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Re: Toter-home build.
« Reply #50 on: March 07, 2018, 07:41:22 AM »
Looking good! Any pics of the bed from behind?


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« Reply #51 on: March 08, 2018, 06:18:54 AM »
It looks crooked but its not. I dont know whats going on there. But where the tail lights were I'm thinking clear LED lights for back up lights. That or block them off. I have some aluminum diamond plate I might use to cover the back. Cut to size and a few self tapping screws will dress that up nicely.

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« Reply #52 on: March 08, 2018, 07:34:47 AM »
Looks good. Some backup or auxiliary lights there would help at night when unhooking or hooking up. Shines right on the hitch


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« Reply #53 on: March 08, 2018, 08:49:38 AM »
Great work.  I vote lights as well.
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« Reply #54 on: March 08, 2018, 08:57:13 AM »
Agreed, lights back there would be handy. I would put a switch back there to turn on & off because I would forget to turn it on in cab prior to going back there.
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« Reply #55 on: March 08, 2018, 03:27:24 PM »
Might even wire a three way so either on or off from in cab or out. Kinda like a three way in the house.


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Re: Toter-home build.
« Reply #56 on: March 09, 2018, 07:10:43 AM »
There is a LED work light on the side of the cab already. The fuel tank for the generator I got has lights built in. Plus the ones in the bed. I will have more light going backward than forward!

I got a lot done this week. I should say we. If I did not have help from my brother and a friend I wouldn't even have the bed on yet. My nephew didn't have school so he dove in with us. And My boss for letting my charge parts to him. We will figure out the bill later.

The John Deere fuel tank I just bought on an online auction. Holds 80 gallons. Meant to be mounted on the front of a tractor. Has all mounting brackets. Will have to modify some but its going on the bed. front and center.

Got the generator mounted. I put rubber strips between every piece of metal that is bolted together. I have one vent hole to cut yet. I will probably end up taking it to a muffler shop to run the exhaust. Last time I tried to make custom exhaust at home I had to make 10 trips to town.

Gutted out the interior of the sleeper. Insulation is going down on the floor then some 1/4 inch underlay and then peel and stick carpet squares.  I haven't found the right seats yet. I found some that will work but they are not exactly what I want.
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« Reply #57 on: March 09, 2018, 07:17:37 AM »
We found out real quick that they used steel rivets to hold everything together. Drilling didn't work. We had to grind off the heads of all the rivets. It was a hot messy job. I am glad my nephew showed up. Everything was tied into everything else. I don't thing I took away from the structural integrity at all. It seemed to me it was designed to keep the person in the bed in case of of a rollover accident. There was a net that the passenger should use when team driving.
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« Reply #58 on: March 09, 2018, 07:33:34 AM »
That thing is a palace!
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« Reply #59 on: March 09, 2018, 07:41:36 AM »
Its getting there. I don't know how I am going to attach the seats yet. The floor is thin aluminum. I will have to beef it up. If you look at the picture above there are 3 black dots on the back wall. That is where the bunk net was bolted to. What ever I do with seats they will be secured to that also for extra support. Maybe with chain or I will make something and bolt it solid to it. I don't know. That is yet to come. I cant work on it much in the next couple weeks so I have time to ponder.

I want to be able to pull in someplace and stay for a few days self contained. I have ideas for extra water tanks. I know I can go a good week before my waste tanks get full. That is even with a few short showers.
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Re: Toter-home build.
« Reply #60 on: March 09, 2018, 07:58:04 AM »
Great progress!
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« Reply #61 on: March 09, 2018, 12:26:23 PM »
All that room up front and passengers can ride in the trailer too!

Nice progress.
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« Reply #62 on: March 09, 2018, 02:04:34 PM »
I was trying to figure out what you meant when you said "lights built in to the fuel tank". Now I see.
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« Reply #63 on: March 09, 2018, 04:39:03 PM »
Nice! :likebutton:
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« Reply #64 on: March 17, 2018, 06:04:50 PM »
Worked on the interior today. Carpet is not glued down yet. Just laid out to see if I like it or not. Once the floor is done then I can get the fridge and microwave installed. I really need to find an upholstery cleaner. These walls and seats are filthy. When its all done I may have to take it to a detail shop.

