Thread: DIY Composite Flatbed Camper Build

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    Really cool. Thanks for posting all the pictures. I especially like the creative clamping. Can't wait to see more.

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    Thanks for the comments.
    One thing to note, with the ability to make your own panels, the applications are numerous.

    Here are some more pics during assembly;

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    Like I said, never done this before. Angles do not always
    come together perfectly, but I have found there is a lot of room
    for forgiveness. Before and after some aluminum touch up

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    Last edited by Terra Ops; 11-11-2017 at 09:43 PM.

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    Made jack mounting brackets out of aluminum.
    Since these points will take the most stress when lifting, I had planned on bolting
    all the way through to the inside. However, this did not work out since I used a smaller
    L bracket "3inch" instead of 4. I needed a right angle to fit snug against the 4 inch exterior.
    They only make 3 inch. Had I gone to 4, the inner angle would curve and not fit.
    I ended up attaching by using the Sika and stainless lag bolts to attach the brackets
    to the exterior L channel.
    I had my concerns, but after lifting and mounting the camper, I felt better.
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    Very cool. Nice job! Looking forward to seeing more of the build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terra Ops View Post
    First step was to locate the fiberglass skin. This actually took longer than I thought it would, but found a manufacturer practically in my own back yard. http://www.vetroresina.com/?lang=us
    Love your build! I considered something similar, but ended up going with hand layup on 20 psi Foamular, so I could do curved surfaces. I used the cheap foam because I couldn't find anyone willing to get the 60 psi foam locally, and shipping would have doubled the cost.

    What are the specs for the skins you are using? Thickness, weight? FG, polyester resin with gelcoat?
    2016 Toyota Tundra SR 4x4 Double Cab Long Bed 5.7L..... DIY camper on the way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rruff View Post
    Love your build! I considered something similar, but ended up going with hand layup on 20 psi Foamular, so I could do curved surfaces. I used the cheap foam because I couldn't find anyone willing to get the 60 psi foam locally, and shipping would have doubled the cost.

    What are the specs for the skins you are using? Thickness, weight? FG, polyester resin with gelcoat?
    FRP.jpg

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    Thanks, looks like good stuff and the price seems very reasonable.
    2016 Toyota Tundra SR 4x4 Double Cab Long Bed 5.7L..... DIY camper on the way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rruff View Post
    Thanks, looks like good stuff and the price seems very reasonable.
    Yeah, learned a lot about panels over the last year. Not too many manufacturer's want to deal with the little guy and the one that does ships it in from China.
    Vetroresina had no problem selling product to me. Very happy with the results. Some times you just have to do it yourself

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    After the lifting test, I proceeded with the remaining window install
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    Really have to watch that saw blade, not much room for error here
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