Slide in Camper Survey

Victorian

Approved Vendor : Total Composites
Guess I'm a little confused. I was thinking several would be produced (enought to fill 1or 2 40' containers vs. what I've seen before is 1 model is produced and shipped it in a partially filled 20' or 40' container.
With the slide in campers we will have them come in to our warehouse in batches of 10-15 units. At this point we are trying to limit it to two different sizes. Please stay tuned.
 

lzpup

Observer
Currently I have a ram 2500 with a popup, slide in i have on a flatbed. I think that the height your proposing sounds fine. I would go as wide as possible but not overhang to much. Queen with a pull out works well. Personally I would like a 6.5 flatbed with door on the back
 

Ducstrom

Active member
I think this is a tough segment to satisfy.
There are many offerings already on the market it's just usually a couple of things that are deal breakers for people; 4 seasonability, weight, layout, construction materials, price, etc.
Already you can see in the responses to your questions the desire for lower cost, poptops, Tacoma sized units, units that extend past the tailgate, etc.

People who will be interested in this are going to be people with the skills to assemble the shell and build it out to suit their needs. Why not just sell the blank flat panels with corners and people can cut them to whatever suits their plans?
I know if I were to do mine over again I'd be interested in just the panels and corner extrusions. I have a poptop for a lower overall height, even though everything else on your unit suits my needs I'd not be interested on that fact alone.
Another bonus is that you wouldn't have to worry about the liability issues since what customers do with the base material is out of your control.

Just food for thought.
 

VanIsle_Greg

I think I need a bigger truck!
Oh sure... NOW you add a slide in camper to your offerings. Now that I am 90% done building mine, heh. All kidding aside, I am looking at a full-sized full-size pickup (3/4 ton or one ton) in the near future to hold a BIG camper. So this, might be an option. I have seen the finished products, and anything you are selling will be a top notch kit.

So stoked to see this becoming a reality!
 

2wheel-lee

New member
I'm preparing to buy a new 1-ton long bed soon, and this is something I'm interested in. I will continue to use the truck to tow our toy hauler, so I can't have anything sticking out too far in the back. The camper will also be used by itself as a camper (with folding beds), but it must also be able to haul 3 motorcycles, and ideally sheets of plywood. This will be built out for a family of five.

One thing I need, and there are very few options out there, is a LARGE rear door - or double doors. This is needed to load motorcycles or other large items. No small camper door. Before seeing this post, I've been primarily looking at a Mirandacap V-375. Yes, it's not insulated, but the ability to fit easily fit 3 motorcycles far outweighs having insulation. Fitting the motorcycles is an absolute must.

1. Size: For added security we like to keep the main body within the truck bed so you can close and lock the tailgate. At the same time you can use the gate as a “porch”. The downside is the reduced interior space. What is your thought?

- I like the idea of retaining the tailgate as a porch and work bench. I really like having a place to set my tools or work on things in camp (motorcycle stuff, RC cars, dinner, whatever).
- For my method of solo launching our boat, I step from the dock to the tailgate to unhook and hook the boat to the trailer (it would slide off if not tied)
- Yes, downside is that I wouldn't be able to fit sheets of plywood with the doors closed. This is not a common need, but it does come up. This is a want, not a must.

2 Cab over bed: Our current layout allows for a ~48” deep alcove . This means part of the bed will be a pull out design. Thoughts?

- Sounds good.

3 Width: We truly believe that the width should be kept as narrow as possible, following the vehicle outlines. This will allow you to go down narrow trails and also make it easier finding parking in confined spaces. This in return will compromise the interior space… Thoughts?

- I'd like the interior width to be no less than 72", so I can have the bed set up sideways. A couple inches more would be nice. My mirrors would still stick out further.

4 Interior height: We need a happy medium. 78” is the current measurement. Thoughts?

- 78" is more than I'd need, but it's OK. I might say 74". I might also want to keep it from being too high, so I can fit an AC unit on the roof.

5. Although we think we will hit the mark with smaller trucks like the Tacoma, Ranger, Colorado… We think the more sensible way would be a Gladiator, F150 or bigger to avoid being overloaded… Thoughts?

- I'm looking at a 1-ton long bed truck, so I don't care about these small trucks.

