Hi, I am not really sure where to post this thread. Moderator please move as needed. I am planning to build a camper shell in my truck bed. I was able to add a sketch showing my plans. The shaded gray area on the side represents where a conventional truck cap will sit. I am planning to take a fiberglass
truck cap and elevate it above the rails of my truck bed on what is essentially a short wall. The short wall will support the cap on the sides and front. Then I will add an over the cab area constructed of wood reinforced with fiberglass
. I will get to this through the front window of the truck cap. I am planning to place an escape
hatch/vent in both the over cab area and the over the truck bed area. The windows
currently in the truck cap will suffice for light
and ventilation. I will also add a wall, door, and a short overhang on the rear, but inside the dimensions of the truck bed. So I am building a sort of slide in camper, but only top part of the insulated shell. The large crosshatched rectangle on the top of the camper is a solar panel
. The batteries and charge controller will be inside the shell.
The interior will hold a bench the length of the bed, opposite a fold down work surface, as well as Solar LED lights
and a Solar
fan/vent. The facilities will be very simple; cooking on a butane one burner stove, a dishpan for a sink, and campground showers/bathroom. My goals are to make an area for storage, messy projects, and possible guest quarters (or quarters for me if my trailer goes in for repairs) on my tow vehicle. Something simple, cooler and candle camping, and lightweight, tall enough to stand upright inside when it is raining. I am 5'6" tall.
Any advice on fiberglass
work is welcome since I have no experience in this area. The truck cap is fiberglass with old paint
, meaning scratched, chipped, and blistered. I am hoping to join whatever I build to the fiberglass truck cap to form a lightweight, strong unit. So....
1. What is the best way to join the old fiberglass shell to the new pieces that I build?
2. How many layers of glass and resin do I need to apply to the plywood to form something strong and weather proof, yet lightweight?
3. Would I be able to skip the "glass" sheets on the side, front and back walls, simply coating the wood with resin?
Thanks in advance for all the great help I am going to get, which will save me from many errors.