Well, I finally feel like I have enough so far to start a build thread. The most time I usually get off is a weekend or a week so this will be built on a budget for those kind of trips. Traveling with me are my wonderful girlfriend and our 4 year old Boxer Molly. Ill start off with version number one which I put together in a month to prepare for a trip. It worked well but found out quickly what needed to be changed.
This was a cheap canopy that I got for $40 with no rear window. I had plastic cut for the rear and luckily it didn't rain that much because it didn't seal well at all. This was temporary so it worked out fine. After a few months the canopy developed cracks and I got rid of it. Since camping season was pretty much over... (Oregon), I ran without a canopy for the winter. After the past two months of searching I finally found almost exactly what I was looking for!!
Now the build is really going to start. I've only had the canopy for a day so next will be cleaning it since it was sitting for 6 months, removing the tool storage on both side, replacing all seals, and insulating the interior. This all should hopefully happen within the next couple weeks so I hope to have updates regularly. I will also be adding a over the canopy lumber style rack which I will modify to form to the truck better which will carry tools, spare tire, and campsite lighting. A ladder with also be built to access the roof rack since my wheel/tire weigh around 120lbs each
98.5 Dodge 2500 24v Cummins, Auto, Edge EZ chip, Airdog 100 fuel system.
I bought the truck in 2007 and didn't do much to the truck except repairs and services that were neglected. In the recent past couple years I started forming the truck into what I wanted. Ill start with the interior. I added a heated seat kit to the drivers side, had the headliner redone because of sagging and removed unneeded stereo wiring from previous owner. I also made a mount for my laptop and installed a GPS antenna on the dash.
That's pretty much everything I did to the interior. Onto the outer stuff. I bought the truck with a 5in skyjacker lift. It rode like crap, and I didnt care for the huge lift. So I ordered a Kore 3in starter kit and love it! Here is a picture of the front progressive springs and recently installed top gunz control arms.
Theres no real timeline to all this but this is what I can think of right at this moment. Current plans before the first trip are to get the canopy where I want it, rebuild my dirt bike carrier into a swing away, and rebuild my bed platform to the current canopy. This whole build is revolved around using the space as efficiently as possible, if you couldn't tell already I will leave you with this Iphone picture of some riding in Madras, Oregon.