Bob and Becky's Volvo 770 Toterhome Conversion
Construction and concept images of our Volvo 770 Toterhome
Shown are both Toterhome configurations, above with a bare deck,
and below, fitted with a removable all-aluminum 7 ½ x 8 foot
modular toy garage, dog house, and shower.
The goal was to create a dual purpose vehicle, a stand alone
motorhome, and a heavy duty tow vehicle capable of pulling a 22,000
GVW Teton trailer with ease. We wanted to carry two Harleys on deck,
rather than deal with the loss of space associated with a toy hauler
trailer. The Toter features a 42 inch by 15 foot slide-out loading
ramp, a tag hitch receiver and a 32k RV fifth wheel hitch, an
inverter, shore power socket, cooking facilities, sink and toilet,
two births, heating and air conditioning. The truck has incredible
visibility, air ride suspension, fully adjustable air ride seats
(heated too), a Jake Brake for handling mountainous terrain safely,
an 18 speed transmission with four overdrive ratios, adequate fuel
tankage for coast to coast operation, and a top of the line Cummins
ISX diesel engine. The Volvo 770 was formerly owned by NASCAR's Roush
The frame was stripped of the commercial truck-tractor components
such as the fifth wheel, air brake hoses, trailer electrical pigtail
and catwalk. Ten brand new 24 ply tires were installed on the
polished aluminum wheels. Fluids where changed, hoses and belts
replaced, brakes replaced, and the truck was completely serviced.
The bed overlay frame was constructed of heavy gauge steel
channel, box, and angle members. The deck plates were 3/16 inch
diamond plate and the body skins were 1/8 inch steel, all welded in
place except the section over the loading ramp, which was attached
with stainless dome head fasteners. The overlay frame was attached to
the truck with grade 8 fasteners. The shape of the stern was designed
to fit the contour of the trailer as it pivots on the fifth wheel
hitch, as well as provide a large storage area.
The Toterhome was fitted with a Holland-Binkley 32k RV Fifth
Wheel hitch and a 2 inch tag receiver. Electric trailer brakes are
actuated by a Hayes Lemmerz air-over-electric brake controller.
view of the completed Toter body
32 gallon holding tank was installed between the frame rails below
the ramp storage area and removable deck plate. The sanitation
connection was routed just in front of the left fuel tank for easy
Toter was fitted with an auxiliary 120 Volt air conditioning system.
Shown above is the condenser unit access.
addition to the dual engine driven air heating and conditioning
systems, the 120 Volt auxiliary A/C system feeds the factory air
handler and is distributed throughout the Toterhome.
(shore power) is connected to these receptacles. The top connector is
for engine preheat, the lower supplies power to a 12 V charger and
120 V distribution panel. An inverter supplies 120 V to the Toter
when external power is not available.
The Toterhome Interior
Toter interior space is very efficient yet comfortable. The ceiling
is over eight feet high, giving plenty of room for the upper birth.
The upper birth is a Murphy style bed, which folds against the back
wall. The dinette table folds down and makes into another birth. A
slide out ladder provides access to the upper birth. A skylight opens
up the space and adds good light. Volvo is well known for it's
excellent soundproofing and a quiet ride. Storage is plentiful, with
A television antenna is built into a fiberglass roof section and
feeds an entertainment center receptacle. A CD changer, radio, power
amplifier, sub woofer, and 8 speakers provide high quality listening.
The Toter also serves as an Amateur Radio (HAM) mobile station with
satellite and terrestrial communications capability, APRS (position
reporting), and in the future will include world wide HF-SSB
12 volt refrigerator / freezer is installed in the lower left
cabinet. The Norcold refer operates from either 12 Volts DC or 120
microwave oven is installed in the galley. The oven operates from
battery or 120 VAC when on shore power. A gas grill and espresso
machine are also seen as necessities.
pull-out Galley sink features an activated charcoal water filter
assuring good tasting water (and coffee).
marine style china bowl head was installed in the 'water closet'. The
head requires less than a quart of water per flush.