How Much Does It Cost to Build a Truck Bed Camper?

Building a camper for a truck bed is a great way to enjoy all the benefits of camping without the expense, hassle and storage issues associated with owning an RV. With just some basic materials, tools and elbow grease, you can have your own custom-built camper in no time. But how much does it cost to build a truck bed camper?

The cost of building a truck bed camper will vary depending on the materials and features you choose. Generally, basic materials such as plywood, screws, nails and sealant can be purchased for less than $200.

Additional features such as windows, insulation and cabinetry can add to the total cost. If you plan to add electrical wiring or plumbing fixtures, costs will increase accordingly.

Tools are another expense to consider when building a truck bed camper. At minimum, you’ll need an electric drill and saw; however additional tools such as jigsaws, sanders, rivet guns and grinding wheels may be needed depending on the complexity of your design. If you don’t already own these tools, you’ll need to factor in their purchase price into your budget.

Finally, if you’re hiring someone else to do the work for you then labor costs will have to be taken into account. Professional labor rates vary widely so it’s best to get quotes from several different contractors before deciding who will do the work.


Overall, building a truck bed camper can be an affordable way to get out camping without breaking the bank. The cost of materials and tools can range from under $200 for basic designs up to several thousand dollars for more complex builds with added features such as electrical wiring or cabinetry.

Labor costs also need to be considered if you’re hiring someone else to do the work for you. With careful planning and budgeting though, it’s possible to build an affordable custom-made truck bed camper that is sure to provide many years of camping enjoyment.

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Susan Delgado