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#1 OFFLINE   sweeney153

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 01:09 PM

Has anyone here used a utility body for their truck camper I'm thinking it would give us  ton of storage space but don't know if it would work. 



#2 OFFLINE   tmadigan

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 04:39 PM

I've thought about it and would love all those storage compsrtments, however, I think it would be a very heavy unit: truck, utility body, camper, and all that stuff. I wish though.

#3 OFFLINE   RichConley

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 04:51 AM

These people do that sort of thing for trucks:  http://www.douglasst...ies.com/camper/

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 03:36 PM

I ran into a fellow a couple of years ago that had a utility body built on his truck to allow for the TC to fit. Cost him 10K for just the utility body. It was nice though. Lots of storage.



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Posted 23 May 2017 - 06:53 AM

If that guy with the utility box bought a chassis cab instead of a pickup, he saved about $6000 (the cost of a painted pickup box) to use as a partial payment for the $10,000 utility box.



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Posted 23 May 2017 - 12:07 PM

That is exactly what he did.



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Posted 23 May 2017 - 05:01 PM

We did it last year on a dually 1 ton.  Knapheid has a low one and the dealer was on a slow stretch as the Bakken slowed down so had the time to play with it and make it work.  They had to move tie downs and  reinforce for them.  We tend toward the weight police side and all loaded we are 400 pounds less than capacity.

 

Love the easy access  storage.  

 

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#8 OFFLINE   Micasalay

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 02:02 PM

Douglass Truck Bodies in Bakersfield, CA built a utility body on my Ford F550 for an Eagle Cap 1165.

It IS heavy (and expensive)​, but the 550 can handle it and it does offer a TON of storage space.

This is it on their website:

http://www.douglasst...ds&unit&pager=2

 

 



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:34 PM

Another option for you guys.  Love this idea - all the storage of a utility body without the weight.

 

https://sherptek.com/overview#intro



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 05:05 PM

I think you would be better off starting with a flat bed, then build storage from there out of diamond plate aluminum like Rick Law did up in BC.  He has a very nice set up but it's not cheap.  He has an F-550 like I do.  Got the weight capacity to handle the extra storage weight in addition to our heavy large Lance camper.  Which has minimal storage space.  


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