The tie-down method for this slide-in box would be my primary question. I've thought of doing a flat-bed setup, but that can be a bit tricky for a personal use truck in California, as I'm concerned that the flat bed would put it into a commercial-use category. That's why I'm leaning toward a slide-in. But...even with flat beds, I haven't seen a camper configuration that could be set up with a wide or double rear doors.
 

andyb

New member
  1. Size: ... What is your thought?
    - as others have mentioned, saving the tailgate seems to be of limited utility. Saving it would waste floor space and be lost payload. I suppose if people really wanted a workbench/table, Total Composites could make a kit that could be added on later in whatever size you’d want. Also, if you plan on making a flatbed model, I suppose this is moot.
  2. Cab over bed: Our current layout allows for a ~48” deep alcove . This means part of the bed will be a pull out design. Thoughts?
    - we would be building this on a long bed F350. A north-south queen is a must. You just already make sweet braces to support this so a N-S option would be great.
  3. Width: We truly believe that the width should be kept as narrow as possible, following the vehicle outlines. This will allow you to go down narrow trails and also make it easier finding parking in confined spaces. This in return will compromise the interior space… Thoughts?
    - this seems perfect for our use
  4. Interior height: We need a happy medium. 78” is the current measurement. Thoughts?
    - we are short. Ideally, the ability to lower interior height to decrease weight and COG would be amazing - would it be possible to adjust this on your kits?
  5. Although we think we will hit the mark with smaller trucks like the Tacoma, Ranger, Colorado… We think the more sensible way would be a Gladiator, F150 or bigger to avoid being overloaded… Thoughts?
    - as you’ve mentioned, applications in these smaller trucks seems problematic
We have wanted an inexpensive, DIY-style full-size flatbed hardside camper for years. In fact, I spoke with you about this a few years ago - at that time, TC was doing custom only and the design fee alone was $2k. Being able to sell this kit for $8-12k shipped USD would be amazing.
 
I'm preparing to buy a new 1-ton long bed soon, and this is something I'm interested in. I will continue to use the truck to tow our toy hauler, so I can't have anything sticking out too far in the back. The camper will also be used by itself as a camper (with folding beds), but it must also be able to haul 3 motorcycles, and ideally sheets of plywood. This will be built out for a family of five.

One thing I need, and there are very few options out there, is a LARGE rear door - or double doors. This is needed to load motorcycles or other large items. No small camper door. Before seeing this post, I've been primarily looking at a Mirandacap V-375. Yes, it's not insulated, but the ability to fit easily fit 3 motorcycles far outweighs having insulation. Fitting the motorcycles is an absolute must.

1. Size: For added security we like to keep the main body within the truck bed so you can close and lock the tailgate. At the same time you can use the gate as a “porch”. The downside is the reduced interior space. What is your thought?

- I like the idea of retaining the tailgate as a porch and work bench. I really like having a place to set my tools or work on things in camp (motorcycle stuff, RC cars, dinner, whatever).
- For my method of solo launching our boat, I step from the dock to the tailgate to unhook and hook the boat to the trailer (it would slide off if not tied)
- Yes, downside is that I wouldn't be able to fit sheets of plywood with the doors closed. This is not a common need, but it does come up. This is a want, not a must.

2 Cab over bed: Our current layout allows for a ~48” deep alcove . This means part of the bed will be a pull out design. Thoughts?

- Sounds good.

3 Width: We truly believe that the width should be kept as narrow as possible, following the vehicle outlines. This will allow you to go down narrow trails and also make it easier finding parking in confined spaces. This in return will compromise the interior space… Thoughts?

- I'd like the interior width to be no less than 72", so I can have the bed set up sideways. A couple inches more would be nice. My mirrors would still stick out further.

4 Interior height: We need a happy medium. 78” is the current measurement. Thoughts?

- 78" is more than I'd need, but it's OK. I might say 74". I might also want to keep it from being too high, so I can fit an AC unit on the roof.

5. Although we think we will hit the mark with smaller trucks like the Tacoma, Ranger, Colorado… We think the more sensible way would be a Gladiator, F150 or bigger to avoid being overloaded… Thoughts?

- I'm looking at a 1-ton long bed truck, so I don't care about these small trucks.

The tie-down method for this slide-in box would be my primary question. I've thought of doing a flat-bed setup, but that can be a bit tricky for a personal use truck in California, as I'm concerned that the flat bed would put it into a commercial-use category. That's why I'm leaning toward a slide-in. But...even with flat beds, I haven't seen a camper configuration that could be set up with a wide or double rear doors.

NOT affiliated with TC at all! but looking at your requirement , it seems that the best option (provided the material supported it) would be load/unload via removing the tailgate (I know ford tailgates come off in under a minute ) and have the whole rear panel fold down giving you access to the entire inside of the shell and a "ramp" to assist loading the scoots. Reinforcing or covering the "normal: access door might be needed. kind of like most toyhaulers these days.

A couple of lightweight 1K less atv winches to assist in raising / lowering the panel and inset at all corners with a gasket seal.

