With the first set of mods already completed, I'm going to jump right into my second phase of modifications. The main goal of the second round is to prepare for a much larger adventure that I'm currently planning. To drive around the world.
First things first, removing the old camper shell. It served its function well, but its time to move on. I've crawled through the cab into the camper one to many times and have broken a few interior parts while climbing through. With a few big trips now under my belt I can see new ways to make things much easier as well, especially in gear storage. Attached are two photos. One is the last shot of the camper in use. The second is the rough concept for the new cage to fit on the bed. The new "cage" concept, for lack of better words, will have a low profile and will contain many storage compartments.
To solve my problem of crawling through windows I'm going to toss on an Eezi-Awn tent, but not in an ordinary fashion. The tent will be mounted on sliders level with the truck's bed inside the cage. When I'm ready to camp I can slide out the tent. Once pulled out on the passenger side, the tent will unfold as usual. My idea is to keep the tent lower to the ground while maximizing space above the tent when stashed away.
Storage areas will consist of:
- An upper rack, over the Eezi-Awn,
- Large enclosed box for tools and parts just behind the cab
- Rolling storage boxes under the "cage" accessible from the tailgait
Another idea I'm playing around with is to have a canvas cover made to hide everything inside.
More to come as I plan and start building.... All comments/critiques welcome :)
I started the most difficult part of the modifications this monday. Adding 2 feet onto the rear of the cab and building a small inner cage. I'll post photos as I start to tear into it. The extra 2 feet will contain a future closet and pantry. The exact design is not worked out yet. I'll figure that out once the cab and cage is mostly completed.
Should be fun cutting apart the cab....right? I'm a little nervous, so wish me luck...
This is what it should
look like when completed........