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Ok...been hanging about checking all the current buildups and now am pretty much ready to tackle my project with the help of my friend (now that the snow has subsided and I was able to pull her out of the back yard). My plan is to have an overhead cabin similar to the original sans front window. I'll have two small port windows (same as will be on my boat) on the port and starboard side of the cabin and the living quarters will extend back 8'. I know this is small, but I don't plan on "living" in it for extended periods. The remaining 6' will be diamond plate flatbed for hauling atv's etc. My thoughts are that the bed will be 8' wide by 6' long which should be ample for anything I plan to haul. I'll build aluminum boxes to hang under the sides of the bed and will store equipment in these. I'm open to suggestions and ideas. I'm including some pics, so when you stop gagging and wipe the tears of laughter from your eyes...please give some input! Thanks!

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I'm not going to laugh at all. If I didn't need to work (and had the funds) I would probably make my own too.

All I can say is plan, plan, plan. Your biggest problem IMO will be weight creep. Don't overbuild it. Folks I know that have build large things like this are astounded as to how heavy they ended up.

BTW, while you can get to the fuel tank easily it might be worth checking on its health and maybe cleaning it out.

The up side is you can install just what you need and not the stuff you don't. If you don't want an oven you don't have to install one.

Have fun.

BTW there are RV surplus/salvage places out there where you can get parts for really cheap. Some stuff is new, just not current issue. Manufacturers sell off their surplus (very cheaply) to these folks that re-sell them.

You might list the amenities that you are planning to install and folks can offer up ideas. There is a lot of creativity out there from people that cannot leave good enough alone and start modifying their RVs.


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How's your welding skills? I would make the floor from 2x3 square tubing and the walls and roof from 1x2 or 1x1 square tubing.

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Thanks for the reply. I have all the equipment that was in her prior to disassembly. Stove, Fridge, Furnace, Water heater, AC. My thoughts are going with a very small dinette table, shower, commode, window AC unit, smaller fridge, one sink. Debating on just utilizing a two burner camp stove in lieu of the full size range/oven.

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Looks like a very interesting project. You might want to look at the Provan Tiger's floorplan to see what can be crammed into a shorter-length RV. Follow the link in my sig.

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Hi,

Plan on a solar system and six two volt batteries. Add a pure sine wave inverter, that can be used as a "generator assist" (Magnum is about to release a 2800 watt unit that would be about perfect).

Use a small "bar" fridge. Consider an "all electric" kitchen with induction cook top. A convection oven/microwave installed over the cook top would be my choice.

For heating I'd plan on using a platinum cat.

Find a floor plan that works for you--and use components intended for a class B RV to save on space.

Use marine grade plywood and silver foil closed cell foam insulation.

Use LED lighting throughout.

I would not integrate a generator and would prefer to use a small portable generator.


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Thanks Pianotuna! I too was leaning towards all electric. I know they're a little on the loud side but Champion has a decent generator (after reading reviews and knowing some folks with them). Most of the time I'll be able to connect a shore line, but with solar panels and a generator I'd be set too. I'm trying to keep the cost down substantially. Just need to have it be functional and cozy for a few days at a time.

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1995brave wrote:

How's your welding skills? I would make the floor from 2x3 square tubing and the walls and roof from 1x2 or 1x1 square tubing.


Better than average..just picked up a Millermatic 212 last summer and haven't gotten a chance to play with it too much. You don't think I'd accumulate too much weight going with the tubing?

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