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Author Topic: Pop-Up Camper conversion  (Read 26087 times)

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Pop-Up Camper conversion
« on: Oct 05, 2008, 05:17 PM »
 I bought a pop-up camper today, mostly for the trailer frame. However, my wife (bless her heart) mentions that "Hey, maybe instead of building a hard side from scratch, you could modify this thing instead."
 So, I says to myself, "Self, your wife not only has impeccable taste when it came to picking a husband, but she has a d**n fine idea there!"

 SO, anyway, anybody ever try this or know someone who has? I'm thinking about gutting the interior except for the bench seats, leaving only exterior walls. Then remove the canvas, replace with hinged plywood that I can flip up after cranking the top up, with a couple of braces to hold it in place after it is up. Plus some corner pieces to be put up after the sides are in place to block corner gaps.

OR should I stay with the original idea and make it a flatbed to haul by Fish Trap and ATV?

Ideas and input welcome... er needed.

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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #1 on: Oct 05, 2008, 05:44 PM »
I actually, as I type, have an ad on freecycle looking for a pop up to do the same to. Only requirements- has to be able to pop-up, and a heater. I am thinking, pop it up, rip bunks out, and side canvas and put up some plywood. Number the plywood sheets and put corresponding numbers on the camper, so it can be towed in the lowered position. Cut holes on floor, make sleeves to slide into holes to prevent cold air from getting in. I would probably pull out the galley as well. I own a pop-up we use as a camper, so I got some ideas from having it set up camping in it. The heater thing I might be able to get around, and just use the big buddy, but I would rather use the heater in it. I plan on once I get it to my spot to set it up and leave it until its time to pull it off the lake.


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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #2 on: Oct 06, 2008, 03:57 PM »
Pop-up behind the truck, loaded with the equipment, ATV in the truck bed(or on top of the pop-up's reinforced roof). Sounds like an easy and quick unload at the landing.

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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #3 on: Oct 10, 2008, 09:30 AM »
Eh, I've decided to scrap the Pop up shanty idea and just scrap the whole thing down to a flatbed trailer. Too much work, not enough time.

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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #4 on: Oct 10, 2008, 10:27 AM »
Heres our shack.  For under 300 bucks.  If I was you id eliminate the canvas popup part.  And run metal studs and or 2x2sticks up and wrap that in steel siding.  With foam board and paneling on the inside.  I would guess you could do this for around 400 bucks.  Ive seen some ex popups before converted like that and they were slick.


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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #5 on: Oct 10, 2008, 11:30 AM »
I converted a popup and used it for about 8 years. I put studs where the canvas was, used 4x8 siding on the outside, insulated it with 1 1/2" foam board and paneled the inside. I built a pipe and canvas bunk in each end that would stow against the wall. I left the three burner stove and cabinet in the original position and added a cabinet from a camper near the ceiling. I also had a vertical type propane heater installed that took up very little room. I bought a wheel house three years ago and gave the  conversion to my nephews and they love fishing out of it. I also helped a friend convert one last fall and it is working out great for him.
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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #6 on: Oct 25, 2008, 07:49 PM »



this worked for us last year for tourneys...we used the metal siding for walls and roof and used that "great stuff" expanding foam to fill in all the cracks...this year ( if we get to it ) we're gonna insulate it and panel it.....
we cut 3 holes in the floor and just use buckets as sleves........the mr. heater works great to heat it...

the only downsides have been , we didnt build the roof on any kind of angle so the snow on top doesnt slide off and once you heat it up enough , it melts and leaks..

i also have an ad on our local freecycle site looking for another "freebie" to try to get it right next time...
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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #7 on: Oct 25, 2008, 07:53 PM »
EDFALC- thats what I was going to do, but only use the pop-ups roof as well, did  you consider that, and if so- what changed your mind?

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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #8 on: Oct 25, 2008, 07:55 PM »
Wish we got the ice to use a shanty like that.   I'd never leave !!

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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #9 on: Oct 27, 2008, 12:13 PM »
Man that pop up looks better than the one I just sold.  That is what I would do if I lived somewhere the ice last a little while.  For the roof though,  if you use the original,  get some of that rubberized roll on roof coating and put two or three coats.  That is what I did with my pop up and it never leaked.
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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #10 on: Oct 30, 2008, 09:26 AM »
looks good guys... ive seen a couple pretty slick pop-up conversions on craigslist... so i can imagin that it might not be that hard. 

but..... if you start from the frame, you know exactly what your dealing with and dont have to get creative to make somethign fit to the existing walls.  might cost a little more, but could be simpler.  thats what i did/am doing.  it was frame from a hardside camper, but i started from just the naked, flat frame.  i think it made it simpler.  especially considering i am not an expert in building at all.  it was a major learning experience.
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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #11 on: Oct 30, 2008, 09:46 AM »
Be careful when you're removing the 4 actuators from the corners. They make the pop-up go up and down. They are spring-loaded and under a lot of pressure.

A friend of mine was tearing his apart to use the frame to make a trailer and one of those things let go and knocked him out. It actually gave him a concusion. It hit'em right in the face and he almost lost and eye. Banged him up pretty good.

Oh....and put a coat on. You're gonna catch a pneumonia    :P

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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #12 on: Oct 30, 2008, 10:45 AM »
Crappiebuster:  Nice work on the curtains..... ;)

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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #13 on: Oct 31, 2008, 06:09 PM »
Original Equipment from 1968 when she was built.  Still has the original build sheet in it shes decked out every available option for 1968.  Shasta Loweflite.  Its the way to fly 8)

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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #14 on: Oct 31, 2008, 07:16 PM »
How is it to fish out of?  I've often thought a camper would make a great house, but have never fished out of one.  Is it tough to get the fish up thru the sleeves? 

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Re: Pop-Up Camper conversion
« Reply #15 on: Nov 05, 2008, 09:16 AM »
Nope we use light colored 5 gallon buckets with the bottoms cut out.  They slide in nice and tight and the light color allows sunlight thru the bucket to see your rig.  We are about 7 inches off the ice so its nice and low hence the name of the camper Shasta Low-Flite.  Its a deluxe setup. :D

 

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