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Old 05-22-2011, 04:12 PM   #1
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Converting a KW900 into motorhome

I am new and found this site looking for info in converting a KW900.
S/O right now drives OTR in a couple months "Gus" will be paid for ...weeeeeeee
He has seen some of the kingsly and is wanting to convert gus.
Since we will have the tractor where do we go to find someone to do the converting? S/O says he can do most of the work...but I think we should just have someone do the entire process. Neither one know where to start.
Thanks for any help any of yall can give in this matter.
Ohhh he does NOT want to lose the stacks men
Yes Gus is the white guy in my avatar
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:07 AM   #2
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You may want to post over on escapees.com in the HDT forum.
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:45 AM   #3
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There are quite a few companies that do conversions. What are you looking to change? I can't make out what Gus has behind the cab.
P.s. I used to have a car (62 VW Westfalia Camper) named Gus. Folks knew his name but didn't know mine! LOL
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Actually, it sounds like you're wanting to do a "Truck Conversion." Not an HDT. A T/C is a fully self contained single unit camper. Truck on the front end, camper/living quarters built onto the frame. There are a handful of companies doing Truck Conversions. Haulmark, Renegade, Showhauler, and Hawk are probably the most prevalent. Google them and go to their web sites. I think they will all convert your tractor to a T/C for you. And, I think they will also just build whatever you want them to. Sounds like you're thinking about having the box built and then finishing it off? Sounds like a great way to save some money and get it built just the way you want. Hahahahah, big huge "NO" to saving money. It will cost you much more to finish it yourself, and take way longer. Usually. The most cost effective way to get into the driver's seat of a T/C is to buy one for pennies on the dollar off www.racingjunk.com, or some other place. Believe me. There is a forum devoted to T/C's, www.truckconversion.net. Plenty have built their own, and several are building their own now. Most will tell you it's not to save money.

As far as the camper goes. Big huge "YES" for T/C's. They are a wonderful chassis for a camper. I had a Allegro gas class A before I bought my T/C. I don't foresee ever going back to a traditional A. Once you drive a T/C, that's all it takes. I know of one person that had a T/C, went back to a D/P (diesel pusher), and then went back to a T/C. Most of the T/C people I've talked to said they don't think they'd ever go to another chassis.

Sorry if I misunderstood your original post and you're actually looking to convert your truck to just pull a large 5th wheel camper trailer. That's usually what it means when you say HDT in the camper circles. Now, that's also a really good way to go, if that's what you want. Similar but different ball game than a T/C though.
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When you said, "Kingsley" that's what made me think you're looking at T/C's. Kingsley Coach is out of business. One other one I forgot is Powerhouse Coach. They're pretty nice too. Mine is a United Specialties. They went out of business in about '09-10. When looking at used coaches I wouldn't worry about buying one that the builder is no longer around. As long as the rig is well built.
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When you said, "Kingsley" that's what made me think you're looking at T/C's. Kingsley Coach is out of business. One other one I forgot is Powerhouse Coach. They're pretty nice too. Mine is a United Specialties. They went out of business in about '09-10. When looking at used coaches I wouldn't worry about buying one that the builder is no longer around. As long as the rig is well built.
I owned a Powerhouse Coach and it was good for the time I had it. That all changed when the price of diesel went from 2.09 to 3.09. I couldn't afford running it. I took them my Mack COE with an N14 engine and they added the rear compartment.
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mine is a Kingsley and we love it
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