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Old 11-01-2012, 09:03 PM   #61
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I don't want to cross-post on a subject I already posted on in the "Toyota Truck" thread. Instead I'm going to post a link to a truck camper build up I did. Instead of purchasing a traditional TC, I bought a Durashell 165 fiberglass slide-in utility body. The unit is spacious, reasonably light ( 400lbs approx) and is relatively aerodynamic.

The interior dimensions are 67" from bed floor to ceiling, 75" from back doors to front bulkhead , 60" wide at the bedrail overhangs and 110" from the back doors to the front of the cab overhang. With thoughtful upgrades, the unit can be very liveable and not super heavy. I ran three 2x4's across and then added a sheet of 3/4" plywood ripped into two 24"x75" panels. They are stacked and used as a floor on the left, but can be set side by side if needed. I fastened a 75" cot on the right side with 3 ratcheting straps, giving me good access below and storage for taller items. The floor can be lifted up for additional floor storage access.
I had two 6" diameter clear access hatches installed in the rear doors and one 8" hatch as a passthrough to the cab. It is a simple, stealthy, low cost approach to natural light and ventilation. Additional I installed a battery O2 alarm. I have a 2 gallon water cooler, a Honda EU2000 generatior, electric and propane heaters and several baskets & tubs to maintain order.
My plan is to buy a current generation 4x4 Access cab Tacoma. My current paid I4 5spd Tacoma really slows down on the grades, but will do the job for now. I get a truck allowance and have no write off's so it makes sense to pick up one next year after I complete my child support in March 2013,
Please view this thread to see the pix:
http://www.cheaprvlivingforum.com/po...73334?trail=15
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:31 PM   #62
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Someone mentioned airbags. I have a 12 Taco and looked at airbags but.ended up with.
Super springs for towing a 2550 lb trailer. Prior to the Super Springs there was significant sag.
ETrailer sells them. Initial cost was a little more than airbags but they work very well and
no adjusting. I looked at the Livin Lite but got a good deal on a pull behind rig.
Funny you should mention SS's. I just ordered the SSA7s yesterday for my taco. My rig isn't squatting too bad, I just wanted a firmer ride and a little more level. How do you like them, also, did you install them yourself?
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:48 PM   #63
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I guess I'll stick mine up,

I got it for $450. Ugly, but it wasnt totaly rotted out ( like most I found). 2 burner stove, 10kbtu furance, gas light, 12/120v lights, sink, the frige is dead. :/


In it's natural habitat. I've towed my boat behind it. This year I'm thinking of building a Hitch carryer for my suzi, so it can go along.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:39 PM   #64
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On page 4 of this thread I posted a picture of our previous TC.

Here's our new one:




The dinette adds lots of floor space- SWMBO decided that the German Shepard needed its own dog to play with. 2 people and 2 dogs did not fit in the smaller camper.
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:42 PM   #65
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I got a really nice Shell free the other day for my old Power Wagon. I really like it because it is so full of windows, you can see as well with it on as when it's off the truck....almost! I really only need it for occ fishing trips or as a bug out piece. Or of course for dump runs and keeping stuff dry in my bed.

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Old 07-11-2013, 05:08 PM   #66
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On page 4 of this thread I posted a picture of our previous TC.

Here's our new one:




The dinette adds lots of floor space- SWMBO decided that the German Shepard needed its own dog to play with. 2 people and 2 dogs did not fit in the smaller camper.
Is that a 1050s, we just got one last week.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:58 PM   #67
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RR,

I only wish it was.

No, we have a shortbed truck- 6.5' bed (I understand that they are banned in Texas)

Our TC is a Lance 855S. It weighs about 3500#

Best of luck with yours. We have had some fun trips with ours.

Have you joined RV.net?

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Old 07-12-2013, 04:15 AM   #68
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Yes, short bed truck drivers are arrested in Texas.
I'm signed up there I believe, I'm on so damn many
bulletin boards that I can't keep up. I also joined the
Lance owners forum, lots of good info there too.
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Old 07-12-2013, 05:16 AM   #69
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I love TC's, they fit our lifestyle perfectly.

my old Dodge and 03 Lance 1071/slide.




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Old 07-12-2013, 06:59 AM   #70
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Your Dodge is a really nice looking truck.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:17 AM   #71
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I got a really nice Shell free the other day for my old Power Wagon. I really like it because it is so full of windows, you can see as well with it on as when it's off the truck....almost! I really only need it for occ fishing trips or as a bug out piece. Or of course for dump runs and keeping stuff dry in my bed.

Good deal. I've got a 70 Power Wagon. I've been looking for a shell for quite a while. Hard to find the old long bed measurements.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:54 AM   #72
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Thanks Red Rocker, I have many hours in it.

the only problem with it is the harsh ride, it's tough on my kidneys.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:07 PM   #73
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:09 PM   #74
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That stupid stretch truck with a truck camper on back may be THE most over-posted image on every RV website .
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:32 PM   #75
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That stupid stretch truck with a truck camper on back may be THE most over-posted image on every RV website .
'Neck: "Hey, you got a truck camper, don'tcha? I seen this pitcher of a stretch-limo truck with a slide-in camper on it. What's yer email, I'll send it to ya!"

Me: "Yeeeaahhh... uh, my inbox is full, can't receive emails right now, sorry."
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