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#1 OFFLINE   davesteve

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 06:30 PM

Hello truck camper enthusiasts. I am embarking on a new truck camper build from scratch, that some of you may be interested in. This one will be a little different. It will be a pop-up made of fiberglass covered 1/8th inch ply. It will have a curved one piece fiberglass over foam roof, that will be lifted by cylinders, activated by an on board air compressor. It will have full sized (6' tall, 4' wide) double back doors....Like I said, different.

I will document progress with a weekly YouTube video and plan to have this done by the end of 2014. Check out the first video that went online this week.

 

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 07:05 PM

Nice! An adventure in building one before you even get on the road with it.  Keep us up to date.



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 07:39 PM

Looking forward to future installments. Double door on the back, huh? I remember something a couple of years ago that had double doors for hauling an ATV or other big gear. Can't remember who made it though.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 10:20 PM

Wish you luck in building. I started one a few years back had the walls roof even the cab over done had 3/4 of the inside done. What killed it was the cost of covering it. found out to late was cheaper to buy a nice used one to see if I really want a TC. Go for it you really enjoy working on it I did.


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 04:50 AM

Good luck! This should be interesting, to say the least. I'll be looking forward to your reports.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:28 AM

with no bathroom, furnace or stove i now can see how you might get in that goal weight. did i miss what the solar was for? are going to have a hot water tank? what about propane? pretty interested in seeing how things turn out, what issues you might have. my curiosity is peaked.

 

keep us giving us  updates please. best of luck and have fun with it.


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:23 PM

Yes. It will have a 16 gallon water tank, an 11lb propane tank, water heater and pump, sink, plug in cooler, etc.  and I have to power the air compressor, lights etc.

 Considering I only have one 85AH aux. battery, the solar will top off when in the wilderness and hopefully avoid any prolonged generator use. That's in the plan so far.



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 06:30 PM

right on. i look forward to seeing what you come up with. im all for those who can think outside the box. best of luck on the build and keep us informed.


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Posted 29 August 2014 - 06:32 AM

Building with wood, you might want to consider WEST System epoxy, or one of it's competitors. The system was developed years ago for use in boatbuilding. Basically, the epoxy is used as a glue to hold the components together, and as a sealant on all the wood surfaces to prevent moisture from getting at the wood. I know of a local boat builder who used it extensively on small ouboard racing hydroplanes. His boats had the reputation of maintaining their structural integrity for years longer than normal, and they were very light weight. It isn't cheap, but, if you are going to put all that work into it, you probably want to optimize the results. I have a book on it, if you are interested, and the material is available thru Jamestown Distributors, in Rhode Island, a boatbuilding supplier. I'm sure you can find it all over, but that's the place I'm familiar with. They are on the internet.

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 12:25 AM

Part Two:   http://youtu.be/BGQXI1s_fxE

 

This is a small clip showing the base of the floor. I coated the bottom with epoxy, so I wouldn't have to crawl under and do it upside down later. Not good to epoxy over your head.

 

Thanks for the epoxy suggestion. I'm using System Three epoxy and paint products, because I have used them in the past and love them. The best thing about them, is that you don't need a mask for the epoxy or their LPU paints. Very low VOC and almost no smell. It is amazing. If you have used high VOC epoxy and had to wear a mask in 90 degree heat, almost passing out from the fumes, then you know what I mean.

Yes. Pricey, but worth it to me. Around $150 for a gallon kit of epoxy and the same for a gallon of LPU paint. But once you put that paint over the epoxy, you'll see why you paid so much.

 

PS-I agree. Jamestown D. is a good place to buy.


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Posted 30 August 2014 - 06:08 AM

System Three is the other brand I meant to mention, as Jamestown also sells that. Seems to me it was a bit lighter viscocity than the WEST material. It's been years since I redecked our Chris with the stuff, but it came-out great. I used an acrylic cloth to cover the deck, then painted over the epoxy. It came out looking like the old canvas covering they used to do, but it was permanent. You are right, when you get finished, you know why you paid so much! There just isn't any substitute for quality.

Keep up the good work. We are all anxious to see how it goes.

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 12:04 AM

That's another thing I like about System Three. They have several different formula's to use, based on viscosity needed and the application, for the weather you are working in.



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Posted 01 September 2014 - 07:40 PM

i would like to see your lift system when done, how you made it . i have a 1968 roamin chariot i am restoring ,looking at ways to lift the top up. mine only lifts up in the back of the camper. thanks Perry



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Posted 02 September 2014 - 03:05 AM

I'm not familiar with the Roamin Chariot. Does it only lift in the back by design, or because of its condition?

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 10:21 AM

Part 3 https://www.youtube....h?v=Z7RAVqWyAHI

 

This shows the start of floor buiding. Still a ways off from the lift system.



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 09:49 PM

Part 4 https://www.youtube....h?v=zUldHQzmZCA

 

Insulating the floor


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Posted 09 September 2014 - 09:25 AM

Part 5 

Starting to build side walls

 

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 06:52 PM

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 07:12 PM

Why OSB for the floors rather than plywood? Just curious as to your thoughts on it.


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Posted 15 September 2014 - 08:31 PM

Food for thought, in picture #4 a better way to fill a bad cut or a angle that wasn't planed. Take some epoxy and mix in some saw dust, you want it to be almost runny, pack the joint and tape it off so it will stay till it dries.


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