@Adrifters - F550 Surf Camper Build - Adrift Motorhome

The truck looks awesome! Quick question, what kind of shop did your line-x? I went to a bedliner place here in Seattle and they looked at me like I had two heads when I wanted to have my dump truck sprayed. Currently thinking I want to have the cabin of the expedition truck done.

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The truck looks awesome! Quick question, what kind of shop did your line-x? I went to a bedliner place here in Seattle and they looked at me like I had two heads when I wanted to have my dump truck sprayed. Currently thinking I want to have the cabin of the expedition truck done.

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I like the look of the ultra, but it hasn't been quite as tough as billed, and, its pretty pricey. If you want to move forward with it, you need to find a shop that has the gun apparatus for Ultra or Body Armour. Its a completely different process and requires a different gun. Not too many shops carry it.

If I had it to do over, a poor mans version, but likely at least as tough and easier to repair yourself (which has been a big issue, I'm beholden to the line-x guy now when I need repairs or new parts done) would be to U-pol raptor liner yourself, and then top it with a tough industrial single stage, like amershield. Its still not the cheapest approach, but lets you coat parts yourself (the upol is applied with an underliner applicator gun, i think they are called shutz or shatz guns, but a cheap tool to buy $30 of so) or atleast do the undercoating and have any shop top coat.
 
New setup looks fantastic! :victory:
Props on that bed. It came together very nice.


Only bit I question is the rear gear locker, as it will make cleaning that back wall surface difficult.

I understand the reasoning though. Needed a spot for that big spare, and a bit more storage is always nice.


FYI, Im going similar direction with my new truck, although the gear locker will be at the front, and will house a small motorcycle

 
Michelin has come out with a 325/85R16 XZL. 5000kg/axle load code 140. But 16s may be too small for a 550/5500. It's 38.7”
Yeah, I'm not aware of any 16" f550 super singles, though I'm guessing Stazworks could make some. Good to know other tires in this load range are emerging.
 
New setup looks fantastic! :victory:
Props on that bed. It came together very nice.


Only bit I question is the rear gear locker, as it will make cleaning that back wall surface difficult.

I understand the reasoning though. Needed a spot for that big spare, and a bit more storage is always nice.


FYI, Im going similar direction with my new truck, although the gear locker will be at the front, and will house a small motorcycle

I actually hadn't thought of the cleaning angle. Theres enough room to stick your hand in there though, so I could probably do it with a brush or squeegee, but good point. The perils of a one-off, self build, you never think of everything the first time. Looking forward to seeing your next round of build. The other disadvantage of my rear locker is just more weight behind the axle. I use it for more light duty stuff thats quick access, camp chairs, cooking supplies etc, but its out there on a lever arm. I have a fold down motorcycle shelf yet to be installed, but I think we are going to switch to 2 e-bikes instead of the tw-200 we've been using.

On another note, I finally got the weather stripping proper, I'll post some images soon. Its a combo of brush seal, hard uhmw pucks that stay about .0625 off, then a bulb seal above and below. Neither brush seal touches the wall as they go up, but when the top rises up, the bottom brush seal compresses against the top one and provides a positive seal. The combo of brush and bulb really seals it up and knocks out noise. The uhmw is just a final safety in case the lifters go up screwy (ask me how I know it can happen :).
 
I look forward to seeing what you have come up with for sealing this pop top up. :ylsmoke:

Weight in that rear box didn't hit my radar, until I remembered you are also running a gasser.
Where about is the COG for your camper? And do you know how heavy the bed turned out?

I know the COG in my camper is way forward (by design).
Almost far enough forward to create problems with jacks and loading unloading. Its a bit nose-heavy.
But the weight is far enough forward that pushing it back on the chassis 24" (as planned right now) should do great.
 

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Expedition Leader
Just built an ebike. I think it may be a great option, it's 52 lbs with batteries, will do 35+mph.


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Scott, where do you store your steps while traveling?
Sorry for the delay, just saw this. Mine go in the small locker underneath the door under the grey water tank. I'm working on a new set of steps though, the dogs hate going up the ones we have. I like the way Bliss does theirs, folding and retracting back into the camper, but tracking dirt in is a concern.
 
Adrift and its builders got some good press after OX West! Can't argue with any of the authors assertions having finally seen this thing in person. Simply amazing.

From newatlas.com author C.C. Weiss:

Adrift away
We generally spend most of our time at OX West checking out the wares being showcased by exhibitors, but often some of the most interesting vehicles are those built by DIYers. That was most definitely the case this year, as the coolest vehicle of the entire show in our humble opinion was the Adrift motorhome.


Based on a Ford F-550 Crew Cab, the Adrift was built to head south of the border for a bit of fun and work - chasing waves on the coast while performing volunteer medical work where needed. The distinctive chassis-mounted module is fully automated, including a three-tier body with lifting roof that creates plenty of standing room inside and includes a separately operated ventilation window. Also operated from the command center are the lift-away bed and slide-out toilet. The thing is an all-terrain intercontinental tank outside, a clever smart home inside.

What better place to end than a power-sliding toilet?

See more shots here in the big atlas:
https://newatlas.com/overland-expo-2018-big-motorhomes/54816/
 
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