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Old 08-22-2014, 11:29 PM   #1
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Originally Posted by Scarab0088 View Post
I found this link intersting -

EHow - How to convert a Motorhome into a Toy hauler:
How to Convert a Motorhome Into a Toy Hauler | eHow.com

It's very simplified and does not give credit for the photo of a Thor/Damon Outlaw, but it does seem to cover the high points
I am THAT guy (if I can't find what I need, then I will make it) to a certain degree. This link makes it sound so simple, but maybe people can chime in on what would be the pros & cons of doing this?
First off re-sale, not to concerned with.
I don't have unlimited budget (just started think about this 5 minutes ago).
There would obviously be a buy low & reuse what I can type approach.

I understand I am very naive & have no prior experience & this is probably a crazy idea. BUT! Lose your better judgement for a few & have fun with this, let it fly.

Looking to take a class A or C & add a garage in the rear similar to the Outlaw, Bounty Hunter, Fun Mover, Seneca, etc....
This mostly because all of the above are hard to find & it would be fun.
Besides I need an 11 foot or larger garage.
Wouldn't it be just a little cooler to have a "custom" motorhome?

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Old 08-23-2014, 06:20 PM   #2
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This is just my opinion I am a licensed aircraft mechanic with a specialty of heavy structure mods (including converting passenger jets to cargo haulers)

With that said I looked at the link and yes it is doable and if comfortable with working with sheet metal it would not be that hard.

I would go with a Class A - you have a better weight capacity then on a class C (in addition to rear frame structure) for structural reinforcement of the upper body - sides and top I would use aluminum extrusion ( Z channel and boxed/squared tubing) the Z channel would be for the bulb seal around the entryway. flooring sub-structure would be steel.

First step would be to find the rear frame that the rear cap is connected to - that would be what you would have to reinforce, instead of a "dutch" door I would go with with a solid door so that you do not have such a steep ramp. for the door itself I would 1/4 inch aluminum sheeting for the outside skin and 1/8 inch for the inside between the skins I would use either 1 inch to 1 1/2 inch square tubing - connecting it all would be countersunk (flush) aircraft grade blind rivets - bottom would be a solid hinge - to assist raising/lowering the door would be a cable spring spool on each side.

another option for the door would be to find a wreaked 5th wheel toy hauler and take the door and spools and incorporate that door (a whole lot less work)

this is simplified version of what you need to do but again it can be done, once the engineering of the mod was done it would take me around 1 1/2 - 2 weeks if I had to manufacture everything myself - materials would be around a rough guess 2K but if you live near a aircraft manufacturing center i.e. Wichita or Seattle there are many outlets that sell surplus materials thta would lower the cost.

I think it would be neat to do - and the cost is still cheaper then buying a Class A toy hauler (we looked at those last year and could not justify the cost) and I think the resale value would actually be higher since more people are wanting to haul their toys.

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Old 08-24-2014, 01:45 PM   #3
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The biggest difference between an OEM Toy Hauler and a Mod will be in the garage floor. Most from the factory have a step-down behind the axles to lower the floor and reduce the climb into the garage for the toys.

A step-down floor could be done, but would be a major project to support the walls properly.

So, the ramp or lift will need an extra 15"-20" throw over the OEM TH rigs.

Folks have been using flat floor box trucks for DIY TH's for years, so it can easily be done...and these often come with a Tommy Lift or storable loading ramp from the builder.

Best luck and hope you post about the project
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