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Thread: Customized hard-side camper examples

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    Default Customized hard-side camper examples

    Let's use this thread to collect examples of customized hard sided truck campers. Their owners started with commercially available truck chassis and campers, then modified them to significantly improve their capability for overland adventures.

    These large campers trade ultimate off-road capability for lots of room, comfort and convenience. They are particularly useful for a traveling family. I'm including the heavy pop-up campers in this section, since they require a stout chassis.

    I want to limit this section for vehicles that have customized chassis and/or campers. And I'd like to direct chat about the examples to their respective build threads.

    Here's one example of a customized truck camper, designed for adventure travel:

    Custom Ford F550 and Lance Camper
    Forum member boblynch



    Build Thread:
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...-Flatbed-Build

    This build is custom in both truck and camper.

    Project started Jan 2009, Completed July 2009
    under-bed storage boxes added the following year

    Truck:
    2008 Ford F550 4x4 crew cab
    176" wheelbase
    6.4L Powerstroke diesel
    4.88 gears, limited slip

    Wheels:
    Rickson 20" steel wheels
    Continental MPT81 335/80R20

    Camper:
    Lance 830
    custom 32" extension by xtrv.com to add bunk beds

    Extras:
    Torklift SuperHitch Magnum, modified as tire carrier

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    Custom Dodge 5500 and flatbed Alaskan Camper
    Forum member Carlyle



    Build thread
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...uild-Up/page31

    Carlyle's first custom camper was destroyed in a fire.
    The build for this second model starts on page 31 of the thread.

    Project started Nov 2011, completed April 2012

    Truck:
    Dodge 5500 4x4 crew cab / chassis
    197" wheelbase
    Cummins 6.7L diesel, Aisin 6 speed automatic trans

    Wheels:
    Rickson 20" aluminum
    Continental MPT81 275/80R20

    Camper
    Alaskan Camper custom pop-up, 14 ft long
    custom steel flatbed

    Extras:
    Aluminess bumper

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    Custom Dodge 5500 and flatbed Northstar camper
    Forum member dtruzinski



    Build thread
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ld-has-started

    Project started Sept 2011, Completed May 2012

    Truck:
    2012 Dodge 5500 4x4 crew cab / chassis
    Cummins 6.7L diesel, Aisin 6 speed auto
    4.88 to 1 gears in the differentials

    Wheels:
    Rickson 20x9" super single two piece aluminum wheels
    Continental MPT81 275/80R20

    Camper:
    Nortstar American Hero flatbed camper, 9' x 7'10"
    Alum-Line flatbed 94" x 116"
    RevTek leveling kit

    Extras:
    Warn 16.5 winch
    Buckstop bumper
    custom running boards

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    Thanks for bringing this info together. Any more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by haven View Post
    Custom Dodge 5500 and flatbed Alaskan Camper
    Forum member Carlyle



    Build thread
    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...uild-Up/page31

    Carlyle's first custom camper was destroyed in a fire.
    The build for this second model starts on page 31 of the thread.

    Project started Nov 2011, completed April 2012

    Truck:
    Dodge 5500 4x4 crew cab / chassis
    197" wheelbase
    Cummins 6.7L diesel, Aisin 6 speed automatic trans

    Wheels:
    Rickson 20" aluminum
    Continental MPT81 275/80R20

    Camper
    Alaskan Camper custom pop-up, 14 ft long
    custom steel flatbed

    Extras:
    Aluminess bumper

    Hey I recognize that truck and camper! Let me know if you wan the rest of the "add ons" listed.

    Carl
    '12 Dodge 5500 6.7 diesel slightly modified. 14' 3" Alaskan camper (Alaskanabego)
    My camper build: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...ead.php?t=9502

    KD0ERY

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    Default Would mine qualify for this thread?

    2008 Dodge 5500 & Arctic Fox 992 S (currently)

    Lots of custom fab to truck:
    365/80R20 Continental MPT 81 tires on Stazworks double beadlocks
    Fenders
    Front axle forward 3"
    Deck, etc...

    Can't seem to get any pics to load right now though...
    Last edited by Ram5500; 06-20-2012 at 02:04 AM.
    '13 Ram 2500 Crew 4x4 Laramie Limited, Thuren Suspension
    '07 JKU- full custom build, Hemi, RockJock 60's, bobbed, 41's, dual winches, dual batteries, dual fuel tanks, etc.. Instagram unforgiven_jk
    '16 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

    '08 Dodge 5500 on 43's - SOLD http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...-Expo-amp-Work

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    mine is ready
    2005 Dodge ram Dually Laramie with new engine new transmission reinforced suspension
    9 ' utillity box cut to fit the camper lots of storage yeahhh
    2003 Bigfoot 1500 9.5 with some goodies 250 watts solar , 230 Ah on 2 6V golf cart bateries, 600 watts converter and
    a lot more
    http://globalcamper.blogspot.ca/
    bye
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    Quote Originally Posted by incognito View Post
    mine is ready
    2005 Dodge ram Dually Laramie with new engine new transmission reinforced suspension
    9 ' utillity box cut to fit the camper lots of storage yeahhh
    2003 Bigfoot 1500 9.5 with some goodies 2500 watts solar , 230 Ah on 2 6V golf cart bateries, 600 watts converter and
    a lot more
    a lot of pictures to*come
    bye
    Incognito
    While that rig looks a little odd, I like it a lot. I assume you mean 250 watts of solar, though.

    Is there still usable storage in the rear compartments of the bed that had to be modified? It looks like they don't open?

    Also, any plan to convert to a SRW?
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    I cannot imagine the gas $$$ that it takes to run these rigs

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    13L/100 km only the Dodge ram or 18 mpg hand calculated
    with the camper 19L/ 100km or around 12 mpg

    right 250 watts solar panels.
    what do you mean odd? maybe pretty nice :cummins, service box, Bigfoot 1500 truck camper
    i can open all compartments solved the problem of storage. with the service box i have lots of storage.for the first time i have more storage that i need with 2 kids, could carry a stroller, toys, 2 folding tables, 2 jacks, off-road recovery equipment , another stove, 2 golf cart batteries, wood, 4 folding chairs and much more.

    looked into SRW conversion and it will set me back 6-7000$ . payed my michelin ltx at2 180 $ each which is a great price but still expensive. i have so much traction with the 4 rear tires and truck is very stable, no swing with the DRW . important fact -its a lot of weight around 4000 lbs , camper and the service boxé so i intend to keep it like this for now. the only SRW which i would do is a SRW but on 2 rear axles like Dodge t-rex 6x6 ( better weight repartition, better traction , etc).
    cheers
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