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« Reply #66 on: March 24, 2018, 07:38:12 AM »
Got my seats prepped and ready to go in the sleeper. They came out of a 2000 Chevy pickup. They sit low on a flat floor so I had to raise them up a little bit. I used 5x5x1/4 square tube. Its over kill but I didn't want to use wood blocks. I just need one more seat.
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« Reply #67 on: March 25, 2018, 06:06:23 PM »
 Trying to get everything organized. There will be 3 seats. Granted the far right one will be tight and have part of their view lost. The smallest person will have to sit there. Most of the time we will only have 2 kids along so not an issue. Its not as bad as it looks in the picture. I am 6 ft tall I can sit there pretty comfortably and still see out the windshield.

Where the boxes are stacked is where the cabinet will be. Port-a-pot on bottom. Then fridge and microwave. I don't plan on ever using the Port-a-pot  but I need it in there to meet the requirements of a Motor home. 
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« Reply #68 on: March 25, 2018, 06:09:49 PM »
Your requirements must be diff. than ours. I think we just need a sink and fridge. A portable potty is still easier than sink though!   
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« Reply #69 on: March 26, 2018, 01:53:01 PM »
These are the requirements. Only need four of the requirements. Some state you need all of them. You can get a porta potty with attached sink. Kills 2 birds with one stone  but it takes up more room.

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« Reply #70 on: March 26, 2018, 09:12:42 PM »
By mounting my shell to the truck, it is now not considered a pickup anymore. Saves me over $$200 a year reg, not supposed to tow or put things in the back either, right,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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« Reply #71 on: March 26, 2018, 09:18:07 PM »
By mounting my shell to the truck, it is now not considered a pickup anymore. Saves me over $$200 a year reg, not supposed to tow or put things in the back either, right,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Is that just for HD models?
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« Reply #72 on: March 27, 2018, 03:43:52 AM »
Any pickup, paperwork is easy. They consider it a car now. 
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« Reply #73 on: March 27, 2018, 08:39:18 AM »
Has me wondering if hippy land is the same?
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« Reply #74 on: March 27, 2018, 08:57:22 AM »
I'm pretty sure in WI it has to deal with the percentage of cargo hauling area vs passenger area.  Cap or not, there are no seats with seat belts back there so it is cargo hauling area.  Then again I only pay a total of $120 for my C class truck plates.

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« Reply #75 on: March 27, 2018, 09:25:58 AM »
I'm pretty sure in WI it has to deal with the percentage of cargo hauling area vs passenger area.  Cap or not, there are no seats with seat belts back there so it is cargo hauling area.  Then again I only pay a total of $120 for my C class truck plates.

Back in Indiana the big jump was from 3/4 ton to 1 ton in terms of cost. 1/2 & 3/4 we?re reasonable then when you went to 1 ton they figured you were hauling 45K around all the time.
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« Reply #76 on: March 27, 2018, 11:25:08 AM »
Any pickup, paperwork is easy. They consider it a car now. 

Sounds like liberal logic. Just like " hey we passed gun control laws, problem over"
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« Reply #77 on: April 04, 2018, 01:16:25 PM »
Got the seats in. Cross that off to do list. A carpenter friend of mine has a real good start on the cabnet for the fridge and microwave.

