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DoomsDave 05-08-2019 08:30 AM

One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup
 
I have a Chevy S10 pickup truck and I'd like to use it more to move plants and things like that, sometimes, and other times use it to haul dirt.

Tarping is NOT adequate for the plants, especially over long distances of 100+ miles.

I'd like a camper shell that's removable and installable by ONE person, who's not Superman (or -woman) like lil' old 60-ish me.

I guess I could do a bespoke ad hoc thingie, but maybe one of our beloved DIY Chatters might have some great thoughts in your hip pockets?

Thanks for looking! :vs_cool:

rjniles 05-08-2019 09:09 AM

Re: One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup
 
Canvas camper shell.

https://www.autoanything.com/hitch-b...RoCYYAQAvD_BwE

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Nealtw 05-08-2019 09:29 AM

Re: One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup
 
Do you have a garage?




This one would be better if he could drop it on the truck, all he had to do was turn it around.


BayouRunner 05-08-2019 09:43 AM

One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup
 
I have a lift mounted for my Jeep hard top. It works off a drill or hand crank. Takes a few minutes to take it on and off. I only take it off for the summer and I put it back on for hunting season. It works wellAnd is pretty easy


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DoomsDave 05-08-2019 10:50 AM

Re: One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup
 
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Originally Posted by Nealtw (Post 5829051)
Do you have a garage?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NArysaJDrBo


This one would be better if he could drop it on the truck, all he had to do was turn it around.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izftbpDHwZg

Do I have a garage??? :vs_laugh::vs_laugh::vs_laugh:

I have a garage, but the door's been removed, and it's now just a giant laundry room. Everything parks outside.

That's a really slick rig, though! Might motivate me to rig something in front of the garage. :vs_cool:

DoomsDave 05-08-2019 10:52 AM

Re: One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup
 
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Originally Posted by rjniles (Post 5829033)
Canvas camper shell.

https://www.autoanything.com/hitch-b...RoCYYAQAvD_BwE

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That is slicker'n cat poop on linoleum! A bit pricey, but it's a great thought! :vs_cool:

DoomsDave 05-08-2019 10:53 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by BayouRunner (Post 5829059)
I have a lift mounted for my Jeep hard top. It works off a drill or hand crank. Takes a few minutes to take it on and off. I only take it off for the summer and I put it back on for hunting season. It works wellAnd is pretty easy


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Got a picture?

Nealtw 05-08-2019 11:13 AM

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build a removable fishing rod:biggrin2:

HenryMac 05-08-2019 11:18 AM

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Hey Dave... those old school aluminum toppers are crazy light. But if the truck is really nice it still takes 2 people to load it to keep it from scratching up the paint on your truck.

When we finished our attached garage I built a hoist structure to remove the hardtop on our Jeep, and built a "caddy" to sit the top on and roll it into the corner. You could do something similar.

The post is a basement support column. It's removed when not in use. There is a hole in the ceiling for the pole to engage the end of the support beam.

Beam laying on the trusses is supported at both ends. The basement support column engages the loose end, and the column is screwed upward. This means no load on the trusses from the beam.

3onthetree 05-08-2019 11:34 AM

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Some ingenuity displayed by all. I'll just say make sure the topper has a sunroof to haul those palm trees you've been dealing with :biggrin2:

DoomsDave 05-08-2019 02:32 PM

Re: One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by HenryMac (Post 5829151)
Hey Dave... those old school aluminum toppers are crazy light. But if the truck is really nice it still takes 2 people to load it to keep it from scratching up the paint on your truck.

When we finished our attached garage I built a hoist structure to remove the hardtop on our Jeep, and built a "caddy" to sit the top on and roll it into the corner. You could do something similar.

The post is a basement support column. It's removed when not in use. There is a hole in the ceiling for the pole to engage the end of the support beam.

Beam laying on the trusses is supported at both ends. The basement support column engages the loose end, and the column is screwed upward. This means no load on the trusses from the beam.

Your garage is nicer than much of my house!

As noted above, I don't really have a garage for all that rigging. But it might be worth putting up something outside.

BayouRunner 05-08-2019 05:59 PM

Re: One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup
 
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Originally Posted by DoomsDave (Post 5829115)
Got a picture?



Gonna take my top off this weekend. Iíll send one then


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BayouRunner 05-09-2019 01:00 AM

One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup
 
This is what I have. Except I strap the Jeep top to the bottom of the rack. Then crank it all the way to the ceiling. I just use a battery powered drill to crank it. I donít have any pictures with the top in the air but will post one when I take it off. I plan on it this weekend unless something changes. It was roughly about $250

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...7117944a9b.jpg

You can look at videos. I canít figure how to post a link. ďRacor lift Jeep top liftĒ on you tube is the shortest video that will give you the concept

HenryMac 05-09-2019 10:21 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by DoomsDave (Post 5829315)
Your garage is nicer than much of my house!

As noted above, I don't really have a garage for all that rigging. But it might be worth putting up something outside.

A big ole tree and a block-n-tackle would get the job done too!

Quote:

Originally Posted by BayouRunner (Post 5829451)
Gonna take my top off this weekend. I’ll send one then

:wink2:

BayouRunner 05-12-2019 12:41 PM

One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup
 
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...4be35022b4.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...491ef3ae27.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...18c63f4f97.jpg
Only takes maybe 10 minutes to get top off. Whole process by the time I gather the drill, bits and radio. Then remove the windows maybe 30 minutes

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ron45 05-19-2019 02:21 PM

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Maybe.

Also, buying used they can be fixed up really nice and easy on the wallet.

http://www.s10forum.com/forum/attach...s-dsc02216.jpg

http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/a...1&d=1287798109

https://api.ning.com/files/CcVG7ou8s...7O7/83smh1.jpg

ron45 05-19-2019 02:26 PM

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One that really is appealing.

https://common-knowledge.co/wp-conte...uck-camper.jpg

HenryMac 05-19-2019 03:06 PM

Re: One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ron45 (Post 5835873)
Maybe.

Also, buying used they can be fixed up really nice and easy on the wallet.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ron45 (Post 5835877)
One that really is appealing.

You two fellas are confusing campers... with a camper shell.

Quote:

Originally Posted by DoomsDave (Post 5829013)
... I'd like a camper shell that's removable and installable by ONE person....


ron45 05-21-2019 03:32 AM

Re: One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup
 
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Originally Posted by HenryMac (Post 5835903)
You two fellas are confusing campers... with a camper shell.

Those were easy to put on take off.

Maybe just a bit higher priced then a shell, never heard that term.

But definitely more convenient.

On the go you can pull over and get into the back and sleep without hooking anything up or unhooking.

With the shell you have to find a specific place to set up and you may or may not have electric, bathroom, etc..

DoomsDave 05-21-2019 09:54 AM

Re: One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ron45 (Post 5837115)
Those were easy to put on take off.

Maybe just a bit higher priced then a shell, never heard that term.

But definitely more convenient.

On the go you can pull over and get into the back and sleep without hooking anything up or unhooking.

With the shell you have to find a specific place to set up and you may or may not have electric, bathroom, etc..

I meant a shell.

My days of sleeping in the back of trucks are long past . . . :biggrin2:

For now, at least.

Mystriss 05-21-2019 10:27 AM

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I'm seriously digging that canvas topper in post #2. I'd totally buy one if we had plans to keep a pickup.

DoomsDave 05-21-2019 10:31 AM

Re: One person camper shell for Chevy S10 pickup
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by HenryMac (Post 5835903)
You two fellas are confusing campers... with a camper shell.

A shell's all I want . . .


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