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Posted: 03/30/09 12:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't know if this is the right forum or not but this seems like a creative group, so. I'm looking for plans or ideas on how to build a pair of cots to be placed over the wheel wells in a pickup box with a cap or topper on it. I'm looking for a way to temporarily turn my topper into a camper for a fishing trip. Thanks for you're help.


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Make an upper deck over the side rails- Place plywood over few 2 x 6 supports. Use an air mattress on top of the deck and keep the area below for storage.

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I've made several of these in the past, dating back to 72. Made them all from 2 X2 an 2X4 pine from the building supply. You don't need a plan, just a few measuremnts and build a box that goes front to back and just outside the wheel well, and over the wheel well. A sheet of plywood on top. Go to wally world and buy you a couple of oudoor chaise pads and you have it made. If you only need one, just get a foldup aluminum chase lounge with the pad.
Works great, throw the sleeping bag on and catch a lot of fish.


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Jeepers92 wrote:

I've made several of these in the past, dating back to 72. Made them all from 2 X2 an 2X4 pine from the building supply. You don't need a plan, just a few measuremnts and build a box that goes front to back and just outside the wheel well, and over the wheel well. A sheet of plywood on top. Go to wally world and buy you a couple of oudoor chaise pads and you have it made. If you only need one, just get a foldup aluminum chase lounge with the pad.
Works great, throw the sleeping bag on and catch a lot of fish.
Gotta agree with jeepers, I've done it as well, now to help make it strong and quick to build they make those nice galvinized brackets for putting 2x4's together with.


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Do you mean these?

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capterik wrote:

Jeepers92 wrote:

I've made several of these in the past, dating back to 72. Made them all from 2 X2 an 2X4 pine from the building supply. You don't need a plan, just a few measuremnts and build a box that goes front to back and just outside the wheel well, and over the wheel well. A sheet of plywood on top. Go to wally world and buy you a couple of oudoor chaise pads and you have it made. If you only need one, just get a foldup aluminum chase lounge with the pad.
Works great, throw the sleeping bag on and catch a lot of fish.
Gotta agree with jeepers, I've done it as well, now to help make it strong and quick to build they make those nice galvinized brackets for putting 2x4's together with.



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Like Trails2004 spoke about, check this link out:

Baja Taco

It's more what he was talking about.

I've thought about doing the same, but I do like to walk around in my camper, although I may do this on a second truck just for fun with one of the ARE Camper Door Caps.

You can get a couple cots, just measure the width and height of the bottom of the cot, make sure it can clear the wheel wells.

I'm going the basic route on my next camper...

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Looks like this will fit over the wheel wells . camper cot

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Matt, thanks for the interesting links.

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Thanks for the replies. Now I have to get busy

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The wife and I started camping in the back of the pick-up truck with a shell. I got a foam rubber mattress, cut out the wheel well area, and slept on that. We had a pup tent we threw all our "junk" in. We even had a baby less than a year old we took with us. It was nice and cozy. We had an absolute blast!

Photos below were taken in 1986, Ocracoke Island, Outer Banks of North Carolina. That little baby is now 23 years old!

For us, it worked!








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