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Old 09-06-2012, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default Featherlite toyhauler on top of 24' box truck

Is this a realistic project?

Put this 24' featherlite surv 7924..


On top of something like this.

I realize the ramp would be to high to use but would be used as a deck since I could pull something to haul my toys..

Main issue would be the rear axle and wheels matching the wheel wells on the featherlite. But other than that.. Everything's done..

Crazy?
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:26 PM   #2
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The biggest concern I have with using a conventional RV and putting it on a commercial truck chassis is most of them are very lightly built so they can be towed by a standard PU, not sure how long the structure and interior will hold up on a much rougher riding truck frame. You will also find a lot of hidden costs and materials that will add up, and quite likely by the time you buy a truck and a trailer and add up all the costs, you could get one already finished off of racing junk. I have been fighting the battle of build my own or buy a finished unit for some time, I would defiantly prefer to just buy one and be out using it, but have not been able to find one that meets my needs, and cost less than 200k lol.

Doc Weaver on this site has built him self a nice looking rig using a box truck as a starting point and finishing out the interior. Spend some time looking around on RacingJunk and some of the other web sites and you will find lots of different rigs for a good price in this economy.

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Old 09-06-2012, 03:55 PM   #3
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The biggest concern I have with using a conventional RV and putting it on a commercial truck chassis is most of them are very lightly built so they can be towed by a standard PU, not sure how long the structure and interior will hold up on a much rougher riding truck frame. You will also find a lot of hidden costs and materials that will add up, and quite likely by the time you buy a truck and a trailer and add up all the costs, you could get one already finished off of racing junk. I have been fighting the battle of build my own or buy a finished unit for some time, I would defiantly prefer to just buy one and be out using it, but have not been able to find one that meets my needs, and cost less than 200k lol.

Doc Weaver on this site has built him self a nice looking rig using a box truck as a starting point and finishing out the interior. Spend some time looking around on RacingJunk and some of the other web sites and you will find lots of different rigs for a good price in this economy.

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Thanks. The featherlite isn't really a conventional toyhauler. Featherlite stopped making them because they couldnt sell them as cheap as the stick built toyhaulers. All aluminum welded on 16" centers. No frame.

So the floor would only be 4" over the truck frame.

The biggest obstacle would be the new rear single wheel drive axle and then reuse one of the original as a tag.

I bought the toyhauler for $8K. I figure I can find a ford 7.3 diesel 24' uhaul box truck for around $3k and scrap the box out. $
Engine rebuild/replace with turbo $5k Maybe another $5K in the rear axle.. Add on another $4k in hidden expenses and for $25K Iv got a pretty sweet ride.

Thinking out loud.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:50 PM   #4
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Check Racing Junk.com regularly. You might find what you're looking for for a reasonable price. Too many unknowns. There are a few trucks on Racing Junk that look like someone put a travel trailer (which is essentially what you have) on a medium or heavy duty truck chassis.
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I've seen where people have put a trailer on a class 6. they're kinda odd but functional. Look who's talking, right? Those toy haulers are pretty tall. how tall would that be on a class 6.7.8? Mine is 12.5 feet and that gives me problems at times. The wheels on that trailer are probably 15" and a truck will have at least 22.5" wheels. That frame is much higher.

Just FYI, I bought a truck with a lift gate and we can load bicycles, motorcycles, even a lawn tractor once or twice.
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Second on Racing Junk...that's where I found mine for about 2/3 of your budget.
Having been through the experience of building up my Landcruisers, buying something close to what you want is WAAAAY more cost effective than building from scratch. Those $5 - $10 parts will add up quick, not to mention the $500 - $1000 unforeseen issues.
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Second on Racing Junk...that's where I found mine for about 2/3 of your budget.
Having been through the experience of building up my Landcruisers, buying something close to what you want is WAAAAY more cost effective than building from scratch. Those $5 - $10 parts will add up quick, not to mention the $500 - $1000 unforeseen issues.
Agreed.. But when you cant find what you really want, its tough compromising.

Some Uhaul box vans have a low floor with smaller wheels. The frames have a hump for the rear axle which could be recessed into my 4" floor construction.


My box is 8' 6" tall, and wide..

Its funny.. Some days I dont even consider crazy ideas like this one. But then other days it starts to sound like a feasible option when I start thinking about the cummins powered 4x4 van I really want.
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Some Uhaul box vans have a low floor with smaller wheels. The frames have a hump for the rear axle which could be recessed into my 4" floor construction.
Be very careful. Smaller wheels, lower capacity! Figure out your fully loaded weight ahead of time, calculate in what you want to pull (if anything), and them make sure the axles, wheels, tires, hubs, bearings, springs, tie rod ends, shocks, steering linkages, and frame rails will carry the weight.
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Be very careful. Smaller wheels, lower capacity! Figure out your fully loaded weight ahead of time, calculate in what you want to pull (if anything), and them make sure the axles, wheels, tires, hubs, bearings, springs, tie rod ends, shocks, steering linkages, and frame rails will carry the weight.
What.. your saying a u haul designed to haul a family across the country wont haul my rig?

Show me the numbers..
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yes it is very very easy to overload a u-haul, which is one of the main reasons they sell so cheap, nobody wants them because they spent most of their life overloaded..

Furniture, insulation, interior walls and doors add up. add in water tanks, propane, and a whole long list of things you will be buying to outfit this rig, I'm sure you will be very close to capacity by the time you are finished.

and yes I have the whole list of weights for everything I used to balance my truck conversion. I discovered real quick on paper that I needed to move my fuel tanks, batteries and generator as far back behind my rear axles as possible to balance off the ft axle. My numbers worked out withing a hundred or so lbs of the finished project.
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