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  1. #10801
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    Opps, my mistake. Missed that photo. BC seems to be the expoxy shell camper capital of Earth.

  2. #10802
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    I don't think the code 3's are epoxy shells. They have aluminum outers. I'm guessing this would be the cheaper competition to Tufport
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  3. #10803
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    Quote Originally Posted by powdork View Post
    I don't think the code 3's are epoxy shells. They have aluminum outers. I'm guessing this would be the cheaper competition to Tufport
    Looks like 2" insulated composite panels that have been euro-standard for refrigerated truck bodies for a while now. These are being frequently used for campers and "overland" rigs such as: https://totalcomposites.com/pick-up-campers/

  4. #10804
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    Spotted at Snowbird yesterday. No camper build on it, but seemed worthy of this thread anyway.




    eta: Though, if I'm being perfectly honest, the Element behind it is probably a superior vehicle in every respect.
    Last edited by Dantheman; 11-28-2022 at 01:01 PM.

  5. #10805
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    Spotted at Snowbird yesterday. No camper build on it, but seemed worthy of this thread anyway.

    Interesting a Honda!

  6. #10806
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    Quote Originally Posted by altasnob View Post
    Opps, my mistake. Missed that photo. BC seems to be the expoxy shell camper capital of Earth.
    canada has a law that if you have a certain amount of employees and are a specific distance from a hospital you have to have an ambulance on site. So that is what Tufport specializes in. There are others also making them. If I was doing it again I would go with the totalcomposites. I just went with what Tufport had on their site. I sent a deposit and got a product. I expected the shell to be fully insulated. It is not. only the top half is and they use a product like RecPro bubble. Also the overcab was supposed to be insulated. If it is it is sandwiched tightly between the shell and liner. I paid extra to have added wood installed as I thought I might like to screw into that. With the liner you cannot see the wood. I asked for a shop drawing of the wood locations. I received a lacking hand drawn sketch. I also paid for the extra light in cab over. It was not installed. They refunded me the price of the light. That does not cover my labor or change the fact that I was hoping to have the wiring run inside the liner so it would not be visible. They also have brake light wiring. They installed the shell on my truck at the factory. They did not know how to wire the lights properly. I have a towing package and received errors so I disconnected the lights. I would not bother with them and get a discount. I got the 60 40 door. Waste of money. The standard door is all you need. The seal on the door and vibration lets dust in the camper. I am going to work on the seal. I think the construction of the shell is fine. It is working like I wanted. Rides great on my stock f150. I am getting 17 mpg with the camper. So far I have stayed warm in the camper with temps in the teens at night. However it involves running the heater fairly constantly. Not a big issue other than noise. If I were to do it again I would spend more time communicating with Tufport to make sure I got what I wanted. I would also consider just buying the shell which is half the price of the totalcomposite. I would then insulate myself.
    off your knees Louie

  7. #10807
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    Quote Originally Posted by CascadeKid View Post
    Not too familiar with these but looks like a solid composite slide in ready for a simple build out. Would be great on a flatbed with some storage boxes in place of the bed rails.

    No affiliation. Located just over the Blaine border in BC.

    https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/hvo/7554010765.html
    So... sterile.

  8. #10808
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackhead View Post
    Our current camper and the one I’m building have a common exit for grey. Sink/shower just literally drain out the bottom into 5 gallon bucket. But drain point is kinda discreet tucked under camper a bit. Such minimal water usage it’s a non-event. Even a camper shower is only 1.5 gallons of use.
    Awesome work.

    If you don't plan to remove it why not just hard mount it direct to the chassis instead of doing a steel flatbed? Somewhere on ExPo a guy build a minimal structure from fiberglass pultrusion channel to hard mount a lightweight camper.

    Look forward to seeing more build pics.

  9. #10809
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    ^^ considered that but going to build regular flatbed so if I buy a new truck down the road the current one will be ready to sell with a functional flatbed.

  10. #10810
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    new brand to my eyes and i want one, but holy shit, 300k to add a camper to tacoma https://www.truckhouse.co

  11. #10811
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    Thanks for the details. My next camper is prob going to be a stripped down composite w a Li battery system, fresh water tank only, diesel heater and a bed.


    Quote Originally Posted by BFD View Post
    canada has a law that if you have a certain amount of employees and are a specific distance from a hospital you have to have an ambulance on site. So that is what Tufport specializes in. There are others also making them.

