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Blog series by dbhost updated 321 days ago 4 parts 3808 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: The design process...

336 days ago by dbhost | 4 comments »

I have mentioned it previously, and will likely mention it again repeatedly, among other things, one of my most beloved things to do aside from woodworking, is, well anything outdoorsy, but in particularly, hunting, fishing, and camping. Now I admit that I am not in the shape I once was, nor am I as young as I once was. The appeal of throwing up a tent on the ground, and either sweating to death, or freezing my knees off is somewhat faded. Now I could go the easy route, and just buy a t...

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Part 2: Truck prep, and some design thoughts...

332 days ago by dbhost | 5 comments »

Long overdue, the truck took up WAY too much of my time this weekend, and reminded me I am no longer a twenty something fit guy… Those 35” mud tires really beat you up pulling them off, and worse, putting them back on to the truck! But I got it done… At the 40K mark, my OEM disk brakes were worn thin, probably from the stop and go driving I had done when I worked the Energy corridor of Houston and commuted too stinking far every day in gridlock… Shortly after the br...

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Part 3: More work on prepping the truck for the camper...

322 days ago by dbhost | 0 comments »

So the toolbox is long gone, and the bed is fully cleaned. Okay I could probably use to pressure wash it, but it is cleaner than it was with an oil catch pan in it… The front suspension has been rebuilt using Moog, and Rancho components, replacing the stock strut and lift spacer with the Rancho Quicklift Loaded adjustable ride strut. A new set of tires has been installed, and to finish it all up, the alignment has been done. Measurements are being taken, and retaken, and I am c...

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Part 4: Considerations for construction materials and weight issues.

321 days ago by dbhost | 4 comments »

Now those that have seen pics of my truck now I drive a half ton pickup. Okay so the payload rating is actually well over that, actually well over 3/4 of a ton, but they are doing funny things with truck ratings and classifications these days. Still weight is a consideration when building any sort of truck bed camper. Working with my Sketchup drawings, and looking at the assemblies it occours to me that it needs to be lightweight for 2 reasons really. #1. Hauling capacity of the truck i...

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