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#11 Ourayphotography

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 04:28 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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Yes, the wood structure Is something I am just now learning about and need to look at very closely. If it looks weak, I might remove it all and re-structure it out of welded alum or light steel. I had always planned to fabricate a new bed, so the larger awkward size is kind of a bonus. Used campers that fit modern trucks were just out of my budget. 

The big reason I decided to eliminate the standard truck bed is so I can get a much more secure and quick release mounting points. I will use this for pretty hard off-roading. The plan is to be able to pop this thing off the truck very quickly at camp if needed. yes Kind of Odd.

Thanks, I will go read your build. Is yours done?


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#12 Ourayphotography

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 02:14 AM

Day 1 of tear down.

Well there is no going back now. Quite a bit of structural damage. The front aluminum wall/framing is mostly broken & separated from the wood lower structure, and the wood tub of the camper looks pretty bad as well. Furnace, sink and built ins are mostly out. 

On the bright side, I think 200+ pounds have been shed. 

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#13 shellback

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 11:49 AM

Ahh! You are in to it now!  I stripped mine to the aluminum skeleton, tossed everything but the windows, roof and door. Then built it the way I wanted it. There were many times I was ready to throw in the towel, but in the end I am very pleased. Feel free to PM me if there's anything I can help you with.


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#14 Ourayphotography

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 02:55 PM

Ahh! You are in to it now!  I stripped mine to the aluminum skeleton, tossed everything but the windows, roof and door. Then built it the way I wanted it. There were many times I was ready to throw in the towel, but in the end I am very pleased. Feel free to PM me if there's anything I can help you with.

Thanks Shellback, that would be awesome. Have some ideas about ridding the wood tub structure all-together, and would be nice to bounce off someone. I have not even tried to lift the roof yet, that might be the next day or so, never even been in a FWC before. How to PM someone? Thanks!


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Posted 01 November 2018 - 03:20 PM

Hello shellback
Yes, the wood structure Is something I am just now learning about and need to look at very closely. If it looks weak, I might remove it all and re-structure it out of welded alum or light steel. I had always planned to fabricate a new bed, so the larger awkward size is kind of a bonus. Used campers that fit modern trucks were just out of my budget.
The big reason I decided to eliminate the standard truck bed is so I can get a much more secure and quick release mounting points. I will use this for pretty hard off-roading. The plan is to be able to pop this thing off the truck very quickly at camp if needed. yes Kind of Odd.
Thanks, I will go read your build. Is yours done?

FWC aren't designed for use off the truck, unless you have the bottom fully support. Raising a camper loaded with water and supplies is risky.
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Posted 01 November 2018 - 03:22 PM

Digging right in! Let the fun begin. :)


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Posted 01 November 2018 - 06:29 PM

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#18 Ourayphotography

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 11:21 PM

Well, day 2 of tear down.

The black stuff was definitely not a joy to discover. The canvas is actually not horrible, but some light mold. Also not sure If I can rebuild the inner liner and ceiling with the canvas attached. Thoughts?

I have most of the lower camper gutted. 

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 12:32 AM

Newer campers have what i am guessing are lift struts. Can our older campers go to this system?

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 04:24 AM

Newer campers have what i am guessing are lift struts. Can our older campers go to this system?

yes!

 

Man, all that mold sucks.  Where did all the moisture come from to feed that?


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