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    Default building the Bullet XV

    I'm early in the construction of, what I initially though was going to be a pretty extreme 4x4 expedition vehicle, then I started looking around on these threads! what I'm designing & building will be primarily designed for domestic travel, (USA, Canada & Mexico), designed for the way my wife & I like to camp - away from people & crowds -natural hot spring hunting with some intermittent campground stays (not often). realistically, we like to move around alot,traveling the country, so this will see quite a bit of pavement, but will absolutely get into dirt, dust, mud & water, if that's what it takes to get the hell away from people!
    big enough for the two of us & our two dogs to live in, but small enough to go down narrow dirt roads & through city streets. I've had 4x4 campers for years, & it's time to upgrade to a level I don't see out there (plus I need to build this as a challenge to myself).
    I'm building this on a new '08 sterling bullet 4x4, 12' chassis, 84" cab to axle bought specifically for this purpose

    I'm including a link to the build's website, but would appreciate any suggestions or comments here on this thread

    http://bulletxv.wordpress.com

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    Thanks for posting this. I really like the camper so far. I've seen a few uhaul based campers. Most are the "following the Dead" variety. Your's is deffinatly way above that! The attention to detail and design are great.
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    I love it.


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    Wow! Fantastic! Great stuff - I can't wait to see and read more!

    Welcome to the ExPo too.
    Jonathan D. Howell
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    "Americans travelling America"

    Life Memberships: National Eagle Scout Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Rifle Association, Military Officers Association of America, Army Engineer Association, Good Sam Club, North American Hunters Association...if I could: EarthRoamer, Overland Journal and ExpeditionPortal.com

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    Welcome to the forum, Sarconcepts!

    For those not familiar with this chassis:
    The Sterling Bullet is a re-badged Dodge HD 4500 or 5500 chassis.
    When Daimler and Chrysler were partners, the decision was made
    to sell the Dodge cab/chassis through Sterling dealers. In October 2008,
    Daimler announced that due to deteriorating economic conditions,
    they decided to stop Sterling sales in North America. Sterling dealers
    were left with their existing inventory to sell.

    So the Sterling Bullet is based on the Dodge cab/chassis of 2007 and
    2008, rather than the new Ram HD model introduced in just recently as
    a 2010 model. Not to worry -- any Dodge truck dealer will be able to
    service your Bullet.

    The Bullet 5500 has a maximum GVWR of 19,500 lbs, which is enough
    for any camper you might be considering. Gary Wescott's Turtle V is
    built on the Ford F550, which has similar load rating.

    One company that makes campers to custom specifications is Alaskan
    Camper. Expo participant Carlyle has provided documentation about
    the custom camper he designed and Alaskan built.





    See the build here
    http://expeditionportal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9502

    Since you mention your interest in an off-road capable vehicle, you may
    want to change from dual rear wheels to singles. The Dodge dual rears
    seem to stick out more than Ford or Chevy! The Earthroamer web page
    shows one solution to single rear wheels on a heavy vehicle.
    http://www.earthroamer.com/mpt81ontruck/

    But, let's face it, a vehicle with a 15,000+ lbs weight is not going to be
    as nimble as a Tacoma or Jeep. It's a trade-off you accept for the
    increase in the camper's creature comforts.

    Chip Haven

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    i've already changed out the dual rear wheels, & coincidentally been to both links you included (that's where i got the idea to mount the propane tank below deck).
    i do have a thread question however, how do i upload photos right onto the thread, vs. an attachment link?

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    There's a thread that talks about photo posting here
    http://expeditionportal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2376

    The approach I use is to upload the photo to my free account
    on Photobucket, and link to the photo by surrounding its URL on
    Photobucket with the tags [img] and [/img]

    To be respectful of forum readers who have a slow Internet connection,
    I limit my photos to about 60kb per file. That's a color image measuring
    approximately 600x400 pixels.

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    well look at that!

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    Nice work.

    I'm glad to see someone else sees the quality and value in a uhaul box. They are built very strong and as you pointed out, not very much heavier than exotic materials.

    With round corner, extruded aluminum and fiberglass laminated one piece panels bolted together with big torx bolts they are easy to work with and modify.

    Although mine is low budget and simple in design I dream of the day I when I will have enough time/money to follow through with all of these crazy ideas I have bouncing around in my head.

    I look forward to seeing the progress on your camper.
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    Nice work so far. Looks to be a cool project

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