Some time during 2017 I discovered a website where some guy had built his own slide in truck camper. I immediately became obsessed with this idea, so for the next 2 years, I spent many hours searching the net and gathering ideas for my very own project. I sketched plans and ideas onto paper and finally settled on a design that I thought I could build myself. If I were to get graded on my carpentry skills, my teacher would probably note that I do not work well with tools so please don't be too judgemental.
2019 finally arrived and I was fortunate enough to have worked a state job for 28 years and was able to retire at the young age of 51. I told my wife of my plans and she just rolled her eyes (she's done that a lot in the 27 years we've been married).
My original idea was to build a camper that would slide into the back of my Ford F-150 pickup truck but after careful deliberation, I noticed that the camper was going to rise about 3 1/2' above the cab of the truck. Since I designed it with a flat front, this was not what you would call very aerodynamic and would probably catch a lot of wind making it unstable going down the highway. Also, my wife & I enjoy kayaking and this would prevent us from carrying our kayaks unless we put them on a trailer.
Oddly enough, I have decided to purchase a heavy duty utility trailer and mount the camper to that. This way I don't have to haul the camper around every time we leave the campground and we can still carry our kayaks in the truck.
As of July of 2020, this is still a work in progress. I will continue to post updates.