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Thread: Just an other aluminium truck camper project

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    Default Just an other aluminium truck camper project

    Hello everybody,

    just want to present my current project - a pickup camper with popup roof and hard side walls, basics are :

    aluminium frame - welded, tubes 30 and 60 by 30 mm, 2 mm wall thickness, skin - aluminium sheet metal 1.2 mm, electric system - 300 Watt solar panels, batteries - 100A LiFeYPO4, Katadyn water filter, roof lift with electric driven spindle gear.
    Truck : Ford Ranger with 2.5 l 4banger turbo diesel

    So now some pics.





    first drawing


    start welding



    growing



    first fitting test




    lower frame (nearly) finished



    unfinished upper frame



    lift mechanism with end switch






    batterie box

    so much for today, I will post more pics and text as the project continues.

    bye Werner
    Last edited by rhodos; 07-01-2017 at 07:11 PM.

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    Cool to see you are doing a screw drive system. I have a design planned for a lifting roof using the same technology.
    Kevin

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    Ausgezeichnet!
    Alright, that does it for my German vocabulary.

    Nice job Werner, Looks interesting, keep adding photos.

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    Like this so it is easier to read
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    thx for the friendly comments, forgot to mention one spindle drive pushes 330 pound at 8 Amp, the motors are rated at 9 amp continous and 30 amp short term!

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    Here some progress - slow but steady ;-)

    first a rolling "chassis" for loading and unloading the camper

    IMG_1503.jpg

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    start gluing the sheet metal to the frame

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    bye Werner
    Last edited by rhodos; 08-10-2017 at 05:55 PM.

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    What are you using for insulation? 2.5 TD Ranger? If i recall, Ford offered a diesel in the Ranger for a year or maybe two in the mid 80's. I think they were like a 2.2 with no turbo. Very slow and no one bought them. Your truck looks much newer than those ones, and with the turbo, should handle your camper fine.
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    Looks great. I admire the building from scratch approach. What BMW motorbike in the background?
    Building a 1997 Ford E450 with 7.3 PSD and a 17' Grumman Olson box.

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    Insulation will be XPS aka Styrofoam or Styrodur - 30 and 40 mm, inner walls on the upper lid from Forex (Hard PVC Foam), lower part marine grade plywood. Our Ranger has a 2.5l Turbodiesel, those models are not sold in the US but are very popular here in Europe - 140 HP and lots of torque.

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    thx, bike is a 1996 BMW R1100RT

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    again some pic on the slow progress - upper part is finished and here we go : cutting sheetmetal, bend and glue it to the main frame:

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