Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Thread: Anyone *purposely* lock themselves inside their camper shell?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Montana
    Posts
    425

    Default Anyone *purposely* lock themselves inside their camper shell?

    I just picked up a fiberglass shell for my Tacoma...built a wooden sleeping platform so me and my special lady can sleep in it.

    I noticed that it doesn't seem possible to lock ourselves inside. I'm wondering if a) anyone else likes to lock their camper shell windows from the inside and b) what was your solution if your shell didn't already have that capability?
    2011 Tacoma TRD Offroad Double Cab, 6 spd, stock
    Howling Moon glamping penthouse

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Columbus Ohio
    Posts
    1,237
    slide bolt...and YES...cus my buddies think they are funny...

    ever try to get a porkchop out of a receiver hitch?
    ever see a dog jump on the hood of a car to eat the porkchop from under a windshield wiper?
    ever have someone pour glitter or cold river water on you?
    ever had dirty underware placed in your tent while sleeping?
    ever been taken out and left for dead while (drinking) camping...

    I lock it..
    Current Project
    2003 E350 7.3 Powerstroke Pop-top 4x4 sportsmobile Build YOLANDA...
    http://forum.expeditionportal.com/th...50-pop-top-4x4
    Current rig
    2015 ram 1500 Tradesman 4x4 crewcab 6.4box 3.0L ECOdiesel with custom FLIP-BACK
    Build : http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...lip-back-build

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Princeton B.C.
    Posts
    100
    Quote Originally Posted by wanderer-rrorc View Post
    slide bolt...and YES...cus my buddies think they are funny...

    ever try to get a porkchop out of a receiver hitch?
    ever see a dog jump on the hood of a car to eat the porkchop from under a windshield wiper?
    ever have someone pour glitter or cold river water on you?
    ever had dirty underware placed in your tent while sleeping?
    ever been taken out and left for dead while (drinking) camping...

    I lock it..



    we have the same friends.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    NorCal
    Posts
    1,928
    My friends learned many years ago that whatever they do to me they will get back tenfold

    re: camper - I've never really felt the need to lock it, but I see no reason why you couldn't just have a removable dowel that kept the crank from turning (if that makes any sense at all). No reason to make it any more complicated than necessary.
    BKCowGod - Bay Area, CA
    '95 Dodge Dakota - Big square V8 Beast Monster
    '93 Range Rover LWB - New engine going in now
    '00 Land Cruiser - Plushmobile
    '08 Range Rover Sport HSE - Plushermobile


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    northeast coast
    Posts
    1,922
    on the other hand, i would disable the lock so no one could lock you inside

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Cedar Key Florida
    Posts
    3,732
    Probably under $5 at any hardware store

    Pat Bonish
    Every Miles A Memory

    Exploring North America by Backroads, Waterways and Trails

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Montana
    Posts
    425
    Thanks for the replies guys. Pat, I'll have to see if I can mount something like that to the tailgate or similar.

    I may just tie a rope with a "snubbing hitch" between the camper's rear hatch and a tie-off point inside the shell. That'll at least slow someone down and make some noise.
    2011 Tacoma TRD Offroad Double Cab, 6 spd, stock
    Howling Moon glamping penthouse

  8. #8
    If you don't have screens in the windows(which I didn't) you can just reach around to the outside locks with the key and lock them (which I did). Just don't drop the key.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Littleton, CO
    Posts
    7,560
    When I had my Ranger I would lock the t-handles from the outside and then crawl into the shell through the cab (both cab and shell had double-sliding doors.) I just felt more secure that way since I normally camped alone.

    On my taco with the first shell I could lock the door and then slam it shut (it had a leer topper with a "slam latch" that I could open from inside by pulling on the cables.) On the 2nd shell, with a similar t-handle setup to my Ranger I didn't have the option of locking it as my truck didn't have a sliding window.

    I normally slept in the truck tent anyway, so my tailgate was wide open. I figured it was just as secure as any tent would have been.
    Martin
    2004 Chevy Suburban 1500 LT in "Expedition White"

    Having a Suburban means never being able to say "We don't have room for that."

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    texas
    Posts
    1
    A pair of 2 inch 'C' clamps attached to the square rods of the locks will do. Attach with the closed part of the C towards the shell leaves very little play.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •