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RE: 2002 Lance 811 Rebuild - Update 09.30.2020- PROJECT COMPLETE

Excellent job, you should be proud! You brought something back to life that you’ll get many happy memories out of. Congratulations! R&K
RICKIM 09/30/20 05:56pm Truck Campers
RE: My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

Thanks for the kind words guys.... TxGearhead, The shop is the welders, (Dr.Zs) sons shop, who btw is also my business partner. Building things is easier when you have the proper tools and a good garage is a proper tool. Have a safe and happy 4th of July everyone!! Rick
RICKIM 07/01/20 04:18pm Truck Campers
RE: My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

https://i.imgur.com/LpOTKz8l.jpg yea Bedlam, i’ve seen a few of those, cracks me up every time.. Thanks K Mac, Kim already has her sights on the empty boxes. I better hurry and find something to shove in them. Lots of good ideas coming in from others now! mike, i liked that spare tire box feature when i was looking at the Douglas body’s. I was toying with the idea to get a box made for that rough dimension but the lead time was going to be a hassle, and it would’ve thrown my other ideas for a loop. Douglas makes a good looking product, they look well made from the pics i’ve seen.
RICKIM 06/25/20 01:03pm Truck Campers
RE: My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

zb39, Thank You! TC dude, I still have some empty space in some of the boxes, but the ones with stuff in them are: Curb-side lower front is full slide drawer with air compressor, inverter, everyday usage service tools and drills/chargers. Six foot top box has 13’ foldable canopy, broom, shovel, ratchet straps/tie-downs and tow straps in the bottom of it and I have empty tray/bins on the six foot shelf above. Rear curb-side box is camp chairs, stools, tarps, portable folding fire pit and folding tables. Road side front lower box is stuffed with 4x4 oak pallet wood. Top two three footers are virtually empty with all storage bins in the bottom of the box, and also on the shelf’s above with the exception of some cleaning supplies, hand rags, gloves and towels. Rear road side has two shelfs with storage for 18, 1 gallon bottles of drinking water and some room for roughly two cases of wine or some other beverages and of course my 20 ton bottle jacks. Hope this helps with some storage ideas for you. I’m still in the “moving in” stage and still relocating shelf’s and stuff around. Good luck, Rick
RICKIM 06/24/20 11:32am Truck Campers
RE: My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

PastorCharlie, thank you. The camper doesn’t have to be removed from the truck, just raised up enough to pull the tire out from in front of the TCs bulkhead.....lets just hope it doesn’t ever come to that. Rick
RICKIM 06/21/20 10:32am Truck Campers
RE: My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

Cewillis, thank you for the compliment. If you want to read all my chicken scratch and renderings Ill be happy to show it all to you. Stay safe Rick
RICKIM 06/19/20 05:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck flatbed and build for the camper

That’s a sweet job!... And I’m going to have to check out a air ride system when mine gets a few miles on it.
RICKIM 06/19/20 01:32pm Truck Campers
RE: My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

Thanks for the kind words everyone..... When we get back to exploring again I’ll shoot some picks of it in action. Rick
RICKIM 06/19/20 12:40pm Truck Campers
RE: My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

AnEv942, The tie-down “flags” were cut on the same premise on the tork-lift style. I still use my original fast-guns to tie the camper down. My originals on my 08 worked well with my fast-guns so I mimicked them. Just used 2”x1/4” wall tubing instead of 1-1/4” (I think that’s the size they use) The spare tire will stop forward motion, it sits in a well in the bed under the rack 11” off the front wall. The in-board rack lights are high output LED and are switched by one of the auxiliary up-fitter switches in the cab. The outboard lights are brake, running and reverse and can not be switched.
RICKIM 06/18/20 05:15pm Truck Campers
RE: My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

Thank you jimh425 https://i.imgur.com/mgq4Jhml.jpg mike/kellie, Already taken care of that, polished stainless and I punched a 2” dimple die around the marking lights... https://i.imgur.com/R7jJ5Qdl.jpg Mellow, the air compressor is in the lower front curbside box. It’s an Extremeaire 1/2 hp 12vdc industrial compressor, 25’ cord-reel, 3 gallon air tank under the rear pass floor, and of course the ever so obnoxious train horns. I put a 750 watt inverter in there to keep by tool batts charged up. When I ordered the truck I added the PTO package with it. I was planning on putting a generator/compressor off of it. After I finished throwing up blood on the price I decided against it and went with this style compressor.
RICKIM 06/18/20 03:05pm Truck Campers
RE: My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

