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Turning my tow rig into an expedition camper

LT.

Well-Known Member
I might just do it. Your builds continue to amaze me in just about every way. I really like the idea of making it removable because I use my trailer for other things than just a camper/four wheeling. As was the case last Friday when I used it to haul all those pavers. How much do the jacks lift? What is the weight capacity of them? Do you think it would be able to lift a 13' box with a 6' over hang? I think it would be about 7' from the bottom of the box to the roof of maybe even 7' 6". Also, have you thought about making a slide out on it by chance? I wonder what would be involved in doing a slide out. Hmmmmm..........

LT.
 

ChestonScout

opinions are like Jeeps..
Location
Clinton, Ut
his jacks capacity are 2000 lbs. each. We could always do 6 jacks!


The slide out would be tricky. Doable Im sure but just tricky to get it sealed
 

LT.

Well-Known Member
I just measured what I have available on the trailer. 15' long, 8' 6" wide and I would be able to go 7' 6" or even 8' high. I also will need about 51" high to clear the goose neck and I can go an easy 6' over the neck without covering the adjustment on the hitch. But, the 15' would be about max for the length. I could squeeze 16' but, I would like to have some room for adjustment for the truck. I might want to slim it down to 14' in length just to make sure I have enough room for a different vehicle, you know, I can't make up my mind.

LT.
 

sprueitt

sprueitt Dodge T-Rex 6x6
Ours is 8 feet tall, clears the headache rack at 54 inches, has a 6 foot overhang with a 3 and a half heigth in the cabover sleep area. It is 7ft 6 in wide and the lower box is 10 feet long. It is big. We were working on the floor insulation and the carpet tonight.

I am checking for gas leaks now and I have two....Dang.... I guess I will have to use the LP tape.

Urithane coating on the stain is complete. Shawnette just finished the cushions and the mattress is in.

It looks nice.
 

sprueitt

sprueitt Dodge T-Rex 6x6
I just measured what I have available on the trailer. 15' long, 8' 6" wide and I would be able to go 7' 6" or even 8' high. I also will need about 51" high to clear the goose neck and I can go an easy 6' over the neck without covering the adjustment on the hitch. But, the 15' would be about max for the length. I could squeeze 16' but, I would like to have some room for adjustment for the truck. I might want to slim it down to 14' in length just to make sure I have enough room for a different vehicle, you know, I can't make up my mind.

LT.


Here is a thread on Pirate about building a camper with a slide out. The slide out looks pretty complex and could be troublesome. I would keep it simple.


http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=933305&page=7
 

Bart

Registered User
Supporting Member
Location
Arm Utah
I wouldn't put a slide out on anything that might go on a dirt road. JMHO.
 

sprueitt

sprueitt Dodge T-Rex 6x6
Getting close.

Now the insuliation for the floor






Now the carpet






Finished cabinet varnish, sealed, carpet, trim, and furniture....Shawnette worked hard to get this far.






















 

Bart

Registered User
Supporting Member
Location
Arm Utah
Looks great. I'll be over to check it out in a week.
 

sprueitt

sprueitt Dodge T-Rex 6x6
It is DONE!!!!! Tool boxes on the underside, built a spare tire carrier, fuel tanks, Fuel cooler, Tranny upgrades, soloar panel on the roof, and complete interior.
Just in time for Easter Jeep Safari, WE leave tomorrow!!!!!!!













 

lewis

Fight Till You Die
Location
Hairyman
Nice! So I wanna know how much you put $$$ into this? If you were to buy it from an rv dealer it would probably be in the $50 k range since the ones they sell are $35k and are made of wood.
 

ChestonScout

opinions are like Jeeps..
Location
Clinton, Ut
Looks excellent Stan! Everything looks great. The tool boxes are a perfect fit, the spare tire looks sweet!


I hope you snap some pics with the TREX on the trailer behind it.

Travel safe! If you have any issues, give me a call
 

Caleb

Super Moderator
Super Moderator
Supporting Vendor
Location
Riverton
Nice! So I wanna know how much you put $$$ into this? If you were to buy it from an rv dealer it would probably be in the $50 k range since the ones they sell are $35k and are made of wood.
For a slide-in? A slide-in like that wouldn't run anywhere near $50K...not even $35K. A Fully loaded, with slide-out, a/c, etc...everything will run you around $25K from a dealer.
 

Bart

Registered User
Supporting Member
Location
Arm Utah
Saw this tonight and it looks fantastic. Nice job,
 

turbosniper1

6x6x6 / Commando
This turned out AWESOME!!! I knew you would do good work, but WOW! This totally blows me away and I can't wait to see it this week!!!
I have to ask... I was looking close at the pictures and saw the "USLLC Mobile Command Unit". What does the USLLC stand for?? :)
Hope you guys have a safe trip down and I'm really looking forwRd to seeing you all!!
If you could.. Would you mind giving me a call on your way so I can chat with you about this week and trails, etc??? Just any time that is convenient for you guys! :).
Talk to you, and see you soon!!!
- Matt
 

sprueitt

sprueitt Dodge T-Rex 6x6
Message from Moab. Camper is working great, warm, dry, and well insulated from the wind and storms we have had down here. Everything working perfect. We saw a custom camper here in moab for sale built on a Kiaser. They want $119,000 for it.

When I looked into these expedition campers the range in price for $70,000 to $150,000 with the Unimog included. Just regular Slide in P-up campers( made of wood and fiberglass) sell new for $20,000 to $24,000. There is a new trailer version here for sale at $70,000, and There is this Land rover expedition camper(much smaller than ours) for $50,000. Our cost so far $5200.:rofl:

Thanks to Cory at Casper Customs for letting us use his shop and for helping to build the box. thanks to Cheston for the cabinetry work. This thing turned out awesome!! I highly recommend this to everyone who wants a camper that will last a long time.


More pictures to follow.
 

sprueitt

sprueitt Dodge T-Rex 6x6
This turned out AWESOME!!! I knew you would do good work, but WOW! This totally blows me away and I can't wait to see it this week!!!
I have to ask... I was looking close at the pictures and saw the "USLLC Mobile Command Unit". What does the USLLC stand for?? :)
Hope you guys have a safe trip down and I'm really looking forwRd to seeing you all!!
If you could.. Would you mind giving me a call on your way so I can chat with you about this week and trails, etc??? Just any time that is convenient for you guys! :).
Talk to you, and see you soon!!!
- Matt
Tax write off.... make it a company vehicle. USLLC is our Tactical martial arts company. You know paintball outfitting, training, scenarios, Hand to hand combat seminars, ... etc..
Urban Survivors Limited Liability Corporation- USLLC.
 
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