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motorheadtoo
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted December 22, 2005 04:01 PM  
Has anybody built their own totorhome? I'm planing to build one this January and could used some ideas. We just got a 236" WB IH 4900 truck with no body. I'm looking at finding a box truck body with an attic over the cab and then cutting the length down to 12 to 14 feet(main body). About 3.5 feet in front of rear wheels back will be built to have a fifth wheel & rear towing package. Then I want to mount storage boxes down both sides. If anybody has done something like this or have any other ways to do this job please let me know. Thanks for your time & help. PS If your ideas are used I will put your name on side of totorhome to show my "THANKS"

IowaFuzzy1
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 138
posted December 22, 2005 06:36 PM  
I've been involved in building several toterhomes/haulerhomes with a friend of mine.We've used mostly Freightliner chassis,any thing from FL70s to full conventional tractors.We tried the truck box thing but that was a pain in the "you know what" We build the entire box from scratch using 1&1/2" square tubing and sheet aluminum.We get the doors ,seats,toilet,shower,etc.from a RV surplus place.I know that his wife has a lot of pictures of our work.I'll see if I can get some of them.PM me if you have any questions.
It sounds as if you have a good chassis to start with.What motor,trans combination dose it have?

motorheadtoo
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted December 23, 2005 03:00 PM  
The truck has a DT466, 6 speed trans, single speed rear,and air brakes. We thought about framing our own framework but the cost of steel now is so high. We know we would re-skin the side again anyway so maybe framing our own would be the best way to go. Do you know how much you spent on the frame work, and the total package? I would love to see the pics you have in making this. I'm going to blueprint everything, and have pictures taken also. Thanks for the info and hope to hear from you soon.

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