I ran accross a slide-in type camper today. It was called, Early 60's (probably 1963) Little Caboose Slide In Truck Camper. I found it on CL in upstate NY. Couldn't get it to copy or i would of just posted it. Anyhow, does anyone know what this thing might weigh? Couldn't find info online. And anyone got pics of slide-ins on a stovebolt? If so lets see em. Pic of ad attached.
I have a home made camper for my '40 , built as light as possible (I thought) it weights 610 kgs. Apparently that is VERY light, expect the Little caboose to be much heavier , I see on google , they were last made in 1978 , so not an era of light weight composites .
I would guess that a 3/4 ton would be the lightest truck to carry the caboose . Then some additional work to over load springs , sway bar and D load range tyres . go for it !!
Should weigh in around 1400ish lbs. some of the older ones were heavier for sure. My dads newer lance slide in camper fully loaded with AC is like 1500 I believe. But its much taller and looks to have a wider stance. He carrys it in his shortbed silverado 1500 no problem even with towing his enclosed motorcycle trailer at same time.
Glenn, you may have seen my '68 Avion when you were here. It's a 10' model. It weights about 1800#, but it's on the heavier side for a slide-in. Then you need to add your water, propane, contents. Needs a minimum of 3/4 ton, 8' bed. That's why I'm building the '41 the way I am.
41 3/4 Ton Pick Up (in process) 55 Grumman Kurbside (Doughboy) 235/3 on tree w/ OD 57 3100 58 C4400 Viking (Thor) 59 C4500 Short Bus (Magic Bus) 59 G3800 1 Ton Dually (Chief)
Thanks Dusty, tons of pics there, and quite a few Chevys to boot. Nice truck. I asked the Caboose owner for some additional info, but of course no phone #. And no response, yet. I also was hoping this would work in my 9ft stepside bed. I didnt evej think about the hieght over the cab. Ill have to measure. I know this is going to come up a foot short to the cab, but thought that would beca good spot to stash stuff. But that also pushes more weight to the rear of the truck. Yea Vic, i seen the Avion, sweet. Thats going to be awesome on the 41. Any more progress there on the bed? I didnt do the math on the contents either. Pic of my truck attached. 63 GMC 2500series, 66 c20 cab and clip, 55-59 GMC 9FT bed.
I'm currently shopping for a camper to go on wife's 2500 Ram crew cab truck. Newer cabover non-popup campers under 2000 lbs are very rare. A typical short bed unit is going to come in between 2000 and 2500 lbs, dry weight. And that's with newer generation composite light materials/building techniques. A nice Lance camper can easily top 3,000 lbs.
Added in edit: After a couple minutes pondering, my comments above are very likely Not applicable to vintage/classic campers. No microwave, queen size bed, bathroom/shower, water/gray/black tanks. So, if one just had the original camper and it remains true to the original design, I suspect it's going to come in quite a bit lighter than a basic hardside camper today.
Last edited by moparguy; Wed Jul 29 2020 01:02 PM.
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I had one very similar to the Caboose on my ‘57 3100. Fit just fine over the cab but was way too heavy. I did have overloads on it but they were very little help. This would have been in 1970 when I was a carefree newlywed. One short overnight and I took it off.🛠
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