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How to: DIY Wedge Camper

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by Ripcord, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. Apr 16, 2019 at 7:04 AM
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    SummitBound

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    Let me know if you decide to sell V1 :)
     
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  2. Apr 16, 2019 at 7:14 AM
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    Great job- well thought out and looks great- if you replace the side panels go talk to a sign shop- alumilite panels (aluminum skins with polypropylene core- strong stiff and light
     
  3. Apr 16, 2019 at 7:16 AM
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    Ripcord

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    Yeah I was made aware of those a few pages back and definitely wish I would have known about it! Will keep it in mind.
     
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  4. Apr 16, 2019 at 7:26 AM
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    That is damn nice
     
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  5. Apr 16, 2019 at 7:41 AM
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    Uhhhh mmmmmmaaaaayyyyy zzziiiiiinnngggg!!!

    Great work dude!!
     
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  6. Apr 16, 2019 at 7:50 AM
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    haha thanks!
     
  7. Apr 16, 2019 at 8:29 AM
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    Incredible job man! If my GFC wasn't already in production I think I'd be going a similar route. I like how you mixed the best of both the GFC and the Drifter. The fixed bed makes more sense to me, but I love how the sides open on the GFC.

    I need to get a different antenna before my GFC is done.
    Was it pretty easy to swap the internals? Since the screw holes don't appear to line up, did you just epoxy the old board in the new case?
     
  8. Apr 16, 2019 at 8:36 AM
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    Looks great Jimmy wouldn't expect anything less!
     
  9. Apr 16, 2019 at 8:38 AM
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  10. Apr 16, 2019 at 8:53 AM
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    To be fair, both the drifter and gfc have movable floor panels. But making it all fixed was much easier. And yeah a bit of epoxy was used.

    Thanks Alex!
     
  11. Apr 17, 2019 at 3:06 AM
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    Nice Job! That's really cool!
     
  12. Apr 17, 2019 at 8:18 AM
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    Thanks!
     
  13. Apr 17, 2019 at 5:41 PM
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    ever consider doing part 1 then jerry-rigging it on an existing commercial cap? practical?
     
  14. Apr 17, 2019 at 6:29 PM
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    I did consider it briefly, but youd have to find a shitty used shell for it to be even close to financially viable and it would potentially be more work to fit the wedge part in the end.
     
  15. Apr 17, 2019 at 10:06 PM
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    Solid work, ripcord! this is one clean truck, sure puts many others to shame! Impressed with your engineer's perspective and thinking through the various aspects of getting all the components together. As a stickler for details, I really like this wedge camper. Truck looks awesome!
     
  16. Apr 18, 2019 at 7:31 AM
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    Thanks Jon! Always appreciate your compliments!
     
  17. Apr 18, 2019 at 9:14 AM
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    Wow, this is great! I've also been contemplating my own wedge build.....this might have pushed me over the top to get it done.

    One question: The plastic sheeting you use, is it supported in any other way other than the crossmember in the space frame? It obviously supports the weight of a person sitting/lying in the tent far forward or on one side at the back?
     
  18. Apr 18, 2019 at 9:32 AM
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    The spaceframe provides plenty of support for the floor. Very stiff and little to no deflection with my girlfriend and myself in the tent.

    When laying in it, our feet go to the front and our hips are still within the support area of the spaceframe. So its just our legs out on the cantilevered section. And as I said before, stiff with very minimal deflection
     
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  19. Apr 19, 2019 at 7:49 AM
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    it seems like just doing the wedge then putting in on top of a custom heavy-duty rack would be rather straightforward. Might have to give that a shot. Not as functional (no standing up) but would make for an interesting hardshell quick-setup sleeping area
     
  20. Apr 19, 2019 at 8:48 AM
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    Ripcord

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    Definitely doable, but as I said earlier it would need more floor support if the spaceframe is not there.
     

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