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#1 Amyinaz

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 03:05 AM

Hubby and I are considering buying a used shell. We've been looking at and dreaming about a FWC for a while. A used Hawk shell, which should fit our 1999 Chevy 1500, is for sale in our town. We'll be taking a look at it tomorrow. Our plan is to build out the interior as we have the money and figure out what we really want. (My husband has a construction background so should have the skills.). We currently sleep in tent or back of truck with topper so just a shell will be a step up for us!

We found a ton of great tips for buying a used camper in the Buyer's Guide. I wondered if anyone who built out the interior themselves has any tips or things we should consider before going this route?
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#2 KILR0Y

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 03:20 AM

You've definitely asked the right crowd! I'm certain you will get many valuable recommendations. Best of luck!
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#3 billharr

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 05:19 AM

Yes you came to the right place. Here is my build, do a search several more out their. Be sure to search ATC also.

 

 

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#4 llavaseur

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 07:24 PM

http://www.fourwheel...ools/fit-guide/


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#5 takesiteasy

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 09:52 PM

Good idea to use the camper for a while and see what you might like for improvements. We have a shell and don't feel the need to "build" it at all, yet.


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#6 RC Pilot Jim

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 12:36 AM

"Take it easy"  has good advice. Camp out of it as a shell for a few times. Then make a list. 

Most of what we used in our old "Flip-Pac" didn't work in our new shell.


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#7 Amyinaz

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 01:13 PM

Thanks for sharing your build outs.  Lots of good ideas and inspiration!


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#8 oldtbone

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 09:58 PM

I also agree with takesiteasy. We bought a shell 11 years ago with the idea we'd make changes as needed. We have made almost none to the interior.


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