Redoing the Truck Camper

I don’t have the tools (expertise or patience) to redo the interior of the truck. I began looking around for help and was recommended. Wow. They look way out of my price range. I don’t need fancy, just functional. But on the off chance they were looking for something fun to do, I sent them this letter.

Dear folks, I have been living in a 2006 Toyota Taco for the last 5 years. I am now back in Woody Creek for a year or two and am hoping to get help fixing up the interior. All of the plywood needs replacing and painted. I built this in a March snow storm in a hurry. There is now mold happening. I don’t need much, just help with some basics. And maybe some upgrades like drawers. Or any suggestions that you may have.
 I do realize that this is not your normal kind of work. If you cannot do this I would appreciate any recommendations.

I heard from them and they will be willing to take a look at the truck when they return from vacation. I sent them this picture, after I emptied out EVERYTHING.

Then I started planning. What fun. I made a list of things that had to get done and a list of extras if the budget allowed.

1. All existing plywood replaced. Coated with something that prohibits moisture. Making sure that the tie down bolts for the topper are accessible.
2. Fire extinguisher placed.
3. Back light correctly installed.
4. Window opening reversed.
5. Kangaroo-rat-proof drawer installed under bed.
6. Middle section liftable, to access back sides.
7. Grommets on outside to attach tarp. (I used 4 different glues and none worked.)

I gave up on this list, not knowing if I can even afford the basics. I will wait on the big dreams after I get the estimate for the basics. Do you have any wild ideas?

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7 Responses to Redoing the Truck Camper

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  2. Ming says:

    I would suggest making the bed platform out of slats to maximize air flow to prevent condensation under the mattress.

    I wonder if adding insulation under the wood floor would help with mold. It might help keep your feet warmer.


    • Mas Prema says:

      Hi Ming! I do not have a mattress. I sleep on the plywood. The mold happened in a corner of the floor when water got in from a cracked window. Have thought about insulating, but figure I can drive to somewhere warmer. My budget is tiny and my ability to “rough it” is huge! 😄 thank you for reading the blog, you are the best. Great hints.

      On Sun, Aug 8, 2021 at 12:20 AM Truck Camper Hints wrote:



  3. Pip says:

    How exciting for you – hope that it all works out as you want and look forward to seeing the works in progress and then the finished upgrade.
    So pleased to see your post today as am in covid lockdown in Sydney Australia – and your post has brightened my day.
    All the best


    • Mas Prema says:

      Oh Pip. Hearing from you calmed my nerves. Another lockdown is no fun. Thanks for your continued support.

      On Sat, Aug 7, 2021 at 4:51 PM Truck Camper Hints wrote:



  4. emari says:

    Good luck! The only way we could tie on a tarp was by using our roof rack. Other option would be to drill holes in your topper to install hooks and use good sealant.


    • Mas Prema says:

      Am more than nervous thinking about a hole in the topper. I tried all kinds of glue that didn’t work. I may go with JB Weld next. They have a product that goes with aluminum. I have been OK with using bungee cords, attached to the wheel wells, but do want to upgrade.

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