F550 Flatbed Build

boblynch

Adventurer
I'm hoping to get 25-35K miles out of the tires, but time will tell.

Contact the following office for nearest dealer to you. In 2009 the national sales manager was Philip Lannon 224-805-1144.
Continental Tire the Americas, LLC
1830 MacMillan Park Drive
Fort Mill, SC USA 29707
Phone: 01+877 235 0102

Dan at Rickson Wheels installed and balanced the tires on their custom rims. I have not had any vibration issues to date. Mine ride great.


Hi Bob.

How many miles o you think you will you get out of the conti's?

What's a good source for them tires?

Also how the wheels balance out?

Any issues with vibrations?

Thanks again!!
 

Carlyle

Explorer
1. The MPTs are wearing evenly. I'll rotate them before our next big trip. They won't last as long as the OEM tires, but are much better suited to our application.
2. We used the front fender flares from Earthroamer as no others were available. We were in a rush to get on the road when they came in, so I didn't take detailed measurements and pics of the process.
3. The custom 20" Rickson wheels were designed so that they are reversible to allow me to carry a single spare. The front and rear track are now 79.5". With a 13.2" wide tire this puts the outside edge of the tires at 92.7". I would need to go back and check the drawings to determine the offset numbers. It will vary by truck and model year. Contact Rickson if you need help figuring it out for a specific truck.
4. Flares were from Earthroamer. They will build on a Dodge platform, though I'm not sure if anyone has ever ordered one. You may want to contact Bushwacker. They carry a wide range of fender flares, just not one for my model.

Bob
Thanks,

I shot off an email to Bushwacker, hopefully they are able to set me up. There is no way I could get the 335's under my truck without a lift, these 275's barely fit. Glad you are getting even wear, beware of heat and those tires. They wear quickly on hot summer roads at highway speeds.
 

brp

Observer
Hi Bob, can you provide any info about the steel used to build your flatbed? I am mainly wondering how thick the wall of the stock are but also overall dimensions as well as specifically what type of steel it is. Thanks for any help and the great thread.
 

Recommended books for Overlanding

The Alchemist, 25th Anniversary: A Fable About Following ...
by Paulo Coelho
From $10.47
Sailing Alone Around the World: a Personal Account of the...
by Joshua Slocum
From $26
999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose Me
by Dan Grec, Dan Grec
From $19.95
Long Way Down: An Epic Journey by Motorcycle from Scotlan...
by Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman
From $15.96
Motorcycle Messengers 2: Tales from the Road by Writers w...
by Jeremy Kroeker, Ted Simon, Lois Pryce, Billy Ward,...
From $9.99

Carlyle

Explorer
Response from Bushwacker:

Carlyle,
Thank you for your interest in Bushwacker. Unfortunately, we do not offer any applications for the Dodge 5500. You may visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/bushwacker where we monitor requests for new applications. Once again, thank you for your interest in Bushwacker.

[FONT=Arial,sans-serif]Sincerely,


Matt Harter

Customer Care
Bushwacker, Inc.



[/FONT]
 

boblynch

Adventurer
The overall flatbed design was based on the idea of keeping the cabover portion of the camper as close as possible to the cab. Most stock flatbeds used 6-8" frames which would have placed a big gap between the camper and cab. To resolve this issue we needed the flatbed's center rails to be 2x4 and the supporting ladder structure to be 2x2. This worked well, but led to issues with the fuel filler which are discussed earlier in the thread. The setup works well for us and maximizes the available space while keeping the camper as close as possible to the cab.

Here's a sketch of the frame, with the 2x4 center rails the darker color.frame_dimensions.jpg

I don't recall the grade or thickness of tubing we used. It's probably on an invoice buried in my office somewhere. For a quicker answer contact Mike at Extreme Campers (expo member XtremeMike).

Hi Bob, can you provide any info about the steel used to build your flatbed? I am mainly wondering how thick the wall of the stock are but also overall dimensions as well as specifically what type of steel it is. Thanks for any help and the great thread.
 

dags

Adventurer
great information in this thread - How are you planning on dealing with the low sulphur fuel issue if you travel south of the border?
 

akmedic77

New member
Just read this whole thread. Wow! I like the progress and the ideas that you have. I hope to have something similar to this someday! Thanks for sharing.
 
Question... Who did you use to insure the vehicle?

I am having a heck of a time trying to find good insurance for my new F550 Flatbed (that has been modified like yours).
 

racer3822

Observer
Statefarm insured mine for me. Its personal insurance but they might have used commercial rates because of the size.
 
Top