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#1 Ourayphotography

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 06:17 PM

Hello all,

Well, I just bought this old 1988 Grandby FWC camper, and it survived the sketchy trip home. The plan is to rebuild it and make it fit my 2005 Tundra. Not totally sure what I have gotten myself into, as It will need quite a lot of work, so any input from you guys would be super helpful.

It is about 4 inches wider than the Tundra bed, so a big part of the project will be fabricating a complete new bed to accept the camper. I have never posted on a page like this, so any tips on that would also be very helpful.

Thanks!

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#2 longhorn1

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 07:48 PM

Welcome. This sight and Facebook Four Wheel Camper Owners will give you plenty of info on re-builds. Tim Morrissey has YouTube videos of all aspects of his build-out of an 80's something FWC.

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Posted 30 October 2018 - 07:52 PM

You asked...

 

I have a 2005 Tundra Access Cab SR5 with a '16 Hawk....never in my wildest dreams would I have considered putting in a FWC Grandby in our Tundra..

 

Where to start...height.. last thing you want to do raise the Center of Gravity [CG] like shown in your photos..our Hawk slides in between the wheel wells with 1/2" clearance from each wheel well...prefect...low and laterally 'held' in place by the wheel wells..

 

Then with your double cab having a shorter bed that overhang at the rear damn near has your front wheels off the ground...

 

Trying to use turnbuckles with that bed/camper configuration may well be impossible or at best very weak..

 

Just my take..but our Tundra trucks with darn near any FWC will suffer from the load...downsize your expectations.

 

Phil

 

Ps...just noticed your receiver hitches under rear of the Tundra...surely you aren't planning to tow and carry that load...also odd number and placement of "eye bolts" along the top roof [where you are using bungie cords and tie downs]...


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Posted 30 October 2018 - 07:57 PM

It shall be a wild ride!! I will be flat-bedding the truck, so the height will drop quite a bit. It is on 2 pallets for the ride home, so it is sitting about 12" higher than the final location. 


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Posted 30 October 2018 - 08:10 PM

Welcome. This sight and Facebook Four Wheel Camper Owners will give you plenty of info on re-builds. Tim Morrissey has YouTube videos of all aspects of his build-out of an 80's something FWC.

Thanks, yes Tim has been a big motivator seeing his project. 


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Posted 30 October 2018 - 08:40 PM

OurayPhotography,

Congratulations on the "new" camper!  It looks like a great project.  As I'm sure you have seen there are many others on this site who have taken on considerable projects.

 

If you are set on making your Tundra into a flatbed, I'm sure you realize that the camper will fit higher than in a pickup bed since a flatbed typically is above the top of the wheels/tires.   It looks like a flatbed would mean the camper will be about the height it is in your pictures. 

 

Over the years others have taken on the alternative solution of replacing the "foot pack" to fit a narrower truck bed.

 

Both approaches seem do-able given the necessary skills.

 

Best of luck and enjoy the project.


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Posted 30 October 2018 - 08:59 PM

Congrats on your new camper and good luck with your project! You may have already seen it, but here is one of my favorite rebuilds that was shared on Wander the West -

 

http://www.wanderthe...-become-a-hawk/


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Posted 30 October 2018 - 09:00 PM

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Yes it will be a 2 level flatbed. The 48" center will be down to the stock bed location, and will jump up on the sides for wheel clearance. When the camper is not installed, I will have a center filler panel to make it a true flatbed. Different for sure. Very utility 


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Posted 31 October 2018 - 12:03 AM

Thanks jimjxsn
Yes it will be a 2 level flatbed. The 48" center will be down to the stock bed location, and will jump up on the sides for wheel clearance. When the camper is not installed, I will have a center filler panel to make it a true flatbed. Different for sure. Very utility

That sounds like a great design. Best of luck on the build.
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Posted 31 October 2018 - 12:12 PM

Consider the condition of the camper floor pack and framing. If it isn't up to snuff, you may be better off rebuilding the camper to fit your truck bed. I rebuild a 79 Grandby to fit my 2016 Chevy.  Here's my build. http://www.wanderthe...= 1979 granby¬† It's not near as detailed as Pokey's or Tim's.


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