Finding the right camper is difficult. There are lots of companies and lots of potential designs and layouts, but sometimes building your own is the way to go. That’s what Jim does in the new Tiny Home Tours YouTube video above, building a custom pop-up truck camper for his 1987 Jeep Comanche.
The camper has everything you’d expect – ample storage, a large 85 liter fridge, two burner hob, and more. It doesn’t have a bathroom, but this whole building is crammed into the back of a Jeep. The deep sink provides extra storage, as do the two seating areas. One is at the back while the other is on the passenger side of the camper, and both hide a large amount of storage space.
The Comanche Camper has an entrance to the truck cab which is separated from the rest of the camper by a curtain. The spacious seating area doesn’t turn into a bed – which drops from the ceiling. It sleeps two, narrower than your typical queen-size bed, but it’s longer than the standard by about 7.5 feet.
On the outside is an outdoor shower, propane tank and stairs to reach the roof, which is also home to a pair of 100-watt solar panels. The entrance operates like an airline door, with a staircase built right at the entrance that opens. The six-gallon water heater uses a truck engine coolant to warm the water, producing water around 180 degrees Fahrenheit, though that depends on the temperature of the engine coolant.
Jim makes several custom parts for the truck, including the front bumper and roof storage rack that houses recovery equipment and spare tires, although he doesn’t consider himself a fabricator. He built an aluminum camper in his driveway. This truck also has a winch on the front bumper.
The camper looks great on the back of the Jeep, providing quality living space without breaking the bank for something new. More and more people are roaming around in camper vans, trailers, and other mobile living spaces, and there are tons of ways to have fun out there.