The Truck

This truck is like my left leg. We've been to battle together in the book field, stuck together in mud pits, crashed together into trees, other vehicles and ditches, I've given it the wrong fluids and made it sick, it's been on fire and the College Station Fire Dept had to put it out -- if I've ever had a deep bond with anything inanimate, it would be with this truck. Sure, we've had our differences -- sometimes I was right, sometimes she was right -- but we worked it out in the end. In fact, it was the tough times that really brought us together. The question is, under all this strain, will our relationship survive?

How To Build Your Own Mobile:
Step One:

Structure is one of the most important decisions of this project -- there are lots of possibilities, however I chose a pitched roof design for three reasons: it's simple, aerodynamic and it will stand out from other trucks and campers. Basically, it'll draw a lot of attention from fellow drivers... which gets my website out (see step 6).
Step Two:

Next, measure and cut the plywood -- I recommend 1/2 inch untreated, but it really depends on the rest of your design. Also, keep in mind the possiblility of rain -- for example, i measured and cut the side pieces before the roof pieces -- that way the roof pieces extended all the way to the edge of the camper. Also, you may want to consider some kind of ventilation system. I cut two holes on each end of the camper and installed small outdoor vents to allow for air circulation.
Step Three:

I added this rubber roof cap to ensure that no rain/snow would leak in through the seams of the plywood. For an adhesive, I used synthetic tile glue (VERY strong stuff) around the edges, plus metal plates (which acts as a tar-square to increase the surface area of the screws) screwed into the frame of the cabin. I actually got really lucky when I found this rubber roof cap that fit perfectly to my design...well, almost perfectly... it was about two inches too short, so I improvised with one of the greatest inventions known to man: Duct tape.
Step Three and 1/2:

Uh... yea, this was my brilliant solution to a 2-inch short roof cap. Hey -- it's cost efficient and effective. Actually, to be truthful I put a sheet of thick plastic which underlaps the roof cap by about 4 inches. I then used polyurethane adhesive to attach the plastic to the plywood. The duct tape is really just for effect. The metal plate helps to keep the plastic to the edge of the roof.
Step Four:

I used an expandable foam crack filler to seal all the edges of my camper from the inside. I really do not want any rain to leak through -- so this should take care of that problem. This is really cool stuff, by the way -- just make sure you don't get any on your skin -- IT NEVER COMES OFF! Not that I would know...
Step Five:

I had a lot of trouble deciding how I was going to seal this wood from the weather. I would rather be dry than have a cool paint job -- but I don't like to settle. I couldn't find flat blue paint -- and I needed a non-glossy paint that I could put polyurethane over. So, I decided to put three coats of polyurethane on the bare wood and cover that with Krylon glossy paint that adheres to plastic and wood. Perfect. So, this is the camper after the polyurethane coats. As you can tell, there is a mysterious hole in my camper. Well, I realized that with my current design, I would have no way of getting out of my camper with the bed door closed. So, I cut out this trap door that I can reach my hand out of and open the bed. Small design oversight -- but hey, it works.
Step Five and 1/2:

Here is the trap-door, which I will add before the paint job. It will be on hinges with a bolt-type lock. And yes, that is my foot.
Step Six:

All I can say is: Wow. I finally put the blue coat with a nice white design. I cut out the letters and varsitys horns from a posterboard. Check out the rest of these pictures from all angles. All it needs now is a truck...
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