FJ Camper

Our latest project that turns our (new to us) FJ Cruiser into the perfect overnight and weekend camper. 13.2 gallons of available, pressurized fresh water. Over 1500 watts of AC power. 200 watts of solar. Consider this to be a prototype of a product to be available in the future. We have a few vids describing the design concept here.

- Industrial-grade aluminum extrusion framing with hidden connectors
- Baltic birch plywood panels, laminated where necessary
- Solid birch drawer boxes with dovetail joinery
- 60% complete rear seat delete
- Stealth camping cot with sliding extension to increase length to 76" and allow passenger seat to be used while driving
- 5mm rubber waterproof flooring on top of cot keeps gear from sliding around
- Hest Foamy stealth camping mattress
- Large storage drawer under back of cot with 28" heavy duty lock-in/lock-out slides
- Camp stove drawer with laminated hinged lid on 28" heavy duty lock-in/lock-out slides. Lid serves as an outdoor kitchen countertop.
- Two-burner Eureka propane camp stove
- Fridge tray with 5mm rubber waterproof finish on 26" heavy duty lock-in/lock-out slides
- Iceco JP40 42qt. dual-power fridge/freezer
- Anker Solix C1000 power station with integral MPPT solar controller mounted under cot
- Blue Sea ST Blade fuse block for DC load distribution (six circuits)
- 3.0 GPM Shurflo water pump (7.5A max.)
- Two 2-gallon Rotopax water tanks
- Two 2.6-gallon collapsible water storage cubes under cot 
- 4-position water source control valve
- Kitchen faucet spray head, 69" shower hose, and on/off shower valve
- PETT portable toilet (briefcase style)
- Sherpa Fuji aluminum roof rack
- 4x4 Colorado Nimbus roof top tent (RTT) with telescoping ladder and optional air/foam mattress
- 42" LED light bar mounted to front of RTT with custom brackets
- Four LED flood pod lights mounted to rear of roof rack
- Custom roof rails with load stops mounted to top of RTT
- BougeRV 100W solar panels (2) mounted to roof rails with custom brackets
- Scanstrut multi-cable gland mounted next to front roof rack tower
- 6" PVC pressurized fresh water tank (4 gallons) with spray hose and quick connect regulator mounted to passenger side of RTT 
- 270 awning mounted to driver side of roof rack
- RIG'd RambleSwing hitch-mounted pivot arm
- RIG'd RambleRack bike carrier with custom aluminum UltraTable mount
- Custom RotopaX/Hi-Lift jack Carrier designed to carry two stacked RotopaX gas tanks and a horizontal 42" Hi-Lift jack
- AC/USB combo outlet
- LED reading/work/night light with red component
- Window covers
- ARB recovery kit
- Krazy Beaver shovel with locking Rhino mounts
- Stacking Maxtrax with locking mounting pins and custom brackets
- EZFlate Moab air compressor and 4 tire hose system
- Collapsible sink/tub
- Frontrunner Expander camp chairs with storage bag
- Folding camping table with storage bag
- Wippro diesel heater (exterior operation only)

View from rear of FJ with Hest mattress unrolled.

Roof setup with roof rack, lightbar, PVC water tank, RTT, shovel, roof rails, solar panels, 270 awning, and Maxtrax.

Side view with Maxtrax, shovel, and someone sleeping on the Hest mattress.

RTT deployed with ladder attached.

Camp stove drawer extended and hinged lid open.

Sliding cot extension. Hest mattress rolled up. Power station tucked under cot.

100W solar panels inside the roof rails allow long items (like a paddle board) to be strapped down using the roof rail load stops.

Roof rail detail showing solar panel/Maxtrax mounting bracket, load stop, and tower. All powder coated steel.

RotopaX/Hi-Lift jack carrier...side view. Includes the ability to mount a GMRS antenna to the Hi-Lift shelf.

RotopaX/Hi-Lift jack carrier...back view. Adjustable to fit a maximum 32" tire. Hi-Lift jack shelf is adjustable in height.

6" PVC pipe water tank. Fill on one end, air valve and drain on the other.

PVC pipe water tank air valve and drain. Air regulator with LockNFlate quick connect manages the air pressure.

RTT and light pods. RTT was shifted back 4" from this position.

Roof rail and tower test. Tower will get matte black powder coat.

Outdoor galley with custom RIG'd UltraTable mount on their RambleRack.

Rear view showing the rig ready to roll. We since moved the table 3" to the right to clear the back-up camera.

6" PVC pipe water tank on the rig. Next step is to test it with some water and air pressure.

New light bar drop brackets are done and the light bar is on...no buffeting!

Phase one of the furniture framing showing the sliding cot extension and storage drawer box.

Phase two of the furniture framing showing mounted Rotopax water tanks and water pump switch.

Camp stove drawer box and laminated lid.

Drawers, fridge, and fridge tray.

Open drawers...fully extended. Both are on 28" lock-in/lock-out slides. Laminated 3/4" Baltic birch drawer fronts. 

Side panel test fit. This gets a night light, two exterior light switches, and a AC/USB combo outlet. Back side is the electrical panel.

Phase one framing, phase two disconnected. Wiring and plumbing prepped for install.

Cot panels. Note the plunger for holding the extension in place while driving.

Cot fully extended. 5mm rubber finish applied along with feet to the filler panel undersides.

Cot with Hest Foamy mattress unrolled. Perfect fit and very comfy!