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17-02-09, 06:53 PM
I just bought another truck with a view to building a back on it for horses with living accommodation too. The old truck is getting a bit long in the tooth.

Just wondered if anyone on the forum had experience in building commercial vehicle bodies or possibly some pointers to websites that would show similar projects. I am initially interested in the various method of construction.

Any help would be most welcome.

Neil O
18-02-09, 08:31 AM
I would go to see some manufacturers with a "fake" spec for them to quote you.
You will see boxes at various stages of build which may help.

A mate of mine bought a crash damaged caravan and stripped it out to fit it all in his box. That worked out cheap and looked pro-built too.:-D

Oh, don't bother fitting an electric ramp, they are a pain in the arse. Don't ask me how I know.:(

18-02-09, 06:49 PM
Yes, may well do some scouting around. The old truck has the simple door with two big springs and I don't see any real reason to change that.

My current thoughts are to frame it up in 25mm box section and the skin with ally on the outside and plywood on the inside.

23-02-09, 07:39 PM
Hi Myles

I used to build horse boxes on the back of coach chassis for a living around 30 years ago - so the details are a bit misty in time!

We used to build out of either timber framed - something like 75-100mmm x 50mm framing, wooden clad on the inside or aluminium framed and aluminium clad, or you could go for the one piece grp sides.

If you are going down the aluminium route, there's some good supplies catalogues on

John Adams Ltd Coach Supplies, aluminium extrusions, sheeting, timber, steel and a wide range of commercial vehicle body fittings (http://www.commercialbodybuilding.co.uk/)

for example - If you look at the following:


just to give an idea....

You've got side raves on page 9 (left hand picture if you are only going down to bearer height, right hand picture if you are taking the sides lower to put storage compartments under the floor)
Side pillars of top hat section as on page 17
going up to roof section as on page 12
Plywood on inside, ally sheet on outside

Probably need to run some metalwork to make sure you've got the strength to support the movable compartments when kicked!
But, I'd feel a bit uneasy using 25mm box steel section - doesn't seem to be meaty enough, trouble is - if you go too big with steel you end up carrying too much weight.

I know these aren't in your area - but they may give you some idea:

Hunter Equine, Titan custom 3 stall horsebox by Hunter Vehicles Ltd (http://www.huntervehicles.co.uk/equine_horsebox.htm)
Horsebox Parts and Fibreglass Lutons - Marine Industrial Mouldings (http://www.marineindustrialmouldings.co.uk/)
Minster - Autoweb (http://www.horsebox-uk.co.uk/horse.asp)

Hope this helps


23-02-09, 10:13 PM
my pal is just converting a used Iveco hi cube van into a race transport/motorhome, the crashed caravan route is a good way of getting it done, and he nearly did this, but in the end bought all the kit seperately as he was struggling to find a modern enough caravan cheap enough; he has fitted out with shower/toilet sink, hob, fridge, microwave, led roof lights a couple of side windows, completely insulated the van inside, made a seperate storage area at the rear of the van for wheels and tyres and spares/tools, and made it big enough to get a motorcycle in.
He has fitted a mains hook up with proper cut outs and modern wood flooring; it looks the business and I reckon he'd clear 5000 profit if he sold it.

I can ask where he got the stuff if you like?

08-03-09, 08:11 PM
Thanks for the info and the links guys, exactly what I was after.

09-03-09, 12:11 AM
Here is one I've just had done. Room for five horses, sleeping for four adults kitchen, shower and WC.



I might convert it for a couple of cars in the back!