The floor of the box is 20 feet long. The ceilng is 24 foot long.
There is a lot of work ahead.
Plans are for:
First remove box from uhaul truck install on mine.
Then convert to RV use
build tray for queen size bed (60x80) and mount above cab with ladder.
Install fridge, microwave, foldable table and chairs.
install box frame for genset and inverter.
install extra fuel tank??
Then get inspection for RV plates.
Then build ramps
The truck, box and jeep should weigh about 19K-21K
GVW is 32.7K so it should be able to tow another 2 Jeeps on a trailer if I wanted.
Just your usual U-haul box
Out with old and dead
up on bolcks
in with the good
praying for no wind ray:
and finally bolted down
the bed (Queen size) is now bolted in place.
The microwave is bolted in its bracket now as well.
Whats with those chevy medium duty engines? They're always loosing their bottom ends..
Cool looking truck though. Amazing how much better the ford looks then the chev.
what kinda mileage do you expect? Whats the ratio in your rear axle?
Not gonna paint the inside of your box?
1 it a gas bowtie(with 200k) what do you really expect?
2 mileage?? I have no idea yet but it has to be better then a low geared gas u-haul.
3 mine has a 5.29, NO OD, and 41.3 inch tall tires.
I'm planning on useing 3.90 and 36 inch tire for a overall 18 percent reduction from the 5.29 and 41.3inch tires.
Yes the painting on the inside is allmost done.
I'm gonna post more pics as I get more done.
I made quite a bit of progress this weekend.
Installed the U-haul taillight harness.
Ran a 14-2 wire from front to the tailights to put a 110V outlet under the taillights.
Fitted the main part of the hitch for a reciever tube.
insulated about 2/3rds of the wall area that are getting insulation.
added another layer of sound deadner to the firewall areas(duct seal)
Ran a set of speaker wires.
painted more of the inside.
Bought 2 windows (24X22) on Fleabay for the "upstairs" Bunk area. I now have 3 windows , Now I only need one more larger window and a entry door.
Figured out that u-haul uses 2 completly seperate wire for clearence lights. Very odd.
And one step back,
Broke the only blade I had on my Chop saw.
I bought the last window for a total of four. Now i just need a door.
THe truck is at a friends shop getting the rear 3.70 gears installed right now.
I made the bracket to hang the spare tire/whell off of.
In the last week I installed my extra 50 gallon fuel tank. I'm leaving it empty till I get going on my big trip and get to OK or TX where diesel is much cheaper. Not knowing how clean the inside is I installed a filter in the transfer line.
Yesterday I went to a lion's club fundraiser cruise-in with the big truck. A guy I've known for 25 years walked over and looked at my truck and offered me a used RV door for $10.
I went and looked at it today and I told him If he let me take the screen door with it I'd give $20. (new doors are $512)
AND I'm getting 2 more windows for anthoer $20
only small downside is that I have to remove this stuff my self.
These parts are on a later model Airstream and are of high quality.
I am overjoyed to find this stuff.
It turned out stopping by and giving some funds to the lions club was VERY GOOD thing to do.
Tuesday the new rear tires are supposed to be in. and wednesday they will get installed.
7-07-11 Got the new rear tires on the big truck yesterday. last night on the drive home I checked the new speedo calibration with a stopwatch and found it to be 100% correct @ 60MPH.
Today i went and removed the 2 new (to me) RV windows i bought and almost got the door and door frame removed. I'm going back after it tomorrow.
I got the my 4th window in yesterday. it will be my last windoW before my vacation in 4 weeks.
Well i went and did my MPG test run and came out MUCH better than I thought I would.
I did a round trip from Mid town kroger fuel stop in Ashland Ky to Grayson Ky and back.
I did not try to drive for max MPG Ii ran 65-68on flat ground and held to floor on the hills. It only dropped 4 MPH on any of the hills.
I drove it like this to get a worse case idea of MPG.
I made sure to use the same pump and fill to same point (lower lip of filler pipe)
The result was 49.4 miles and 4.2 gallons of fuel used for 11.7 MPG.
I had heard these 12V cummins got good milage, but I didn't know it was this good. I think this is good mileage considering the over 13K empty weight, and the bluntness of the box.
I was told the higher gears would pay for themselves. It looks like they will.
I have been enjoying this thread. I admire the mechanical abilities of a lot of the posters here at FTE. I remember one thread where a young guy was attempting to take a V-10 from a wrecked van and put it into a F-150. Any one know what happened to that project?