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Old 12-02-2007
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Ok so i got this cool idea for mt leer shell. i wanna get 6x9 speakers fiberglassed in the top four corner of my shell and install a flip down screen dvd player so i can have the ultimate camping machine and i don't know if i could do this one. i also wanna run vents from my heater that goes to the cab and run it into the shell?
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Anything is possible. The speakers and flip down screen won't be that bad, but the heater may be a bit of a pain. How would you run the hose to the shell. It's also gonna take a lot to keep it warm, they are not that well insulated unless you have carpeted the whole thing. Also are you gonna run you engine to keep your heater on?
You may have better luck with a very small floor heater on the bed floor and the power cord run to you cig. lighter with a dc/ac converter.
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Why not have a seperate heater core in the cap, run T-lines off of the stock radiator hose with a valve so you can turn it on when ur camping.

I like the idea though, would be a bit of work but would be pretty sweet
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Would you need a separate battery to run the 2nd heater?
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The 6x9's and the screen should be pretty easy. Now for running you heat ducts into the bed for heat that is going to be a chore. I am getting ready to convert the bed of my truck for extended camping trips and this is how I am going to do it.

1. Sleep platform. I will be building a platform that is about 1' high for storage under it.

2. dual battery setup. you might ask why this is important but if you are going to be using any kind of accessories in the bed of your truck for a extended amount of time you don't want to use you primary battery. stranded in the middle of no where doesn't sound good to me.

3.air flow. For this I am going to install 4 12 volt fans one in each corner of the bed.

4. heat. They make a couple of different type of 12 volt heaters and I am going to run 2 of them and mount one in the back of the bed and one in the front.

5. Hot water. Coleman makes a nice water heater that runs on propane and comes with a 5 gallon tank.

6. fridge. it will be a 12 volt Coleman because you have to have cold beverages.

I have a few more things that I will be doing but for now this should get me going.

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I definitely wanna see this in the project logs. I have thought about building a sleeping platform, but don't wanna lose the bed space for my everyday needs.
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I will be making a project log here in the next couple of weeks. After doing alot of reading and figuring out my needs I should be starting it over the time off I get for xmas. I am still gathering parts.

Also those heaters that you tap off of your coolant lines are nice but I wouldn't want to have to keep starting my truck or leaving it idle for long periods of time.
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I have thought about building a sleeping platform, but don't wanna lose the bed space for my everyday needs.
I just toss 2-2x6's across the bed and slide in a sheet of plywood and put a couple screws in it to hold it in place. When I want it out, I can pull it out. You dont really need alot of fancy supports and stuff, the 2x6s can handle the weight.
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I just toss 2-2x6's across the bed and slide in a sheet of plywood and put a couple screws in it to hold it in place. When I want it out, I can pull it out. You dont really need alot of fancy supports and stuff, the 2x6s can handle the weight.
That would do it, but I never can lewave anything that simple.
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yea i was looking on the how to's with the 12v and i defiantly wanna do that 2nd battery really good idea i just dont know where to put it. i took the shell off and re did the sticky foam tape all around, but i actually found a microwave that runs off a 12v but i should have everything done by may 08 except the heater running off the truck part
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