Originally Posted by Kolunatic
The plans ya got are for import? Are the plans easy to follow?
Yes, the Importer. They are easy to follow. I've haven't been doing things exactly as the plans state. The plans call for assembling the framing with corrugated fasteners on a flat surface then attaching the plywood. I couldn't get the corrugated fasteners driven into the wood without splitting it, so I've been glueing and clamping the frame piece by piece to the plywood, let sit for 24hrs and adding screws after. Slow process but works for me. Where I can't clamp it's glue and screw in one shot.
I've been shopping Lowe's
and Home Depot
for wood and found the Select Pine 1x2 at Home Depot is better than the Top Choice 1x2 at Lowe's. The plan calls for #10x1-3/4" screws and I switched to #10x2" for attaching the wall assemblies together.
I've changed a couple dimensions on this drawing, the 18-1/2" is now 19" and the base with reduced by 1" so 38" inside. The 19" may be a bit low, when I get the jacks the brackets may need more clearance between camper and truck bed rails.
The floor frame is the only section I assembled without plywood. Instead of corrugated fasteners I used composite deck screws through the frame. Flat head screws where splitting the 1x2. These screws pull the pieces togethers really well and the holes are countersunk so the heads recess.
(click photo for link to screws)
I would do this floor frame different if I built another camper. I would run the center frame pieces crosswise so they would be supported by the ridges in the truck bed. I'm looking for some u-channel or rectangular tube to put under the camper. I had a Palomino camper that the manufacture had u-channel crosswise under the bottom. I think it kept the floor underneath dry.