Turning my tow rig into an expedition camper

sprueitt

sprueitt Dodge T-Rex 6x6
#1
Our old camper was destroyed when one of the jacks failed. So we stripped it of all the appliances, and goods on the interior and planned to build a tough off- road camper that would take a beating and be more roomy than a traditional slide in camper. I also wanted the camper to be removable so that the truck can be used for other things.

I have to get this camper all put together before Easter Jeep Safari. So I have only a few weeks. This truck tows a trailer with our Dodge T-Rex 6x6, or pulls our Jeep behind it. The Truck is a GMC 5500 4x4. I first built a custom winch bumper for it and put in new exhaust.

Now I took it up to my buddy's shop in Idaho: Casper Customs. Cory the owner builds ultimate 4x4's and extreme rock buggies. You may have seen some of his work in TTC.

Well, this would be the first camper for Cory and I. But I new that we could do it.


First i built a winch bumper for the truck. Here is the truck as Cory's shop in Idaho.




Next we laid out the fram as I had designed it.





Here is Cory starting to weld up the frame.




Here is the frame coming together:





Now piecing and cross memebers:

 

sprueitt

sprueitt Dodge T-Rex 6x6
#5
Next installment:






My daughter is a welder so I have to show her my welds.:p



Cory fabing up the Jack mounts



Cross bracing


Some of Corys nice work



Does it look like a camper yet????:rofl:
 

sprueitt

sprueitt Dodge T-Rex 6x6
#7
Almost done with the siding, Pre drilling and then setting in screws is hard on your arms.... 568 down..... 247 to go....:eek:







Time for the corner and roof flashing.









Next the Jacks.
 

benjy

A lot of loose ends
Premium Member
Location
Sand Hollow
#8
Custom built camper... that's ambitious, I'm thoroughly impressed! I'll be watching closely, as I need to start my enclosed trailer -> toy hauler conversion soon :cool:
 

sprueitt

sprueitt Dodge T-Rex 6x6
#13
What do you expect that thing to weigh?
Our last camper wieghed 2800lbs and that was made out of wood crap. I expect this one to weigh about 3000. I have 848 lbs of steel and 500lbs of aluminum. I an up to 1348 so far, and next goes in cabinets, flooring, insulation, and pluming.
 
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