Custom Camper Shell on 2005 Mazda Inspired by Rolling Homes

Hi Lloyd, here are some photos and text of the truck camper build.

The camper is built on a 2005 Mazda B2500 with a custom tipper bed, handy for parking on slopes and being able to level the camper. The framing is all 2×2 Douglas fir from a local sawmill here is southwest Scotland. I wanted to keep it fairly simple with no added complications such as electricity or plumbing, bare bones, and functional.

There is a single bed/sofa in the back that folds out to a double, and that’s it. Storage is under the bed and above the cab. The exterior cladding is tongue-and-groove which has been stained and distressed, then sealed up with three coats of yacht varnish. The trims are all Douglas fir. The frame is insulated with 25mm of rigid insulation. The roof is EPDM rubber, which is cheap, easy to install, and very lightweight. All in all, I estimate it to weigh roughly 150 kilos. Build time was roughly 80 hours and materials came in at just under £1000.

This sort of camper was inspired by my time in Canada and the Rolling Homes book by Lloyd. They are unusual over here in Scotland so it’s quite a head-turner and I get a lot of interest when I’m out in it. It is helpful that it also doubles as a spare room for visitors when it is not on the truck.

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Many thanks for the inspiration.
All the best

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

4 Responses to Custom Camper Shell on 2005 Mazda Inspired by Rolling Homes

    1. Apparently, the Mazda B series and the Ford Ranger are virtually identical. says: “Through its association with Ford, Mazda produced the B-Series as the Ford Courier and the Ford Ranger. Conversely, the Ford Ranger was sold in North America as a Mazda B series from 1994 until 2011.”

  1. Yes it does say ranger on the side, they were on it when I bought the truck. The front badge is a mazda however. Like rick says they are basically the same truck.

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