    If I was doing it again I would go with the totalcomposites. I just went with what Tufport had on their site. I sent a deposit and got a product. I expected the shell to be fully insulated. It is not. only the top half is and they use a product like RecPro bubble. Also the overcab was supposed to be insulated. If it is it is sandwiched tightly between the shell and liner.

    I paid extra to have added wood installed as I thought I might like to screw into that. With the liner you cannot see the wood. I asked for a shop drawing of the wood locations. I received a lacking hand drawn sketch. I also paid for the extra light in cab over. It was not installed. They refunded me the price of the light. That does not cover my labor or change the fact that I was hoping to have the wiring run inside the liner so it would not be visible.

    They also have brake light wiring. They installed the shell on my truck at the factory. They did not know how to wire the lights properly. I have a towing package and received errors so I disconnected the lights. I would not bother with them and get a discount.

    I got the 60 40 door. Waste of money. The standard door is all you need. The seal on the door and vibration lets dust in the camper. I am going to work on the seal.

    I think the construction of the shell is fine. It is working like I wanted. Rides great on my stock f150. I am getting 17 mpg with the camper.

    So far I have stayed warm in the camper with temps in the teens at night. However it involves running the heater fairly constantly. Not a big issue other than noise.

    If I were to do it again I would spend more time communicating with Tufport to make sure I got what I wanted. I would also consider just buying the shell which is half the price of the totalcomposite. I would then insulate myself.

  12. #10812
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    BFD, I ripped 100% interior out of my Kodiak camper and insulated with 2” XPS and FRP panels from HomeDepot. Its a fast job and something I would imagine would work on your rig. Its pretty cheap and makes a professional clean finish.

  13. #10813
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    Quote Originally Posted by shroom View Post
    new brand to my eyes and i want one, but holy shit, 300k to add a camper to tacoma https://www.truckhouse.co
    JFC, base price is $350k. Pushing $500k for all the bells and whistles? This is officially out of hand.

  14. #10814
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    JFC, base price is $350k. Pushing $500k for all the bells and whistles? This is officially out of hand.
    Remote working crypto dentists need to buy SOMETHING for the 'gram.

  15. #10815
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    Taking the already underpowered Taco and maxing out the weight and doubling the frontal area... Brilliant.

  16. #10816
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    I see it’s time for our monthly Truckhouse discussion in this thread. .

    https://expeditionportal.com/forum/t...221940/page-18 summarizes the boxed frame / stronger axle / supercharger / etc and why it makes more sense to start with a HD truck.

    Anyway, moving on…

  17. #10817
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    Quote Originally Posted by heckacali View Post
    Taking the already underpowered Taco and maxing out the weight and doubling the frontal area... Brilliant.
    Yeah, the first thing I thought was why a Tacoma? I have a 2019 Taco and while the suspension can be totally rebuilt/changed out, it still has an under powdered V6 for the intended application and a small truck bed. Even a half ton Tundra with a rebuilt suspension makes more sense if it must be a Toyota, but a 1 ton HD dually makes the most sense as a starting point.

  18. #10818
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    Quote Originally Posted by frorider View Post
    I see it’s time for our monthly Truckhouse discussion in this thread. .

    https://expeditionportal.com/forum/t...221940/page-18 summarizes the boxed frame / stronger axle / supercharger / etc and why it makes more sense to start with a HD truck.

    Anyway, moving on…
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  19. #10819
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    Quote Originally Posted by heckacali View Post
    Taking the already underpowered Taco and maxing out the weight and doubling the frontal area... Brilliant.
    Gotta give them credit for an otherwise amazing build. I’d rather have that effort on a 1 ton truck, but I bet it does ok. They’ve certainly done their homework. Nobody got their panties in a bind over the Uber classic Sunrader….

  20. #10820
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    Santa arrived early I’m gonna be busy….

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  21. #10821
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    First test of linear actuators lifting roof. Worked flawlessly. Tick tick tick sound is diesel heater in garage, not actuators.


  22. #10822
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    ^looks like its working well.

    I'm guessing the door is on the port side?

  23. #10823
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopeless Sinner View Post
    ^looks like its working well.

    I'm guessing the door is on the port side?
    Yes, port.

  24. #10824
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    This one is gonna be hard to top. Skip the 1st min.


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  25. #10825
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    Holy crap good for him!

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