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Thread: Lightweight Homebuilt Camper for my Tacoma

  1. #101
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    I drove down to the US border today (luckily I live close to the border) to pick up a hot knife I ordered for cutting the foam... and some more McMaster-Carr loot.... (that place has way too much awesome hardware!)

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    managed to install another wall panel this evening and put on lots more VHB tape.. so I could measure how much I am short.... looks like I need another 1 1/2 rolls

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  2. #102
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    Did you get the aluminum for the skin from a local source, or did you order it from McMaster?
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  3. #103
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    The aluminum for the skin as well as all the aluminum for the frame comes from Samuel Metals.... they have warehouses everywhere.... I ordered from the one in the Vancouver area.

  4. #104
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    Quote Originally Posted by Overland Hadley View Post
    Did you get the aluminum for the skin from a local source, or did you order it from McMaster?
    You're not ordering all your aluminum misc pieces from mcmaster are you? Pricing is way to high there for that kind of stuff.
    GONE[2003 Dodge 1500 quad cab 4x4 5.7L Hemi auto w/ ride rite air springs and 1999(2000?) Hawk]

    2007 Dodge 2500 quad cab 4x4 5.7L Hemi auto soon to have: SLOWLY progressing Home built foam core fiberglass skin pop-up camper


    I've got extra 14ga red and black SXL wire, $18 for 100' coil shipped if interested PM me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pods8 View Post
    You're not ordering all your aluminum misc pieces from mcmaster are you? Pricing is way to high there for that kind of stuff.
    Yeah, I am. I do not have a source within 100+ miles of me.
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  6. #106
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    PM'd you some other sources for mail order that are MUCH cheaper.
    GONE[2003 Dodge 1500 quad cab 4x4 5.7L Hemi auto w/ ride rite air springs and 1999(2000?) Hawk]

    2007 Dodge 2500 quad cab 4x4 5.7L Hemi auto soon to have: SLOWLY progressing Home built foam core fiberglass skin pop-up camper


    I've got extra 14ga red and black SXL wire, $18 for 100' coil shipped if interested PM me.

  7. #107
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    Wow, it looked good as a frame, but with skin going on it is amazing!

  8. #108
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    Great progress today... got to work on the camper most of the day... until 4 pm baseball practice

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    That is a lot of white.... I think I need some awesome graphics!

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    are people putting rubber mats under their campers does anyone know? I am just thinking about what to put on the bottom of the frame and was pondering just attaching a rubber mat although I am sure they are not light .... then insulation and plywood on the inside.... what do you think would 1/16th plywood be strong enough for the floor?.... think light!

    just kidding
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  9. #109
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    Nice to share your project, you are making good progress, but from what I can see in your pictures, why a camper, looks like I would have just built a lawn chair, beautiful country, even a lake??? Looking forward to more pics.

  10. #110
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    I have a rubber mat down on my flatbed that my camper will sit on since I didn't want my sandwich structure walking around at all on it. For the bottom of your camper though I'd likely go at least 1/4" ply on the bottom I think assuming it was glued down to foam insulation in the bay gaps, thicker if not.
    GONE[2003 Dodge 1500 quad cab 4x4 5.7L Hemi auto w/ ride rite air springs and 1999(2000?) Hawk]

    2007 Dodge 2500 quad cab 4x4 5.7L Hemi auto soon to have: SLOWLY progressing Home built foam core fiberglass skin pop-up camper


    I've got extra 14ga red and black SXL wire, $18 for 100' coil shipped if interested PM me.

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