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  1. cph05a

    SRW 450 Mountain Build

    Test fit of the upper portion of the camper on the truck. It's starting to look more like an expedition camper!
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    SRW 450 Mountain Build

    It's a 60"CA and I'm doing a 10ft floor. The original flatbed I had on the truck before was 9ft long.
  3. cph05a

    SRW 450 Mountain Build

    I talked with 1st attack over the phone several times. They're pretty responsive but they're 20x11 and I was really wanting 20x10 and that DOT cert. On the positive side, Dbl Design did send me the correct studs so I've got a working spare now!
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    Looking at a northstar tc800

    I have a 1995 northstar that's in worse shape than that one. Try pushing on the ceiling and make sure it it's squishy as I've heard that sometimes that happens. Mine doesn't leak even as old as it is but I've heard from another northstar owner to check for that. You can also pull be mattress and...
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    SRW 450 Mountain Build

    The one I got was $150 and it had most of the tread remaining. I got to go dig through the tires they had and pick one I liked. They quoted me $565 for a new one, but I opted for the $150 used one for for my spare.
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    SRW 450 Mountain Build

    Updates! The cosmetic repairs on the exterior are done and primed for paint, and I installed two 250W oil pan heaters. I've been trying to get a spare wheel put together, but I keep running into problems. First DBL Design sent me the wheel but forgot the studs and O-right, then they sent me the...
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    SRW 450 Mountain Build

    These are great. This guy definitely has the best looking fender flares of the big 41" SRW trucks I've seen. It's a bit more than I'm going to tackle with mine though :) I'm pretty sure I'm going to be hitting a lot of trees and bushes with my plastic fender flares so it's probably not such a...
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    Jacks for expedition vehicles

    I ended up getting a 12ton bottle jack from the local harbor freight and it seems to work well enough. I plan to get some new jack stands but I haven't yet. Still building the camper. Once it's done I'll see how well the bottle jack works in the dirt with all the weight on it. Thanks for all...
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    SRW 450 Mountain Build

    I had a speedometer calibrator installed and compared the speed to a gps at various speeds.
  10. cph05a

    SRW 450 Mountain Build

    Another update: The SRW conversion is finally complete! It ended up needing a 4.5" lift when it was all said and done and I'm pretty happy with the result. I do plan to get a new bumper for it, but the OEM one was trimmed to fit for now. It drives really well, especially considering it went from...
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    Northstar 650 roof

    I once tore the gears on my 1995 northstar 850 when I tried to lift the roof with snow on it. It has a manual Heco lift system. Not sure what you've got on yours, but if you keep the manual lift system you might run into a similar problem if you try to lift the roof with the kayak on there. I...
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    SRW 450 Mountain Build

    UPDATE Added power locks with aluminum door handles and we're half way through the SRW conversion. I paid a visit to dusty dog garage for who is doing the SRW conversion. We did a little bit of articulation testing and when the truck is lifted by one of the rear wheels with the steering locked...
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    SRW 450 Mountain Build

    I did a little bit of reading and I was really misusing the term pivot frame a bit :censored: I'm not planning to alter the frame of the truck at all. It's actually just has a pivot point in the rear between the truck and the camper frame. Nothing too crazy. I know the plan is for the...
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    SRW 450 Mountain Build

    heimbig, I had the ball joins and bearings replaced when got the truck since the old ones were broken. They're less than 6 months old so they should be good to go. Does your 550 build have a pivot frame on it? I'm curious what problems there have been with the phoenix installed pivot frames. In...
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    SRW 450 Mountain Build

    Yeah it's a pretty big change from the 31s that are on there now. We'll see. I might end up going up to 4.88 or 5.38. Lockers on the front might be in my future either way but I'm not sure I can do anything other than a limited slip on the rear.
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    SRW 450 Mountain Build

    Hi everyone! I haven't posted much on EP yet, but I'm hoping to change that with a new build I just started on! A little background... I've been driving around the mountains in a 1995 northstar pop up on a 2001 silverado 1500 for quite some time now. I've driven it through deep snow (most of...
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    MPT81 vs G275 MSA

    Hi everyone! I'm doing some research for a new build I'm planning but I haven't found a whole lot of info on the G275 MSA. Seems like the G275 is much better on highway but I'm curious how it compares to the MPT81 in terms of driving on icy roads, deep snow, and rocks. Thanks!
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    Jacks for expedition vehicles

    I'm in the early stages of building an expedition vehicle and trying to get everything together. The weight on my rear axle will likely be in the ballpark of 7000lbs which is the max load of a high lift jack so I'm looking into other options. What do you guys with heavy vehicles use/recommend?
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    Best Pop Up Truck Camper for Winter Use

    Late to the party on this thread but... I live in Colorado and I have a 1995 Northstar pop up camper that I use year round at high elevation, and I've kept it 70F at night when it's -20F outside. You'll need to insulate the pop up portion. I used reflectix with some velco and store it on the...
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    F-450 SRW Conversion

    Thanks for all the feedback everyone! I think I've about decided to stick with the 19.5s (22.5 just seems too big and I wouldn't feel comfortable maxing out E rated tires on 18s or 20s) and run the minimum pressure but I'm not sure if I want to go with Rickson Wheels considering they quoted me...
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