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#101 Manfred65

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 06:27 PM

Hi Cory,

 

it looks great ! What "helpers" are installed in the F-150 that it doesn´t sag ? Our super-Duty was not "touched " by the campers weight at all but this is another size.

 

Whatever: We hope you enjoy your trip! Have fun after this hard piece of work!


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Posted 07 August 2019 - 05:53 PM

What type of inverter are you running to use the dorm fridge?


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 01:43 AM

Thank you all for your support. We're finally back in civilization with internet connection!!

Manfred, no helpers.....he is a Lariat 4x4 though and I think that helps a lot. He sits much higher than his sister 4x2 with helper springs. It was a little extra "springy" in a couple places, but handled the weight i thought pretty well. It was a 2 to 2.5 hour trip.....I took it pretty slow through the windy roads.

Kmehr....No inverter for the dorm fridge....running 110 at the campsite.

Hughdog, I may be interested in the project depending on where you are located and how good a WTW deal you are talking. I think I've fallen in love with these little gems.

I'll update tomorrow or so on all the progress that was made before the trip, some pictures from the trip, and notes I've learned.

I will share a little lovely bit of advice for the wives out there......When you husband asks "What do you think? ", what he is really saying is "Honey, I really need you to load heaps of positive affirmations on me for all the sweat filled, mosquito bitten, crazy hot work that I have done over the last months to allow our family to go on a vacation that won't cost us our first born, even though we may want to sell her after this trip and the attitude given to us in such close quarters. "

When he asks "What do you think we should upgrade? ", this is the time to actually share your thoughts on what needs to be done next......

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 08:08 PM

HELLO ALL!!!!!

 

Update time on the build and some fun with the first camping trip......

 

Here is a look at the backyard the day before we headed out.....WHAT A MESS!!!!

 

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As you can see in the last photo, my truck jack is under the camper and the lift jack is wedged in there to hold it up with I get everything finished off.....The H frame under the camper really saved my hide when everything fell off the jacks. 

 

Once the canvas was installed, I was able to reinstall the upper cabinet over the sink/stove area. Much better attached now, there is wood framing inside the aluminum skin instead of whatever they thought was a good idea before of the "thicker" sheet metal to hold it up. 

 

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I started laying some track down the middle for electrical. I really like the access of not having to root through walls for electric. In the end, when I hooked up the trailer exterior lights, the right side didn't work. I'm not sure if it is a truck think or camper thing yet. I'll have to go back in and figure that out. 

 

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A picture from the deck looking in.....we worked as late as we could keep going on Friday and Saturday to leave on Sunday. If you look close, you can see my lovely wife inside putting down contact paper over the sink/countertop area.....

 

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The finished result looks really GREAT!!!!

 

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I got the ac in the front window. My buddy had these slides which are for beds in pop up campers. I cut them to fit the shelf I built for the ac to sit on. Makes it a bit easier to slide in and out. They are the black pieces on either side. 

 

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The rear wall was last to get finished. I had left over pink insulation from the roof, so that got used up. I also relocated the plug for the camper exterior lights to the rear wall, I thought it made more sense. 

 

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Covered and routered.....

 

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#105 corybrown50

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 08:33 PM

I'll share my bunk bed idea....but I'm going to redo it soon. It seemed to sag a bit more than I would like. It was fine for my 5 year old, but as he grows....well....his butt will be in his sister's face....

 

I added brackets to the walls to hold a folding cot that I have in place so it would be removable. 

 

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Here's the cot in original form

 

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Cut the middle legs out

 

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And the end legs off

 

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And installed.....

 

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My redo will be along the same idea for placement, but I'm going to use a homemade I beam of bias plywood where the supports are and have a piano hinge with a sheet of 1/2" bias ply that can fold down and give a whole lot more support. It will fold up out of the way when inside, and will travel down flat. 

 

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I had to add at least a little creature comfort other than the ac....I picked up this sheet of vinyl flooring for $8 at a local closeout shop. It turned out pretty nice, and I still have left over to put somewhere else....

 

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There were plenty of things we forgot, last minute packing, and a whole bunch of little things that just kept adding up on Sunday for us to get out. We finally left the house around 6......we wanted to leave at 1.....even on the drive out, we remembered things and stopped along the way to just pick them up....

 

We finally got set up after dark on Sunday. Here is a really bad picture of what it looked like set up....If you're wondering what the support is on the front...it is just 2x4s and plywood. I wanted to be safe about it and wasn't sure how it would react. 

