hi i need some advice, i want to take my camper off my coachmen. at that point make a nice wooden floor. the van has 75,000 miles and runs greatni would get so much more out of it. we done do much camping anymore, needs a lots of work. has anyone did this?

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Comment by Richard W. Cobbs on May 13, 2012 at 11:31pm

Pictures would help, but you said that it is a van.  It shouldn't be too hard to remove.  You'll have to undo the bolts that attach the camper section to the frame.  It may be possible to just unscrew them, but you may have to cut them.  If they have to be cut, I would suggest a reciprocating saw with a good metal blade, some other methods may be faster, but may involve sparks or a lot of heat.  You will also need to make sure that there is no wiring or piping that would interfere with the removal.  Then, evenly jack up the camper and insert either wood or metal beams from one side to the other that are long enough and strong enough to support the camper on the outside of the rear wheels.  Support these beams so they won't tip over and drive the van out from under the camper.  

If you are going to junk the camper, it might be worth driving to a junk yard and getting a price a price for them to remove it.  They do this type of work every day and would probably do it in less than an hour.

Good Luck,


Comment by Angel on May 13, 2012 at 3:42pm

If not rebuilding - simple enough - start chain saw and go to work... :)

Comment by Richard W. Cobbs on May 13, 2012 at 2:40pm

I had the impression that they just wanted to reove the camper so they can use the vehicle for something slse, like a flatbed truck, maybe?

Comment by Angel on May 13, 2012 at 2:30pm


Are you asking about removing everything down to the floor and starting all over again?

I'm sure it is doable - but I have to believe it would be a major undertaking, and you will need to be very comfortable with confronting various systems, construction techniques, etc.

That said (and honestly I believe a "new" classic coach would be cheaper if yours needs that type of overhaul), I'm sure it is nothing more than remove everything inside down to the exterior walls, remove interior wall surface to locate structural elements.  Then, probably, unfasten the footer from the flooring and jack the coach up.  All easier said than done - plus the real challenge is getting it all back down just right.

Just my $0.02 - interesting challenge, but you probably wouldn't see a campground for a couple of years while doing this scope of project.

Another thought, if you really feel capable of such an undertaking - take everything off to the flooring as planned and build your own coach from the floor up - new studs, whatevwer siding, maybe glass in the corners, etc...  Not unlike Jay and Maggie great looking "Tube Trailer".

Anyway you approach this, it is still moumental.

Comment by Pat Daly on May 13, 2012 at 7:17am

This will be interesting. Never seen anyone do this.



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