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#61 OFFLINE   Harried Harry

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 08:19 PM

Interesting build. I've rebuilt a truck sleeper which had rotted over the wheel wells and the corners. I sold it a couple of years ago since I didn't think I would use it anymore. What a mistake! I still travel in the winter, but I'm usually going to someone's house so I really don't need to take my Lance. If I want to go fishing, taking the Lance is more of a chore. No body sells these in this area and the ones I've seen on the internet are two or three times more expensive than what I had.

 

Maybe next year I'll build my own sleeper if I can't find one reasonably priced. Worst case, I'll just use the Lance and spend more time fishing.



#62 OFFLINE   Stan

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Posted 14 February 2015 - 01:07 PM

What do you mean by sleeper?
I have been a tent camper since my Boy Scout days long, long, ago. Now I need to get up off of the cold ground to get a good nights rest, a truck camper seems to be the best choice. I am here to learn as much as I can.

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Posted 15 February 2015 - 11:30 AM

A small climb in area behind the cab area just room for one or two if they like each other. 3x3x7ft about door out to the bed side.


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Posted 10 June 2015 - 08:44 AM

Project is back on track. Started working on it in May. Plan is to have it on the truck this weekend.

Here is a link to some new pics: https://photos.googl....qxJj1_eGOfczBd

 


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Posted 10 June 2015 - 11:46 AM

all I get is an error with the pic link.


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Posted 10 June 2015 - 05:01 PM

all I get is an error with the pic link.

 

Same with me. No access to see the pics. You'll need to make that album public if you want us to ooh and ahh over what you have been working on.


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Posted 12 June 2015 - 06:05 PM

Sorry bout that. Lets try this one:

https://goo.gl/photo...CEMHX9CDKRbZ5G8



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Posted 12 June 2015 - 07:01 PM

Sorry bout that. Lets try this one:

https://goo.gl/photo...CEMHX9CDKRbZ5G8

 

That worked! Nice to see progress again. :-)


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Posted 24 June 2015 - 02:05 PM

https://youtu.be/3TkJPjFK5uU



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Posted 25 June 2015 - 05:02 AM

Nice to see it sitting on the truck. Do you plan on leaving the tailgate down to act as the floor in the rear section?


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Posted 24 August 2015 - 12:31 PM

The tailgate will down while camping and there is a little 2 foot extension floor that I built.

 

This next video shows how the top pops with air power.

 

https://youtu.be/TwNWTJbPwa0



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Posted 24 August 2015 - 08:18 PM

The tailgate will down while camping and there is a little 2 foot extension floor that I built.

 

This next video shows how the top pops with air power.

 

https://youtu.be/TwNWTJbPwa0

What holds it up after raising it?



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Posted 08 October 2015 - 01:03 PM

There are some flip up props that hold it up after air compressor is depressurized but if I don't bleed the air, it will stay up on it's own.

 

https://youtu.be/rBS0j917JGA

 

This one shows a quick look at the first trip taken in the camper.



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Posted 23 October 2015 - 08:56 AM

Weight/Gas Stats:

 

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD with E load rated tires.
GVWR:9500
GAWR front:5200
GAWR rear:6200
Cargo Max (includes occupants):2909

When I had the EMPTY truck weighed:
GAW front:4180
GAW rear:3040
GVW:7220

And then with truck LOADED with camper, gear, people, dog, etc:
GAW front:4000
GAW rear:4860
GVW:8860

Leaving the weight of the fully loaded camper:
1640
I do not have a weight for the empty camper alone. I would guess several hundred pounds of gear, leaving the weight of the empty camper to be around 1000 pounds.
The computer on the truck gave an MPG rating of between 10 and 11 for the approx. 4000 mile trip. The gas prices were between $2.04 (in Michigan)and $2.89 (in remote part of Colorado). Probably an average of $2.40, I would guess. __________________



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Posted 23 October 2015 - 02:38 PM

try doing that trip at 3.5-4 bucks a gallon these are real fuel savers are they not


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