New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0 (lotsa pics!)

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Re: New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0

Unread post by Yellowboxofdoom » December 13th, 2012, 7:01 pm

Heifer Boy wrote:Thanks. Things have changed a little over the last few uses of the camper (including one major disaster) so I will be posting a long term update in a couple of weeks. Keep an eye out for it.
HB going to be starting my box on Boxing Day (seems appropriate and the wife has bought me a new triton cutting table for Christmas) so would love to hear your update before I start in case there are an valuable tips to take into account.

Cheers

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Re: New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0

Unread post by Heifer Boy » December 20th, 2012, 8:09 pm

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Stage Twenty Eight – Bolts, Door Seals, Lights and Plumbing

It's been nearly a year since my last build update and it's about time I finished off the write up. A few people have asked what happened and rest assured that I did get it finished... although they're never really finished are they. It's been used a few times but there were a few major issues in the last year that prevented me from using it more.

The first issue was buying a new house and starting to renovate it. It not only takes time but also swallows all your spare cash. Nice though. :D

The second was more camper related. There was a bit of a disaster with the camper after the 2nd trip out which put a hold on using for quite a few months. But more on that later... It's all resolved now and the camper will be getting a lot more use in the new year. :woohoo:

So on with the story...

Last time around I was just about at the final stage now and it' was time to fit the drawer slide bolts, the door seals, finalise the lights and the water system that are going on the inside of the main door.

I fitted nice stainless steel spring slide bolts to the drawer slides. These work with the alloy angle fitted to the back wall to stop the storage drawer slides from not only moving backwards and forwards but also up and down.

The LH bolt simply goes into a hole in an alloy bracket that is also the LH guide for the drawer slide. The middle bolt took a while to sort out because it controls both drawer slides. It's attached to the LH drawer slide and goes through the plywood centre spine and then through an alloy bracket attached to the RH drawer slide. This is because the majority of the time the LH drawer slide which contains the kitchen and pantry will actually be slid in and out to use so the bolts will be open. The RH drawer slide which has the fridge on it will only be moved if it is necessary to change the water jerry can because the fridge itself is sitting on it's own independent slide. The RH bolt goes into straight into the plywood internal wall on that side of the camper. It all works very simply and very well.

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The door seals are self-adhesive and I decided to fit them to the door frames with mitred corners. A bit of a fiddle but I got them all fitted OK. They do put a lot of pressure on the doors and hinges but I'll see if they compress and settle a bit over time. Otherwise I think I will have replace them with something thinner. I left a 6mm (¼ inch) gap but at the moment it doesn't seem quite enough. They definitely seal the door gaps though...

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Re: New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0

Unread post by Heifer Boy » December 30th, 2012, 2:21 pm

I have mounted 2 additional LED lights on the main door. They are both on independent switches with one set to light the inside of the fridge when pulled out and opened. The other lights up the drop down table that I've also attached to the door.

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This table is held closed with an elastic tonneu strap and held open by stainless steel fishing traces. I'm going to put a laminate surface on the top of this table as well as the top surfaces of the kitchen box once I find some scrap pieces somewhere. It's nice to have the extra bench space when unloading the fridge although we've got the ute tailgate to work with when the camper's loaded.

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I had sorted out the plumbing from the water jerry can to the water pump a while back but needed to complete it from the water pump to the tap. I attached the hose to the door and the bottom of the drop down table in a way that allows it to twist and pivot as everything opened and closed. A bit of mucking around and test fitting and it doesn't kink or jam or pull anywhere strange. The pump has an inbuilt pressure valve so I turn on the tap and I get water. Yay!!! I've wired the pump to an independent switch so I can turn it all off and change the jerry can when needed. It's nice to have water on demand.

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Re: New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0

Unread post by Heifer Boy » February 19th, 2013, 7:30 pm

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Here's a few photos with the lights on at night. This is going to be the first 'lit' campsite we have ever had. I can't see us using the lights a whole lot but I'm sure they will come in handy.

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Next up is getting the camper on and off the ute, the final fit and bolting it all down. I can't believe I've nearly finished...

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Re: New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0

Unread post by wikid of Oz » September 22nd, 2013, 10:19 pm

Great thread and build. Any pics of it out and about? You have inspired me to try this for my rooftop tent.

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Re: New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0

Unread post by Heifer Boy » December 8th, 2013, 11:38 am

Thanks wikid. I'm pretty chuffed people are still reading and getting inspiration from my build. I'm currently halfway through writing the final chapter because I never actually finished the story. It's been ages now though but I should finish it off. I'll get it done and post up next week.

Hear's a teaser shot though...

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Re: New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0 (lotsa pics!

