Hello all you adventurous self builders.
I haven’t got to the camper part of my build yet as the cab extension still requires quite a lot of welding, and the truck is 5 hours drive away, so I have to do it in fits & spurts.
But that doesn’t stop me planning and scheming while I’m at work ;-) This is probably a bad thing, as I’m hatching all sorts of far flung ideas, and I’m using my office (and CAD) time to explore and validate them.
The current camper body design idea involves not only a slide, but also a hard sided lifting roof. When down, the roof will retain (and therefore lock) the slide. When up, it will give an extra sleeping space like the Unicat offerings.
The big difference is that I’m on a tight budget (aren’t most of us?) and the panelling is certainly going to be recovered from an old refrigerated semi trailer. The lift will be with rigid chains rather than hydraulic (I couldn’t get my head round synchronising 4 hydraulic rams), so that’s easy.
But for the slide, I’ve looked at all sorts of systems, and I can’t invent or find anything better/stronger/more space efficient than the HWHcorp Universal slide out (USO) straight in – straight out system.
The problem is that HWH Europe wants an arm and a leg and half my mortgage for a new USO system |-(
I would like to look for one from a broken/dismantled American RV but I can’t think of the keywords other than “RV breakers yard” or “RV scrapyard” and they don’t turn much up.
SOOO, my request to you US residents; first of all do you have any addresses of breakers yards I could try.
And does anybody know anybody who’s connected to HWHcorp? The guys in the US refuse to give me a price, my phone number must flash up “Europe” (even masked) and they send me directly to their European importer. Could someone find out how much the USO kit including pump and seals for a 14 foot x 6,5 feet slide (stroke 24 inches, weight approx 600 pounds), delivered somewhere on the East Coast would be?
I promise there’ll be a build thread, but for the moment there aren’t enough pictures to fill it, and progress is slow. Here’s where it’s stopped and waiting: