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We Renovated A 20 Year-Old Truck Camper Into A Luxury Overland Vehicle

We Renovated A 20 Year-Old Truck Camper Into A Luxury Overland Vehicle

In April 2021, we purchased a 2011 Ram 5500 and a 2000 Bigfoot 3000 Series Truck camper. Over the summer months, we completely renovated the inside and built up the outside into a luxury off-road overlanding vehicle.

We Renovated A 20 Year-Old Truck Camper Into A Luxury Overland Vehicle

The Bigfoot Truck Camper

The 2000 Bigfoot 3000 series was in excellent condition when we bought it but looked outdated. Most upgrades were cosmetic, starting first with the electrical system.

Electrical Upgrades

We set up our truck camper to be an ultimate off-grid and off-road travel rig. The heart of our off-grid power system includes two GC3 Game Changer 3.0 Battle Born Lithium batteries. At 270AH each, these batteries give us a total of 540 amp hours. 

This system uses the Victron Lynx shunt and distributor, the Victron Multiplus 3kVA inverter, Victron MPPT solar charge controllers, and 495 watts of solar power with Battle Born’s flexible solar panels

We also have a 30 amp 12v DC to DC converter and the Victron Orion-TR Smart to charge the batteries from the truck’s alternator. The last component of our truck camper system is the brains of the operation – the Victron Cerbo GX. This unit takes all the data from each of our other Victron components and aggregates it.

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Interior Truck Camper Renovation

Next, we proceeded with painting all of the interior walls.

Most replacement parts like light switches, lights, and the sink were from RecPro.com, a company dedicated to RV replacement parts. (Get 5% off your order with Coupon code “ONTHEMOVE5“)

In the kitchen, we updated the sink, Delta touch kitchen faucet, and added an Acuva ArrowMax 2.0 UV Water Purification system. (Available for 10% off with couple code “mortons”)

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We replaced the cushions with RecPro dinette cushions and got additional matching fabric to reupholster the headboard, cushioned cabinets, and other fabric areas throughout the RV.

For our countertops, we updated the existing kitchen, dinette, and vanity counters with an epoxy countertop kit from Leggari Products. We used Kit #15.

We replaced the carpet with EVA boat foam flooring and covered the aisleway with vinyl plank flooring.

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The Ram 5500 Truck

The truck is a 2011 Ram 5500 flatbed that has been singled out. We bought it from a guy on Kodiak Island in Alaska, shipped it on the ferry, and Tom flew to meet it in Washington and drive it off the ferry.

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Since then, we added Centramatics wheel balancers to help balance these large tires. Storage boxes on the truck bed provide tons of storage space for our gear. Finally, we had a welder custom fabricate an off-set hitch to mount our RoadMaster spare tire carrier.

In addition to all the truck upgrades we had to modify the sewer system on the camper to work with the truck. We are using the Thetford Sanicon system which has been a great way to dump/ pump our tanks.

Connectivity

For this truck camper, we used almost the same system that we installed in our fifth wheel. You can learn more about it in this video.

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The major changes from this video are that we are using the Parsec Akita antenna which is the best antenna we have tried yet. We are also beta testers of Starlink which has been fun.

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Kevin

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

I just bought a new truck camper. It has one 160 watt solar panel a charge controller a converter and separate inverter that runs 2 rv outlets off 2 6 volt lead acid batteries wired in series. All that being said I want to put in a battle born system similar to your truck camper build. What all do I need? Are there some things I can reuse or would I be better off removing those components and using all victron?

Mortons on the Move

Saturday 12th of March 2022

It's really up to you, the converter may or may not be able to fully charge the battle born (see if it has a setting for lithium or AGM). The charge controller is probably not the best either, but it should work. It really depends on how much you want to do upfront. Just dropping the batteries in will help enormously, but of course, having all the components that are designed to work together would be best. Check out our article about this https://www.mortonsonthemove.com/how-to-switch-to-lithium-rv-batteries/

john urbas

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

May I say, "All I want for Christmas"?! Now that you have taken your rig out a bit, have you noticed any issues when traversing uneven terrain that causes you to go up on one rear at times? Also, payload capacity not being an issue, would have gone with SRW? Terrific and inspiring build!

PIerre Proulx

Friday 26th of November 2021

Congratulations for the amazing work you’ve done on this rig.

Trina

Friday 26th of November 2021

Great job !! You guys are the bomb ! Love watching your videos. I also follow your friends ...The Getaway Couple. Enjoy your travels and keep those video's coming !

Edward Ashworth

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

What you did to the Bigfoot is so nice we have a Canadian made snow river with pullout I need to redo the floor this year after all the snow goes away but you got my wife going with new ideas.

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