Check out Tanuki's build on a Ranger.I know pivoting frames are used a lot on big trucks, and for good reason but what about small pickups like a Ford Ranger?
I'm planning the build of a camper on a flatbed (with back wheel cutouts for having a low as the possible center of gravity). The vehicle will be a Ford Ranger chassis cab (single cab sold without the bed). The flatbed will be about 2.5m long x 1.9m wide x 1.9m tall (8.2ft x 6.2ft x 6.2ft). The fully laden weight of the camper (with everything inside) will be about 6-700kg (1500lb). I'm in Italy and we don't have the choice of bigger heavy-duty trucks like you in the US, so I'm trying to build a hard side camper with all the comfort for long expeditions, but maintaining a small size (with no more overhand than the stock bed) not to make the small pickup unstable in offroad.
Since the frame is much shorter than big trucks I don't think it will have so much flex to need a real 3 or 4 point pivoting frame, but maybe mounting with captured springs can give some help to articulation? What do you guys think?
although its more of a barge than a yacht...... A couple of years in the planning, and now 6 months into the actual build Campalot (".......its only a model" - Monty Python quote-ish) has finally made it onto the truck for a successfull test drive Having spent much of the last 7 years on...
Build histories on the french language forums, casa-trotter, which you can read pretty well in Chrome via translate.
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