First of all I would like to say hi to all in the forum. This is a first post. I have seen a pretty slick example of one of these with a truck camper in the bed. I am very interested in doing this myself, but have poked around the forums a bit and have some questions before I take the dive.
Personal opinions are welcome, I realize these are 30 year old military trucks, so I know we are not talking about a cadillac here. But can one of these be made to be reasonably "Creature comfortable"? Obviously sound deadening materials, etc. Hard top and heater. Driveability wise?
Here is projected usage:
Purchase truck. I don't have a huge budget, so I am shopping in the 2k area, but have seen a few for that price on craigslist. I am a mechanic, so doing some basic repairs / maintenance are well within my abilities. Get truck cleaned up and road worthy.
Purchase slide in truck camper. Looks like size is not an issue here, anything should fit the bed of a Deuce. Work out a securing method, should be quite doable.
I work for a rather large car dealership, we fill 200 gallon tanks with used oil about once a week. I am welcome to as much as I like. We are Porsche, Audi, Mazda, and Subaru. So the mix is some high end synthetic some basic motor oil. Will be running WMO for sure.
I would like something that can be driven safely on a freeway, top speed is not that important but doing 50 would be a minimum goal. My current class C on a ford E350 chassis will do more but its best driven at that speed anyways for fuel economy and safety. So I don't think I will be losing much there.
I do plan some longish trips, up to a few thousand miles.
Anyways, any opinions? Seem doable?
Anyone have a "Fixer Upper" in the 2000 dollar range?
Let me know!