Start-up builder Dynamo Truck Camper Extreme (TCX), a subsidiary of Silver Streak LLC, just unveiled a revolutionary weld-free, aluminum truck camper frame in preparation for its new line of campers. The Florida-based company also announced that it’s close taking orders on its semi-custom, lightweight campers this month.
“We’ve been perfecting the frame and body system for this camper for six months,” explained Ellie Dillon, Dynamo’s owner and director of operations. “We didn’t want to take anything for granted and have tested the strength and flex points of the frame both before the skin and with the Alclad 2024 T3 skin riveted on. We are happy to announce that it not only met our goals, but exceeds it, by quite a bit.”
The frame of this all-aluminum camper weighs only 440 pounds and will boast a dry weight of only 1,200 pounds once the camper is complete.
“This frame is so light, that even I can rock it and it starts to lift from the dolly we’re building it on—one side can go up high enough see air under the bunk,” she said.
Initially, Dynamo TCX will sell four semi-custom models of various sizes: a 6-foot 5-inch short-bed model, an 8-foot long-bed model, a 9-foot 5-inch long-bed plus model, and an extra long 11-foot 5-inch model with custom boxes for flatbed mounts. All floorplans can be ordered either as a standard truck camper or as a toy hauler with an extra wide rear door and loading ramp.
The company employs mostly aircraft techs and assemblers, along with workers from the yacht/marine industry, so build quality is all but ensured.
“My husband, Phil, has extensive experience with aluminum travel trailers and yachts,” Dillon said. “He’s been in the yachting industry half his life and has collected, restored, customized, and managed over 300 vintage aluminum trailers, including Spartans, Silver Streaks, Aeroflites, and Avions, so he’s the perfect guy to create the perfect aluminum camper.”
Employing some the best construction practices of those earlier aluminum classics and a few new ones, the Dynamo TCX camper promises to be just as enduring. In an industry first, only buck rivets will be used in the manufacture of both the frame and the camper because welds have a tendency to fail over time. In fact, all components of the camper will be hand-made of aluminum, including all cabinets, countertops, window frames, and vents. Even the mounting brackets for the Rieco Titan lift jacks will be made of aluminum. According to the company, this is the first time an aluminum camper has ever been built this way.
Each camper will be insulated using a mold-resistant, R22 foil insulation, while flooring will consist of a high-quality Forbo marmoleum. No glass will be used in a Dynamo TCX camper, only a high-strength, aircraft-grade Lexan.
The company will offer a number of options including cabinet finishes, holding tanks, appliances, and solar power as well as the excellent Webasto Dual Top and the revolutionary Truma Combi. In addition, customers can choose either an east-west cabover with a queen-size bed or a north-south cabover with a queen-size or king-size bed.
So what are the plans for this first camper, which will be used by the couple to promote the new company? “This camper is set to double as a toy hauler, so it will have no bathroom,” Dillion said, “but it’s ours, so we’ll put a porta potty in it for late nights. The door is top hinged aluminum that goes up on gas shocks and is 46 inches wide, which will allow us to put our Yamaha Banshee inside. The floor will be diamond plate, and sealed around the edges so we can spray and mop out dirt. A carpet rolls out and fastens with snaps when camping and not hauling. It will even have a fold down, 5-foot-wide balcony for the rear.”
Each Dynamo TCX aluminum camper can be delivered with the original aluminum finish, polished to a mirror finish, or with an Avery Dennison vinyl wrap, which has a life expectancy of up to 10 years.
“We’re aware that our clients will want to personalize their Dynamo TCX, and we extend this possibility not only on the exterior, but also the interior. The standard leather sofa can be ordered in any color, the aircraft aluminum cabinets match up well with most colors and we have acrylic and polycarbonate options for the sliding cabinet fronts in a multitude of calm or vibrant colors,” she said.
The company is moving into full production and taking on a load of up to three campers a month in June, growing with a new facility being prepped to increase the deliveries to eight per month in 2020. Campers will be sold factory direct from the company’s Palm City, Florida location only. The company’s short-bed model will list for $30,000.
“Our layouts, designs, and sizes are still up for discussion with potential clients. More materials and finish options will be offered once we hone in on what sells best,” she said.