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Old 06-06-2006, 06:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Po mans Toy Hauler project

Here's a low budget Hauler Project my son and I put together. 7.3 ltr diesel retired Uhaul. It's not fancy, but it functions. We are heading to Tellico later this month. AC, full 120 volt and 12 volt systems, 1500 w inverter, water tank, water heater, grey water tank, work bench. overhead storage.

Doors and windows from an RV graveyard.


Interior 'living quarters:




back section. The bi fold doors have to be open to fit the jeep inside. 4 9000lb. tie downs bolted through the frame.



Out door Bubba shower with hot and cold water.


Dash mounted monitor to keep an eye on the jeep inside and a camera mounted out the rear to watch the jeep on a trailer.


And just so the neighbors know what it is for:


It's been a blast to put together. The air suspension drops the truck down 4" and some ramps do the rest.

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Old 06-06-2006, 07:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very Very Nice.. that looks like a nice hauler
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Saw yer buildup thread on ROF. Post more pics of the Jeep in the rig.

Awesome job!
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Saw yer buildup thread on ROF. Post more pics of the Jeep in the rig.

Awesome job!
Thanks. Here's the pics. I don't have any with it finished and the jeep in it.

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Old 06-06-2006, 07:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Love it! Simply awesome!
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Old 06-06-2006, 07:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Cool deal. What is the width inside? Got a bed above the cab or cots on the floor?
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Yea, I like it too! Sweet.
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Cool deal. What is the width inside? Got a bed above the cab or cots on the floor?
It's just wide enough to get out the door of the jeep. I'm not sure the exact width, I believe seven ft. I'll measure it. It has a twin bunk above the cab and I can put a folding cot on the floor.

EDIT: It is 7'7" wide. The door opening is 7'3"

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That is great. Got anymore pics of the front of the living quarters? facing toward the upper bunk.

What size Uhaul did you start with?
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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That's not so "Po Man's"! Looks SWEET!
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Awesome job. Thanks for posting it.
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Looks good. Working on the same thing only I want to put 2 CJ7s inside.
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That is great. Got anymore pics of the front of the living quarters? facing toward the upper bunk.

What size Uhaul did you start with?
It's a 26 foot truck. The width inside is 7' 7".

Here's an early shot looking from the rear. There is quite a bit of room up top. I have an air bed up there now. You can store alot of stuff up there. I have a cargo net to keep things from falling. I'll shoot a better pic. later.


Rockcrawln, two cj's would fit in one of these, unless you have a monster stinger on them. Watch your GVW limits. One thing you might try, the Florida DOT let me reclassify this from a commercial truck to a motor home once I put 120 volt and water hook up. That made the license and insurance a lot cheaper.

The roof now has 1" thick foam insulating board between all the aluminum stringers. It keeps things a lot cooler.

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That is pretty damn sweet if you ask me!!!!!
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Ladies and Gentlemen.... THAT is how to start posting on the PBB!

Suweeet!

Stabbin'Cabbin' needs the "Redneck Vacations" touch.

Very nice
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I picked up one of those outdoor shower doo-dads myself... haven't installed it yet... throwing around shower curtain attachment ideas for it... that or I'll just have to give everyone a show

btw, just noticed the "Manatee, the other white meat" bumper sticker.

Almost blew coffee out my nose!
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I dig it, but I'm completely bummed that you put this out there. Now U-Haul trucks are gonna be hard to come by, way to start a trend, man I've been pondering the same thing for a while now, and driving by the U-Haul truck liquidation center a couple of times a week doesn't help much.

Nice job.

For those of us not in the know, what are the GVW ratings and such. Could you pull a trailer with another rig on it with this? (we're a 2 rig family)

Where did you find an RV graveyard? Where do you even begin searching for one? I seem to be only able to find new RV parts.

You mentioned air ride earlier, did you put it in, or was it part of the rig?
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.............Where did you find an RV graveyard? Where do you even begin searching for one? I seem to be only able to find new RV parts............

Dude, he's in Florida.
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how do you get rid of the waste water ,do you have a holding tank ?
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Thanks for the comments guys.

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For those of us not in the know, what are the GVW ratings and such. Could you pull a trailer with another rig on it with this? (we're a 2 rig family)
You mentioned air ride earlier, did you put it in, or was it part of the rig?
The GVW rating is 18,000 lbs. I can't get a straight answer on the CGVW, but the Uhaul people tell me that they have people fill these things full and tow cars behind them all the time (it came with a 2" hitch ball already on it). I'll be towing one on a car hauler and have one inside.

The air suspension came with the truck. It has a knob on the dash you can push in and drop the rear around 4 inches.


Hendo; I don't have a black water holding tank. That and a real head will come down the road. Right now I just have a porta potti. It has never been used.... I think that is because I have a hard rule about it. He who uses it first, cleans it for LIFE!! I do have a small tank under the sink for grey water.

Thumper; the shower curtain worked out pretty good. The part mounted on the truck that the the shower curtain rods stick into are just a couple of boat stantion mounts. I wish I could find another 'Manatee' sticker.. it would be on the truck. Tree huggers hate it.
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That's pretty cool. About time we had a noobie post over here something worth a shit!

I'll assume it's the same 7.3 from the Powerstrokes? Turbo, no intercooler? How does it do on the hills, or have you had enough seat time yet? I'll assume it's an auto if it's from u-haul. It seems that thing could have a ton of interior room if you bumper pulled the trailer too.
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pmurf1: It's a 7.3 but no Turbo. I'm sure what components it shares with the Ford, but it is an International. I did some work on the fuel system and the parts were only available through International Navistar. The Tranny is a 5 speed manual Spicer.

It is no speed demon.. leans a bit more towards pig. But it does get there at approx. 10.5 mpg. So far, only a semi local couple trips of 200 miles or so and it did fine. It'll cruise at 60 to 65 easy but I am in Florida so not a lot of serious climbs here. I expect that we will be in third /fourth gear in the mountains.

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Nice! Very cool. Thanks for posting, now to start lookin for an old U-Haul
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Thats one of the coolest rigs Ive seen in a while.
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