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Old 07-22-2013, 02:18 AM   #1
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This will be a LONG project, seriously. Wife and I are severely Budget Strapped at the moment, but I'll do what I can in the meantime. So be prepared for a 6-8 month long wait lol.

I LOVE Fishing. I LOVE camping. I LOVE just going out and exploring. So I been building my Truck with those in mind.

Things To Do:
2nd Battery: Tie in the Radio, CB, and Bed Power into the 2nd battery only.
Bed Re-Design

I will be building up my Pickup Bed. It will have Storage for Oil/Coolant/Minor Tools/Fishing Stuff but also have speakers hooked to the Cab Radio, Drink Holders, small Inverter to hook my Laptop too. Will also feature a Foam Mattress.

I'll probably do it all in Pine Plywood but once its done I may "start over" with a Fiberglass 2 piece setup.

The Object of my personal build is so I can just jump in the truck on the weekend, go exploring in the mountains (maybe find a lake or 2) and be able to just take my time and maybe spend the night without having to "pre-plan". just Jump and Go.
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A VERY QUICK and dirty first render of my plans.



The black is a lid that opens towards the top and a "leg" can be swung down to make a "table". Both sides are capable.

The Blue is Drink Holders

The Round Yellow are 6.25" speakers

The "Pinkish" Rectangle is an Inverter (just a small 500 watt I have lying around.

The camper shell is equipped with a dual light DC system that REALLY lights it up lol.
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:16 AM   #3
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Looks good. You should look into some trickle solar charging panels to keep the second battery charged for when you don't run the motor along with it. I saw it on the show gearz when he made his utility trailer and he used them to charge that battery for his wench and compressor.
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I'll add that later thanks for the idea. I had a 2nd battery setup on my Wife's older Cherokee. I just used a International Continuous Solenoid with a Switched Ignition setup. That way the 2nd battery only drained and the main battery wasn't touched. With the Ignition on, both batteries were "tied together" to Charge.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:40 PM   #5
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Going tomorrow to pick up some materials. Will have enough to make the basic frame. The door/tables, Speakers, foam bed and carpet will come later but I'll have the main body built by this weekend.
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:35 AM   #6
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Ok so had to re-do my plans JUST a bit. Instead of the end tailgate portion being higher than the rest it will be uniform even from front to back....the top portion will be open though for a "throw bin" style and wont have opening lids/tables. Trying to do this practically and without a LOT of money so changing it up a bit.


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I'm not a carpenter....please be gentle

Base halfway done




Base is complete. Will be ordering some carpet to make it look a LOT better.



It's basically in 3 pieces for swift and easy removal. Neighbor brought me some 1/4" aluminum to put under the wheel wells then 2 bolts with washers will go in each wheel well to hold the "boxes" in place. The boxes in turn hold the "floor" in place.




Still to do:
Carpet
6" speakers
Wiring and install of 200 watt Inverter.
Cup Holders
A Table that resides under the foam mattress until needed. Mounts across at the wheel wells (hey gotta be able to watch my DVD Movies while fishing!)
Foam Matress
2nd battery
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:13 PM   #8
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Looks good so far. If you could I would get some 1" boards to make some bracing behind the sheeting on the sides. But overall great job.
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I took my spare full size tire off and it got me thinking.

I weighed my spare tire against the wood, my new brush guard, and my camper shell and believe it or not theres not a lot of weight difference between just the tire and ALL 3 of my new items lol. I"ll have to actually find a scales somewhere but the Arm Scale says it's gonna be close.Running around town I'll leave the tire at home but when I go trailing, I'll tote it around
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Looks good so far. If you could I would get some 1" boards to make some bracing behind the sheeting on the sides. But overall great job.
Thanks! I got the neighbor intrigued and he's gonna bring home some scrap aluminum bars and see what we can do from there.
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