Central Michigan Canned Ham

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Central Michigan Canned Ham

Postby Danomite » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:46 pm

Ok, so with them throwing an extra guy into our weekend rotation at work it has made it so I have weekends off when my son is at his mom's. Not a real good thing for me.
So, rather than sit around catching cabin fever, I dove into a project that I have been planning for awhile: A canned-ham type camper.
I'm too old to sleep on the ground in a tent, and don't like having to deal with setting up, taking down, and drying one out at home after it got rained on.
I like teardrop campers, but I don't like the idea of trying to change my clothes while laying on my back.
I am making a 1" square tube steel 16 ga. (thin wall) skeleton with an aluminum skin pop riveted over it. My goal is to be under 800lbs. It will have a 8 foot long body, 76 inches wide. The frame is an old popup camper that I bought years ago very cheap, I had gutted it and used it as a chicken coop for some laying hens for a couple years, hence the egg-shape I ended up with is ok with me.
My goal is to have it useable by this summer.
It will have 2 single bunks, as I am divorced 3 times & have come to the conclusion that pairing up with another woman would only make both of us miserable. So a single bunk will suit me fine. It will have a small room for a porta-potty (I just hate the pit privvies that most of the state & national forest campgrounds around here have). Other than that, I am hoping for there to be enough room for a cooler and a Coleman stove.
My tow vehicle will currently be a '16 Kia Soul with a 6-speed manual. But, I also have a T-Bucket type of rat rod roadster if I ever put serious effort into finishing it.
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Re: Central Michigan Canned Ham

Postby Danomite » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:20 pm

My crude homemade tubing roller sort of self-destructed while making the profiles & this is what I ended up with. But I kinda like it.
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Re: Central Michigan Canned Ham

Postby Danomite » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:24 pm

This way seems rather unbalanced and too far forward. Btw, the bed of the popup frame had been almost 11 feet long, now it is 5 ft 5 in.
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Re: Central Michigan Canned Ham

Postby Danomite » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:29 pm

This seems more balanced and is how I intend to have it. I am concerned about the narrow track of this axle & am seriously considering ditching it and installing a pair of torsion stub axles with tires mounted outboard of the frame for the sake of stability.
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Re: Central Michigan Canned Ham

Postby Danomite » Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:33 pm

Yesterday was a long day. My 12 year old son and I jumped in the pickup at 8am and drove 3 hours south to Johnson's Surplus, just north of the Michigan/Indiana state line and dropped some green into this project.
I bought a 3500lb idler axle (it has flanges for brakes if it is determined necessary to add them) for $155 with leaf springs & hubs. The only one I found the correct width was this 3500, but with lighter springs or leafs removed it should suffice. This will set the tires outboard of the frame for stability. Also bought 3 tires and wheels for $40 each.
I bought .025" thick aluminum diamond plate for the skin at $60/sheet. And 2 sheets of .045" for the front & roof area where it will receive the most wind at $90/sheet. This was all polished except for 1 sheet of black which will go in the middle of the back to avoid headlight reflection to anyone following behind at night.
Bought other odds and ends such as stabilizer jacks for the rear corners, axle hanger kit, & LED taillight kit.
Btw, that place is awesome! I could have spent the entire day there!
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