Foamie truck camper build!

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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

Postby seanc » Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:54 am

I laid down a whooooole lotta EPMD rubber gasket around the edge.

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I screwed the brackets into the skylight frame. There are 2x2 pine supports flush with the interior roof line here. I made some wooden knobs out of t-nuts and scrap wood.

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And that's it! IF you crank down on all 6 knobs you can get it pretty tight. I think it should work.... and if it leaks, well it's easy to pop it off and fix it!

I still need to finish the frame (paint? polyurethane?), glue it to the plexi and add a wind fairing to the roof on the forward side of the hatch. That way driving rain should fly over the gasket.

I'll definietly give yall an update after the first rainy night. :lol:
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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

Postby seanc » Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:59 am

CARNAGE! Come to think of it, I'm lucky I made it a couple hundred hours without a drop of blood. Gotta slow down a bit...

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I trimmed the door with 2 x 2 inch 1/16th thick aluminum angle. I LOVE IT. Also, I made a drip edge on top with the same stuff. Before I bolted it to the camper I clamped it to a bench and hammered the outer edge so that it will drip.... that's the point right??

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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

Postby KCStudly » Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:44 am

+1 :thumbsup:

Re: "Carnage", that'll buff out. :lol:
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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

Postby GPW » Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:15 am

That’s really a NICE surface texture you got on the outside .... looks Super !!! :applause:
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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

Postby seanc » Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:05 am

GPW - Thanks! I really like the orange peelyness of it. 1.5 coats of gripper and 1.5 coats of behr marquee paint, both rolled on with a 3/8 inch nap roller. It really filled in the weave most places.

The paint doesn't feel super durable, but it should be very easy to touch up down the road. But hey, It's a TRUCK not a show car, these things are meant to be used and abused! :lol:
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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

Postby GPW » Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:54 am

You know, that’s exactly the point .... It’s a Utilitarian device , but still can look Nice and the general public doesn’t have a clue ...

Paint takes a couple weeks to really harden , so be patient ... it gets Better ... ;) Most minor dents , when left alone , will heal themselves over time ... Never saw FG do that eh ... :roll:
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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

Postby rowerwet » Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:44 am

You will be amazed at how tough that paint is when it is in the fabric.
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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

Postby seanc » Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:07 pm

AHHHH This just happened!!!

Ridin round the block with a huuuge grin on my face :D


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Biggest milestone yet, still hard to believe it's real! Now I've got about 48 hours to do the entire interior hahahahahahahaha


I only got it up to 30 mph, but could barely tell a difference in braking/acceleration.

I had 4 friends help lift it on. The two forward corners are heaviest and they didn't feel over 60 lbs.... I wanted to get it on a scale, but I could pass up having four willing bodies around at once. Without the countertops (20 pounds?) and skylight (15 pounds?) I really don't think it weighes over 350lbs. Which is insane. ;)
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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

Postby ghcoe » Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:20 pm

Looks great! :thumbsup:
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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

Postby OP827 » Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:34 pm

The camper looks great and it is light! :thumbsup: :applause:
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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

Postby KCStudly » Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:51 pm

:thumbsup: :applause:
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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

Postby GPW » Fri Oct 02, 2015 6:14 am

Is there any connection from the front floor to the truck cab roof ?  :thinking:
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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

Postby S. Heisley » Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:50 pm

It looks really good! :thumbsup:
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Re: Foamie truck camper build!

Postby pchast » Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:24 pm

Good Job. :thumbsup:
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