(first posted 4/10/2013. I have home-built campers on the brain) Ah, the good old days, when Dad spent his weekends for five months building a camper on the back of a 1929 Chevy truck. $85 ($1,500 adjusted) dollars worth of materials and parts, and when it was done, he piled Mom and the seven kids into it and hit the road. The first trip was cross-country: 3200 miles in seven days, and the kids never fought once. And they went on to rack up over 30,000 miles in the “Silver Bullet”. Now that was a Dad.