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I notice your camper started out as Tacoma/Ranger/Frontier size, then was fit to your Tundra... That looks very nice how you elevated the unit with a nice sturdy frame, then extended the jacks to reach around the truck body... perfect! I bet your tundra handles it well.
Good to see you out enjoying those great outdoors... keep it up!
Yeah, our Tundra handles the camper with ease. With a dry weight of 700 lbs, all I had to do was add some airbags.
We have not captured any pictures of the discovery-backpacker conversion, or very many of our countless custom projects, unfortunately. Up until about 5 years ago, I used to take a little "parking lot picture" of every camper that we finished (if it got installed in the daylight that is).Then, we decided that parking lot pictures are cheeeezzzy, and stopped taking them, and instead asked our customers to please send us some REAL photos from their trips and adventures. Well, that never worked out very well, as people naturally tend to take pictures of their loved ones, mountains, bears and stuff, pretty much forgetting about us once they head for the highways. This is the time period that we did a lot of really cool custom work, and missed catching pics of most of it!!! I Never knew how many people out there might be interested in seeing what posibilities are out there. I really got drawn into the traditional way of RV Manufacturer thinking, like "bigger is better, more whistles and bells, build faster and cheaper." For this, I am sorry for the waisted time an effort. Looking forward, my thought is "better is better, unique is good, special is value."
So, I emplore everyone who had our custom special projects built, to send in photos, post them on The Expedition Portal....
From now on, I am taking more pictures, especially when building custom projects. we ALL love to see these unique machines!!
The nice folks who ordered this custom unit are coming out here this morning from Vernal Utah. Well, his wife is out of country on a family emergency, so he's here with a friend to get the new unit.
7 am... inspection looking good, full caming mode, and everything's a-go! Photo of their beautiful interior with the "Awakening Artic" upholstery color choice.
This one seams pretty basic, but even 'basic" around here is still totally custom. For the sake of protecting our customer's identity, we will call him Mr H. Mr H asked for no jacks and an old school bolt down installation because he's never taking it off. He is a great artist, and will be using his camper to haul his paintings to shows all around, so we built him a very special Under bed storage that is deeper for more stacks of art, and wider spaces between the struts.
Plus, keeping in mind Mr H is over 80 years young, and he still wanted to be able to store long items like his hockey sticks, canoe paddle, or fishing poles, so we added some special padded knotches.
No jacks wanted, so we will be using the old balancing act shop jacks to lift and load today, but first we have to remove an old trade in unit (we DON'T TAKE TRADE INS but these folks had no other way to even un-load their existing camper). So here we are 9 am, literally CUTTING the trade in off of their truck because there is sealant tape and glue all aroung the connection to the truck bed sides, as this is a floorless light weight style custom camper. So, if anyone needs a nice little used camper to fit short bed GM, here it is!
Next, we finally get to set the nice new camper on the truck, yeah! The new camper, with all of the great features the old one never had, like automatic funace, stove, double sinks, water tank, power converter, auxiliary battery, queen size bed, kitchen table, propane tank, screen door, fantastic vent only drops the height of the truck 1/2" more than the little old camper! I hear it's cold over in Vernal.... Don't forget to winterize your water system Mr H, happy camper!!
Last edited by offroadcamperguy; 12-14-2010 at 02:43 AM.
Next unit is heading for Georgia:
Finishes this Friday, installs on Monday... A great little unit that leaves the truck bumper exposed and has the full shower, toilet, restroom, and many other great features, all on a Short Bed Crew Cab F250!!
Great stuff !
Very enjoyable and informative.
Thank you for posting.
Looking forward to the next installation. That is a lot in a little space - very interested. Please may we have some interior photos, too ?
(PS - any chance of the Discovery owner being contacted by email to send a photo, perhaps ?)
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I have gone ahead and contacted all the folks with our Discovery/Phoenix conversions. I hope that they do get back to me with some stories and photos. Also, if I have one come in to see me for supplies or parts, I will catch some photos of them at that time. Otherwise, we will of course take pics of all the Disco conversions we do in the future!!!
Thank You for the interest,
Rob, Great work! Have you done many 80 series Toyotas? If so, do you have any photos?