So I scrapped my idea of a scratch built camper. I found this '71 Bell slide in for $150, and couldnt pass it up.
Especially seeing that it had this beauty in it... A Calson 6M propane sealed furnace.
I think the furnace alone is probably worth 3x what I paid for the camper. It is an 8' camper that is actually designed for a small truck. Previous owner had it on a Nissan pickup. So the thing is a bit narrow, but the floor to cab-over height fits my flatbed pickup PERFECT!
Anywho.... this is the thread that will tell the tale of the Bell camper.
There will be at least 3 stages of modifications. The first of which is almost complete. A simple refurbish that will render the camper road worthy, and capable of keeping us warm on our annual 1800mile (round trip) road trip.
Stage 2 will be adding boxes to the undersides of the camper to allow the camper to ride properly on my flatbed pickup. These boxes will also allow for a bit of interior modifications, increasing square footage, relocation of items like the fresh water tank and propane tanks, adding a battery, isolator, and other 12v items, etc.
Stage 3 will be a complete exterior refinish, including furring the walls out a bit, re-insulating the entire structure with high r-value rigid insulation, and a complete smooth-wall re-skin.
Updates to follow