SKarosser Copy Scratch Home build?????

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wonkywheel
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Re: SKarosser Copy Scratch Home build?????

Post: # 26071Post wonkywheel
June 8th, 2019, 3:31 pm

This has been the first chance I have had to check out the camper since we returned from Exmouth.
I remembered hearing some strange lumps and bumps on the way back from Santapod the other week and the threads I had read about the Suntreckers flexing slightly and tapping the truck cab roof came to mind. I re-read them again this morning and went to inspect the underside of the cab-over bed when it stopped raining.

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There are definite signs that there is some movement. It could have been in part my own fault as I found I had failed to tighten the LH bed clamp onto the tub, although there are 3 others :?
The design was intended to just miss the roof bars without the need to remove them. The noises I heard seem to have been the camper moving the roof bars along the truck roof. I am thinking that the bed liner allows the camper to rock under adverse condition (camper field ruts). This has then moved the roof bars a little at a time until the rear one was close on 100mm out of position. I could see by the dirt marks on the truck roof it had been a bit at a time.

I am going to need some packers to lift the whole thing slightly higher.
I am unsure whether to fit stips between the corrugated bed liner to alleviate the flexing at the same time. As I need more Celotex insulation board I might go for 25mm (which is what I am using) a piece of 6mm ply as a weight spreader with 4 strips of wood that fit in between the corrugations. Or, just fit a chunk of 18mm ply to the bottom of the camper. (quite heavy :( )

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Whichever way, I need to get these things sorted smartish. I don't want to miss the Pizza 8-)

Ps
While on holiday I did have a little play with my raspberry pi computer(7-inch screen) with the intention of putting it in the camper

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It only uses a 5 volt supply as its an arm phone chip running it 8-) :roll:
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Re: SKarosser Copy Scratch Home build?????

Post: # 26078Post Amanda_P
June 9th, 2019, 2:33 pm

It may be a mistake to fix the camper rigidly to both the truck bed and the cab roof. If your truck is anything like my old Hilux, the chassis is quite flexible, and, particularly with a load in the tub, the chassis may flex quite a bit. The camper and tub may move as one piece, and the cab as another, with the rails bending in the middle. Trucks are clearly built for this to happen - there's a clearance gap between the cab and the tub on every one-tonner I've seen (not so much on smaller pickups, which are more of a monocoque or modified monocoque type).

If this is happening, this could be why your camper has contacted the roof bars on the cab. You might be better off removing the bars, leaving more clearance for the camper to waggle about in the fresh air above the cab!

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Re: SKarosser Copy Scratch Home build?????

Post: # 26079Post wonkywheel
June 9th, 2019, 3:10 pm

Thank for the input Amanda.
I must admit, I had thought of it as though it was totally rigid, but had noticed the gap you speak of. I had already measured it in various places and written the sizes on the cab to check when I get the camper back on ;)
I definitely need to increase the clearance!
I might still keep the bars on and use some form of packer underneath at least for the time being because every time I need an 8x4 sheet of material I have a purpose-made framework that fits the bars :roll:
Failing that I will have to resurrect my teardrop trailer chassis and get a trailer board :( this turning into use while you build project It might be some time before I have everything I need :shock:

I see you are from "Up North" :lol: will we meet up at Whitby in a couple of weeks?
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Re: SKarosser Copy Scratch Home build?????

Post: # 26106Post Amanda_P
June 13th, 2019, 8:05 am

wonkywheel wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Thank for the input Amanda.

I see you are from "Up North" :lol: will we meet up at Whitby in a couple of weeks?
My work is rather unpredictable and tends to eat up weekends, so I haven’t booked yet. I’ll be there if I can, and it’s looking promising at the moment.

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Re: SKarosser Copy Scratch Home build?????

Post: # 26127Post wonkywheel
June 15th, 2019, 2:03 pm

Time seems to fly by :o

I need to reassemble my electrics ready for next weekend at Whitby 8-)
So many things planned to do but....... :roll:

Packers for the camper to sit are out of the window :? , so it will have to be roof bars off the truck. The rain has held up my electrical system check out but that WILL get done next week, ( The running fuses are in the lower cupboard next to the door so I sit outside to work on it)
With only 5 days left before Whitby and 2 weekends before Santapod "Dragstalgia" I am struggling to make progress :shock:
Next week I need to sort some sort of greywater storage. Santapod camping being a little primitive :lol: means that greywater is usually thrown under the truck :o I am assuming Whitby is a little more sophisticated so I will need storage. I have planned a trip to Ikea, for a foam mattress, then Go Outdoors for waste pipe and water tank.
I considered having a sprung mattress and even the wooden slats underneath but I was worried that the overall height of 180mm+90mm would make the head clearance to small. My foam seat cushions, when laid out for a large single, are plenty comfortable for me so I will be going for the 150mm foam. At £80 it seems quite economic compared with my 4x 150mm seat cushions at £25 each from Dunelm ;)

I still find hot water for washing or washing up is easiest produced with my large stainless steel washing bowl directly either on the gas rings or Cadac. I only takes a minute or two. 8-)

"Dragstalgia" at Santapod is something of a highlight for me. Reto drag racing, good live bands, my son usually comes too, as it's my birthday that weekend as well(71 :shock: no wonder everything takes so long :lol: ), quite a few friends turn up too.


p.s. Amanda, it looks like the last pitch has gone, maybe next year :D
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