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    Cool camper. Keep that polyurethane bushing out of direct sunlight if you want it to last. UV light kills it.
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    Trying to get stuff done in the worlds most unorganised workshop is fucken hard work but at least I have it all ready for welding now.
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    Work has been stupidly busy for the last few months and the fella that owned the workshop I was going to
    use decided that getting a real job was better then being self employed so lost workshop space to do the
    work but have finally got a chance to get started on the chassis.
    Been so long since I used my welder that we had to hot rod it first before welding, now has the air line off a incendiary launcher as the gas line from solenoid to hand piece.

    Needs a clean up and a jam job but will be a billion times stronger then the 1mm C section chassis that it has now.
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    Ice I'll post some pics of mine some time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shep View Post
    Work has been stupidly busy for the last few months and the fella that owned the workshop I was going to
    use decided that getting a real job was better then being self employed so lost workshop space to do the
    work but have finally got a chance to get started on the chassis.
    Been so long since I used my welder that we had to hot rod it first before welding, now has the air line off a incendiary launcher as the gas line from solenoid to hand piece.

    Needs a clean up and a jam job but will be a billion times stronger then the 1mm C section chassis that it has now.
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    I got stuck into it today. Decided that the best way to do it was to get the new chassis off the ground and solid then as I
    cut the bits off the old one I would winch the pod onto the chassis.

    And fuck me dead it actually worked

    Hopefully have it ready for rego in a couple of days.
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    fuck yeah, nice.
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    Very happy with the way it sits behind the car and the new chassis, tyres and suspension has lifted it 230mm higher
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    Haven't read every post... but is the body/structure suited to being hammered off-road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by South View Post
    Haven't read every post... but is the body/structure suited to being hammered off-road?
    Probably not but there is only one way to find out.

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    Got the generator box mounted properly and the wind down things welded on.
    Need to make a tyre mount, chop the guards up a bit, fit the water tanks and plumbing and then wire up a battery and all the 12V stuff.

    Got a bit of an idea what I want for the tyre mount but no idea what to do with the rest of the stuff.

    Also glued the chain on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shep View Post
    Probably not but there is only one way to find out.
    Mate if youíre using 200x50x2 the chassis will be fine. Big off road vans use 150x50 and between 2.5-4 thick. On a frame that small with such little payload it should be plenty strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukevl View Post
    Mate if youíre using 200x50x2 the chassis will be fine. Big off road vans use 150x50 and between 2.5-4 thick. On a frame that small with such little payload it should be plenty strong.
    Chassis is 100x50x3. Chassis will be plenty strong enough, the pod is the unknown bit however it looks pretty well made and I reckon it should stay together ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukevl View Post
    Mate if youíre using 200x50x2 the chassis will be fine. Big off road vans use 150x50 and between 2.5-4 thick. On a frame that small with such little payload it should be plenty strong.
    I went back through the thread to see where you got the measurements from and stuffed if I know where I got the 200mm from. Correct measurements above.

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    Ah yeah thatís more sensible. Iím sure that will be fine. And for the size of it the body will hardly be stressed. I approve copious off road thrashing for science.

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    It is really just 3 bits of fibreglass glued to a ply floor so a roll or two of race tape will fix it if it falls apart.

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    Finished off the outside bits and took it for a quick run. Went well and seemed to not mind smashing pot holes etc.
    All up weight including a N70 AGM battery, generator and 20L fuel it weighs 600kg.

    Very happy with it. Now just need to wire up the inside bits, fit a side awning and mod the rear awning and it is good to go.

    Pretty sure it needs to be orange as well
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    Surely a 3.5t caravan would be better?

    Good to see a lightweight setup for a change.

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    Make sure you hog the right hand lane and whinge about Caravan Parks being rip off compared to free camping.

    Also, looks great!
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    Great idea and well thought out.
    Just put an orange vinyl splash down the sides under the windows to tie the colour with the Jeep.
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    Nice van mate.
    Should be verry happy with that

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    Did a bit more today. Bodgy wired up the 80W solar panel on the roof, sticky taped a 12V fan to a wall
    and permanently mounted a Ctek 7amp charger. Also glued a battery box to the floor for a 105amp AGM battery.

    I haven't permanently mounted any of the accessory sockets or solar panel controller as they have pretty
    bright lights and I reckon they will piss me off when trying to sleep so need to have a bit of a think about
    where to mount them. Also found some stick on battery LED floodlights for cheap at repco so stuck a heap on.

    Took it for a 50km highway run to settle the suspension and at 130kph it was only using 16.5L/100 so not
    much worse then not towing. My wrangler carries 120L of fuel so should still have a good fuel range.

    Heading to the tanami desert fossicking next weekend so that will be the test if I have wasted time and money on the teardrop
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    Quote Originally Posted by MartyHusseinXF View Post
    Make sure you hog the right hand lane and whinge about Caravan Parks being rip off compared to free camping.

    Also, looks great!
    Haha most of the roads I drive on are only 1 lane to start with. I just stay on the dirt and power on past the tourists and
    poor buggers stuck driving slow shitbox toyotas

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    Did around 1400km on the weekend, teardrop worked real well and just needs a few little things to finish it off. Even found a little bit of gold.

    The coin is an abnormally large novelty coin.
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    Stone guard on, tv wired up with a roof mounted antenna and a 2x2.5 awning.

    Still need to make a tyre holder and plumb the water tanks.
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    Ah I see you have wasted no time with the fap material on the tele...

    Pretty sick setup! How'd you go with the air con? Have you tested it yet?
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    Haha yeah the a/c works real well. Because it is such a small space it turns it into a fridge, generator hardly worked once AC had brought the temp down and cycling.

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    Spare tyre carrier finished, used a lazy hub with the same bearings so if I have a bearing let go I can just slap the lazy hub on.
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    Really happy with how itís turned out. Tows really well in The bush and on dirt roads.
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    Looks great. Agree that a bit of orange would finish it off.

    Did you fish plate the drawbar to the main rails?

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    Yes has fishplates

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