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#21 OFFLINE   gsair

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:16 PM

That spot where you insert the handle is so easy to modify. I do not know your exact setup, as mine is a chevy, but if you let your spare tire down and look at the mechanism and piece of plastic that goes to where you insert that handle, you will come up with a solution. On mine I could move it side to side, make it shorter or longer. Your should be similar.



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:32 PM

Will have to check on that was puzzled when I noticed at first sounds like what you said may work. There has to be a easy fix. Or as a last resort what I mention.


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 05:02 AM

gsair....I really do like how you were able to have the bed so the camper sits lower. mine sits about 8" higher than a normal bed. people always tell me its way up there but in fact its 12' tall. yours is a nice bed. that's the cool thing with flatbeds and utility beds....we can customize them in so many ways to suit or individual needs.

all I can say is....welcome to the flatbed club. its a growing club. :sign0098:

 

knighteagle...my drain pipe comes out just right of center out the bottom of the camper. it then goes to the left side. so that's why the longer notch cut for it to clear the bed.
 


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 08:19 AM

Did you flatbed guys see the Northstar made for a flatbed?    To bad others never got on this idea.

 

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 09:42 AM

Yup, saw it in pictures.  When I went to the manufacture I was hoping to see one in person, but they didn't have one, and I have learned to not buy anything unless I see one first.  Might not like it.  Plus Rex Willett (owner of NorthStar) talked me into a normal style for resale value.  That way someday when I want to sell mine I don't have to find a person with a flatbed truck.  Its been well worth the $400 it cost me to have them make the side storage compartments on my 8.5 Arrow.  All sealed up from the weather, led lights at each door, speakers to run the radio or tv, also a cable tv inlet.  A rope light that runs outside above the storage doors for accent and I also can find the key hole in the dark.  Plus done in bright tread aluminum.   I don't think I could have done it for $400.


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 10:46 AM

I think a regular camper style would be better also. I have never been in one that was designed for a flatbed, but i did see it online. You still would have cabinets,   sink,stove and dinette.I think the floor space would be about the same. A slide is even better in my opinion. I like the extra storage on the outside vs the inside. Just an opinion, but this way you can try many different campers until you get the right one.



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 04:10 PM

I can't wait to get started on mine you guys gave me some great ideas. I would like to just do away with the tie downs altogether. Be great to come up with a setup that would just lock the TC in place on the flatbed itself. Excuse me I need to go and a get a bib really great pic's, A flat bed really to me adds more use to the truck than just a pickup bod specially with the TC. 


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 04:19 PM

I can't wait to get started on mine you guys gave me some great ideas. I would like to just do away with the tie downs altogether. Be great to come up with a setup that would just lock the TC in place on the flatbed itself. Excuse me I need to go and a get a bib really great pic's, A flat bed really to me adds more use to the truck than just a pickup bod specially with the TC. 

all I can say is....welcome to the flatbed club. its a growing club. :sign0098:


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 04:24 PM

Perhaps a year ago, I had started a topic questioning opinions about building a flatbed out of wood.  

 

The sub-parts that bolt to the truck's frame could be a steel framework, but the bed, headboard, bumpers, fenders, etc. would be wood.   For the parts that will endure hidden moisture, treated wood is not going to rot.  

 

What a craftsman-friendly project that would be to make your own wooden boxes and exposed parts with a finely varnished finish!   I still like the idea of building my own removable boxes to be placed to my taste.   Wouldn't that be an eye-catcher.   Of course, it's not likely one that would be able to live outside when not in use.

 

I suppose removing the truck bed out in the back yard one day would be the way to begin this project, and then let the imagination take over of just how to do this.



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 07:28 PM

I can tell you that once you take off the old bed, and go from there, letting your imagination run, that is what I did, it can turn into a lengthy project. I really enjoyed the project, but it was very time consuming. I even wanted wood siding. Had to draw the line somewhere. If I were to do it again, I think I would get a used flatbed, flip it upside down and figure out a way to make it lower to the frame. Then customize it to my liking's. Tool boxes on the bottom would be a must. Has anyone seen Sailor dave's utility bed yet?



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 07:33 PM

Hey Flatbed Club,

 

I found this article in Truck Camper Magazine on Flatbeds.  Thought I'd share.

http://www.truckcamp...ed-truck-camper

 

also found this one a utility box.

http://www.truckcamp...k-camping-beast


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 07:58 PM

That is one nice setup. I really like the bed. I still think I would prefer a regular camper though. Would have to see it in person to get a good idea of the room and storage.



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:22 AM

I meant to say has anyone seen a pic of skipper dave's custom utility bed, not sailor dave?



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 10:52 AM

That is one nice setup. I really like the bed. I still think I would prefer a regular camper though. Would have to see it in person to get a good idea of the room and storage.

Yaa  it is.   Its cool to see all the different flatbed styles that people have come up with.  Gives me Idea's for down the road someday when  hopefully I get to do another one.  I hope to see them in person.  Pictures are great but when you see it in person it all comes together much better.


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 11:44 AM

I prefer to have a regular style camper used on a flatbed. that gives all the storage room on the sides. from what I can see from the website, northstars flatbed campers lack all the outside storage on the sides. the walls come out to the edge all the way down. plus, as mentioned earlier....if you go to sell the camper and get another one its easier to sell a regular model camper than a flatbed model.


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:07 PM

If you check out some of the Aussie TC's, they have many more flat bed models. There are some other floor plans that place the door mid-wall on the curbside that make the inside space more usable even without a slide. It allows a booth dinette across the rear, bath forward of the door and kitchen on the street side. You can still have basement storage plus you still have the option of under deck storage boxes.

 

I agree if you use a conventional TC floor plan, there is little benefit to get one that is limited to flat bed use. Removable side storage attached to the TC or bed are better options. The flat bed seems to be the most versatile option, but I do like the utility beds...


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:30 PM

With so much outside storage, you tend to forget what you actually have or carrying.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 07:02 PM

Farmer, do you have any pics of your rig?



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:26 AM

Yes I do, some where, I'll have to get them on the other computer to post, can't seem to be able to post with iPad.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:03 PM

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