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RICKIM

The Ocean State

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Posted: 06/16/20 06:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Let me start by saying that I wouldn’t have built this without my wife’s blessings.
This is something I’ve wanted to build for a few years, and she was on board with it from the start of the thoughts and designs.
We had a 2008 3500 DRW Cummins and 2008 AF 1140 which we’ve had since new.

We’re avid travelers and had put over 125,000 enjoyable miles of fun with the truck and TC. The truck handled it fine but we wanted something with more capacity and piece of mind.
We had upgraded our TC with the same exact AF 1140, only 11 years newer, so
with the larger tanks and new do-dads the new TC had, the longer trips, and more toys we wanted to bring with us, we felt we should start the process for a bigger truck and body.

Now, I looked at flatbeds, flat beds with boxes, aluminum body’s, service body’s, etc.
I called Douglass Truck Body as we liked that style TC bed, as well as two other builders for a cost on what we were looking for, but they were going to need the truck and camper for a minimum of two months.
That was not going to be an option as we live on the east coast and they’re on the west coast, and she was NOT going to have the new truck and new camper out of her sight for that long.

I brought the subject up with a recently “early retired” certified submarine welder friend of ours who wanted something to do so I asked him if he was willing to work with some designs and ideas I had put down on paper, cad, and pictures.
He was on board with the welding and fabing part, now, to make it happen.

I special ordered a RAM 5500, C&C, 60”CA, 4WD, Cummins, Aisin, 19,500 GVW Laramie with all the fixins....Figured this will be the last truck (hopefully) for quite some time so after 9 weeks this is what showed up:

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As soon as the truck was in my hands I started ordering all the “stuff” I had in planning.
I found a company from Alabama that would custom make any box, doors, handles, and metal gauges I was looking for.
I needed 16” boxes as I wanted the body width to stay narrower for the camper “wings” in the rear and not interfere with tie-downs.
Started with 1x3 oak, 2x4x1/4 wall on the chassis, and 3” channel for the cross members.

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I incorporated the bed and camper tie-downs to the chassis.
I also put recessed pocket tie-downs in the bed for hold downs when I’m using the truck
for things other than traveling with the TC.

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Curb and road sides coming together.

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More to come...


2018 AF1140, 2.2KW Honda, 400 watts solar, Trimetric, Lifeline GPL-31XT's,
1KW inverter, rear deck, Turbo/Maxx fans
2019 5500 Ram Crew, DRW, 6.7L-CTD, EB, 19.5s, Custom TC bed, on board air, Bilsteins, Fast-guns


Son of Norway

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Posted: 06/16/20 07:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very impressive right from the start. Keep the pictures coming.


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gbopp

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Posted: 06/16/20 07:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Awesome project. Thanks for sharing. [emoticon]

jimh425

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Posted: 06/16/20 07:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks like a great plan.


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dblr

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Posted: 06/17/20 03:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking good, can not wait to see more!!!!


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theoldwizard1

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Posted: 06/17/20 06:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Please keep posting ! I am very interested in the top part of the body, how it will be skinned, sources for doors and windows, etc.

mellow

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Posted: 06/17/20 09:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Subscribed, that is an awesome build. Keep the pictures coming!


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Reality Check

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Posted: 06/17/20 10:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good man.. thanks, I'll be following too. Just an absolutely gorgeous rig!


'07 F550 with Link Ultraride air under an '11 AF 1150. It's either a fishing boat, snowmobiles or dual sports; something is always being towed.

Switching over to a 2016 F550 with new Ultraride air...just need to get the flatbed built.


Grit dog

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Posted: 06/17/20 10:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks like a contest between you n Reality Check for most awesome flatbed build!
Nice work so far!
PS you’re winning based on the truck it’s sitting on alone.....(lol, sorry realitycheck!)
The question is who will score more points?
You for hand fabricated tool boxes, or him for air ride?
This is the kind of stuff I’d do if I had the time....love it!


"Yes Sir, Oct 10 1888, Those poor school children froze to death in their tracks. They did not even find them until Spring. Especially hard hit were the ones who had to trek uphill to school both ways, with no shoes." -Bert A.

Grit dog

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Posted: 06/17/20 10:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

theoldwizard1 wrote:

Please keep posting ! I am very interested in the top part of the body, how it will be skinned, sources for doors and windows, etc.


Pretty sure hes plopping an Arctic fox on it, not building the whole camper.

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