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    Building our box out of wood?

    Like I've been saying, "optimal" R for a camper is much less than in a house. If I get sufficiently bored maybe I'll do some calculations. But I know >3" of foam would be getting silly. Where do you plan to travel and in what climates? What size box?
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    Building our box out of wood?

    We are discussing the merits of having 6" foam filled studs for the walls. The need for ventilation negates the benefit of high R in the walls. Yours are 1.5" thick...? The diminishing returns are in the wall. "Optimal" wall R value in a camper will be less than it is in a house.
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    Building our box out of wood?

    I prefer to think of it as two different things that result in heat loss. One is heating up the ventilation air, and the other is what you lose by conduction through the walls/windows/doors. Insulation can only address the later. You reach the point of diminishing returns with thinner walls...
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    Building our box out of wood?

    Jnich77 is correct. You need a good amount of constant air exchange, and you'll need that regardless of how good your insulation is.
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    Building our box out of wood?

    I don't believe that is an important concern. You can certainly build a box that has a high R value (and it's easy to do that with stresed skins and foam core), but you will still need ventilation for the occupants, and this ends up being a larger % of your heat load than in a house. Heating...
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    Building our box out of wood?

    You can use wood, but I think you are better off treating it as a "stressed skin" structure with wood reinforcement, rather than stud frame construction. That means the foam is also structurally glued to both sides. Houses don't have to take the pounding and sharp jolts that a camper does...
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    Looking for help finding the right camper

    When you have wood, you need to be extra careful about making sure all exterior surfaces are sealed. Regarding the price of a Bahn shell, $40k was taken from their website. That's still ~2x what a TC shell would be. All the stuff inside is where the $$$ add up.
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    DIY Composite Flatbed Camper Build

    I hope to see it also... ;) I thought the designs that used springs usually had them hard mounted in the back, so that should work. I'd be interested in how your flatbed is designed and mounted to the frame and how the camper attaches. Have you detailed that in this thread?
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    DIY Composite Flatbed Camper Build

    Looks like the ones I've seen people post on here. Usually they are used on HD cab-chassis trucks that have constant width and height bed rails. Mine has 8 bed mounts. The really flex part is in the rear from the wheels back. I'm planning to rigid mount the fronts and use Energy Suspension...
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    Ford Transit Cab Chassis with Composite Camper

    No duty then? Seems like it would be well worth it, if you can assist with mounting. The tariff is crazy. If you could count on that lasting forever you could probably figure away around it (some US fab?)... but you can't.
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    Ford Transit Cab Chassis with Composite Camper

    Looks great! The ~$6k duty is the import tax from China?
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    XPCamper goes out of business, files for bankruptcy?

    I'm the guy who was unaware of any design issues, but others have been saying there were some... just wondered what they were?
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    XPCamper goes out of business, files for bankruptcy?

    When discussing design, it's totally appropriate to point out shortcomings of previous designs, and if they've been addressed. I'm not interested in QC, as that would *not* be relevant. Earlier in this thread an experienced welder and fabricator said he was offered $12/hr to work at XP. If...
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    2016 Tundra ARB Camper setup 100,000 mile Toyota Warranty

    If you want a bigger rig, you're kinda stuck. A 3k+ lb load on a Tundra is just too much. I'm always worrying about minimizing weight... If you haven't purchased yet I'd recommend the truck with a bed rather than cab-chassis. The frame is much stiffer, which is nice with the camper.
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    2010 Tundra Build “TRD Ferguson”

    Leave'um. You'll just do it again...
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    Idacamper2.0 Color change, please let me know your thoughts.

    Kenny, what did you use for paint originally? Is Monstaliner really that much better?
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    Looking for help finding the right camper

    Had a look at your gallery. Do you have fittings to make angles other than 90 or 45 degrees?
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    Looking for help finding the right camper

    As I recall, the Bahn shells are ~$40k? That is high, but if you make the interior simple (and it sounds like that's what you want), local tradesmen should be able to handle it and it won't cost a mint. Or do it yourself...? Check out Victorian's link above. The custom TC shells should be solid...
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    XPCamper goes out of business, files for bankruptcy?

    I was curious mostly because I like to learn from other people's mistakes... instead of my own... ;)
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    2016 Tundra ARB Camper setup 100,000 mile Toyota Warranty

    Nice truck! Curious about what you are moving to. New camper or keeping the Hallmark? I have the "longer" Tundra. ;)
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