Cheapo Tow Rig project

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs and Trailers' started by 77GreenMachine, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    1790C8A3-0DBC-46C2-9B2E-52A4B8601F83.jpeg 9F6B2D2D-C72D-4091-949F-BD4B0ACEDCCF.jpeg 821617FC-E374-4957-AC9C-BBE22CC1BFBB.jpeg So I just picked up a very cheap, but good running 2500HD from a customer of mine.
    It’s really just a cheap tow rig and pick up. Question is should I keep this ladder rack? Being a long bed I was thinking I could rig up some PVC for an “A” frame shape and throw a big tarp and bungees on this and sleep on an air mattress for wheeling trips.
    In my head this sounds easier than fooling with a big tent and then having to fold back up a possibly muddy tent and such. I hate dealing with a small tent cause I’m fat and want to be able to stand up to change clothes.

    Should I keep it or ditch this thing? It would be slightly useful for my work as well but it would be rare.
     
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  2. CasterTroy

    CasterTroy Motarded

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    Think wind and heavy rain.

    @trailhugger bought a tent you need to consider. Also, on the mud thing...set the tent up on the trailer, and no mud

    Just some thoughts from past experiences
     
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  3. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    Keep it. It's easier than taking it off :D
     
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  4. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    I don’t think the tent I have could fit on my trailer. I’d like to see what she has.

    I suppose I could take it on and off as needed. But then it sits in my yard and I have to mow around it, and have help with the on and off.
     
  5. VortecJeep

    VortecJeep Powered by Uranium-235

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    Keep it.
     
  6. Jody Treadway

    Jody Treadway Croc wearing fool Moderator

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    Keep it. My 99 Super Duty had one that I used for work purposes. I ended up using it a ton otherwise as well.
    It ain't hurtin' a thing as they say
     
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  7. MOUNT

    MOUNT Member

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    My F250 crew cab has one and I've used it for everything but ladders. I have a gambrel rigged up that I can hang off the back of it that comes in mighty handy during deer season.
     
  8. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    I’ll probably keep it. I may change the title and update this thread. This truck is a straight up base model. I’m gonna change a few things as it goes. It is extremely dirty inside, but I have the best detail guy in the Archdale/Trinity area. I can’t wait to post before and after pics.

    The truck has 521k miles on the odometer. The motor has 160k, tranny 70k, the whole front end is new like ball joints, tie rods and such. It actually drives great. I have a folder an inch thick with every service record since new.
     
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  9. trailhugger

    trailhugger Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho Administrator

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    It's the Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8.
     
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  10. Ron

    Ron Dum Spiro Spero Moderator

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    HOL-E-CHIT
    I bought a camper once for less than that and lived in it 5 days a week for 3 years
     
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  11. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    Whew! What Ron said. I didn’t give much more than that for the truck!

    I would much rather come up with some sort of “A” frame and use a really big tarp over this thing with bungees and ratchet straps.

    Ghetto fabulous while camping in Harlan.
     
  12. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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    You could just buy a truck bed camper or a camper shell. A tent/tarp in the bed will prob leak like a bitch and blow away in the wind.

    Sent from my SM-G892A using Tapatalk
     
  13. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    You can go to Advance Auto and look in the "Help" section and get a tailgate handle bezel for about 7 bucks and make the rear end of the truck look sooo much better :D
     
  14. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    I just got it yesterday. I plan on things like that. And yes I will be on the lookout for a cheap camper shell
     
  15. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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    Check fb market place, I found a few for fairly cheap.

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  16. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    Excuses! :D
     
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  17. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    You bought a camper for $200? Did it fit in the back seat of a Jeep and hold two queen mattress inside?
     
  18. BigClay

    BigClay Well-Known Member

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    Link says $799
     
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  19. Ron

    Ron Dum Spiro Spero Moderator

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    Link says $800.
    If you remember that chitty 14' I had at the first ecors race in mtn city. I paid $500 for it when i was working down in ga on a job and slepr there during the week.
     
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  20. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    We traded in three tents when we got that one. I'm pretty sure we still have store credit at REI.

    But it's a 3+ season tent with a 12*12 main room, a back room that's the size of a queen mattress, and it has a vestibule. We've spent about 40 nights in it. It's pretty much bomb proof.
     
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  21. Ron

    Ron Dum Spiro Spero Moderator

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    No one is saying it ain't a pimping tent. It is fo sho . It's still an 800 tent.

    Can't hide money I guess.
     
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  22. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    I thought we were talking about what we actually paid for things?
     
  23. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    I thought we were talking about ladder racks with tarps on em...
     
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  24. 77GreenMachine

    77GreenMachine Phillip Talton

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    I have a big, nice tent that is great. But I can’t put it up by myself and it’s a real pain to take down and try to put up clean. Usually results in putting it up again at home.
    What I’m trying to tell you is I’m real lazy, and climbing into a camper shell or throwing a tarp over a rack sounds real awesome to me.
     
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  25. trailhugger

    trailhugger Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho Administrator

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    Ours can be put up by one person. It can definitely be put up by one adult and a 3 or 5-year-old.

    <shrug> I have no dog in this fight, @CasterTroy drug my tent into the discussion so I provided additional info.

    But mine is bigger that y'all's, anyway. ;)
     
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