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Old 03-11-2016, 06:43 AM   #1
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My Jeep's "Exo Egg" Camper Build

It all started with a little 1985 13ft fiberglass U-Haul camper, model CT-13 to be exact. They weight 1200lbs so seemed like a good accessory for my new JKU. Although ours will weigh more due to our modifications, it should still be well within our tow limits. We found it online and funny enough it was sitting on the side of the hill under the trees 3 miles from where we live! We made an offer and towed it home the next day. It was pretty dirty from sitting for years under the trees so first up we gave it a good pressure wash. From there we brought her inside the garage and started to strip it down to the shell.

Since this is for my jeep we let that be our inspiration in the re-build. The original bumper was replaced with a JK bumper with water tank mod. We also modified and fit JK tail lights to the camper, as well as a JK tire carrier and brake light. We installed a Jeep gas cover outlet for the campers electrical cord when service is available. My husband switched out the u-haul hubs for hubs with a jeep bolt pattern so we could match the wheels to my Jeep. He also gave the camper a lift to accommodate larger BFG tires and give us more clearance for off grid camping.

In addition to our jeep related mods to the exterior, we have added jerry can mounts, hitch with bike carrier, solar panel awning, double propane tanks, diamond plate rock guard, exterior speaker and the most obvious...the exo roof rack. Besides providing additional storage up top the rack provides a sturdy surface to mount the ARB side awning, and front/back awnings. We also designed a detachable shower rod for the back side to provide a private shower/potty stall area. We hope the rack will also offer the egg some protection from branches above or rubbing against trees when in some tighter spaces.

I'll update our build here as we go...
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The rack is completely removable. It does require 4 people on each corner to lift up and over the rooftop fan but me, my husband and our 2 younger kids manage it fine.
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Old 03-11-2016, 07:01 AM   #3
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The interior was complete gut as well. The windows leaked so have been removed and rebuilt as you can't buy replacements. All of the cushions were missing so I purchased some foam and in the process of sewing covers for those. We removed the rusted/incomplete cooktop and replaced with a newer, modern one from ebay. We removed the original "swamp cooler" on the roof and replaced it with a more functional Maxx Fan. It never came with a refrigerator so we have added that. We removed the rusted furnace and put a speaker in the hole left behind by the furnace vent and added a place to install a bluetooth radio. The roof cant support the weight of a rooftop a/c unit so we made some modifications to mount a window unit inside under the front bunk. We are making custom diamond plate cabinet doors, replacing all lights with led and new flooring to come.
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Old 03-11-2016, 07:05 AM   #4
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We will start to sand and repaint the exterior soon. It will be white to match my jeep.
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Old 03-11-2016, 07:46 AM   #5
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Thats badass!
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:59 PM   #6
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nice build! great work
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Old 03-22-2016, 12:09 AM   #7
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I've been looking at these since I saw one in a customers yard. There were several manufactures of these little fiber- campers. I really like them, I'll be watching this, good luck !
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Old 03-23-2016, 07:54 AM   #8
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Thanks guys. Not much to show in pics but I have finished sanding the exterior this past week and hopefully hubby will start to paint it soon. Once its painted we can start to put it all back together so getting it painted is the next big project before we can move forward.
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Wow!! This is awesome! I see some great adventures in your future.
Can't wait to see the final product.
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:12 AM   #10
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Simply awesome....I'm in awe of your project! I'm not a fan of the jerry cans on the rear in the event of a rear-end collision. Can you tell I'm risk averse!

Please keep the updates flowing.
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:29 PM   #11
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Thats sweet!! Great job.
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:35 PM   #12
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Very very nice. Nice outside the box thinking.
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Old 04-15-2016, 03:09 PM   #13
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Got the egg primered and wet sanded. It's back in the garage in our temporary paint booth ready for the bright white paint next. Hope to get it done this week...
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We have a 19' travel trailer (that I tow with my truck) and I keep telling my girlfriend I would like to go smaller. Easier to tow, store and when we camp we spend all of our time outside anyway. All I need from a trailer is a warm dry place to sleep and a toilet. Very cool little trailer and nice work!!!
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Old 04-29-2016, 06:31 PM   #15
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I love these things! I had a similar "Egg" camper briefly a few years ago. Mine was a LoveBug. Had issues getting a clean title for it, so I ended up putting it on Ebay. Sold it for about 5X what I paid for it, even though I explained the title issues in the ad. Hope that guy had better luck than I did...
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Very cool idea with the exoskeleton!
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Can't wait to see this done. Very cool so far.
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OP, great work. Please give some updates.
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Very nice! Wish I had some of those skills.
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Thanks everyone. The exo egg project has stalled with the weather finally breaking (we are in construction) so less time to work on it. Here are a few updated pics though of painting it white. Our diy paint job isn't perfect. Keeping up with such a big area has proven harder than we thought...and that's painting one half at a time. We have actually painted one side twice and plan to paint the other side again to try and get it to a point we can deal with. Have even talked to some painters about doing it for us but so far none of them have shown any interest in it. Hubby also has an issue with the "white" not being anywhere close to matching my white jeep. I'm not as anal about it but if we were to find someone that would paint it we would opt for color matching it to my jeep to satisfy his ocd. Lol. As is I think it looks better than its original faded and stained up look but it's got flaws. Anyway the paint is all that is holding us back from putting it back together. Everything else has been fabbed up and is there, just need this paint job to be done. Wish us luck!
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Looks great! You folks are doing a great job!! Good Luck and have fun when your done.....
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Looks great to me.
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From the pics, the paint job looks great to me. We restored an old CJ and was also painted in a "garage paint booth" it's not perfect but still looks good and it gives you nice feeling knowing that it was done by you. Remember your taking this to the back country with your Jeep, depending on where you plan to go, the paint will not be perfect forever. Terrific idea having the camper use the same tires as the Jeep!
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From the pics, the paint job looks great to me. We restored an old CJ and was also painted in a "garage paint booth" it's not perfect but still looks good and it gives you nice feeling knowing that it was done by you. Remember your taking this to the back country with your Jeep, depending on where you plan to go, the paint will not be perfect forever. Terrific idea having the camper use the same tires as the Jeep!
You are right ofcourse. There were areas where the paint ran though that we just found hard to overlook so we will give it one more go when time allows and deal with whatever comes of it. Good thing about the exo cage is maybe nobody will focus on the paint once its back on. lol Like you said, its gonna get used and even the best paint wont stay that way. I guess after all the work we have put in we are just trying to do the best we can with it. I would like to put some decals on it as well to incorporate some red (my jeep has a white/red/black theme going on) ....which if I am creative could help mask some of the imperfections too
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Super cool! I'm jealous of the project. Please keep the updates coming.
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Please keep posting as you add more or take it on the road. truly awesome!
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I'm 'EGG'cited to see what the finishing touches are going to be on the final unveiling. It sure looked like an 'egg'normous job you've taken on but what I've seen so far, You must be having an 'egg'hilarating time doing it.
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Awesome work, any updates?
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With winter looming we will have more time to put the egg back together soon. We dropped it off for a whole new paint job on Tuesday so once we get it back we can start reassembling everything. Here's a couple pics on Wed when we took it to the body shop. You can see better how different the white is from my jeep. It will match when it's painted this time. Oh and we swung by to have it weighed as it sits completely stripped and it's 1000lbs. It will be interesting to see the final weight when we are done with the build. I'll post an update again very soon with any luck!
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