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Posted: 02/01/20 10:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Small trailer on F350 flatbed

Would it be legal to bolt down a small scamp type travel trailer to the flatbed of say a ford f350.?
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Posted: 02/02/20 12:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cant see why it wouldn't be legal, assuming you don't exceeded cargo capacity of the truck or some local or state law.

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Ironically I thought of this recently after watching youtube video of a $500k offroad motorhome. Crazy expensive and absolutely tiny interior space.

I was thinking something more along the lines of a cab-over box truck (without the box). You might need to figure out how to position the sewer and make sure nothing in the underbelly gets crushed but as long as you are reasonably within weight ratings, should work fine.

One thing you may want to consider is modifying the bed to a 3 point support. The rear is supported at 2 points fixed to the frame. the front is supported by a large single hinge. This avoids a situation where the front and rear axles twisting in opposite directions....twist the housing of the camper...but this would only really be needed if you wanted to do some really rough off roading.


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Posted: 02/02/20 04:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Already seen this done both on trailers and flat bed trucks, they would carry off road vehicles behind what they fixed to the flat bed


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I like the idea of a completely self sufficient smallish miniamilish RV that can easily tow/launch/retrieve my 24' cruiser it's around 3K LBs and 11.5' tall off the ground.
had conversion vans 2 in the last 4 years I thought well a new express 1500 high top conversion s I always knew they are extremely difficult to find used for sale I've been looking for over 2.5 years for a decent 03+ express conv. and they are thin.
now I find the overland concept and prefer this type vehicle w/ homemade cab over, yes I've sean the big hinge for the front is this bolted to the front of frame then bolted to the hut?
main objective and expectations is as follows but not limited to.
tow and launch
vehicle will be short super cab. I really like the print super duty on the Ford. and I'm a chevy Man.
I never owned or even ridden in a F250 I have driven many express 3500s cargos.
I've heard of the legendary tow capabilities of the F 250 and higher.is this just the desil version there bragging about? or are the gassers just as good?

secondarley the cabover will be built as a aluminum shell structure, planned outer skin will be large aluminum sheets used to make semie truck trailer sides.

vehicle will be used while the hut is furnished w/ futon type sofa in rear similar to a conv. day van.
dinette, small galley counter sink induction hotplate, overhead storage.
the overland cab over is definitely a unnick vehicle.

I like fabbing w/ aluminum I could slap together a strudie shell probablly 1/2 of the allready manufactured that range from 1100LB to over 6K LBs. mine will be less finished on the inside all I'm wanting to not be exposed to outside atmosphere.so I guess timate starting a usable hut at 500LBs.
however slapping a allredy made travel trailer would be the quickest easiest way to have a overland type I assume they have there own sub catagory of being a B class w/ all wheel drive.

I love the concempt of the none permanent camper pure genius a 2 part vehicle.
how do do Guy's protect you're camper that's stored in the backyard? I've read this cab overs are highly sought after by thieves.

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I can't think of any reason why it wouldn't be legal as long as you keep it at 13' 6" tall or less.
I just saw this about 2 weeks ago. It was a cab-over style flatbed truck with about a 20' travel trailer attached to the back. The trailer had the axles and springs removed and was sitting on the frame. Also, the tongue had been cut off to get it closer to the cab and have the door on the curb side. It was a neat little rig.

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A Camper Mounted on a Flatbed is fairly common.

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Posted: 02/02/20 06:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

http://www.casitaclub.com/forums/topic/14199-tandem-axle-conversion/

* This post was edited 02/02/20 07:03am by shelbyfv *





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Posted: 02/02/20 07:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always thought this was a neat idea...

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Or maybe modifying an utility trailer...

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Here lately putting a TENT up on top of utility trailer has been catching my eyes..
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Then I end up doing a trail tent haha

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You might get interesting stares but you won’t be voted best looking RV on the road. Even RoyB’s first picture is practical but ugly.


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