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Thread: Four Wheel Camper Flatbed Conversion

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    Default Four Wheel Camper Flatbed Conversion

    I am currently gutting my 1985 FWC Grandby to modify the frame to fit onto a flatbed truck. I have been dreaming of this conversion, but never actually thought I would do it. I bought the camper last year in Utah for $500.

    Here is a pic from the day we got it.



    The main reason I am doing this conversion is to move the camper entry door on to the passanger side of the camper. With the door located on the side I can store bicycles and a spare tire on the rear of the truck out of the way. Currently I have 37" tires on my truck and I have no where to store a spare when the camper is mounted.

    Here is the truck the camper goes on.



    There is going to be a lot of aluminum welding with this project. I have never welded aluminum before. I have a Miller 211 and I just ordered the Spoolmate 100 to use for this project. I have been told it is difficult to weld thin aluminum with spoolguns. The original aluminum in the camper is 18g. We will see what happens.









    I was having issues here with my jack wiggling. Notice how there is no aluminum bar accross the bottom of the propane storage area.

    Last edited by teleturns; 05-13-2011 at 10:39 PM.
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    More pics













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    1985 Toyota FJ60 Landcruiser
    1985 FWC Grandby Rebuild Thread

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    Floor Pack removed





    Looks like the previous owner used a .22 pistol to install the hydraulic jacks. This will need to be repaired. I also found two cracked welds around the door frame and one near the rear corner.

    Last edited by teleturns; 05-24-2011 at 04:08 PM.
    1993 Dodge W250 CUMMINS 4x4
    1985 Toyota FJ60 Landcruiser
    1985 FWC Grandby Rebuild Thread

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    Default Windows

    Does anyone know of a good source for RV windows?
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    1985 Toyota FJ60 Landcruiser
    1985 FWC Grandby Rebuild Thread

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    Your project looks great, the extra room you gain by making the camper fit the flatbed will be worth it. I'm close to finishing up a complete teardown and rebuild of an 87 Fleet. I took it all the way down to the frame as well and I'm close to having a brand new camper. I'm surprised to see your camper was missing the frame where the propane tank was, mine was as well. I hope they didn't do that at the factory?

    The searched around for windows and there are a couple venders on ebay that seem to be the best deal. Just search for RV window.

    Looking forward to following your build.

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    Scheefdog

    I have been following your thread on WTW. Honestly seeing your thread is what made me commit on my project. Thanks for the info from your thread, I really appreciate it.
    1993 Dodge W250 CUMMINS 4x4
    1985 Toyota FJ60 Landcruiser
    1985 FWC Grandby Rebuild Thread

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    Pods8 and Scheefdog

    Thanks for the ebay recomendation on windows. I found just what I need.
    I only need one window for the back of the camper where the door was.

    Window I want to buy

    Where can I get marine grade plywood? I have found it online, but I don't want to pay shipping. Are there any stores that sell this? May be tough since I live in the desert.
    1993 Dodge W250 CUMMINS 4x4
    1985 Toyota FJ60 Landcruiser
    1985 FWC Grandby Rebuild Thread

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    Default floor pack plywood

    When I built my camper 7 yrs ago I checked the FWK plywood, at that time it was 5/8". I couldn't find marine grade plywood at local lumber yards and I think it is expensive anyway so I used 3/4" ACX which worked fine. I used Gorrilla type polyurethane glue and lapped the joints at the bottom peripery with runner strips of plywood. Solid as a rock.

    Are you going to build the pack straight down from the sides since you have a flatbed?

    As a novice welder I found MIG welding aluminum too difficult so I built my fram using .040 and .062 square steel tube. Good luck with the aluminum.

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    And lots of 2" staples besides the glue

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