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Posted: 07/18/06 08:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jim and Sue had a camper on a flatbed truck. Does anyone use a TC on a flatbed truck. If so, what modifications had to be made to do it and how does it handle on the road?

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I have a flatbed. I love the extra room on sides. My flatbed sides fold down for access to camper stuff or removed for side-loading pallets. I would like to build an aluminum camper for my flatbed. I think there is a market for a good expedition camper that is affordable. My factory box is a lightweight joke for serious use so I built the flatbed with tool boxes underneath. Much better. George


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Posted: 07/18/06 10:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi George

Do you have photos of your rig?

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I do but no clue how to put on this page. George

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Last year I was considering putting a really nice aluminum flatbed on my truck. While I was doing research, one of the dealers I talked to told me that I'd have to stop at Weigh Stations when traveling on the interstate. I didn't do any further research after hearing that - I assumed he knew - but if that's the case, I'd not want that hassle.


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That sounds fishy. Why would a bed choice affect the status of the truck? I'd verify that. Lots of people put homemade flatbeds or 5er hauler beds on their trucks and don't mess with weighing.

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Posted: 07/19/06 12:55am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Quoute: "one of the dealers I talked to told me that I'd have to stop at Weigh Stations when traveling on the interstate."

Would that be the same dealer that says it is okay to put 4000# on a 1/2T truck if you equip it with air ride, overload springs and a sway bar? Dealers as a rule do NOT seem to know anything about how to use what they sell.
Frank


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George, can you email me the pics and i will post them. chris@pocketlounge.com


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I still have my older 92 flatbed. I wrecked the origonal bed against a tree. Pro tech aluminum flatbeds are the best on the market. My camper fit beautifully. The side tool boxes go all the way the lenght of the bed. They fit neatly under the NL camper. When traveling I had lots of extra storage. I had folks from Canada and Japan more interested in my rig.

Now I have a newer old truck, but will eventually put my flatbed on. The aluminum polishes up nice. Alot lighter too, but, strong.
Pro tech is good company. They do all the work for the fire trucks, ambulances, big rigs, fire rescue and others.



The flatbed is the best, but, it ends up about 2-3 inches higher. My 3/4 ton is built better than a 1 ton when we got it done. It just so happened to have bigger brakes and differentials, front and rear.


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Posted: 07/19/06 08:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Frank - It wasn't a car dealer - it was the flatbed dealer. All he did was sell flatbeds, so I took him for a reliable source. Him telling me that was talking himself out of a sale, so he didn't have anything to gain, but perhaps he was incorrect.

Ron

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