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Posted: 02/02/20 12:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Redneck engineering at its finest.

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Posted: 02/02/20 10:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RoyB wrote:

I always thought this was a neat idea...

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Or maybe modifying an utility trailer...


The problem with a pickup camper on a flat bed is you still have the very restricted interior.

The other examples in the link by another poster are basically modified pickup campers again very small living space.

On the other hand with a cabover truck, you could mount a 17-20ft travel trailer body and have a much more spacious living area.


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Posted: 02/02/20 10:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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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.


If you are going to do a ton of fabrication to redo the cab, may as well build the house unit custom also.

I was thinking you wanted a simple conversion where you took a stock truck and mounted a stock trailer (minus the axles). With the right equipment, that should be a weekend job to have a fully functional rig.

Having it easily demountable would be a challenge as now you need to figure out the structural mechanism to support the house unit will lifting on and off...given that the house from a standard travel trailer is not designed to be lifted like a truck camper. Not saying it can't be done but it would be very easy to trash the house unit if you don't do it right.

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yes you are correct there will be a supporting structure around the the lower section of the desired scamp type travel trailer probably 14'long bare minium some 4x4 undernether for a way to add big strap for a possible liftoff to a better truck or whatever it's a option.

yes frame will probably remain just wheels removed and yes again adding tall jacks to a scamp would be kindof fun.and yes these jacks will require reinforcing to lift w/out damage.when I search majority of TT bolted to flatbed where cabovers that where actually designed to be bolted to the truck's flatbed.
there was a comment about redneck engineering at it's finisted to this guy would it be extra RN to be towing a 24' camper cruiser w/ a 15' tow \camper. that's like double the redness not that there's anything wrong w/ redness.

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valhalla360 wrote:

RoyB wrote:

I always thought this was a neat idea...

[image]
google image
Or maybe modifying an utility trailer...


The problem with a pickup camper on a flat bed is you still have the very restricted interior.
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14' would be a compromise remember main objective of vehicle is being a tow vehicle. space for 2 to sleep dinette shower just for weekend use.

ideally I'd like to slap a 14'TT on the flatbed, then extend out the cabover section combination of prebuilt gets upgraded.

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