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Postby S. Heisley » Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:05 am

Andy,

You're doing a great job on your build and I think you're going to be really happy with it. Thanks for sharing. :thumbsup: :applause:
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Postby Heifer Boy » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:28 am

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Nice build :thumbsup:

How does your roof work on the pop up extension you have built? I can see how the walls fold in but is the roof actually attached to any of them? It seems to be independent so do you just get in there and muscle it up one wall at a time?

I've often wondered how to do a 4 walled fold-up roof.

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Postby asorensen » Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:18 pm

Well I have been remiss.
I spent two hectic weeks at the beginning of July and got the unit to a usable stage.
I was working like a madman (most nights bed at 2 or 3 or sometimes not at all) so the write ups sort of slowed down!

We travelled from Vancouver Island Canada down the I5 to Sacremento and then slowly back up the 101 on the maiden voyage.
I am happy to say it all worked excellently with no mishaps or flaws along the way.

I still need to finish several things to make it up to my standards but it was pretty darn good for its first trip.

Unfortunately my wife, being in charge of the packing, forgot the charger for camera so I don't have any pictures from the trip but
I can bring you up to date on the construction.


The trailer was the next major hurdle.
I had decided on independent suspension with airbags and shocks so I needed to make up swing arms.

Here is first swing arm and the jig:

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This is where the swing arm will sit.

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With the airbag:

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I planned to put shocks on as well but as I was running out of time I opted to try it without for the first journey.

The result was that I had to run the airbags with quite a bit lower pressure than I had initially planned. This was to deal with the rebound issues after which it towed quite nicely.

Needless to say the obvious solution is to fit shocks as well which I will be doing soon.

Anyways here is the trailer all painted up.

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I will continue the further build pictures tomorrow night.

Andy
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Postby droid_ca » Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:56 pm

Wow your really out doing yourself with this build way to set the bar high
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Postby oregonguy » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:14 am

Very very nice! Your suspension looks great, and so does the frame! Keep the pics coming, I'm really enjoying your build. :thumbsup:
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Postby asorensen » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:46 pm

Thanks for the replies guys.

Heifer boy wrote:
How does your roof work on the pop up extension you have built? I can see how the walls fold in but is the roof actually attached to any of them?
It seems to be independent so do you just get in there and muscle it up one wall at a time?


You got it Heifer the roof is not attached to the walls. I had planned to attach it and had worked out a pretty good way to do it but then I decided it was going to be more work then it was worth.
At this point it works best to use two people to raise the top. One person inside one outside, so far not a problem because I have had my wife around, but I have been working on a slick one person method for when I am solo.


Carrying on with the build photos:


All of my wiring comes together behind the front upper bulkhead which became a electronics bay and storage location.

From inside:
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From outside:
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The outside skins went on very nicely:

Side and rear top up:

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Side and rear top down:

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I started working on the galley configuration also visible in the last picture. I am very happy with my camp chef oven stove which I have fastened in place with plenty of airspace around it.

The front skin going on:

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This was one of those tasks that it would have been nice to have a second set of hands to help with but alas since it was 3 am I was alone!



After the skins went on it was time to put it on the trailer:

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The corner jacks worked very well:

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And I had to do a little run around with it up there. Here it is:

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It looks much "cuter" then I envisioned while working on it. It had seemed quite large while working on it in the shop but behind the van the size seemed become much smaller.

Sorry about some of the picture quality. I munched the view finder on the camera so instead of having a "point and shoot" it is now a "point and guess".
More pictures to come tomorrow.

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Postby Woodstramp » Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:40 am

Andy,

Like I mentioned earlier, love the truck. As to the camper...what can I say. Beaut of a job. Outstanding (and unusual) design and craftsmanship. Hope you and your family wring every ounce of "goodie" out of it. :)

(The way you built it, your great grandkids will still be using it.)
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Postby droid_ca » Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:29 am

what kind of corner jacks did you use?
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Postby asorensen » Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:50 pm

Help! I think I would like to name my creation but I feel completely uncreative in that regard.
Do I need a name? Not that I am looking for a super creative name it is just that anything
I think of either sounds sort of silly or sort of pretentious.

So I am calling on anyone who is willing to through out a name idea,
without giving away your own closely guarded names because lets face it you'll need that name for the next one you build!

Here are a couple of updated pictures to hopefully get your creative juices flowing.

Thanks

Andy

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P.S.

droid_ca asked:
what kind of corner jacks did you use?


I made the corner jacks and you can see them in a little better detail in one of the earlier posts but here is that picture:
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Postby Woodstramp » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:07 pm

Andy, (name ideas)

Well, with all the labor/thought you put into your rig I'd suggest "Woohoo!" ...as in Woohoo...thank God it's finished!". :banana:

Or, with all that metal....."Lightning Rod". :lol:

But with the metal shielding it's occupants would be shielded from said lightning, so how about "Farraday's Holiday"? :thumbsup:

[seriousness]....during your whole build I've admired your metal working ability. Especially since you chose aluminum. That gets to another name suggestion. Aluminum saved you a ton of weight, so how about "Lightfoot"? [/seriousness]
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RE: "Remark-A-Build"'s Name

Postby mezmo » Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:44 am

Hi Andy/asorenson,

Absolutely great build!

Here're a couple-few 'off-the-wall' name offerings:

"ItFollowsMeEveryWhere!"

"Doppelganger", "My Doppelganger" - [A play on the German word for
'your shadowy self that is always near but hard to see' -and- your trailer
chassis is built for double-duty, and the TTT is always "near" when being
towed.]

"PopMyTop" - [Whatcha gotta do.]

"LooksAreDeceiving" - [Extra room from pop-top not apparent in tow.]

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New Name

Postby glamoree » Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:53 am

"Pulchritudinous"
"Green Lantern Corpsman"
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Postby Dusty82 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:57 pm

Bouncing off of Woodstramp's idea, how about the Faraday Cage?
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Postby BC Dave » Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:28 am

waow! ... Great job sir;I take my hat off to the in design; inginuity and workmanship.

what does she weight in at?

names; 'stump jumper' comes to mind ... "sleeper peeper" (ie lookout with the kids in it ...) ... rock hopper ... i done know ... just a couple that come to mind immediatly ...
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Postby Ron Dickey » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:50 am

you titled it help me find a name.

Did you come up with one?

Not knowing you or your surroundings I can only come up with words that describe where you live or words that you might know.

But to tell you the truth the ones who will name it best might just be your kids. My brother in law years ago bought a Saab and asked the kid to put the name on the plate. It reads webnsabin! kids often come up with the simplist of puns

Words I come up with
first is a political protest .... UN-C'mon
UN-C'mon Highlander

Moose on the Loose
Tall tear
4x4 rise and fall
Canadian outback
saskatchewan
Windigo Lodge
Range Rover
121377.............134179.........134805
both side walls are up...cabinet needs stain.......ongoing 2.5 yr bld build as i find time..... Cross Bow in Build Journals....viewtopic.php?f=50&t=54108
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