Idaho based Powerhouse Coach have launched a new line of twin-slide 232 square foot pickup truck campers that can be mounted on a Dodge 5500 or Ford 550 chassis. The 7,000lb bespoke camper shell incorporates two 36 inch deep hydraulic slides – one ten foot and one eight foot – that when extended provides 232 square foot of living space. The custom-built camper – priced from $45,000 and up – can take a king size bed and includes a kitchen area with fridge and microwave and an enclosed bathroom with toilet and shower. “There’s probably nobody that works with a customer closer than I do to take something from concept and design to reality,” said Doug Tolbert, owner and President of Powerhouse Coach, in an interview with the National RVing Examiner.
The interior of the Powerhouse pickup camper features a number of hand-built storage cabinets – the company specialize in high quality wood working and cabinetry – rather than the particle board covered with rounded Formica which is common in so many RV’s. Local contractors build the interior furniture and install the granite countertops but “everything else you see is built here in my shop; the walls, the ceiling, the slide-outs, all the cabinetry…the metal and fabricating work, everything,” said Doug. The interior configuration and additional interior features like a dinette, stove, TV, DVD player can be specified by the customer.
The camper rests on remote control jacks that are individually rated to 5,000lbs. The walls & slide out rooms – produced in house – use a full vacuum bonded wall with an R-10 insulation rating. Powerhouse use the highest grade of fiberglass and gel coat wall sheeting for the wall exterior and the interior is a vinyl decor type board that is easy to clean and very durable. Powerhouse Coach warranty repairs – at 0.06% – are well below the industry average of 2 to 6 percent.
With a wet weight of 7k, Doug recommends the use of the heavy duty Dodge 5500 or Ford F-550 chassis. These can easily handle the camper shell whilst leaving plenty of trailer towing capacity for ATV’s, bikes or a boat.
The Powerhouse camper is billed as “luxurious, practical and versatile,” and there’s no question that the 232 square feet of available space offered by the twin-slide Powerhouse camper will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts nationwide, especially if the truck is mounted on a 4×4 capable vehicle.
About Powerhouse Coach:
Founded by Doug Tolbert in 1997, Powerhouse Coach are a family-run business specializing in bespoke custom luxury motor coaches, trailers, toter trucks and special use emergency vehicles based on a class 8 diesel truck chassis. The company – which currently has eight employees – builds from three to eight custom vehicles per year. Annual sales for 2010 are forecast to exceed $2.8 million.
Powerhouse Coach, 2901 East 14th North, Idaho Falls, ID 83401. E-mail: Doug@PowerhouseCoach.com
Technical Data For Ford F-550 Chassis with Diesel Engine:GVWR 17,950 or 19,500 | Max GCWR 33,000 | Max Fifth Wheel Towing Capacity 24,500|Fuel Capacity 40-gal tank standard| Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8 Turbo Diesel with six-speed transmission| Power 325 hp @3,000 rpm|Torque 600lb-ft @2,000 rpm|
Technical Data For Dodge Ram 5500 Chassis with Diesel Engine: 6.7L Cummins Turbo diesel I-6with Manual Six-Speed transmission |Power 305 hp (227 kW) @ 2,900 rpm | Torque 610 lb.-ft. (827 N•m) @ 1,600 rpm | Fuel Capacity52-gal (197L) tank standard | GVWR 19,500 lbs | GCWR 26,000 lbs| Max Trailer Weight 17,750 lbs |
Related Articles: Powerhouse Coach confirms that tricked out big rigs are here to stay