Quickupcamper Frequently Asked Questions
Will a Quickupcamper be offered for full-size trucks with shorter beds? Many full-size pickup trucks have cargo beds too short to sleep in.
Yes. We expect to offer Quickupcampers to fit long-bed and standard-bed full size pickups, as well as short-bed, extended cab pickups. The unique Quickupcamper design locates the 7 ft. 6" long bunk crossways at the widest point of the opened shells. Even the shortest pickup beds are big enough to allow the same arrangement for sitting, sleeping and storing supplies as is found in our long-bed prototype. However, the kitchen will be smaller and simpler in regular bed models. Shorter bed pickups will require tailgate cooking.
Will a Quickupcamper be available for small trucks such as Toyota Tacoma?
No. Full-scale mockups showed that too many of the advantages of a Quickupcamper - especially its amazing roominess - are compromised by a smaller chassis. For sure, headroom and storage capacity will be annoyingly less in a smaller truck.
The prototype is on a Ford F150. Will a Quickupcamper fit other brands?
Yes. Quickupcampers could be made to fit all brands of full-size pickups, but note that the design gets much of its aerodynamic efficiency by closely following the contour of the truck's cab. Each brand of truck will need a Quickup outer shell contoured to fit. We chose a Ford because it is deservedly the most popular pickup and has dealers everywhere.
Can the Quickupcamper conversion fit older, full-size pickup models?
No. Quickupcampers will be produced only to fit current full-size pickup models and past models using the current cab style-preferably with an 8-foot bed, which makes the best use of the Quickupcamper's unique advantages.
Will a Quickupcamper be available as a slide-in?
No. A slide-in would be heavier, more complex, less durable, more expensive and have less storage space. Fuel mileage, aerodynamics, handling and stability would also suffer.
Can the Quickupcamper be equipped with air conditioning?
It could be, but air conditioners are bulky, heavy, expensive, not particularly reliable, and require a campsite hookup to 120 volt AC house current. (RV air conditioners require too much electricity to operate when the engine is not running, and solar panels cannot economically provide enough watts at this time). In campsites without hookups, the heat-reflecting white color and comprehensive insulation combine with five screened, veranda-style opening windows to keep the Quickupcamper interior temperature about the same as outdoors under a tree. The kitchen vent fan gets rid of cooking heat and can reverse to suck in fresh air. Most windows can be left open in a light, straight-down rain.
How is the Quickupcamper insulated?
The shells and end panels are insulated with the most efficient foam insulation available. Like many modern sailboats, they are actually made of carbon fiber-skinned structural foam. The truck's cargo bed is comprehensively insulated by a form-fitting Bedrug® molded of durable, mildew-resistant, polypropylene carpet, backed by thick, closed-cell foam rubber. It is also remarkably wear-resistant and easily cleaned.
Is the Quickupcamper available in colors other than white?
No. Our full-scale experiments show that a hi-gloss white exterior keeps the interior as much as 37°F cooler than any other color in hot, sunny weather. White also reduces problems caused by destructive solar UV rays and excessive expansion and contraction.
Will there be a cold-weather version?
Of course. The design is easily adapted to cold-weather use (at modest extra cost to insulate the plumbing and water tanks).
Is the Quickupcamper suitable as a 4x4?
Yes, and it would be exceptionally compact, well-balanced and fuel-efficient.
Can a Quickupcamper be equipped with a roof rack for extra luggage or a boat?
Boxy-shaped roof loads would compromise the aerodynamics and the low center of gravity. If you commonly carry large roof loads, you probably need a different vehicle. However, snow and surf boards, skiis and other equipment 8 ft. long or less can be carried inside the folded Quickupcamper.
Can a Quickupcamper be equipped with a water system, propane and electricity?
Yes. The prototype has a pressurized hot and cold water system, and a sink. The sink's gray water tank is adjacent to the fresh water tank so that weight distribution doesn't change as water is used. A chassis-mounted propane tank fuels a two burner stove, optional hot water heater and the radiant cabin heater. The LED lights, vent fan, and refrigerator/freezer are powered by a 100 amp-hour battery charged by either the truck's alternator while driving, or a silent, 75 watt solar panel on the roof while parked. An optional inverter transforms the truck's 12-volt DC power into enough 120-volt AC to recharge computers and and other small devices.
Is there a bathroom or shower?
