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LoveMyPick-up

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Posted: 03/29/12 11:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

hey thanks again for your suggestions and comments. i like all of what i have been reading.... and the pictures are great.

i especially love the trick of closing the corners of the tarp in the truck doors.

thanks so much.

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Posted: 03/30/12 12:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pretty big stretch of the imagination to have this thread left in the TC forum and not be moved by now and be 3 pages.





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Posted: 03/30/12 06:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You're camping in the back of a truck, so where else would it belong. Just a minimalist approach.

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Posted: 03/30/12 09:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just don't SLEEPWALK while sleeping in the bed of your truck, that first step in the dark is a killer.

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Posted: 03/30/12 10:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

sounds like you have come up with a good solution.
I used to camp in the back of my 56 chevy by bolting a wooden frame together using the stake pockets to hold the uprights and tying a tarp over it. during a heavy rain it wasn't fun but for dry weather it worked great.


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A long time ago, I used a tarp with three PVC pipes that fit into the stake pockets. I used it for for those quick weekend runs to go sport-chuting. I'd usually have to drive 1000 miles or so to get to a jump site and when I got there, I could throw it up in a few minutes and get some sleep before the next day's jumps. Later I found a Sportz Truk Tent that had plenty of room for myself and my gear. I would set it up before I left, with everything inside of it and then collapse it into the bed and cover it with my tonneau cover. When I got to the airport, I pulled back the cover and set it up, blow up the air mattress withthe battery powered pump, on cold days I would even have heat and usually within less time than to build the old tarp system it was ready to go.



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I built a wood frame with four posts that fit down into the rectangular holes at each corner of the truck bed. I then put a thick king sized comporter over the frame and a heavy gauge blue tarp over that. I installed three tiedown hooks on each side of the truck bed and tied the tarp and frame down to the truck bed. I had a futom mattress that fit perfectly into the bed and could get all my stuff and food in the bed of the truck. I had a couple extra boards that I could slide out over the tail gate for cover during rain. This system worked great for a number of years when I was into backpacking. I'd leve the truck for several days and nobody ever touched a thing. A hundred bucks in material and a couple hours of carpentry was all it took. Oddly, I still have the wood frame and the old Ranger but the truck doesn't run and I like my camper better.


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Posted: 04/01/12 10:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some of the backpacking hammocks are pretty comfy if you're not shy. Of course by the time you add a rainfly and mosquito net...maybe a small tent isn't a bad idea after all.

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Posted: 04/01/12 12:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

where i am going i am not expecting any rain but i will have a tarp to use as a rain fly if it comes to that. i have decided the small pop up tent is the best way to go for this trip. maybe down the road at some point i will get a real truck tent.

or.... if i ever have a place to keep it.... a shell top. i know alot of people dont mind it full time but... i wouldnt want to drive around with that on if i wasnt camping but it sure would be nice to have.

thanks for all your suggestions. i appreciate it.

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I kinda like this one up! This has to be a very interesting thing to have. If you would want to have all the other options here, try to click here and search up all the things that you might go thru in order for you to get things straight up. Thanks for this one. Really appreciate a whole lot of things here.

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