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#1 posted 05-25-2017 04:18 PM

I built many campers, trailers and motor homes when I was a young lad in the early 70s. The most important thing to keep it LIGHT. Back then we used mostly 2×2s with some 2×4s, 2×6s laid flat for the walls. The inside of the wall was just thin 3/16” panelling with the outside being just the corrugated aluminum siding. Newer ones are probably built differently with molded fibreglass exterior panels

A 1988 Toyota truck is one of those little 1/4 ton jobbies. This will not be big enough to support any kind of structure. If you really want to try this, find a 3/4 ton full-size pickup…maybe with a damaged box. It should be support the weight if you don’t make it heavy duty.

You should go to an RV place and have a look at the travel trailers and campers. Have look at how they are made. Check the cabinets to see how light they are made. Knock on the inside walls to see how thin they are. Maybe talk to the dealer about the construction. You will see there are special techniques to keep them as light as possible.


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