As with many, the gears in my head are always turning.
I find myself working out designs in my head often. Eventually I have to put something on paper. While this design may not pan out, I submit it to you for considerations, ideas, and suggestions.
I am realizing time and time again that the only way I will find the camper we actually want, is to build it.
The current camper retrofit is working out great, but it has many problems. Many of which I am not willing to live with, especially as I get older. So Im looking at the time we spend living and traveling with it as research. Every time I find an issue, I take note.
Many of the problems are big enough to make it far from worthwhile from a financial standpoint to fix/repair. The camper simply isnt worth it. For instance, I will not replace $1000 in windows on camper than is worth a fraction of that.
So Im back to the drawing board, starting from scratch.
At this point in planning, Im trying to address a few key points.
*Cold weather and the frame. We do a LOT of it. Research has shown that a wood framed structure is the best bet. And when looking at cold temps, wood is superior to steel or aluminum.
*Cold weather and insulation. I want a MINIMUM of R14.
*Strength. On the truck, off the truck, and when loading/unloading. Using the current camper as an example, I simply do not trust wood to be strong enough or rigid enough to handle off-road travels. A wood frame also introduces some fears when you start mounting jacks.
So far this is what Ive come up with. It is the start of a steel/wood hybrid frame. The steel frame is what Id call a sub-frame. And the wood frame will bolt to it.