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Old 04-08-2015, 03:19 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, I am very new to all this. I've lurked on here for quite a long time and finally pulled the trigger and purchased a truck to start on. 1999 Sterling with a 3406e Cat, and a 10speed. I drove 1800 miles home and got 9.2 mpg, I'm very pleased about that. I want to have a 14-16 foot garage and the rest sleeping accommodations for my family (6 of us ). we enjoy the sport of offroading and have a 36' bumper-pull trailer that I plan to carry the other two vehicles we use on.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:03 PM   #2
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I am very interested to see your set up. I have an international 7500 expeditor truck single. I also go to the desert a lot so I want to see how you set yours up. Mine is 39' just rig so I am limited to a 26' trailer here in CA.
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Old 04-09-2015, 09:29 AM   #3
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Sounds like a cool project! Do you plan to drop the garage below the frame or keep it above frame height? What will your overall length be?
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How long is the box on that? Are you planning on just sleeping quarters, or are you planning a kitchen/bathroom/etc as well? What are you planning to put in the garage?
What trans is in it? Super 10?
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How long is the box on that? Are you planning on just sleeping quarters, or are you planning a kitchen/bathroom/etc as well? What are you planning to put in the garage?
What trans is in it? Super 10?


22' box, super 10, we plan on a bathroom and a shower.... Sleeping over the garage is my plan... About 14-16' worth vehicle inside.

Will likely squeeze a fridge up in the sleeper and a microwave as well. We kinda 'rough it' when we go. We spend most of our time on the trail or outside around a campfire.
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May not be able to separate the lq from the garage very well. If you need 16' of garage space, that only leaves you 6' of lq space. Might be better to leave it an open layout, similar to the smaller toy hauler trailers, and pull the vehicle out of the garage when you sleep. If you build cabinets/shelving on the front wall (on one side), you could mount the microwave, fridge, and possibly a sink to it. On the other side (at the front) you could frame in a bathroom with a small shower. (The one we plan on putting in our trailer will be 4' x 4'). You may want to put fold down beds mounted to the walls for sleeping. Looking at the box, it appears that you have about 8-9' of height inside. You could put a loft bed in the front of the box as well, but you will want a couple feet of head room above the mattress.
If you decide to wall it off from the garage, you can put the loft bed over the garage area, but probably only about 4-6' back. We are planning this option in our trailer, and I believe 5' is about all I can do without contacting the windshield on my crawler. My measurements are based off a Toyota 4runner, so a Jeep may be different.

Just looked at the photo again, does that have a walk thru door between the sleeper and the box? Bunk beds?


On a side note, the super 10 works great with the load you will be carrying. Other than a funny shift pattern, it is pretty user friendly.
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I may have spoke too soon, the shift pattern is normal so it's evidently NOT a super 10. I do plan to do an open floor plan as you mentioned. I hope to put a pass-thru from the sleeper to the box and have the shower/bathroom at the front of the box. seldom will be need the 'living room' on the road, so when we hit the park and unload, we'll have a little room to feel like we have a camper


I appreciate the comments and feedback. Please keep em coming
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We are going to learn how to be smart with our use of space. We've been using this Class A and had TONS of living space, but little room for rigs ( could only carry two jeeps/buggies at a time).
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Super 10 shift pattern is 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10. Every shift is in the same hole, just pull it out, flip the switch on the shifter, and put it back in.

If it has the "top 2" option, when the cruise is turned on, the trans will shift automatically between 9-10.


What type of vehicles are you hauling with this setup?
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Super 10 shift pattern is 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10. Every shift is in the same hole, just pull it out, flip the switch on the shifter, and put it back in.

If it has the "top 2" option, when the cruise is turned on, the trans will shift automatically between 9-10.


What type of vehicles are you hauling with this setup?

Yep that is the shift pattern I have and the lever on the shifter. Fully manual Trans.

Thanks for clearing up what I have lol.



We use Jeeps, Razrs and full on buggies.
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