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Old 08-29-2021, 12:40 PM   #1
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A Pickup Camper Concept I Can't Find Anywhere

Thanks to having the honor and privilege of being one of the first "adopters" of Covid-19 back in Feb. 2020 (at a trade show in Santa Clara, CA), I am now on my third long-Covid blood clot surgery. Yes the past 18 months have been nothing but fun. As one of the many "gifts" I now carry with me from the "gift that keeps on giving", I am experiencing a borderline urinary and bowel incontinence. From the first serious urge I do have a bit of time... like maybe 5-10 minutes but after that, in the famous lyrics by McFadden & Whitehead: "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now!"

I have had more than my fill of disgusting public toilets to last me several lifetimes. One particularly at a gas station in Ontario, CA: I will spare you the revolting details but let's just state that I threw up for the first time in 30 years. What pushed me over the limit was last week when I had to leave a mall with my shirt wrapped around my waist as my pants got soaked with filthy water that shot out of the base of the toilet.

So I figured I have a way to resolve my problem. I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab so why not just put a tall walk-in canopy that's fitted with at least a cassette toilet or better yet a full RV flush toilet with fresh water and black water tanks. It doesn't have to go over the cab at all. Just a tall extension of the truck's bed.

Now keep in mind. I don't want to sleep in it, cook in it, watch TV in it, work in it, shower in it, entertain guests, or do anything in there other than use the toilet. That's it.

I have been searching for several days online and do you think that such a product exists? Sure, there's lots of $30K campers with more extravagances than my house but nothing that is essentially a portapotty-only tall canopy-type design.

Has anyone ever seen anything like this? Or have I just invented it and should run off to the US Patent Office in the morning?
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Old 08-29-2021, 12:47 PM   #2
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I've seen just such a thing marketed to boaters, specifically targeted to those with a pontoon boat. You might try searching BoatUS and similar websites.
Here's one that might get you started in the right direction
With one of these any ol' 'topper' on your truck would give you reasonable privacy.
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Old 08-29-2021, 04:31 PM   #3
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Dump (no pun intended) the 2005 Dakota, get a van and a porta-potty.
Out somewhere in the U.S.A., annoying my new neighbors with something that has an engine in it !
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Old 08-29-2021, 04:52 PM   #4
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ARE makes some toppers that will probably work. Or you might try Leer, Snug Top, or any of the other truck top makers.
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Old 08-29-2021, 10:24 PM   #5
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I really like those options especially the WolfWise, but they are much better suited for a marine application. It would look pretty weird in the back of a truck. I can certainly see some little old lady watching me zip myself into that thing and calling the cops.

The Leer 122 could probably work but I'd like a little bit more headroom as I can certainly see smacking my head on the roof.

Something like this would be absolutely perfect if it was less commercial and lacked the side doors:

It's still not the product I'm envisioning, however, that would have the toilet actually integrated into the slide-in. I really do think I have to go patent this!

There is a second reason I would like the potty in the bed of the pickup truck. If I got it in a van I would have to drive with a gas mask on.
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Old 10-23-2021, 07:01 AM   #6
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I donít know if this might work, but sharing just in case. There are Vloggers Eamon and Bec who were camping on a raft with friends and at about 4:33 you will see their solution to the privacy for using the cassette toilet :
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