New camper build
Posted 24 August 2022 - 11:39 PM
we're always interesting in builds, especially if there are pictures!
2015 Silverado 3500 crew cab 8' bed Diesel
2012 ATC Puma Shell build - https://www.wanderth...012-puma-build/
Power considerations thread - https://www.wanderth...e-power-scotty/
Building out an electrical system - So, you want to setup a good electrical system in your camper? - Electrical, Charging, Solar, Batteries and Generators - Wander the West
Posted 25 August 2022 - 01:24 PM
I will try to transfer the photos with explanation why I did certain things.
Posted 25 August 2022 - 03:00 PM
There may be a better way to do this but here's a link to the Dirt Floor Camper gallery in the meantime...
(And thanks for posting your photos, Fly Fisherman... very interesting!)
Edited by Old Crow, 25 August 2022 - 03:08 PM.
'01 FWC Hawk shell on a '13 Tundra Double-Cab + '19 Ford Transit van with Quigley 4x4 option
Posted 26 August 2022 - 05:54 AM
Nice job on your build, you put a lot of thought and planning into it to get your camper to a useable stage. Looks like you’ll have some nice adventures in your future. What are the plans for the interior? Any idea on weight so far? Keep up the good work!
1999 F250 crew cab SRW, 7.3 Powerstroke TD
1981 Grandby shortened to a Hawk
Build thread / https://www.wanderth...by-into-a-hawk/
Posted 26 August 2022 - 11:32 AM
I still need flooring. I put the black mat that is used in weight rooms down, but I don’t like that.
I am going to take truck and camper to feed store and weight it, then take camper out and weight it. The truck sit level, and doesn’t seem to notice the weight. Some of the things I did are heavier than factory campers I am sure. My roof is one piece aluminum. It is .040 from a shop that repairs Hooper trailers (bottom dump grain haulers).
The cost was very little compared to the .026 used on other campers. A 10’x 11’ piece was $220.00.
Most people don’t like wood. It works for me because I am not setup to weld aluminum. Most folks including myself are not qualified or skilled enough anyway. The camper will be used in temps ranging from teens to -20 F. I like to ice climb in CO and do mixed alpine climbs.
When not in use, it will stay in the dirt floor barn where I built it.
I have more pictures, but posting them is difficult for me.
Posted 29 August 2022 - 07:07 PM
Thats pretty cool! Definately good inspiration for my current camper build project!
What did you use to seal up the wood on the bottom?
Did you sew your own fabric siding?
Many people scoff at wood construction, but for campers it makes a lot of sense, espicially home built ones. When I started designing mine I looked at building with wood, but I'm better at metal fabrication so I went that route instead. Wood doesn't have the same thermal bridging issues as metals do.
Posted 30 August 2022 - 12:48 PM
I did sew the fabric my self. A buddy gave me an army tent that was damaged in a storm. Mostly the frame.
I had to seam it together in three places. The one on camper at this time has no windows in the fabric. I am almost finished with another that has windows on the driver and passenger sides.
I need to put offset lift strut brackets on. The ones I have now are rubbing my drip rail.
The only area I am not completely happy with is the roof. It is very strong, but weights 120 pounds.
The 60# struts I have make it lift easy, but it is still a lot of weight to carry up high.
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