coming out from minimalist to amazing (eg, AT Overland's Aterra). Depends on what you want to do with it. The Enduros look nice, I agree, but it sure looks like they've only got one or maybe two prototypes. Are there any out there in the wild? Composites are nice, but they have to be done well. On a minimalist camper that you may want to do more yourself, they do have some limitations (screwing or bolting into them is a challenge with reported failures in holding). Not to say it might not be great, but probably worth some research if you're serious about it. There's a surprising number of new camper rigs being sold now, seemingly by people that bought before they were sure what they needed/wanted.
 

dstefan

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I ordered my Ovrlnd in March 2020 and got it installed end of Jan ’21. I dithered about putting it on my built 2009 Tacoma or buy a fullsize (Tundra, F250/F150). I did and still want to do more technical trails at times. I went with the Tundra for the reliability, Toyota familiarity as well as the fit for me. I’m 6’2” and I have some back issues and I really need more comfort in both seating as well as to stretch out in the back. I’m extremely happy with the Tundra and the camper.

I''m gonna make this an abbreviated build post(s) and try to focus on things I did a little different than I've seen elsewhere. Happy to elaborate if there's questions.

The truck: SR5 21' Tundra. I looked and looked for a late model used double cab so I could have a 6 1/2 foot bed, but to no avail. That was partly because I insisted on having a 38 gallon fuel tank and the upgraded SR5 seats. In the end I bought a new 21 a year ago with all of that using Costco‘s buying program. I got a good enough deal then to afford to do all the suspension upgrades and add lockers and 4.88s (next week, FINALLY, yaaay!). Glad not to be buying now!

The main mods that relate to the camper to call out are: HD Deaver spring set with 3/4 in shackles (spec'd for a 1000lbs in the bed), compression adjustable shocks, ARB twin compressor under the hood with a chuck at the rear bumper, and a back seat platform minimalist drawer. The stock springs were just OK, but the Deavers and shocks make it handle great with a loaded camper and give me a much better departure angle due to the lift. The compressor is super helpful, yes for air ups/downs, but even more so for blowing the fine dust off the barn doors and keeping a *******ton of dust out. Here's how it sits now:

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The camper: So far, it's been through one minimalist set up which we rushed to get done in Feb and March, before the heat was too bad in Phoenix and a more finished build this fall. That allowed us to get a few shakedown trips under our belts and figure out what else we wanted. We've spent 20-ish nights in it so far with about 300 miles or so of offroad travel, which has helped give us a good idea. It's pretty hard to figure the full layout before you use it some, even though we used our Tacoma similarly and swapped in some components (eg, the fridge and our slide out minimal cooking counter (AKA a board:)). Here's the evolution.
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Sort of a mess, right? At this point we'd dustproofed things and insulated with 1/4' closed cell foam faced on both sides with radiant barrier. This stuff is as easy to work with as Relectix and as light, but seems more durable and certainly is more insulating. I put it up with VHB, and it’s held up really well so far. The nice thing is you can VHB it to the frame members and leave an air gap to the skin, which is important for the radiant barrier effect and avoid some thermal bridging problems. I covered it up with white chloroplast, except for the ceiling and we really like it. You can find this on Amazon, which is where I first ran into it, but it’s mostly 3 mm foam core, which to my mind is not thick enough. I just ordered 5mm core straight from US Energy Products, and they have a lot more options in sizes and lengths.

We put in a Wave 3 heater (configuration borrowed from Wrathchild's build). We love and use the windoors a lot, but they do limit wall space a bit for permanent installs. A DFG fridge slide (15 lbs and very well built) was mounted as close to the P-side wall as as it would fit on top of the Bedrug and two 1/2" one-slot 8020 rails on top of some spacers drilled into the bed. The point of this was to allow us to slide in and out our pullout "counter" of 12mm Baltic birch for storage.
Did I mention my wife was short? :ROFLMAO: Actually, she's only had to do this once where there was a bit of a drop off. I'm a photographer, so always have my tripod and we used this system for years with our Tacoma.
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The other major things we did at this point (spring '21) were to put in our electrics (Nat'l Luna Power Pack with a 100 AH Battleborn LiFePo, a Bluesea switch panel, some lights) and build this platform for gravity feed water. It was stout enough to leave the Scepter can strapped in there on rough off roads. We use a Scepter flexible spigot, but extended it about 5' to give us on demand water at the tailgate. Not shown here, but you can see it hanging off the tailgate in the very first picture of this post. You can also see our through the wall external power plug to the right above the mini Maxtraxx and to the left high up on the cab side wall is our positive pressure vent ( more on both and the electrics in a future post, especially the vent)
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Finally, here's how it sits now. I'll address that part of the build in a later post …

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skyfree

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I actually got a lot of inspiration from your insulation job, and I'll be doing the same thing as you. 1" foam board, layer of reflectix, and I'll be adding a coroplast wall last to make things look finished. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks! The coroplast is a great idea. If I get bored I might do the same thing...
 
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