12 more reader submitted dream floor plans including raw concepts, wild ideas, and subtle refinements. And the winner of the first ever dream truck camper floor plan contest is…
Just last week we visited a prominent truck camper manufacturer and the subject of our dream camper floor plan contest came up. We talked with great excitement about the variety of ideas our readers were presenting, and encouraged them to study the plans when they debuted. No, we didn’t give them a sneak peak. It’s more fun to tease.
None of the submitted designs, including mine, are anywhere near production ready. That was never the intention or spirit of this contest, nor is it possible without delving into details like plumbing, electrical, and code compliance.
The true potential of this contest is to give truck camper users from around the United States, Canada, and the world the opportunity to directly inspire professional truck camper design teams. You know, the folks responsible for the truck campers you see debut here on Truck Camper Magazine, at RV shows, and dealer lots? This was your shot to show them your big idea, and possibly change the course of truck camper design history.
I know, crazy talk. Then again, crazier things have happened. I’m going to lobby the industry to take your designs and ideas seriously, as I do with our bi-annual truck camper survey coming up this fall. Together, we will change the course of campers.
Far be it for us to determine who should win the best dream camper floor plan, except that’s exactly what we had to do. This is, after all, a contest, and we are the big cheese, cheesette, and cheese-cat for this electron-only magazine. After considerable review, and a tail gesture we interpreted as positive, we have a winner.
Above: Click to enlarge this floor plan and the others below to see them bigger.
Although I don’t currently own a truck camper, I would like to in the future. I often think of what an ideal floor plan would be so this was a fun exercise. I first did the layout in a program that was to scale. The dimensions should be pretty accurate.
The floor length is 11-feet. The total length is 19-feet, 9-inches. The width is 8-feet. It’s a single-slide, dry bath, flatbed model.
Although there are a few flatbed model campers on the market, I think there is a great deal of room for more. Specifically, I think there is room for a larger model that takes full advantage of the ability to place the door anywhere.
To this end, I created a floor plan layout that places the door towards the front of the curb side of the camper. This allows for greater flexibility in the placement of the bathroom, which I put across the entire rear of the camper.
The slide allows space for both a dinette and a small couch that can turn into a bed. Placement of the kitchen towards the front, along with the heaviest components such as the fresh water tank, battery bank, and propane tanks, will help in keeping the center of gravity as close to the front as possible.
The placement of the entertainment center allows for viewing either on the main floor or the cabover. There is overhead storage above the kitchen and couch that makes up for the lack of floor cabinets. There is also ample windows allowing light in from either side of the camper as well as views. I think this would make an ideal camper for a family with the potential to sleep up to six people without the use of a bunk.
#16 – David Miller, Branson, Missouri – Honorable Mention
My camper is designed with the premise that the most important things about a truck camper use are (1) the nice, soft, queen bed for sleeping, and (2) the nice bathroom for showering; not a wet bath.
The dining aspect needs less emphasis because, typically, the meals are simple and small. In most cases, weather dependent, we eat outside at the picnic table. Thus there is no need for a large dining table.
There is also no need to accommodate guests for sleeping. If the grandkids are camping with us, they will sleep in a tent outside. The concept of having the table convert to a bed is unnecessary, and a waste of space for us.