Not built-in. Most Quickupcampers will be used in campgrounds with restrooms. For back-country and emergency use, there's a PortaPotti ® and a solar outdoor shower. An indoor shower would require a lot of space, a lot of fresh water and graywater (heavy at 8.5 lbs, per gallon), and a lot of ventilation to prevent dampness and mildew while parked. An indoor shower would add enough weight and take up enough space to compromise the major advantages of this design.
Can passengers ride inside of the Quickupcamper while on the road?
No. The headroom is too low, there are no seats, seat belts or windows, and it's illegal. However, the patent does cover versions of a Quickupcamper that could carry passengers. Such designs would probably be based on an existing van or small delivery truck. The Quickupcamper will work very well on an extended-cab pickup. As it is, it fits four average-size people at the table, and the extended cab can be modified to sleep two children.
Is there anything tricky about opening and closing the Quickupcamper?
Nothing tricky, but the Quickup does need to be quite level for the shells to open and lock properly. As with any RV, leveling pads under the tires will do the job. A small leveling jack may be needed to prevent annoying rocking in gusty winds.
Does high wind affect opening or shutting the Quickupcamper?
No (within reason). When tested in 65 mph winds, the shells opened and closed properly. When open and locked, the Quickupcamper's smooth contours offer much less wind resistance than a conventional cab-over camper design, and there's no need to close down the Quickup in gusty, high winds as is sometimes necessary with pop-up designs.
Will the interior get wet if you open or close the shells in the rain?
No. The opening and shutting of the Quickupcamper only takes about a minute. The few drops that get in will land on the folded-in end panels and will be automatically dumped overboard or end up in the perimeter interior gutters that ensure a dry cabin. The prototype has been operated in a wide variety of windy, rainy conditions without problems of any kind.
Can a Quickupcamper be driven while open?
No, not even slowly for a short distance. Pickup trucks tend to twist when driven over bumps at any speed. The closed Quickup is designed to handle chassis twist without damage, but the huge leverage of the open shells could strain the hinges, damage the shells and might even damage the truck.
How long does it take to set up the bunk? It looks complicated.
It takes about one minute to transform the dinette seats into a 7 ft. 6 inches long by 4 ft. 6 inches wide, bunk, with a yard of headroom (far more than in a typical cab-over design). The counterbalanced bunk parts do not require lifting more than 5 lbs. The bunk does not block access to the fridge, kitchen, potty or any of the 14 drawers. The top-hinged windows allow you to see the sky while in bed, yet are above the eye level of most people outside. Two windows serve as the emergency exits required by law. The kitchen vent offers fresh air without opening any windows in cold weather, rain or sandstorms. A small third person can sleep on the padded floor under the bunk. Children can sleep in an extended-type truck cab's back seat when it is equipped with an aftermarket bunk conversion kit and a pass-through window into the Quickup.
Where do the dishes and cooking gear ride when on the road?
They ride safely in a conventional dish rack mounted in a watertight, ventilated drawer equipped with a drain. Wash 'em in the sink, put 'em in the drawer to drip dry out of sight, and forget about 'em. Large, open-type drawer pulls help ventilate drawers, and do not catch on clothes. Hidden, integral catches prevent drawers from opening while driving.
Can the interior furnishings be removed for pickup duty?
Yes. The four interior modules (none heavier than 25 lbs) can be easily removed by one average person with a power screwdriver in about fifteen minutes (gas, water and electrical appliances included). Quickup utilities are connected to the permanent under-floor tanks and battery by quick-disconnects. The shells themselves can be removed by two relatively strong adults in less than an hour by removing just four hinge pins and the opening/closing hardware, but remember that the Quickup conversion is primarily intended to be used as an RV.
Will the Quickup be available without interior furnishings?
Yes, we plan to sell it with just the 2 articulated shells, without any furnishings.This permits a variety of custom interiors.
Has the truck/chassis been modified in any way?
No. No part of the Quickupcamper interferes with truck maintenance, service or parts replacment. No extra service fees, and it will easily fit grease racks.
Is the plumbing and wiring of the Quickup easily accessible?
Yes, by removing the drawers you can see or service the wiring, plumbing and the rear of the appliances.
Could the Quickup principle be used to make an aerodynamic trailer?
Yes, and the patent covers that.
A hybrid or lightweight diesel F150 pickup with 30% better fuel economy and much less emissions should be possible soon. (Current diesels weigh more and and are more heavy-duty than is necessary to carry the lightweight Quickupcamper. They're also geared too low to take full advantage of the Quickupcamper's slippery aerodynamics.)
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