Just letting my thoughts wander ( with no experience in the materials used)
 

grindmonkey

New member
Slide in Camper survey



TotalComposites is looking for your input! We love to engage with our customers and always appreciate feedback. No better place to ask a couple of questions than here on Expedition Portal :)



We are getting increased requests for slide in campers for all size pick up trucks. Our current panels system was not designed to serve that market. Therefore we have developed a brand new system that will hopefully solve the shortcomings of other brands. Like our bigger camper bodies, the new design will be sold as a kit without interior. This will allow you to outfit as you like! Warehoused and shipped from our HQ on Vancouver Island Canada. Turn around time should be less than 2 weeks.



We will only be offering fixed side walls. NO pop up. We truly believe that fabric/ plastic walls have just too many short comings (condensation, low insulation value, very poor sound proofing and possible weak point when it comes to wear and tear) . We can’t imagine it being fun having the bedding touch a wet fabric at night…

How will it be delivered:
Flat packed as freight FOB Victoria BC
In person pick up in Victoria BC is of course also an option!

How long to assemble the camper:
We will supply you with the adhesive, pre cut panels and extrusions. Everything is clearly labeled. We recommend two people for handling the components. Based on previous builds we are confident that you can successfully do this in a weekend.



Key Features:


True 4 season capabilities with 2” foam core panels all around
  1. Zero thermal transfer with our brand new super tough FRP extrusions
  2. Real glass awning style insulated windows (aluminum frame with thermal break)
  3. Panorama hatch (big opening in sidewall that is of course insulated and thermal transfer free)
  4. Zero wood inside the panels = No decay-ever!
  5. All outside corners/ jack mounts are stainless steel = No rust-ever!
  6. Also available with a full size bottom for flatbeds.







Now that we have the laid out the important technical details, we need your input:



  1. Size: For added security we like to keep the main body within the truck bed so you can close and lock the tailgate. At the same time you can use the gate as a “porch”. The downside is the reduced interior space. What is your thought?
  2. Cab over bed: Our current layout allows for a ~48” deep alcove . This means part of the bed will be a pull out design. Thoughts?
  3. Width: We truly believe that the width should be kept as narrow as possible, following the vehicle outlines. This will allow you to go down narrow trails and also make it easier finding parking in confined spaces. This in return will compromise the interior space… Thoughts?
  4. Interior height: We need a happy medium. 78” is the current measurement. Thoughts?
  5. Although we think we will hit the mark with smaller trucks like the Tacoma, Ranger, Colorado… We think the more sensible way would be a Gladiator, F150 or bigger to avoid being overloaded… Thoughts?





Pricing:

A very sensitive topic… :)

We understand the need for fairly priced quality products. Our campers will never be sold to dumping prices as the material choices do not allow for that… But we like to ask what you think a flat packed camper should cost.





Timeline:

First units should be in stock by end of September.

Thank you in advance for your highly valued feedback!

Drawings are NOT to scale!
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I have been looking at getting the stuff to do a shell for a while. Our truck (Chevy 1500) is on the way out and we will be buying a new truck with the intent of putting the shell on it. Not having the truck in hand makes it questionable for me to have a custom shell designed. We need a shell that we can take camping in the CO mountains and use as a ski hut. We plan to do more winter camping than summer.

I would prefer the side door vs a rear door because I like the rear dinette design (with an overhead top bunk bed) so we can sleep a family of 5.

With that said, if you had a flatbed shell designed for a 3/4-1 ton with an 8 ft to 10 ft flatbed we would be pretty close to the front of the line. Price would need to be around the 10-12k with a max of 15k delivered.
 

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IdaSHO

IDACAMPER
With regards to width,

I say go as narrow as possible as it provides huge benefits.
The only negative? It detracts from usable interior space.

For us though, our (narrow) camper is a game-changer. Ours is 82" wide as I recall with a 78" interior width.
Overall height is 10'4" We scrape under trees often, and trim as needed. But if it fits, it ships :ROFLMAO:

We just finished a trip that involved 70+ miles off the pavement on little more than single track Jeep trails with nasty drop-offs, and any wider would have been a serious problem.
We came head-to-head with 2 vehicles on the trip, and each required one of us to reverse more than a 1/4 mile to find a pull-out large enough to pass....
Height will always be a concern for a hard side slide-in, but when the width is similar the width of the vehicle, is is considerably easier to manage.

And more power to ya if you can get this segment rolling. (y)
There are loads of reasons why we decided upon a custom flatbed camper for our needs.
I hope more and more people realize the huge benefits of a flatbed camper on a sturdy, comfy full-size pickup.

 
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