Unread post by Heifer Boy » September 7th, 2014, 11:40 pm

Final Update

Well it's been another 18 months since my last update and it's about time I finally finished the build log. The story writing was actually a bit behind reality as I did finished the camper off ages ago and it has been used in anger for plenty of great camping and 4WD trips since then.

Besides completing the basic design I also took some time on the details. Marine carpets were cut and fitted to the storage areas and laminate tops fitted to the drop down table and kitchen box lids to finish it properly. Then it was loaded up with camping gear and away we went.

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On our return from the first shakedown trip the only gripe we had was the loading and unloading effort. Now the camper was complete and full of gear the idea of sliding it off and onto the trolley I had made turned out to be just too much hard work.

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So I set about designing and making some corner brackets and wind-up legs to lift the camper high and drop it into the tub. The box needed a lot more reinforcing to make this work so additional corner blocks were epoxied in and internal plates used so the brackets could be through bolted for strength. They work like a charm and made loading and unloading the camper a much, much easier process.
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Re: New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0 (lotsa pics!

Unread post by Heifer Boy » September 8th, 2014, 9:56 am

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Re: New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0 (lotsa pics!

Unread post by Heifer Boy » September 8th, 2014, 9:57 am

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The camper now lives under a tarp on some sturdy trestles waiting for the next trip and the trolley became a great movable workbench in the workshop.

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And that was about it. The camper box has never moved around when loaded and I never even think about it when driving because it's the same dimensions as the cab. It only added about 350kg total when fully loaded for a big trip so made no difference to the trucks performance either. The camper itself only weight 240kg dry!! And I was worried it was overbuilt!!

It's a great thing to use in camp too. Everything works well and there is plenty of room for gear. Lots of bench space in conjunction with the tail gate makes for a very usable kitchen and there's plenty of power, light and water on tap. It turned out to be a big step up from Ver 1.0 (no surprise there) and having a fully sealed box was a vast improvement over over the dust bowl that all ute tubs are. Everything stays clean and dry regardless of conditions. We added an awning and a mozzie room off the side of the ute to complete the setup.

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I'm really proud of this build. I'm rapt to see all the sleepless nights agonising over the design details has paid off and absolutely chuffed in how the build came together and the quality of the end job. I learned so much doing this and it has given me huge confidence in tackling more projects in the future. I'm happier going further afield on our 4WD and camping adventures now too.

BUT... things change and plans evolve so the Camper Box Ver 2.0 is now for sale. If anyone is interested then please take a look at my ad and give me a call or contact me here.

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/woollami ... 1056206679

I'd like to thank everyone who's taken a look at my build and given me feedback, comments and advice. I've had nearly 90,000 views across the 3 forums I posted and lots of comments and feedback to the build. I'm very humbled with the support and interest. It was fun to build and fun to write about.

Thanks for looking!!

HB
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Re: New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0 (lotsa pics!

Unread post by lonnieguy » October 4th, 2014, 11:45 am

That an awesome job you have done mate, well done

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Re: New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0 (lotsa pics!

Unread post by Heifer Boy » October 8th, 2014, 2:01 pm

lonnieguy wrote:That an awesome job you have done mate, well done
Thanks lonnieguy and welcome to the forum. You will find a lot of good info here.
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Re: New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0 (lotsa pics!

Unread post by Heifer Boy » October 8th, 2014, 2:10 pm

Well despite a lot of interest in my camper build and nearly 100,000 views across the forums, it seems no-one is that interested in buying it so far. So the price has been dropped and don't forget I am open to negotiation so give me a call if you are interested.

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/sydney-c ... 1058789751

I'll only be giving this a little longer and if I don't get any interest then I'm stripping down and cutting up the box. I don't want to but I don't have a use for this camper anymore and can reuse many of the parts in future projects. It would be a shame but I guess that's the life of a custom camper.
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PRICE DROP - JUST $5,500ono

Unread post by Heifer Boy » November 11th, 2014, 10:36 am

Another price drop - NOW JUST $5,500ono.

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/sydney-c ... 1061760721

Remember it is NEGOTIABLE so get in touch if you are interested.

Last chance before it gets chopped up and ends up in scrap pile.
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Re: New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0 (lotsa pics!

Unread post by Eddy » November 12th, 2014, 9:02 pm

Pity ... postage'll be the killer!

Prolly a tight fit in the old bravo too.

I wouldn't rush into chopping it up. 'tis a specialized gadget, and the right buyer may still be a little while away.
'course according to Murphy's law, some-one will show up with the cash the day after you slice and dice.

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Re: New and Improved Camper Box Build - Ver 2.0 (lotsa pics!

Unread post by mickkk » November 15th, 2014, 10:18 am

Where did you source th wind up let's from? And how much were they

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