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flat bed e350 to camper van
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(12-26-2017, 08:39 PM)breeze Wrote: CALIFORNIA
For California:
CDL required for:
  • Vehicles with a GVWR > 26,000 pounds.

  • Vehicles designed, used, or maintained for carrying more than 10 passengers (including driver) for hire.

  • Vehicles towing a vehicle or trailer with GVWR > 10,000 pounds.

  • Vehicles transporting hazardous materials requiring placards.

  • Vehicles towing two trailers or trailer and vehicle.

  • Notes: Recreational not-for-hire travel trailers > 10,000 pounds GVWR and fifth-wheels > 15,000 pounds GVWR require a non-commercial Class A, as do livestock trailers > 10,000 pounds but < 15,000 pounds GVWR operated within 150 miles of the (home) farm to transport livestock.




I don't know. It makes my head hurt though. Big Grin

its a real pain to figure out. thanks to the format of the info, I was able to find the equivilant page for the PA DMV

1. Who must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL)?

Anyone who drives a commercial motor vehicle. The definition of a commercial motor vehicle is:

  • a combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds, provided the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds; (OP: will be less than 10k gvwr)

  • a single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds; (OP: will be less than 10k gvwr)

  • a vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; N/A

  • a school bus; or N/A

  • any vehicle that is transporting hazardous materials and is required to be placarded in accordance with State and Federal regulations.
 N/A
From what I can tell, your average 15ft moving truck is 9500 GVWR and I dont plan to tow something. Seems like I'm in the clear? 
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(12-26-2017, 08:18 PM)AJ452 Wrote: Check out JYDOG on youtube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIMDhGK...-uhjpIY8Mw

10 foot box van turned, and still turning, into a sweet compact little camper.

If I remember right, he slapped the box onto the cutaway all by himself at his home.  Mind you he has some pretty legit seat-of-the-pants make-it-up-as-you-go engineering skills.  He's a handy fella and has a nice set of tools for a home-gamer but he was absolutely not operating out of a professional shop.

If I remember right....  No guarantees!

weird, I thought I replied to you... now the post is gone. perhaps I didnt click the "post" button

anyways, I was comming to share 2 videos, one happends to be from the youtuber you mentioned lol

here are the links in case it helps someone out there 

https://youtu.be/9G5gkVuKl1g

https://youtu.be/m4NsfpfaaEg
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#13
Not sure if this article would provide help, ideas, or relevant contact info. Basically made a pick-up into a flatbed, then added a camper. https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/off....uck-camper...
Cheers, Rick
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#14
Perhaps research Tiny Home construction? You could build one on top of the flatbed. Just a thought.

Bob has a video on a truck camper tiny home build on a flatbed:

https://youtu.be/lWpFifHjKGc
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(12-31-2017, 10:06 AM)Schwoebs Wrote: Perhaps research Tiny Home construction?  You could build one on top of the flatbed.  Just a thought.

Bob has a video on a truck camper tiny home build on a flatbed:

https://youtu.be/lWpFifHjKGc


Here's a thought. Build a tiny home for the flatbed. Then put heavy duty jacks like a slide in camper would use. You could drop off and pick up your house at will.
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#16
Why build with 1950 methods when light weight sandwich pannels are so much stronger. The lighter the shell the more you can carry inside! Tiny houses are beefed up traditional buildings that put a huge strain on beefed up trailers which are usually only moved once or twice with a large truck. Nothing wrong with a large truck as long as it doesn't sit for long periods of time. So why not build lighter and stronger and pull it or put it on something you can drive daily?
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(12-26-2017, 09:30 PM)rm.w/aview Wrote: Not sure if this article would provide help, ideas, or relevant contact info. Basically made a pick-up into a flatbed, then added a camper. https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/off....uck-camper...

(01-04-2018, 10:35 AM)bullfrog Wrote: Why build with 1950 methods when light weight sandwich pannels are so much stronger.  The lighter the shell the more you can carry inside!   Tiny houses are beefed up traditional buildings that put a huge strain on beefed up trailers which are  usually only moved once or twice with a large truck.  Nothing wrong with a large truck as long as it doesn't sit for long periods of time.  So why not build lighter and stronger and pull it or put it on something you can drive daily?

I agree, if i do go through with this, my plan is to even build lightweight furniture using this kind of method https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucf2FVIdr1Q&t=189s. I don't plan to use fiberglass but just plywood and the insulation sandwiched.

So I finally called unicel and they gave me pricing. it would cost aprox 8k installed for a 15ft body, sliding door on the side and the double doors on the back https://www.unicell.com/van-bodies/aerocell/
How much do you think a 95 econoline 350 Quigley 4x4 with a 7.3 disel engine (200k miles) AND a unicel 15ft body installed is worth??
I want to figure out if i decide to bail, would i be under or over if I try to resell it???
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#18
If you are going the custom body route, and want 4x4 why not use a 4x4 pickup chassis instead? Factory 4x4s will be much easier to get parts for than any 4x4 converted van. Personally, I won't touch a 4x4 van since the 4x4 conversion on my old van caused the frame to crack.

(01-04-2018, 12:51 PM)Vanalist Wrote: How much do you think a 95 econoline 350 Quigley 4x4 with a 7.3 disel engine (200k miles) AND a unicel 15ft body installed is worth??
I want to figure out if i decide to bail, would i be under or over if I try to resell it???
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