Under the bed is a huge storage compartment with two freezers, lawn chairs, a barbecue, and the water tanks.
The door you see in the bottom of the picture goes into the storage area and can be removed.
Above: Carl’s dogs use the pass through to go from truck to camper and back
We keep a center isle cleared in the storage area so our dogs can go back and forth between the camper and the truck. Our dogs can go through the storage area through the boot to the cab.
Above: CAT platinum cataytic heater
Carl: The platinum catalytic furnace I mentioned earlier is vented to the outside, so there’s no carbon monoxide build up in the camper. The platinum catalytic furnace runs off 12 volt and propane and features a thermostat to keep the camper above freezing. Typical forced air propane RV furnaces burn way too much propane and quickly drain your batteries. The platinum catalytic furnace is a much more efficient solution. Dual pane thermal windows and extra thick walls also help keep us warm.
There’s a Yaesu FT-7900 ham radio with a five foot Comet antenna for extended range communication. I also have a cell phone and WIFI booster. In most of the areas we travel to we have poor cellular service at best. The booster helps me to get a signal. Finally, there’s a Viper alarm that extends to all of our camper doors and windows.
TCM: In one of the pictures there’s a Laguna table, normally used for sailboats. Where did the idea for a Laguna table come from?
Carl: Sometimes I’ll go through the forums and see what people have done with their campers. A person I talked to on the Expedition Portal found the Laguna table at a sailboat manufacturer. He put it in, showed it on the forum, and I saw it there. I didn’t like the leg that came down on the standard Alaskan table because the dogs and our legs ran into it.
TCM: Do you use your truck for anything else? Or is it dedicated for your camper?
Carl: It’s pretty much dedicated to the camper.
TCM: You have a forty-five gallon water tank and only a five gallon grey tank. Where does all your grey water go?
Carl: At campgrounds we’ll use the sewer to drain the grey water, so we don’t need the grey tank. When we’re out in the boonies, I don’t worry about it because it’s grey water and we use biodegradable soap and it goes in the ground. If we’re in an area where it’s forbidden to dump grey water, we have a five gallon grey water tank.
TCM: With the truck being a cab and chassis, it doesn’t look like the camper is demountable. Is the camper demountable?
Carl: Yes, the camper is demountable. We have Rieco-Titan camper jacks. I don’t like to leave the jacks on because they can catch things on the backroads. If I need them, I bolt them on like a normal truck camper.
While we’re traveling, the jacks sit in a storage pod up front. They’re always with us. I have manual jacks and we can use air tools to get them up and down.