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    Hey, Jay!
    Where's your website?
    The link in your sig line gives me an "Invalid Host Name" error....

    Ed
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    Default www.ontheroadlesstravelled.com

    Quote Originally Posted by DaktariEd
    Hey, Jay!
    Where's your website?
    The link in your sig line gives me an "Invalid Host Name" error....
    Ed,
    We've been having "technical issues" with the server for a few months. I've just changed it over to GoDaddy and it's back up now. Still the old truck though... ;-(

    We'll get it updated with the new build as soon as we have time.

    Stay tuned!
    Jay.
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    Default winching

    Hi All,

    Thanks for the various suggestions about the Warn Winches.

    I absolutely take your points about the capacity of the electric winches vs. something hydraulic or a PTO option.

    However, as we've already bought & installed the Warn's I'm going to go with them for the moment and see where we end up with the final weight for the vehicle. If we feel we need to swap them out in the end then we can always do that later.

    Thanks for the advice!

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    Default Merry Xmas

    To all those who have had some interest in the Eco-Roamer project over the past few months and/or have offered advice... Thank You & Merry Xmas!

    May you and your families have a very happy holiday season.


    Thanks for visiting my thread. Stay tuned next year for more details of the build...

    Cheers,
    Jay.
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    MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR

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    Just caught up with this thread, looking great and I really like your use of alternative materials. Merry X-Mas!
    Chris K.

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    Jay, how do you intend to fasten the Alucobond to the camper structure? Are you concerned with linear expansion and how will you address that?

    Thanks,
    Mark

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    Default Linear expansion

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeep
    Jay, how do you intend to fasten the Alucobond to the camper structure? Are you concerned with linear expansion and how will you address that?

    Thanks,
    Mark
    Mark,
    The plan is currently to use aluminum square tube for the camper frame, which should hopefully expand at the same rate as the aluminum sheathing on the Alucobond. By sticking to a single material throughout we're hoping to eliminate some of the expansion challenges.

    As for the fastening, the current plan is to use Araldite 420, which is a 2 part aerospace adhesive by Huntsman. Supposedly it is massively strong, and designed for sticking aluminum skins to aluminum skeletons. (think planes)

    The spec's show full strength at up to 70'C.

    If once we get it all together we feel that it's still not strong enough, then we may take a page out of the airstream manufacturing model and use rivets on top of the epoxy.

    I have found anyone that has used the Alucobond previously for a vehicle, so it's all a bit of an unknown. The theory looks good though...

    Jay.
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    Metal expansion is a function of Delta T (temperature change), material thickness, and material area. Your tube will not expand at the same rate as the sheathing, but frankly with the size of the box you're building, I don't think you'll have enough expansion to really warrant any concern.

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    Jay,

    My camper box has no 'frame', its just fiber/foam panels but it is held together by Araldite (fiberglass version). Its dones hundreds of thousands and miles an there are no signs of the glue coming apart.

    Rob
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