Are you wanting more? Almost done..... We loaded it back on the truck to take it to the body shop so they could see what they we’re going to be up against and to color match. Full bead blast, sealer/primer, body work the welds and seams, Linex in the bed, and on the top of the boxes, as well as inside the fenders. Gladiator undercoating, light gray paint for the box interiors and the three stage color on the exterior. I originally wanted the Linex underneath the body, but the shop said the gladiator was better suited for all the cracks and crevasses during it’s application as it comes from a smaller nozzle.... nice stuff BTW. https://i.imgur.com/5aoql8Kl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/LdNKnyml.jpg They were up for the challenge, just had a few little odds and ends to finish up and they were getting it in a weeks time. Needed weep holes inside the light boxes and some welds cleaned up. https://i.imgur.com/y0vZcPol.jpg Loading it up for the body shop, doors, shelving, and fenders. https://i.imgur.com/vgrAzuIl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Sk1EU7Kl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/j5D5aLdl.jpg I went to see how they were progressing during the stages and grabbed some pics.. https://i.imgur.com/y2Gvi1Cl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/heTJKANl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/0IpUf4Cl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/keFgYtwl.jpg After a few weeks and no problems it was time to go pick it up. https://i.imgur.com/eFWkuSml.jpg https://i.imgur.com/jMay1VUl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/kmqFbv3l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ifF3Fmol.jpg After I finished all the wiring it was time to put it on the truck for the last time. https://i.imgur.com/Lamc0TCl.jpg I was itching to get it outside to see how the paint matched up..,.perfect! https://i.imgur.com/YVyI25il.jpg https://i.imgur.com/iFSvk0Il.jpg https://i.imgur.com/3TrJKXol.jpg Time to put the hinges, doors and hardware on. Fuel filler necks, gasketing between the skirts and the fenders, shelving, upfitter switching for the interior box lighting, rear rack lighting and air compressor. https://i.imgur.com/ALZveuUl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/QObS2Aol.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Q5THEKkl.jpg That’s about it. Just need to wait a bit more for the states to open up so we can put it to use. https://i.imgur.com/ZegNXyjl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/3Yw8SOSl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/fYYQJ7Ql.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Jb7YnHrl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/v7UHx4Ul.jpg Thanks for the kind comments guys, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll be happy to answer them. Stay safe and be well, Rick and Kim
RICKIM 06/18/20 12:01pm Truck Campers
RE: My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

ticki2 asked earlier what the body weighs, the 7 boxes, doors, shelving and hardware shipped at 850lbs, all 14 gauge boxes and 13 gauge doors. All the steel for the framing, floor (.125), headache rack, step bumper, tubing for tie-downs.....I should just say pretty much 95% of the steel came in at 1,100 lbs. The truck weighs out at 11,400 now with 75 gallons of fuel, the wife and I and a couple hundred pounds of “stuff” in the body. Your going to have to turn your head for a couple of these pics... https://i.imgur.com/pxIX09dl.jpg One of the companies I do work for is a metal shop.....that’s where all the steel came from, anyway, he bent this up for the rear step and bumper. The step tread is 10” but the rise in the pic is 20”. Well, after looking at this and thinking about curb departure and such, I cut the rise down to 16” and frenched in the reg. plate, Cut and boxed the corners of the rear step too, https://i.imgur.com/j8eastvl.jpg Time to stiffen it up and also make a receiver out of it. https://i.imgur.com/l1U2Zyll.jpg I liked the look of the frenched in plate so I did the taillights also https://i.imgur.com/pSImshrl.jpg The rack is 3/16” wall by 2”x6”. I cut the angles to match the contour of the cab and Dr. Z welded it together. https://i.imgur.com/gA2oqr0l.jpg I was able to find someone that made the boxes for the taillights and rack lighting instead of fabing them up ourselves. https://i.imgur.com/EUVao4ll.jpg Stainless fenders were next... not cheap BTW, so we could cut the skirting to match the arch. The front and rear box supports were cut and welded up. For those wondering, the white color on the steel is zinc oxide spray for welding. That went on before the boxes were welded to the supports for rust prevention between the channel and boxes. https://i.imgur.com/jfGDeh6l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/wnUFrNpl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/rxe7DOEl.jpg Time to cut the steel for the bed corners and skirts https://i.imgur.com/Ud9a21Wl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/kzbimtxl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YmscmU5l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/sRVz0U5l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/cRfPhxwl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/NyY9PHvl.jpg Floor went in next, cutouts for the bed tie downs and spare tire well were made and welded up. https://i.imgur.com/VIzCNjml.jpg When this goes to the body shop, we, and the body shop needed a way to move it around. I had some 750lb casters in the shop so I welded them up with some 2” tubing and incorporated them into the camper tie-down receivers. https://i.imgur.com/tMHZrEal.jpg https://i.imgur.com/dqxKNoUl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/MLNQPORl.jpg I put the backup camera above the plate and gave it a little eyebrow for protection. https://i.imgur.com/4mVLrxHl.jpg Welding up the bottom of the floor to the channels https://i.imgur.com/vpRBTlOl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/4lBi3Jnl.jpg The list is getting shorter... Holes were drilled in the four corners and under the rear lighting as well as the headache rack for the marker lights https://i.imgur.com/mK7k0E9l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/3HZYRJZl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Ug9rs3Il.jpg More to come...
RICKIM 06/17/20 01:22pm Truck Campers
My (our) Ultimate Truck Camper Body Build

