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#11 MrCrash

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Posted 16 November 2020 - 02:09 AM

My thoughts and experience exactly mirror Wicked1 thoughts. We are extremely happy with our Fleet flatbed on our diesel Chevy Colorado. It is the prefect setup for trails. I would suggest the flatbed is quite easy to remove. Though we only take it off about twice a year for significant house/shop projects. It's so convenient to have a flatbed truck when you actually need a truck. Only drawback might be the limited exterior storage, but FWC slide-ins don't allow for much use of the traditional truckbed anyways. The flatbed floorplans are so much more functional and having the door on the side is great. A rear door is always dirty from road spray/dust and we haul bikes nearly everywhere so those bikes have to be climbed over for rear entry.


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#12 pvstoy

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Posted 16 November 2020 - 03:39 AM

Just curious; Can the camper on a flatbed still fit in a regular garage?

 

most likely not, but depends on the flatbed deck design and finished height. As Rando mentioned the sleeping bed height is thicker due to storage under.  My set up (Dodge Ram 2500 and FWC Hawk flatbed) is about 8' 6" and I'm spoiled with a shop that has a 9' door keeping it indoors in a heated garage.


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Posted 16 November 2020 - 04:25 AM

My thoughts and experience exactly mirror Wicked1 thoughts. We are extremely happy with our Fleet flatbed on our diesel Chevy Colorado. It is the prefect setup for trails. I would suggest the flatbed is quite easy to remove. Though we only take it off about twice a year for significant house/shop projects. It's so convenient to have a flatbed truck when you actually need a truck. Only drawback might be the limited exterior storage, but FWC slide-ins don't allow for much use of the traditional truckbed anyways. The flatbed floorplans are so much more functional and having the door on the side is great. A rear door is always dirty from road spray/dust and we haul bikes nearly everywhere so those bikes have to be climbed over for rear entry.

Not if you have a Wilco Hitchswing.  :)

 

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#14 camper rich

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Posted 16 November 2020 - 05:53 AM

Are you planning on carrying any boats up top?  If you are, that extra foot or so in height will make it harder to load/unload them, or tie them down.  


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#15 Machinebuilder

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Posted 16 November 2020 - 01:25 PM

Has anyone put their slide in on a flatbed and redone the floor pack to widen the aisle and give more floor space.

 

I've thought about it. but haven't seen any examples


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#16 Vic Harder

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Posted 16 November 2020 - 05:08 PM

That’s a good idea. I would be inclined to only do one side, leaving the other side for outside storage
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Posted 16 November 2020 - 09:24 PM

That’s kind of what I was thinking

I don’t care for the couch and would love a recliner to sit in
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Posted 17 November 2020 - 12:51 AM

Modifying a slide in would be a lot of work to do well, and you would miss two of the most important parts of the flatbed - the side entry that allows for the improved layout, and the fixed full size bed (with storage underneath).   It may be better to sell the slide in as a slide in and buy a real flatbed. 


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Posted 17 November 2020 - 03:23 PM

That’s great if you want the standard layout

FWC does not offer a flatbed shell
ATC is 4000 mi away from me

If I took my Granby shell and modified the drivers side floor pack only I could put boxes under the passenger side and have an outdoor kitchen that’s under the awning and still have a lot more storage. I could probably put an rv recliner in the front and have much better seating
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Posted 06 December 2020 - 06:17 AM

we had a slide in fleet....did not have enuf room while skiing and a extra boy as well as ours (and a dog).   we looked at a fleet flatbed and decided on a Hawk flatbed and very happy with that decision.  It sits  toward the back on a fullsized fb. which gives us storage between cab and camper  We couldnt be happier.     hoop

 


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