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How to build your own expedition camper

If I’m being honest, I usually don’t care much for sharing crowd fund websites. Despite the great products and causes they often support, a few entitled people with “pay for my vacation” campaigns have left a bad taste in my mouth. Every now and then though I hear of something truly worth backing, and today I’ll break my own rule to share this awesome instructional on how to build an overland motorhome.


If you have ever browsed the Expedition Portal forums, you’ll know the concept of building your own camper certainly isn’t new, but actually completing a project can be a daunting task. There are a million ways to build your dream vehicle and a million more ways to screw it all up, which is where this book comes in. It is filled with all of the tips and tricks, construction methods, and hard lessons learned while creating the beautiful tan camper you see above from an old military truck. From start to finish Ulrich Dolde walks you through the process and shows you the problems and solutions he ran into along the way. From water and electrical, to cabinetry and upholstery, a little forethought and a voice of experience will often make the difference between a success story and a big waste of money.


So what the heck does he need money for anyway? Well Ulrich is German, and his book is you guessed it, written in German. While he has already published it in his native tongue, the growing interest in English speaking markets has encouraged him to have it translated, and for that he needs money. With just a week to go in his campaign time is running short, so we encourage you to spread this around to all your DIY friends, and not just those interested in huge campers. While the overarching theme may be on expedition trucks, the building principles can be applied to modifying your vehicle’s interior, creating an off-road trailer, and even general around the house handy work. What other products are that useful?


To learn more about the book and the author, or to get on board and show your support, check out the Kick Starter page here.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.