I've been spending a ton of time ordering all the stuff that will go inside. Researching, ordering and waiting is a big part of this build I didn't fully anticipate.
@RAM5500 CAMPERTHING do you happen to have a photo of the rusted joints? I just picked up their full kit and would like to try to inhibit rustingControl Arms...
Ahhhhh... the headache... I originally went with the suspension maxx setup because i was their test dummy. They fit great, but within a month, and less than 1000 miles, the heims are already rusted to the point of almost seized. Garbage.
Hey Brad I meant to post this a while ago but on my Buckstop setup, they put these little mini braided hose clip extension things on two of the five tires for airing up/down on the rears. I'm sure they would happily sell you a few. I'm thinking of grabbing a few spares. Slick little solution if you ask me:I headed up to the Uintah Mountains in NE Utah this past Monday and had a blast on the forest roads. Found a little lake, had lunch and took a nap in the hammock. Didn't see a soul. Nice.
Even without much weight on the truck, the suspension works really well. The trick is airing down the MPT81's to about 25-30psi. Judging by feel and how little they pooch out, I can go even lower. The air system works fantastic. I wish I would have put valve stems on both sides of the wheels though. Laying on the ground to get to the valves on the rear tires isn't going to work long term.
It's a valid question. You certainly don't need a 5500 for a bison camper. I knew I wanted a flatbed camper and I researched my limited options last fall. An OEV Camp-HBE was my first choice but they're $65K+ and lead time was a year. Their dealer also told me they "weren't doing anything custom" and "you had to use their flatbed." (I've since learned some of that info was false) Total Composites was next, but they don't have a pop-up kit. I also looked at Phoenix and Hallmark. Again, long lead times and high cost. Four Wheel Camper was an option, but outrageously priced for what you get and a year wait. Friends also commented on poor build quality. So, I wasn't left with too many options. Bison Overland sprung up about that time so I looked into that. They were happy to do something custom, willing to build just a shell at a reasonable price, and said they could do it all in less than a year. Being a startup without any experience in the market was concerning, but after meeting them and touring their shop, I felt good about it.Curious what made you decide on the Bison camper, especially on a beefy 5500.
Interior layout plans?
Obviously you took care of your situation, but for future reference, these weld in washer inserts work really well and are probably not as labor intensive as your fix: https://www.kartek.com/parts-categories/weld-washers-44444.htmlImproving the front suspension
I was driving the other day when I had to hit the brakes hard enough to chirp the tires. The massive brakes on this truck have no problem locking up those big MPT81's. I heard a "clunk" or a "pop" from the front end, like something shifted. Not good.
Remember these slotted holes in the front lower control arm axle brackets? Well, they have become a problem like we figured. The bolt shifted from the rear to the front of the slot. I decided to fix it for good by grinding an insert out of 1/4" flat bar and welding it in to fill the slot. No biggie, just mentioning it for the others building similar rigs. If I were to do it again, I'd go with adjustable lower control arms and weld up these slots before getting an alignment.
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Not worried, but I'm definitely expecting to have some amount of condensation. I'll do my best to address it with good insulation, ventilation and design. In the end, no camper is perfect.Thanks for the info. Been thru the same process, similar thoughts/concerns.
Any concerns about the 4seasonablity with the Bison, due to their aluminum "stick" construction and thermal bridging? Or will you be using it only 3 seasons(non-winter)?
Driver side entry door, or did you mean passenger side?
Did you explore Boxmanufaktur at all?
Looking forward to continuing to follow along!