Sorry, by specs I meant how are you going to set up the motor to perform, but I see you’ve already stated for fuel mileage. These big six motors are thirsty, so anything you can do to make them more efficient is very interesting to me. I would also consider an electric fan over the one mounted to the water pump as it has been proven to be good for a few mpg’s.What specs? It has an aftermarket intake, headers, an HEI distributor, and will run a serpentine belt. Fuel mileage will be the goal so a TBI is probably how I will go. The correct distributor drive gear needs to be bored to fit the 300 HEI distributor shaft. I need to modify the bore size of the serpentine pulley to locate on the water pump, and the input shaft housing on the transmission needs to be turned down so the hydraulic slave cylinder will fit.
My thoughts exactly.I’ve owned 2 campers now (travel trailer and a truck camper) that have needed some fairly major rebuilding, and I can say with complete confidence that they are the most poorly built dwellings I’ve ever encountered. It’s like they intentionally fabricate them in a way that necessitates ripping them entirely apart in order to start fixing things. Literally nothing is easy, or well done.
If you’ve got the time, starting over would be awesome. The ability to begin again without having to splice into existing infrastructure would make your life 10x easier.
That said, we have 25K miles on our Lance across most of the US and Canada, in all weather conditions, both on and off road, and it’s still holding together. For as poorly as they are made, they mysteriously stay in 1 piece. Most of the time.
I can design something that I know will be stronger. It's already in my head.
The uhaul build is still going. That was always going to be a fully self contained live aboard. This will be the launch to my land yacht. My F250 was purchased to be a daily driver and to take to races. The small camper will find a home there when I get it on the road. I have a fabricator friend who is interested in this concept too so it looks like we will be building 2 of them. He wants a flatbed design that he can set in his driveway and use as a shed when it's not on his truck.I totally symphatize there... so, instead of the full fledged camper, why not do something a little more simple like a oversized canopy shell, and build living quarters into that? make a modular system so it is still plenty comfy, but more robust and partly removable?