Re-doing my Bed Camper and making a toyhauler

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  1. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    since I did not get the drive over fenders down I towed my buddies sami down instead

    Of course we forgot pics going down so these are all loaded up coming home today

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    wife and son in driver seat
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    whole setup
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  2. Black Bear

    Black Bear Well-Known Member Moderator

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    Worked out great ken.

    whats next fenders, and steps on the side? a removable railing would be slick.
     
  3. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    yup.. need to get fenders done, ramps, ramps slide in trays, camper steps to get up into camper, and yes Jess has asked for a railing :)
     
  4. JeepURE

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    Wow Ken, you have done an amazing job! I wish I had 1/10 the skills you possess in fab work!
     
  5. thecarman

    thecarman Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for giving the Zuk a ride Ken! Jamie is glad she didn't have to drive the Burb pulling the pop-up camper so that I could drive down in the Zuk. :)
     
  6. BRUISER

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    thanks .. but most people on here could do what I have done over the years.. just need practice.. oh and patience
     
  7. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    not a problem at all.

    Glad that you guys decided to camp over.. Corbin would have been lonely with out Ivy :)
     
  8. BigJUGGY

    BigJUGGY Well-Known Member

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    How much beer to hitch my jeep a ride on thar to Harlan? :driver:

    Looks Bitchin' Ken....:beer:
     
  9. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    well I already owe you some beer :)
     
  10. family xj

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    Are you gonna paint it to match the truck? I am digging that set up
     
  11. Spence

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    I am less interested in the camper half of this build, but I gotta give you props for the trailer. When you first posted pics, no way would I have thought it would turn out so nice. This really makes me want to find something similar to rebuild/repair so I can have a two car hauler. Nice job.
     
  12. BRUISER

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    still on the idea plate.. have not decided 100% yet
     
  13. BRUISER

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    Thanks.. my wife and few of my friends thought the same thing.
     
  14. Spence

    Spence Well-Known Member

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    Speaking of which, what WAS that trailer, in it's former life? May help me locate somethign similar. I think we must think on the same plane, fixing something like that, rather than buying new for 4-6x more $$$.
     
  15. BRUISER

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    the trailer started life as a late 70's 5th wheel camper 38'

    I found the same kind on craigslist but it was a 24'. when I went to see it, I realized quickly it would not work.. the frame was 2x6 1/8" wall and that was no strong enough.. so I talked with the guy and he said well I do have one more over here in the weeds.. Had a ton of crap on it but after I told him i was gonna build a gooseneck trailer with it he said he would sell it to me for same price he has 24' listed at. so we got all the crap off it then hooked it up and dragged it home.. this frames was 2x6 1/4" wall tube..

    if you are not in a hurry just keep on eye on craigslist.. but have money ready to spend so you can jump on the deals when they come up
     
  16. BRUISER

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    quick price break down for people that wonder.

    camper = Free
    pop up = $100 for bed parts
    trailer = $800
    trailer parts = $400 ( jack, neck, etc)
    wiring = $100
    new Maxxis tires = $600
    registration(DMV) = $100
    misc = $100

    so guess is around $2200

    but I did sell my 16ft trailer and a HP dana 60 front axle, that totaled = 2300 so I am doing fine atleast in wifes eyes :)

    of course I still need to do more like build driver over fenders.. but I already have the steel so there should not be much more cost added tot he above
     
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  17. Macdaddy4738

    Macdaddy4738 Well-Known Member

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    nice work!

    The whole setup is awesome! Love the truck, camper, trailer....
     
  18. BRUISER

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    Well after a few days of work on the XJ I am back on the trailer :)

    I am building drive on fenders.. got the main frame over the tires cut and welded on tonight. tomorrow I plan to do the reinforcement bars and make the frame area to the back of trailer.


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  19. chromerunner

    chromerunner The Scrambler

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    This is a SWEET set up...Props!
     
  20. 1stgenxxx

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    I really like how you modified the neck. My tralier is also an old camper. The neck sits really low. I let a freind use it and he didn't pay attention...so I have a nasty dent in the top of my bed. What kind of metal did you use on the neck?
     
  21. Black Bear

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    I believe its 2x6 1/4 wall rectangle tube.

    fenders are lookin good ken.
     
  22. BRUISER

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    yes the frame and neck is all 2x6 1/4" wall tube..

    I am going to add more bracing inside neck to hold stuff like 4x4 blocks, etc
     
  23. awheelterd

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    what sort of bracing do you have in mind for the fenders? i dont know much about drive overs, but it looks like if you only brace it down to the bottom of the frame all that weight on them would try to twist the frame. maybe im over thinking that one, i have a tendency to over engineer everything i build and end up with a lot of unnecessary bracing.
     
  24. thecarman

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    It *will* try to twist the frame, but he has crossmembers running between the frame rails (beneath the wood deck), which should prevent that.

    Or add more crossmembers if it twists. :)
     
  25. BRUISER

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    i am going to add vertical and diagonal bracing..

    the jeep tires will drive dead center on main frame rail.. not out by the edges so not to worried about weight by the edge.. but the bracing i plan to do will still support it
     

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