 

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Here's a better picture in the day light. a pretty fine looking rig if I do say so myself. 

 

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Man....are these things conversation starters. In stopping on the way there at a Lowe's.....I had 2 different guys come up to me while I was checking the rigging and the Mrs. was inside buying charcoal and "girl scout fluid".....both shared great stories of growing up with their dads and grandfathers camping like this. It was wonderful. When we got to the camp ground, the guy who checked us in had to ask his boss how to classify the camper.....his boss, the owner, laughed and said, "Keep scrolling down.....there....truck camper." He said they only see about 2 or 3 of these a year. I guess they aren't as popular in the Midwest as they are in the West. We got a few thumbs up driving to and from as well. Pretty cool to get that approval with all the work that has gone into it. Other's around the campground would come over and check it out. The group beside us as we were leaving and I was backing under the camper asked my wife if I needed any help. They seemed kind of worried with it up in the air and me backing the truck under it. 

 

We had a great time.....swimming, canoeing, water slides, a little fishing, go karts, camp fires, smores, new friends, over all it was great. We even got a little natural history in. We camped by The Serpent Mound, and of course, had to check it out. 

 

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Still a lot of work to do, but it was definitely "campable". 

 

We got home Friday night, and completely vegged out on Saturday. Everyone kind of spread out in the house, enjoying a bit of space to themselves. 

 

Back to work tomorrow.....the Brown Popper did well.....

 

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#106 Manfred65

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 08:01 AM

Great! That´s all i can say!


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:07 PM

A few more pictures of the inside as it stands now.....

 

The Mrs. recovered the original seat cushions......they look really great.

 

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It looks really cramped here, but it is a truck camper. I found that these totes are amazing and 2 fit side by side perfectly with some room for fishing poles etc...

 

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With the short queen we picked up, there is room at the foot of the bed for some extra storage. I may have to put a box in there soon. 

 

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I picked this up on Amazon to give me a bit of diagnostics and more charging ports. This is how I found out my converter was running super hot....15-20 volts...I'll be replacing that converter just like Manfred did....

 

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Taking a break for a bit. I've got to get real life back in order here at the house. When I can, I'll do more updates. Next will be the converter, then an upgrade to the bed/couch. Water for boondocking and battery should probably be next. We'll see what the needs are as they arrive. A definite need will be a simple one, curtains. We ended up hanging towels over the windows at the campground. 


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Posted 14 August 2019 - 08:10 PM

Thank you all for your support. We're finally back in civilization with internet connection!!

Manfred, no helpers.....he is a Lariat 4x4 though and I think that helps a lot. He sits much higher than his sister 4x2 with helper springs. It was a little extra "springy" in a couple places, but handled the weight i thought pretty well. It was a 2 to 2.5 hour trip.....I took it pretty slow through the windy roads.

Kmehr....No inverter for the dorm fridge....running 110 at the campsite.

Hughdog, I may be interested in the project depending on where you are located and how good a WTW deal you are talking. I think I've fallen in love with these little gems.

I'll update tomorrow or so on all the progress that was made before the trip, some pictures from the trip, and notes I've learned.

I will share a little lovely bit of advice for the wives out there......When you husband asks "What do you think? ", what he is really saying is "Honey, I really need you to load heaps of positive affirmations on me for all the sweat filled, mosquito bitten, crazy hot work that I have done over the last months to allow our family to go on a vacation that won't cost us our first born, even though we may want to sell her after this trip and the attitude given to us in such close quarters. "

When he asks "What do you think we should upgrade? ", this is the time to actually share your thoughts on what needs to be done next......

 

Hey Cory -   I needed the jacks and glow steps for another project and was considering to build the roof and liner soon then sell for  around $5K based on the comps that I'm seeing . . . That said, I'd probably let it go for $1K as is - I'm in San Diego If there is any interest.


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Posted 14 August 2019 - 08:16 PM

Brother, that's a fantastic deal, but a super long travel from Cincinnati. 

 

I wonder what shipping might cost..... Anyone an OTR driver heading close to here?


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Posted 14 August 2019 - 08:30 PM

Yeah - That's some serious distance!  Probably some remote way to get it done- 

 

At any rate, I'm moving real slowly with some other "honey do's", so I'm not advertising for at least a couple of weeks. 


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