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Awesome rig! Man, get some pictures up!!


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Posted: 01/11/08 07:14am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm planning to get the camper on the truck this weekend. I'll try to post a photo too. What's the best way to do that?

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If you need help posting the picture, send me a PM and I will help you or post for you!!

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Hi,

I purchased a new 8' Alaskan cabover in the early 1980s in South Dakota.
It had a self-loader bolted to the floor of the camper and that attached
to a metal bracket mounted on the floor, but otherwise they were just bolted to the bed. I never saw one at the factory with normal tie-downs.

The propane tank that came with the camper was mounted under the left wing behind the wheel well. It was a longish cylinder shape--not like any common tank on most RVs. It bolted to the vertical wall under the wing so it stayed in place when the camper was removed. I eventually put a much bigger tank on the right frame rail of my 83 Ford and ran a hose from it to a quick-disconnect mounted on the inside of the bed. I just had to reach through the access hatch under the dinette and attach it. As I recall it had approx. 2.5 to 3 times the capacity of the original.

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Well I managed to get the camper mounted on the truck using some very old camper jacks donated by a buddy. I bought a rubber pad that is about 1/4 inch thick which brings the sides just a bit above the bed rails. I did bolt the camper to the bed as suggested. It seems to be on good overall shape. I am in the process of cleaning it up, including removing and cleaning out the water tank, which wasn't really too bad anyway.

The camper is supposed to weigh 1050 lbs dry, so when loaded I guess it will be close to 1500 or so. The 1990 f250 HD 4x4 will be fine I'm sure. Anyway, I took a couple of pictures just for fun.
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63alaskan,

Your camper is a real beauty.....thanks for sharing.

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Posted: 01/20/08 11:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WOW! Great camper.

I wonder how many of today's new campers will look as good as yours in 2053. Not many I wager.


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That things in damned nice condition [emoticon] I don't know if it is or isn't, but you can really easily convert that light fixture over the table to 12 volt. Simply unhook the 110 volt wires and tie it into a 12 volt circuit, then purchase a house-hold sized 12 volt light bulb from your local Wal-mart or RV supply (My range hood uses them).


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I'll definitely rig up a cable to run 12v to the lights. That will be easy. The seats that convert to a bed are in fair condition, and are usable, but could use a re-cover. Other than some worn weather stripping, there really seems to be no real problems. I really had the thing up in the air to get my truck under there. The jacks were almost all the way up and I had to air down the tires. Fortunately I won't have to do that very often. This is the kind of camper that will be great for 1 or 2 people-it's pretty small.

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Hey Alaskan,

Sounds like a great find you got! I don't think you need to bolt the camper down unless you're visiting some extreme locations. I looked for an used Alaskan for two years, alas they come up very rarely. Don't have any suggestions on the LP, however if you haul a fishing boat, mount the LP tanks on the boat trailer.

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