18' Off Road family van build.

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Re: 18' Off Road family van build.

Post by 1Trex » Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:26 am

Hi Milton. Thanks mate the steel work part i can handle, its all the wiring and cabinetry that I'm concerned about, I have a fair amount of an idea on the wiring, and a mate that does kitchens so hopefully will be all good.
As for the stiffeners they are there, but i have changed them from in front of the beam to the back and now they tie into the upper spring mount to give it some more support.
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Re: 18' Off Road family van build.

Post by Bussy » Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:07 pm

Gee am I going to enjoy this build, no effort, no skun knuckles, sore knees or back, no sleepless nights, no blood sweat or tears, (at least from me anyway). I am going to sit back and watch this baby take shape with a big smile on my dial.
Good on you Troy, not only for having a go but also posting your pictures here for all of us to enjoy.

I know just how much effort it takes to build a van let alone take pics, re-size and post your story and I applaud you. It’s damn hard to stop mid flow and take a pic when you really know you should, but please take heaps, if not for your own sake as I always refer to my extra "taken from every angle" build pics just to work out what was where and also why I did it that way.
Your build is flying along and you are scaring me that yours will be finished before mine.
Keep up the excellent work - albeit slowly.

PS: what area are you located?

Cheers,
ALLAN
Computer Engineer. 200Series TTD Altitude SE with TAJ in tow.
Home built 21.6ft off-roader "The Taj Mah AL".
Steel Chassis, Simplicity Suspension, Aluminium Frame.
Paulownia Cabinetry, 800 W solar.
Its finished, now WE retire.

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Re: 18' Off Road family van build.

Post by 1Trex » Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:17 pm

Hi Allan.
Good to hear from you, and I hope you had a great holiday. I am located on the south coast of NSW about 2 hours south of Sydney, so not many caravan part suppliers around but I have found a good one in queanbeyan, caravan parts plus, which I have purchased most of my apliances from, and they have very good prices. Yes lot's of ups and downs on the build, a few downs this week, but more on that later. Today I will try and bring you all up to date on the build.
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Re: 18' Off Road family van build.

Post by 1Trex » Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:50 pm

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A great milestone, rolling chassis, and very happy with the end result :D .
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Re: 18' Off Road family van build.

Post by 1Trex » Sun Jun 19, 2016 6:19 pm

With the flooring I used burch ply. The bloke who sold it to me said he makes pizza preparation plates out of it that go into a dishwasher and hasn't had a problem with it so hopefully it will go the distance. I also applied 2 coats of under coat and 2 coats of exterior paint to seal it all up, then glued and screwed it down with stika 11-fc.
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Re: 18' Off Road family van build.

Post by 1Trex » Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:21 pm

Wall frames are mostly 50x25x2.5mm, with 3mm thick where more strength is needed (each side of the door wheel arches and around the outside). Design is the same as Bussys (Thanks mate saved me a lot of work :D ) but I have gone with angled corners instead of the radius, as I will be using aluminium composite panel for the cladding. To build the walls I used the same layout I had on the ground that I made the main chassis rails off, all that was required was to draw the shape of the van on it and cut the aluminum to suit, allowing for wheel arches, windows, doors, etc.
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The test fit was all good accept for the slight curve in the chassis but the frame does pull down to suit. I didn't know it then but by pulling this down will bite me later. :-x
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Re: 18' Off Road family van build.

Post by Bussy » Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:55 pm

G’day Troy, yes we had a good holiday, nice and hot, we love the hot weather. I did buy a lot (and still buying) from Caravans Plus, got caravan parts suppliers by the bag full all around me but sometimes it’s just good to order on-line and get delivered to the door as you do tend to waste too much time running around looking for this and that. That’s the reason I asked you where you were as I can recommend suppliers of any stuff you may need during your build. Let me know if you are stuck for anything and I will point you to a couple of places.
One question, where are you going to build it once the frame is up? That workshop looks a bit low. I originally was going to drop the wheels off mine and sit the hubs on some custom made rollers so I could push it side to side and back and forth but found it would have made it too low and hard to fit all the under floor stuff even though I fitted 90% of it before I stuck the floor down. I just found it easier to do from the top rather than lying underneath and working up.
The one thing I found using a poly floor was nothing to screw into and had to use backing plates and through bolts to fix things down to the floor. With a ply floor you run the risk of rot but at least you can just drive a screw down pretty much anywhere. Also same goes for fixing something up underneath.

I see you have plenty of helpers, wonder how long that will last. If I turned up home with some sticks of timber, my son used to suddenly have to go and see a girlfriend!

Keep up the good work,
Cheers, ALLAN
Computer Engineer. 200Series TTD Altitude SE with TAJ in tow.
Home built 21.6ft off-roader "The Taj Mah AL".
Steel Chassis, Simplicity Suspension, Aluminium Frame.
Paulownia Cabinetry, 800 W solar.
Its finished, now WE retire.

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Re: 18' Off Road family van build.

Post by dieseltojo » Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:17 pm

I will only say this once......don't put in a front window, and don't put a penetration over the bed.... :)
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Re: 18' Off Road family van build.

Post by 1Trex » Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:43 pm

Hi Allan yes I agree about the online buying a lot quicker and delivered to your door, but for some things it's nice to see and feel the quality I haven't bought my internal lights for that reason.
As for finding parts I'm trying to find the hume water tank fillers in black I know all the high end vans use them and have heard bad reports on the other brands splitting inside the wall. Any help would be great.
Good pickup on the shed door yes very low! its only 2.3m so the van is now stuck in the shed until the build is complete, and to get it out I will have to remove the door and front facade take the springs out of the van and run it out on some old rims there is also getting it out of the back yard as I only have 2.5m between the house and the fence and haven't the room to straighten it up, so I'm thinking some sort of trolley to push it sideways but that's a long way off yet.
I looked into the composite floor but put it in the too hard basket.
Yes plenty of help as long as I can pry the iPads out of their hands first :D .

Hi Dieseltojo, great name, I'm also a big fan of the Toyota diesels, nothing but landcruisers out the front :D
Yes no front window to prone to damage and just more places for leaks. I will only have one skylight just off center in front of the air conditioner and a turbo vent inside the toilet.

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Re: 18' Off Road family van build.

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