G'Day, I am in the throws of designing a semi off road van

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G'Day, I am in the throws of designing a semi off road van

Post by Milton477 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:26 pm

Hello everyone,

Located in Brisbane, I am in the throws of designing a semi off road van & found this forum & specifically JR's posts via google. I'm nowhere near as good at posting progress as some other members but I will try to keep up. Some of the posts I have read have offered huge inspiration so it is only fair to pass it on.

I am designing using AutoCad & the initial layout is shown below. The chassis is on layers which are hiddden in the picture.

The criteria I am building to include a max length of 5.8M with draw bar folded, 2000kg all up weight, 16" wheels & coil independent suspension. The frame will be mostly 19x41 meranti (thanks JR).

I am an avid woodworker & have all the toys to do it with. As far as the welding goes, I have the equipment & can generally stick 2 bits of metal together but I have a neighbour who welds for a living so I will have to work out beer to welding ratios.

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Rory

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Post by rredbeak » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:34 pm

Hi Milton477,
Welcome to the Family And Forum.

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Post by nirimba » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:07 pm

Welcome to the forum Rory, Good luck with the build mate. Will be following your progress with interest.

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Post by nole » Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:19 pm

Welcome Rory

some good people on here. As an aside if your van turns out as good as JR's you'll be well pleased. I have seen his van quality and it's the best I've yet encountered. good luck.

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Post by jock » Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:11 pm

Yeah, welcome Rory....You will find more interest and better response if you post for further discussion on your project in the Building & Renovations section in the 'Tech Talk' category.
Good luck with your project..

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Post by Milton477 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:17 pm

jock wrote:Yeah, welcome Rory....You will find more interest and better response if you post for further discussion on your project in the Building & Renovations section in the 'Tech Talk' category.
Good luck with your project..

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Thanks Jock, I'm still finding my way around.

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Post by dieseltojo » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:06 am

Hi Rory,
Thanks for posting we will look forward to the progress.
If I can just add what I have as pet hates in van design as a suggestion?

Do not put a window in the front.
Extend the water tank protection to cover the entry pipes and emptying tap.
Install good wire gauging all through.
Support the roof for the weight of solar panels.
You no doubt know the drill...... :D
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Post by Milton477 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:33 pm

dieseltojo wrote:Hi Rory,
Thanks for posting we will look forward to the progress.
If I can just add what I have as pet hates in van design as a suggestion?

Do not put a window in the front.
Extend the water tank protection to cover the entry pipes and emptying tap.
Install good wire gauging all through.
Support the roof for the weight of solar panels.
You no doubt know the drill...... :D
I welcome any suggestions & even pet hates. I am new to this but have owned a large twin axle van with all the bells & whistles so I have some preconceived ideas especially about strength & quality.

-The front window is a new one to me though. Why no window? No aircon in this van...yet.
-Water tank protection - good point.
-Wire gauging - I promise to over engineer the electricals, especially the 12V.
-Solar panels on the roof - plenty strong enough. I have top say however that many a discussion has been had around our campfires about solar, the initial cost & the payback time vs a small generator vs charging off the 4x4.

Thanks
Rory

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Post by lukeyslide » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:51 pm

Hey Rory, welcome. I am new here to. These guys are a wealth of infromation so any questions Iam sure you will get a response. As for the front window I would say its to do with stones from the tow vehicle and or dust as its the first part of the van that gets hit. Also privacy at a van part to I surpose. As for the stone shield there is a company at Burpengary that make custom tanks and stone shields are not needed.Abber tanks is the name.

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