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« Reply #78 on: April 08, 2018, 03:56:25 PM »
Got a lot done this weekend. Did a little wood work in the cab where the bed was. Finished up the cabinet for the fridge and microwave. It is stained and clear coated. Ready to go in tomorrow when I have some help. Mounted and wired up 2 new back up lights on the fairings. No pictures yet. The camera on my phone quit working.   Mounted and plumbed the fuel tank for the generator. I still need to come up with a battery box. Then I am just going to take it to a muffler shop to do the exhaust. I don't have a pipe bender. Last time I did exhaust myself I had to make 5 trips to town.  After that off to the electrician to wire up the cab and put some outlets out side on the bed along with a 30amp camper plug. I don't get along with wires all that well. I can handle some small stuff but I want this wired up right.
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« Reply #79 on: April 08, 2018, 04:01:21 PM »
Heck, I don't even have a regular camera anymore (kids broke em all too) Plus DL to the PC is so easy.
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« Reply #80 on: April 14, 2018, 07:24:55 AM »
Got a new phone so here are pics of what got done this week.

Generator is all done at far as I will go. I take it in to a muffler shop next week. Then to the electrician. Fuel tank is bolted in through the channel iron under the bed. Made use of the factory mounts and made brackets on the headache rack. This thing is going no where.

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« Reply #81 on: April 14, 2018, 07:29:34 AM »
Got the lights all wired up. On top of the cab on either side are John Deere tractor head lights. They are really bright. I have to see if I can replace the ones in the tank with LED. That is an 80 gallon fuel tank. That should last a while.
Got the cabinet in for fridge and microwave. Should have that along with the inverter installed today.
The end seat is a little tight but it's not horrible.

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« Reply #82 on: April 14, 2018, 09:22:50 AM »
As nice as that will be I?m not sure you need the 5thwheel. You could add a bunk house on back and call it good!


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« Reply #83 on: April 14, 2018, 09:52:57 AM »
Looking good  :likebutton:
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« Reply #84 on: April 14, 2018, 11:44:57 AM »
As nice as that will be I?m not sure you need the 5thwheel. You could add a bunk house on back and call it good!


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I think I will put hooks for a Hammok in there. Just in case.

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« Reply #85 on: April 14, 2018, 11:51:06 AM »
Got everything in. I will not get the Inverter wired up today. I have the wrong size wire and we are having a Blizzard today.

I used the factory TV hold down strap on the microwave. Then I made brackets to hold the fridge in. Similar to what they use in the out door kitchen on campers.

I bolted the cabinet in using the factory studs that held in the original cabinet. Plus a couple carriage bolts in the floor.

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« Reply #86 on: April 14, 2018, 01:05:49 PM »
Mounting a tv in the sleeper for the kids?
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« Reply #87 on: April 14, 2018, 01:25:36 PM »
Eventually yes. Its going to go overhead the front seats. I already know how I am going to run the wires.  Right now I am just doing everything I need. Next winter I will install the TV and DVD player then go over some cosmetic issues.



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« Reply #88 on: April 16, 2018, 08:50:29 PM »
Got the inverter wired up today. Used 1/0 welding cable. Used a 150 amp fuse link. I had the guy at the welding supply store crimp on a couple ends for me. They were junk. Slipped right off. So I used some solder on ends.
I hooked them straight to the batteries. Drilled holes through the floor. Then slid the cables through rubber grommets. Lots of dawn dish soap and they slid right through.
 Everything seemed to work when I tested it.

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« Reply #89 on: April 16, 2018, 09:07:06 PM »
That?ll carry some juice!


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« Reply #90 on: April 16, 2018, 09:36:11 PM »
Those $25 crimpers from Amazon have been worth their weight gold and then some around my place.
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« Reply #91 on: April 17, 2018, 12:02:53 PM »
Just put the little guy in that seat!

I have an anvil crimper that works good. That and good heatshrink is a must. I think the hand hydro crimpers would be better.
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« Reply #92 on: April 17, 2018, 08:34:43 PM »
I tried real hard to wait until next year to buy new seats but they were just too far gone. Besides that Sioux City Peterbilt gave me $100 off per seat so...I would normally have bought full leather but this truck is for pleasure not work. I hate sticking to a seat when I wear shorts.

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« Reply #93 on: April 17, 2018, 08:43:50 PM »
Those are pretty nice looking.  :likebutton:
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