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FWC Grandby Jeep Project New build

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#61 Zoomad

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Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:30 AM

Since this is a more permanent install of camper to vehicle, I'd at least recommend a rubber strip between the new camper frame and the top.  To hold them together and aid sealing, screws up from the bottom through the top and into the aluminum would lock them together.  After that I'd still seal the seam with a flexible caulk to help keep wind driven rain (at speed driving) from being pushed into the joint between the top and camper. 

 

As far as filling the area between the top and the camper with spray foam isn't a bad idea, but I would add some exterior board or skin to cover and protect the foam.  This would give an added aerodynamic benefit by keeping the air from going under the cab over section and directly into a flat wall of the front of the camper.  To me it might be a bigger challenge to make that look aesthetically pleasing or nice.   

 

I've seen some FWC campers on early K5's that were full convertibles and lacked any solid frame around the door windows.  Where most ended up cutting the front "cab" section of a factory fiberglass top I've seen one in a junkyard that they used no section of the top at all.  They framed up the area that the door glass to seal to with wood and filled in the gaps to the camper with foam.  Needless to say the area looked poorly done and lacked sealing to the glass at all.  It just wasn't executed well at all.  

 

I went back through my collection of K5/FWC photos and found one that shows what I described above.  No Blazer top section was used and the camper section over the cab was used to make the interior roof section of the cab of the truck.  It just looks cobbled and poorly executed.  

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#62 Boonie

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Posted 23 April 2020 - 03:01 AM

I need to go back so that this makes sense. I have decided that I want to be able to cook both inside the camper in bad weather and outside in good weather, therefore, I have chosen to us a Primus 2 burner stove. My first thought was to simply set the stove on the right side counter next to the sink, but I realized that would not work when in motion, so I thought about counter sinking the stove into the countertop so that the stove fit snugly and would not move while the camper is in motion. After watching You Tube videos, I realized that I needed to anchor the stove to prevent annoying rattles. Also in my continuing thoughts and research of my cabinet arrangement, I noticed that most expedition/overland campers store their stoves while in transit. I came up with a new idea that I like.

I am thinking on locating the stove in the drawer space in the left side cabinet next to the drivers seat.

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The stove is longer than the planned cabinet depth, but extending the cabinet is not a problem because the space is blocked by the drivers seat.

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When I pull the stove drawer out it now moves into the space separating the cab and camper.

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It now creates a nice U-shaped kitchen (refrigerator to the left, sink to the right) with plenty of counter space.

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The one issue I will have to overcome is a simple method of raising the stove height (4") to counter height and at the same time not blocking the right side cabinet drawer. I appreciate any ideas.

 

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#63 Vic Harder

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Posted 23 April 2020 - 08:08 AM

For supporting the stove, is there a surface about the same size as what you need that could use a cover when not holding the stove up?  Like a cutting board over the sink?  Part of a second bed?  

 

To hold it in place, a routed inset on each counter top that it fits into would do the trick.


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Posted 23 April 2020 - 05:31 PM

Ahhhh, a cutting board, but not one that is unattached and must be stored, but one that is permanently attached as a slide-out from directly under the countertop and over the stove drawer. I've seen this arrangement in home kitchens many times. That was too easy!!

 

PS Vic, from my other thread, I think it will be easier to build this left side cabinet using 1/2" birch.

 

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Posted 24 April 2020 - 12:31 AM

I think the idea is pretty slick with the stove in the center.  Stows away in the drawer until needed.  Good work.


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#66 Boonie

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Posted 24 April 2020 - 07:38 PM

The answer for the second part of my problem of the slide-out stove blocking the right side drawer came from FWC.

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Turn the drawer into lift-up cabinet.

 


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