Coleman Cheyenne Renovation
So I love my Cheyenne PuP but I knew it would require some customizations to fit my needs. As much as my family enjoys camping, we also feel the need to rely on our camper as our "Bug Out" camper. So I've been having fun with it.
I've almost completed the electrical system overhaul. This included adding to laminate solar panels to the roof and a 5KW inverter in the trunk. Before you ask how I attached something as bulky as solar panels to a PuP roof, I used the latest in solar panel technology. Each panel is 15" wide, 9 feet long, and 1/8" thick. They laminate to the surface of the roof and have virtually no profile at all. The power cables run down the driver side and tuck into the roof when stowed. I also added two 225 Amp hour 6 volt batteries to the tongue and a 12v controller to make sure they last a long time. I still need to replace the interior light bulbs with LEDs to reduce power consumption, and I'll be adding a hard-start capacitor to the AC so my inverter can handle it. I did this on another camper and it worked like a charm.
Another major change was the suspension. I upgraded to a heavier and wider axle, and went from 13" wheels to 15" wheels (the same size and bolt pattern as my toe vehicle for a little flexibility). The new axle also has electric brakes, though I haven't put the break controller on my tow vehicle. With the larger wheels and greater lift (I went spring-over for the additional lift), I also had to cut out the frame, fenders and wheel wells. The frame was a simple movement of the outer supports by a couple inches, then re-welding them in place. On the passenger side, I had to use a new piece of angle iron to move the interior of the tool box under the door. I used new sheet metal to re-attach the raised fender wall to the wheel wells. Some expanding foam sealant ensures there's no moisture getting past since the wheel wells were one-piece before.
I've still got lots to do, both cosmetically and functionally (like an exo-skeleton bumper system and a water harvesting/filtration system). Any questions and insights are welcome!