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?