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Old July 22nd, 2014, 06:40 PM   #121
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The back bone of the beast has arrived. This camper is massive! Time to get to work mounting it.

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Old July 22nd, 2014, 06:49 PM   #122
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gonna be a great build. glad to see you posting and sharing it.
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Old July 22nd, 2014, 06:54 PM   #123
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I am going to try and keep quality updates on this build. Its just starting to get good, usually my posts are so short and to the point that I skip over a lot of stuff.
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Old July 24th, 2014, 10:23 PM   #124
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We have been cleaning and working on the camper for the last few days getting the the little odds and ends tied up. One of the first things I addressed was the slide. Along with the rest of the camper I ran fresh silicone over a few cracks and where I thought it needed it. The top side of the slide has a rubber membrane style coating and although it has not gotten wet it has bubbled up due to humidity in the camper. I believe that the company failed here by not using painted aluminum on the top of the slide like the rest of the siding. What worries me is sharp ice on the slide. The goal is to get a piece aluminum and fasten it over the existing roof, benefiting in gains of extra roof strength and protection. For now I just got a few cans of that rubber coating from Rustoleum called leak seal and gave the roof a few coats. After that I painted the roof white with some thick gloss paint. It wont last forever (a lot better than it was) but it will last long enough until I get my hands on some aluminum sheet.

It is not finished in this picture. This is just so you get the idea. :laughing:


The amount of nicotine in this camper was impressive to say the least. We figure that the dealer was to lazy to put the work into cleaning it and that is why is was below blue book. About $60 in cleaning products and a few hours of work got things looking good. We are very happy with the amount of room in this camper and it will have no problem sleeping 4 people comfortably.





The quality of this camper is very nice, everything is solid and has a good thud sound to it. Here is a look inside the battery door. Remote jacks, and very nice electrical/ducting work.




Have yet to clean the complete exterior yet but have cleaned around the slide and removed some of the logo stickers.







Got to cutting up the service bed today. Will need to make a material run soon but for the most part cutting and re-welding the bed will be pretty easy. What will be more difficult is getting the bed mounted to the truck. I have a couple of ideas of what to do but that will need some more in depth research. BTW, you all would shit if you knew how many 4inch cut off wheels have been used in this build.



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Old July 24th, 2014, 10:31 PM   #125
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Old July 24th, 2014, 10:42 PM   #126
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BTW, you all would shit if you knew how many 4inch cut off wheels have been used in this build.

Get a six inch Metabo, same size tool as the 4 1/2, but the wheels last way longer
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Old July 25th, 2014, 01:29 PM   #127
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Get a six inch Metabo, same size tool as the 4 1/2, but the wheels last way longer
x2. We use a 7" makita at work. We used to go through 3-4 times the wheels and grinders we do now. We cut ALLOT of 3/16 plate with it. It must be cut with a wheel and we have not found a better way.
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Old July 30th, 2014, 07:33 AM   #128
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Got one side of the bed cut up and mocked up, getting everything in place before I start to weld. Need to get some material to finish the bed and for mounting the everything to the F700. I've been super busy working lately and have been trying to get an hour or two in on this every night.







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Old July 30th, 2014, 09:26 PM   #129
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This thing is awsome can't wait to see the final product !!
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Old July 31st, 2014, 07:53 AM   #130
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Well, I've got a lot to do and not a whole lot of time to do it. Taking my Super Duty and putting it back on tow duty for a while. Swapping out the TSLs for a set of 285s, throwing a brake controller back in it, and welding in some safety chain hooks. Towing my stock trailer to the Upper Peninsula for a while, farthest trip with my F350 since I've owned it. (a bit over 200 miles. )

Should be a fun trip!


Be back in a little while to work on the 700.
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Old July 31st, 2014, 11:55 AM   #131
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are you running bear with the dogs ? an cant wait to see this this done looks sweet.
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Old July 31st, 2014, 01:18 PM   #132
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are you running bear with the dogs ? an cant wait to see this this done looks sweet.
We run bird dogs, we are heading north to run them on Sharptail Grouse.
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Old August 16th, 2014, 05:59 PM   #133
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Well, we made the trip to the UP and back. Had a great time, lots of wild birds, blueberries, wolves, etc.

Crossing the Mac is always fun.


Lake Michigan never disappoints either.


Good wild country.


The truck made the trip "good" up until the last 100 miles or so...



I knew the junkyard gear set was a little shady. It had some strange vibration at 60mph, leaked a lot, but I made sure it had oil, and drove lead footed. Well, there was a bearing failure at around 30mph going through a small town and she locked up hard in the middle of the highway. Hard as in 60ft black marks and axle shaft bolts/bearings/gear/etc all over the road. Luckily it was in front of a Napa store. Ended up pulling the shafts to get the truck to move and limped it off the road in front wheel drive. Pulled the diff cover to take a look. I'll get some pictures but needless to say some material is missing. Got it home on a wrecker but at least we were south of the bridge.

Time to park it out back for the season and get the real truck back on the road again. Ive got until the mid September to get it rolling again (without the camper mounted) before we've got to take it to Wisconsin to run some dogs.
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Old August 16th, 2014, 06:01 PM   #134
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Old August 16th, 2014, 06:09 PM   #135
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Holy Shit!!! I don't ever think I've seen one eaten up like that before!
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Old August 16th, 2014, 08:09 PM   #136
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You lost a pinion nut?
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cool build. would love to see the finished product
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Old August 16th, 2014, 09:07 PM   #138
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You lost a pinion nut?
Looks like it loosened up
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Get a six inch Metabo, same size tool as the 4 1/2, but the wheels last way longer
Or a plasma cutter
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Old August 17th, 2014, 12:13 PM   #140
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Yeah, I lost the pinion nut somewhere. Luckily it didnt happen when I was cruising 70 down I-75. All things considered though I would rather have this happen than have something happen to the motor/transmission/tcase any day of the week. Luckily it is just a summer/work truck anymore and I put a lot more miles on my F700 than my F350 per year...and I just payed it off.

On another note I just found out there is a little Back Woods on the way. That being the case we now need to find a set of wheels with more than just a front seat. Anyway I am posting a thread in the for sale section for the 1992 F-350/450 I have. We would like to trade it for a decent set of wheels with some seats. The truck is pretty decent and would make a real nice truck with a little work.

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