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Old 06-08-2018, 11:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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RV conversion on a pickup

Been googling this with very limited success.

I'm interested in removing the bed from my Quad cab Ram 2500 CTD and having an RV build out on the back. I've found a few websites for companies that do these....most want to sell you the whole truck. Others want $100k+ for conversions.

I'd be looking for something sub $20k to build out the back with a sturdy, permanent, off road capable camper that's not a pig POS slide in that falls apart the first time you get on dirt.

Any PBB'ers know of any companies in the southwest that do this kind of work?
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several companies make truck campers for flat beds and have way more room inside because they are wider at the base.. slap a flatbed on your truck and buy a flatbed camper and call it a day
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I'd be looking for something sub $20k to build out the back with a sturdy, permanent, off road capable camper that's not a pig POS slide in that falls apart the first time you get on dirt.
The only way that is happening is if you DIY.
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Popup camper on flatbed.
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@idaho or @IDASHO ? Look in tow rigs, he builds what you're looking for
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Take a small single-axle 5'er and bolt in down on a truck?
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The only way that is happening is if you DIY.



An dat still ain't happening
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Get an 8' box truck box, slap it on, and deck it out. Go to the tow rig section for idears
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:49 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Get an 8' box truck box, slap it on, and deck it out. Go to the tow rig section for idears
Thought about this....or a cab over Uhaul box. Think the issue I'd run into there is that I have a short bed....so I'd have to shorten it somehow.
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several companies make truck campers for flat beds and have way more room inside because they are wider at the base.. slap a flatbed on your truck and buy a flatbed camper and call it a day
Links? I am interested in this as my wife wants an RV and not a trailer anymore.
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If you want an RV just buy an older, decent RV and be done with it. You'll come out ahead.
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There is a place I drive by very regularly that the dude living there builds cool shit. He has a first gen Toyota on tons and 44" pitbulls, a 1 ton yj on 37's a 70ish 3/4 ton Chevy drag truck and a 71ish GMC dually can & chassis he dropped about a 24' dual axle 5th wheel on last year. He redid the sheetmetal around the drive tires so it looks seamless. I'll see if I can get a pic soon, it'll be dark when I drive by tonight.
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A slide in popup would be better and more practical.
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Links? I am interested in this as my wife wants an RV and not a trailer anymore.
4wheel campers makes 3 different models. They are the best in campers. all aluminum construction.

other companies make them too.


https://www.fourwh.com/product/fleet...r-tray-tacoma/


https://www.fourwh.com/product/hawk-...-tundra-titan/

https://www.fourwh.com/product/grand...dge-2500-f250/
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This guy builds what you are looking for

www.idacamper.com/the-prototype/

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Old 06-08-2018, 01:03 PM   #16 (permalink)
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If you want an RV just buy an older, decent RV and be done with it. You'll come out ahead.
I want the benefit of it being on a lifted 4x4 though.

Think full blown expedition rig.
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Have you looked into Phoenix Popup
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I want the benefit of it being on a lifted 4x4 though.

Think full blown expedition rig.
What about converting a 4x4 short bus, or converting a shuttle bus to 4x4?
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just buy one of these....they're cheap!!!

https://earthroamer.com/xv-hd/
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4wheel campers makes 3 different models. They are the best in campers. all aluminum construction.

other companies make them too.


https://www.fourwh.com/product/fleet...r-tray-tacoma/
This is the direction I want to go in a few years. Remote camping and tow rig capability all in one. Camper shell with a sleep platform works pretty well for now though
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What about converting a 4x4 short bus, or converting a shuttle bus to 4x4?
A van has been in my sights for a long time, but I already have the truck, and it has a CTD which is better than anything they put in an Econoline....

It's also already got the suspension mods I want, etc. Just seems a better fit.
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10' box truck body or an ambulance body.

Trim out the rear portion of the pickup cab so you can make it a walk (crawl) through into the camper. They make big weather strip 'gaskets' to sandwich between the truck cab and cargo body.

Budget Earthroamer.
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CUSTOM EXPEDITION CAMPERS - IDACAMPER.COM
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I really like the bahn flatbed campers but a shell starts around 45k.
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Somewhat on the same theme, I have a 1996 GMC C3500HD 454/4L80E. I have considered removing the 16 foot flatbed and mounting a 24-ish foot 5th wheel camper with slideouts on the framerails, so that the front part overhangs the truck cab.
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