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Old 09-23-2009, 07:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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anybody built a box?

thinking about a long term project....

has anybody built a box truck type box? thinking about something like the earthromer trucks. Use a 550 chassiscab. could i build an alu framework, and panel the exterior with something. put in doors/windows. would think about guying an existing box, but don't want the rear door. Thinking it could be made a little bigger than the available truck bed campers. Without the narrow footprint to clear bedsides.
What would you skin it with? Interior?
what about making it removable from the truck somewhat easily? seems as though it would be a LOT of work, but could it be reasonably done?
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my brother has a 26ft IH with a 7.3 diesel in it and he is somewhat doing this process. The concept was to make things removable so that the truck could still be used as a truck. He has one "unit" that can be pallet-jacked around which houses sink which is powered by s simple pump system from a barrel that can be interchanges easily. The unit also houses a microwave, fridge, and storage for food etc. This thing can be tucked away pretty fast or completely taken out via the lift gate.

For sleeping, I was recomending hanging cots or something off the top level of the E-track. Loads of things can be done with a box truck if you can get around the fact that they are pretty big to begin with and tough to get a 4x4 chassis.
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Take a look through this blog on the SuperCamper.

They used NidaCore, which is a honeycomb structural core for fiberglass. As surfers, they had some fiberglass experience but this is a driveway project - not a high zoot fancy shop fabrication - so I'd guess just about anyone could do a similar project.
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I found the super camper when it was being built. I've been following that and Holloy's blog even since.
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Old 09-25-2009, 01:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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thinking about a long term project....

has anybody built a box truck type box? thinking about something like the earthromer trucks. Use a 550 chassiscab. could i build an alu framework, and panel the exterior with something. put in doors/windows. would think about guying an existing box, but don't want the rear door. Thinking it could be made a little bigger than the available truck bed campers. Without the narrow footprint to clear bedsides.
What would you skin it with? Interior?
what about making it removable from the truck somewhat easily? seems as though it would be a LOT of work, but could it be reasonably done?
I used off the shelf dry erasable "whiteboard" from the local Home Despot (tm), and one inch blueboard foam insulation. They come in 4x8 sheets. My offroad camper trailer walls are built from 2 layers of the whiteboard sandwiched with a core of the foam. It's super light, very strong and once the ends are sealed water resistant. The foam has the added advantage of insulation.
I will see if I have any images of it in it's fully deployed config..

(The entire project, trailer to AC and Generator was under 1000.00)
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(The entire project, trailer to AC and Generator was under 1000.00)
I wouldn't mind seeing some pics of this trailer!
I'm considering adapting or building a cargo trailer to help with longer trips over the next couple of years before I get something family-sized and more self-contained.
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i'd like to see this too.
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there are a number of these kinds of builds on expedition portal's forum, it might save you some money and time
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And you can also change your vehicle graphics at whim!
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And you can also change your vehicle graphics at whim!
hah-awesome

although dry-erase markers will erase from a lot of surfaces... as long as it is smooth/polished like glass and well-painted metal
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
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anybody ever convert an enclosed box to an rv

I have a 08 dodge 3500 4x4 with a 12' box air bags and leveling kit any ideas
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you are probably going to have a pretty big rear overhang with a 12' bed on a one ton truck, even with a regular cab. I would shorten that up some or get another truck if you want a bed that size.

what do you want to do with it, how many people, what kind of gear?

tons of info here and on expedition portal, just gotta read and search man. dont post this in gen4x4, they will eat your lunch.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:50 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I already have truck and box just want to make it into a rv type of rig.

It was used for my gutter company got a new truck for them.

It probably has 5' of over hang and long bed truck has a ten foot bed. I just am curious about water tank placements and making a living space.

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