Let me start by saying that I wouldn’t have built this without my wife’s blessings. This is something I’ve wanted to build for a few years, and she was on board with it from the start of the thoughts and designs. We had a 2008 3500 DRW Cummins and 2008 AF 1140 which we’ve had since new. We’re avid travelers and had put over 125,000 enjoyable miles of fun with the truck and TC. The truck handled it fine but we wanted something with more capacity and piece of mind. We had upgraded our TC with the same exact AF 1140, only 11 years newer, so with the larger tanks and new do-dads the new TC had, the longer trips, and more toys we wanted to bring with us, we felt we should start the process for a bigger truck and body. Now, I looked at flatbeds, flat beds with boxes, aluminum body’s, service body’s, etc. I called Douglass Truck Body as we liked that style TC bed, as well as two other builders for a cost on what we were looking for, but they were going to need the truck and camper for a minimum of two months. That was not going to be an option as we live on the east coast and they’re on the west coast, and she was NOT going to have the new truck and new camper out of her sight for that long. I brought the subject up with a recently “early retired” certified submarine welder friend of ours who wanted something to do so I asked him if he was willing to work with some designs and ideas I had put down on paper, cad, and pictures. He was on board with the welding and fabing part, now, to make it happen. I special ordered a RAM 5500, C&C, 60”CA, 4WD, Cummins, Aisin, 19,500 GVW Laramie with all the fixins....Figured this will be the last truck (hopefully) for quite some time so after 9 weeks this is what showed up: https://i.imgur.com/0Uk5Zdml.jpg https://i.imgur.com/BsCeWYol.jpg https://i.imgur.com/kDV82tLl.jpg As soon as the truck was in my hands I started ordering all the “stuff” I had in planning. I found a company from Alabama that would custom make any box, doors, handles, and metal gauges I was looking for. I needed 16” boxes as I wanted the body width to stay narrower for the camper “wings” in the rear and not interfere with tie-downs. Started with 1x3 oak, 2x4x1/4 wall on the chassis, and 3” channel for the cross members. https://i.imgur.com/K3WZWVSl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ofoN5lhl.jpg I incorporated the bed and camper tie-downs to the chassis. I also put recessed pocket tie-downs in the bed for hold downs when I’m using the truck for things other than traveling with the TC. https://i.imgur.com/pVA1BsAl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ZxLkWJXl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YNbMvcCl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/cdUbpMql.jpg https://i.imgur.com/50VmNCEl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/4frYOppl.jpg Curb and road sides coming together. https://i.imgur.com/kQsxvNYl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/WTiX1qTl.jpg More to come...
RICKIM 06/16/20 06:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Looking for some advise on flat beds / cab and chassis

I built my own bed as I couldn’t find any beds that would fit my needs or wants. I don’t want to hy-jack your thread but here’s some pics that might help with some of your questions. I made my bed 9’-6” not including the bumper, the spare is mounted up against the cab which left 8’-6” of useable bed space for the TC. Here’s a pic of the tie-down points incorporated with the body to frame points. https://i.imgur.com/mjh23cJl.jpg With the Headache rack I matched the contour of the cab and made the height two inches higher. https://i.imgur.com/fJLkJLXm.jpg I had Linex sprayed on the bed interior during the painting process. https://i.imgur.com/1oZOFDLm.jpg Finished product. https://i.imgur.com/a6Tx86rm.jpg https://i.imgur.com/TTRPEdPm.jpg
RICKIM 06/15/20 06:56pm Truck Campers
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