The hard-sided camper transports equipment like a truck, and campers like a cabin
Most of the small camping covers we’ve looked at over the years came directly from startups founded on the idea of creating a light, practical cross between a camper and a truck cover. But the all-new Dwell Shell hails from the fast-growing Utah company AntiShanty, which has become a specialist in multi-style overland RVs. The company previously released some unique trailers and a hard-walled rooftop tent, and now it has added a four-season hard-walled truck camping chassis designed to withstand tough conditions from hyperactive grizzly bear country to deep winter snowscapes.
AntiShanty’s Dwell Shell Slogan – “Move gear like a truck. Camp like a cabin.” – Can be applied to any camping cover, all designed to provide camping accommodations while keeping the truck bed clear and clear for transporting cargo. This is a larger theme at AntiShanty, which also offers boxy camping trailers for transporting toys and a rooftop tent that can be used as a massive shipping box. All of their designs also feature floor-to-ceiling solid-wall designs for a “cabin-like” night out.
For the Dwell Shell, AntiShanty has gone beyond the multi-panel paper walls we’ve seen on other hard-sided pop-ups, using single-panel triangular sidewalls and a rectangular backwall. During travel, the three walls fold up and secure inside the roof. In camp, they drop and swing into place to support the wedge roof.
This special wall design offers the advantage of allowing the large gull-wing doors to open on three sides, acting like a breezy day cabana for outdoor living. AntiShanty has also included openable windows on the left and right side vents to provide a less exposed form factor for ventilation.
Insulated aluminum walls are designed to provide better weather protection than you would find in a pop-up fabric panel. It is also on the right side of a soft camping ban that is sometimes issued in heavy bear areas, such as designated camping areas within Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Such prohibitions sometimes state that pop-up camping is only permitted if the canvas is not exposed (for example, sleeping in a pop-up camper with the roof closed), making the canvas-covered top of the van with a bed on the roof less than Perfect for camping overnight. With solid sides, the Dwell Shell is ready to go.
Inside the deck area, there is a large 86 x 53 inch (218 x 135 cm) sleeping surface that accommodates two adults and a child or dog. The sleeping platform features a carpeted foam surface for insulation and comfort, and AntiShanty has added a premium mattress. The multi-piece platform design allows one cart to slide through the opening into and out of the pickup bed without disturbing the cart next to it. AntiShanty also mentions the option to use the ladder through one of the side openings.
Other standard features include roof rails for carrying cargo and interior and exterior hatch door handles/locks to make it easy to close and secure the camper, whether you’re inside or out. The base weight of 380 lbs (172 kg) is at the heart of the hard-sided market, and is quite similar to the Rossmönster Lagom.
With the advantage of having a very wide range of excellent pickup competition to compare to, the AntiShanty has hit the ground running with a number of useful accessories. They offer an electric pack with a power station and three lights for the tent/hatch doors, MOLLE panels for interior/exterior access to organize gear, coat hooks, interior hatch storage cabinets, a ceiling fan and a solar panel. Add a few of these accessories, and the Dwell Shell quickly transforms from a basic camper shell into a cozy little dwelling.
Pricing for the Dwell Shell starts at $14,900 before options, and AntiShanty is currently offering a $3,000 discount to those who become the first to order one that fits their truck model/bed size. The video below gives a nice explanation of the design and options.
Detailed video of DWELL SHELL
Source: Anti Shanti