folding camper

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folding camper

Postby vintorezt » Sat May 16, 2020 11:06 am

Filed an application for an invention in United States Patent and Trademark Office.
I am interested in Your opinion.
Please excuse my English
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Re: folding camper

Postby vintorezt » Sat May 16, 2020 11:09 am

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Re: folding camper

Postby vintorezt » Sat May 16, 2020 11:11 am

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Re: folding camper

Postby Tomterrific » Sat May 16, 2020 11:59 am

That is a great idea! I like how it will tow with a small frontal area. My 4x8 has difficult wind drag at freeway speeds that alternative folding designs like this address. Recently, I have described a similar fold down concept in the design section.

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Re: folding camper

Postby vintorezt » Sat May 16, 2020 12:19 pm

I want to try to place the project on Indiegogo, is it worth a try?
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Re: folding camper

Postby GTS225 » Sat May 16, 2020 7:42 pm

That is quite the interesting concept, and I agree with Tom about the frontal, and overall wind drag of the package.
I do have a question or two, though.
Is the "clam shell" a hard side or soft side enclosure?
Will there be weather seals between each segment?
Is it intended to be manual or power driven opening and closing?

I haven't as clue as to what "Indiegogo" is, so can't offer an opinion on whether it would be worth your time.

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Re: folding camper

Postby vintorezt » Sat May 16, 2020 8:56 pm

GTS225 wrote:That is quite the interesting concept, and I agree with Tom about the frontal, and overall wind drag of the package.
I do have a question or two, though.
Is the "clam shell" a hard side or soft side enclosure?
Will there be weather seals between each segment?
Is it intended to be manual or power driven opening and closing?

I haven't as clue as to what "Indiegogo" is, so can't offer an opinion on whether it would be worth your time.

Roger

The body of the segments can be either hard or soft
Seals between segments will be
Opening will be both manual and mechanical

https://www.indiegogo.com/
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Re: folding camper

Postby vintorezt » Sat May 16, 2020 9:21 pm

If you want to participate in the project in the United States or Canada, please contact me.
I will send you all the technical documentation and drawings.
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Re: folding camper

Postby GTS225 » Sun May 17, 2020 7:06 am

Boy, if those segments could be molded out of HDPE, that would be a rather light weight assembly, and quite weather proof, too.

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Re: folding camper

Postby vintorezt » Sun May 17, 2020 7:42 am

GTS225 wrote:Boy, if those segments could be molded out of HDPE, that would be a rather light weight assembly, and quite weather proof, too.

Roger

Segments can be made from HDPE, but not entirely, but from 3 parts. You still need a hard frame. HDPE has too much thermal expansion, it is easier to use aluminum composite panels.
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Re: folding camper

Postby Pmullen503 » Sun May 17, 2020 8:37 am

How would you seal the edges of the folding sections when open?
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Re: folding camper

Postby vintorezt » Sun May 17, 2020 9:43 am

Pmullen503 wrote:How would you seal the edges of the folding sections when open?

Sketch without insulation, inner lining and sealing gaskets.
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Re: folding camper

Postby greygoos » Thu May 21, 2020 8:20 pm

I think somebody did something like that on here a few years back. He was actually a manufacturer and was promoting the build. I will see if I can find it
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Re: folding camper

Postby Aguyfromohio » Thu May 21, 2020 8:30 pm

vintorezt wrote:
Pmullen503 wrote:How would you seal the edges of the folding sections when open?

Sketch without insulation, inner lining and sealing gaskets.
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That's a nice design. I assume the outside of that wall is the far side in that view. The panels look like they would seal nicely when open if you can keep them flat and well aligned. Have you worked out similar details of how the matching roof panels fit when open?
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