Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Why A Truck Conversion?

Our 2001 Freightliner FL70
and 2008 Ford Taurus X

We chose a truck conversion because we required dependable transportation for the six months we are on the road each year.

Our Music Ministry takes us from California to Newfoundland and from the Southwest USA to British Columbia. With our extensive traveling schedule our truck conversion is our home-away-from-home.

We purchased the Freightliner from Bakersfield Truck Center. It was built to our specs in North Carolina and then shipped to Transport Designs in Montoursville, Pennsylvania for the motor home conversion.

Having converted a GMC 4104 bus and used it for 16+ years and 150,000 miles we knew what we wanted and what would work for us. We loved our bus and if we could have afforded a new shell we would have gone that way!

The alternative was a new truck and chassis and a custom built motor home. We didn't have the time or energy left to do the conversion ourselves, again, so we opted to have it done professionally for us. We designed the layout and specified the components we wanted for conversion.

Transport Designs built the entire unit in about four months. As of June 2014 we have 135,000 miles on her with absolutely no problems.
We are very happy with the result.

Caterpillar 3126B
300 HP @ 2200 RPM
860 Lb.-Ft. Torque @ 1440 RPM
Eaton-Fuller Manual, 6-speed Overdrive

Rear Suspension: 19,000 lb. Air-Ride
Front Suspension: 10,000 lb. Leaf Spring

271" Wheelbase
15" x 5" Front Air Brakes
16.5" x 7" Rear Air Brakes
Bendix Air Dryer

3.91 Rear Axle Ratio
22.5" x 8.25" Polished Aluminum Wheels
Michelin 255/80R 22.5 - 14 ply Tires

Two 45 Gallon Fuel Tanks
Fuel Separator with Heater
Block and Oil Heaters
PacBrake Exhaust Brake
Cab Specs
Air-Ride Cab with step-through opening
Air-Ride Driver & Passenger Seats
Remote Controlled & Heated Mirrors
Power Windows, Power Door Locks
Cruise Control, Air Conditioner
Air & Electric Horns
Variable Speed Windshield Wipers
Tilt & Telescoping Steering Wheel
Rear Air Bag Dump Valve
Speedometer, Tachometer, Hour Meter
Primary Air, Secondary Air, Suspension Air
Water and Transmission Temperature
Oil Pressure, Fuel, Voltmeter
Low Air Pressure Warning
Turbo Boost, Exhaust Gas Temperature
Air Density, Compass, Altimeter

Stereo Radio w/CD player
CB Radio w/ weather
Fire Extinguisher, Flare Kit
60 MPH @ 1625 RPM
70 MPH @ 1900 RPM
80 MPH @ 2150 RPM

Top Speed: 88 mph
(governed @ 2400 RPM).

Motor Home Spe
cificationsOverall Length: 36'-9"
Overall Width: 8'-6"
Overall Height: 11'-9"
Interior Height: 7'-0"

Aluminum Tube Frame
Walls: 1-1/2" sq. x 1/8" - 16" on-center
Floor: Two 3" x 1-1/2" x 1/8" back-to-back
24" on-center
Exterior Walls: .050" Aluminum
riveted 4" on-center

Roof: .040" one piece Aluminum

Floor: 3/4"
Interior Walls: 3/8"

Walls: 1-1/2" Polystyrene
Ceiling: 3" Polystyrene
Floor: 2" Polystyrene

 8 kw PowerTech Diesel Generator
 2500 watt Trace Sine-Wave Inverter
Trace C-40 Controller
Automatic Transfer Switch
240 watts Solar Panels(roof mounted - not shown)

 Three Trojan Deep Cycle 12 volt
Group 31 House Batteries

 (32) - 12 volt Fused Circuits

12 - 120 volt AC Circuit Breakers
(not shown)
115 gal. Gray Waste (left)
48 gal. Black Waste (right)
Discharge valves set up to
"back-flush" black tank
AM/FM Radio w/CD XM Radio (not shown)
Link 10 "E" Meter

Trace Inverter Remote

Tank Read-Outs

PowerTech Generator Panel

24,000 btu Forced Air Heater

Two Penguin 13,500 btu Air Conditioners

8 cu. ft. Dometic 3-way Refrigerator

18' Series 9000 A&E Awning
 Over-cab storage 8' x 4' x 2' high
 Walk-Around Queen Size Bed
Two 40 gal. water tanks underneath
One 40 gal. water tank under couch
Total Fresh Water: 120 gal.

SeaLand Porcelain Toilet
Full size shower
Solid Oak Cabinets
2 Burner Kitchen Aid Stove Top
Microwave Oven

Stainless Steel Sink

Note: 6" dia. skylight over sink
(one in bathroom also)

Woven Texture Cloth Wall Covering
w/foam backing

Vinyl Ceiling Covering
w/foam backing
Day/Night Pleated Shades
Fold-Down Dinette Table
8,000 btu Catalytic Heater
Home in the Bus Barn

Fully Loaded Weight: 25,000 lb

Fuel Mileage: 9.5 to 11.5 mpg