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RickW

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Posted: 07/10/18 12:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am thinking inside the box, specifically building a wide "cargo box" that would mount on the roof of a truck cap or TC.

I assume the canvas and paints are not heavy, you can handle the supplies from a ladder, and you do not need to sleep on top of your art supplies.

I could also see a slim side box mounted between the jacks of a TC.

Just thinkin'


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I'm thinking your best bet is to swap your pickup bed out for a flatbed, which would open up all sorts of possibilities for side box storage, both under and over the bed. Take a look at the photos in this thread:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=........pC4Ws64vQ8wbgfCG33t&ust=1531334467685054

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Better idea: Get a normal truck camper and build a large, flat box under the mattress. Put some handles and air springs on it so it's easier to lift open to put paintings in and out of.

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It sounds like he's concerned about having the paints and solvents in his living space. Although it WOULD be easier to keep them from freezing in there than it would in an outer compartment. If that's an issue.

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Optimistic Paranoid wrote:

It sounds like he's concerned about having the paints and solvents in his living space. Although it WOULD be easier to keep them from freezing in there than it would in an outer compartment. If that's an issue.


Ahhh. Ok. Well, under mattress box for paintings and regular storage for thinners/voc's. Even the cab of the truck for thinners if they are well sealed.

* This post was edited 07/11/18 06:44am by HadEnough *

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work2much wrote:

So the camper would sit on the bed rails?

There are campers with very large basements.

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That is common here

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Optimistic Paranoid wrote:

I'm thinking your best bet is to swap your pickup bed out for a flatbed, which would open up all sorts of possibilities for side box storage, both under and over the bed. Take a look at the photos in this thread:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=........pC4Ws64vQ8wbgfCG33t&ust=1531334467685054

They are all Flatbeds here. So no problem using a under tray storage box

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Northstar pop up campers have storage under the mattress.

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HadEnough wrote:

Better idea: Get a normal truck camper and build a large, flat box under the mattress. Put some handles and air springs on it so it's easier to lift open to put paintings in and out of.

Problem solved. [emoticon]


Best idea, if you need to carry large wide canvasses flat.
No need to have the paint thinner inside, out that in a smaller storage.
Wouldn't need handles or air anything. Build the platform up a few inches and put a front on it. Could make a large sliding tray on drawer guides if you're handy.
Way better than raising the camper up in the truck bed for numerous and obvious reasons.


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Reading along with interest. One thing I've seen with newer units is the apparent lack of 'wheelhouse' access doors. My old, sold Lance had access doors on both sides, easy access to the unused space between the bed walls and the camper itself, space I always used to store things like sealed gas containers, my Coleman lantern, chainsaw and other items I didn't want in the backseat of my truck. My new TC, I had to add the doors. Not a big job but something I would have appreciated being there in the first place (but never looked when I bought it.

With any TC, storage space is always at a premium, nature of the beast I guess.


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