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    Quote Originally Posted by avk View Post
    Following your build as I'm doing something in a similar line...although I'm just DIY'ing it together.

    Where did you get these specific lights? I've seen them somewhere but now can't find them again...
    Those look like the lights available from National Luna. I have removed the old lights from my Xplorer and fitted those inside and out. The outside lights are water resistant and can be switched between yellow and normal white light in all 3 intensities.
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    Here we go a quick model of the trailer. Not going to spend too much time on the trailer frame for now as the Teardrop would govern the size and it will change. But at least this will give us an idea of heights and where mudguards need to go and to tongue box or not.

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    Some more work done. Trying to fit everything in on a 2440x 1220 board is quite hard, but it's all part of the challenge. The door must also be wide enough so that a person can swing your legs out.

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    Oh yes and I've added a pillow
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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperR View Post
    Some more work done. Trying to fit everything in on a 2440x 1220 board is quite hard, but it's all part of the challenge. The door must also be wide enough so that a person can swing your legs out.

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    Oh yes and I've added a pillow
    I think this is awesome, especially since you are tackling it yourself. So not criticism, just thoughts:

    1) ''Wet'' area inside: You might want a bit of additional space at the foot area to chuck boots and wet rain coats etc, maybe with a drain plug
    2) Access/Egress: Is the door not a tad too close to the mudguard particularly if you want to attach things like jerry cans? It could get quite muddy there and you will be swinging your legs in the direction of the mudguard to get in
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    [QUOTE=ViperR;4180719]I mentioned at the start of the thread that we wanted this build to be unique in it's own way. And how do you do that, well we started with the tail lights. I looked at all the mainstream trailer, camper manufacturers and they all had one thing in common lights, tail lights. I can't believe that in this day and age we still only user two designs, the good old brick design that comes from nineteen voetseks and the round light that is just as old, but I'll give it to them at least it's an LED light now.

    Anyway can't believe that something like a tail light can get under my skin like that, so I started searching far and wide and ended up with this! I think it's unique and a little different.
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    Viper,
    I share your frustration with the current products on the local market.
    I am also busy with a design for my own camper and don't want the rear end looking like an old Isuzu bakkie or Henred 30t trailer.

    There are a lot of nice designs for LED taillights from the USA but unfortunately their indicators are red and not amber as required in SA

    Please spread the love let us know where you have sourced these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    I think this is awesome, especially since you are tackling it yourself. So not criticism, just thoughts:

    1) ''Wet'' area inside: You might want a bit of additional space at the foot area to chuck boots and wet rain coats etc, maybe with a drain plug
    Very good point. I'll keep that in the back of my mind.
    2) Access/Egress: Is the door not a tad too close to the mudguard particularly if you want to attach things like jerry cans? It could get quite muddy there and you will be swinging your legs in the direction of the mudguard to get in
    Yeah another good point that I'm aware of. I think we still have a little leeway with the axle's position. Time will tell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperR View Post
    I mentioned at the start of the thread that we wanted this build to be unique in it's own way. And how do you do that, well we started with the tail lights. I looked at all the mainstream trailer, camper manufacturers and they all had one thing in common lights, tail lights. I can't believe that in this day and age we still only user two designs, the good old brick design that comes from nineteen voetseks and the round light that is just as old, but I'll give it to them at least it's an LED light now.

    Anyway can't believe that something like a tail light can get under my skin like that, so I started searching far and wide and ended up with this! I think it's unique and a little different.
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    Viper,
    I share your frustration with the current products on the local market.
    I am also busy with a design for my own camper and don't want the rear end looking like an old Isuzu bakkie or Henred 30t trailer.

    There are a lot of nice designs for LED taillights from the USA but unfortunately their indicators are red and not amber as required in SA

    Please spread the love let us know where you have sourced these.
    I wanted to go the Oval route because I liked the design but yes like you say a lot of them are red.
    This is Part of the Hella's ValueFit range. Contact Autolume or browse their website for more details.
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    It's been a busy week more items have arrived:
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    Door hinges. Had to settle for these for now, was actually looking for stamped stainless steel ones but couldn't find any.
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    I'm looking for a place in and around Johannesburg where I can go buy automotive wiring. Any recommendations?

    Also what is the rule of thumb interms of what gauge wire to use for different wiring option ex. lights, hela plug, usb, etc? I've got a pretty good idea what it should be but can't find any literature to confirm this.
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    Been working non stop on this now for a while. This is what I've got so far.

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    Different view with roof top tent...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperR View Post
    I'm looking for a place in and around Johannesburg where I can go buy automotive wiring. Any recommendations?

    Also what is the rule of thumb interms of what gauge wire to use for different wiring option ex. lights, hela plug, usb, etc? I've got a pretty good idea what it should be but can't find any literature to confirm this.
    Your local car spares or Midas, unless you want a loom. You should be able to buy various colour wiring by the meter from a car spares shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riyadh View Post
    Your local car spares or Midas, unless you want a loom. You should be able to buy various colour wiring by the meter from a car spares shop.
    Thanks, I saw Midas had wire, was just wondering if there is a place that specialises in automotive electrical goods?
    Also is there a difference (not taking amperage into consideration) between automotive and appliance wiring?
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    Register your plans and market them commercially. There are a lot of manufacturers of these types of trailers who have the overheads required to manufacture but there are a lot of handy DIYers like yourself who would love one of these but dont know where/how to start.

    You should be rewarded for the IP you are putting into this so package the plans, equipment and supplier lists and or keep it small and stock various components/sub-assemblies for sale to those who purchase the plans, like wiring harnesses for example.

    I havent found a ''kit car'' camping trailer manufacturer so why not start a new niche. Easy to export plans too for Dollah

    I think you have something marketable here so do it
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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperR View Post
    Thanks, I saw Midas had wire, was just wondering if there is a place that specialises in automotive electrical goods?
    Also is there a difference (not taking amperage into consideration) between automotive and appliance wiring?
    I bought Automotive Wiring from Diesel Electric in Wynberg, they will charge it to a Cash Account.

    Also try Bushpower in Midrand he carries all ripcord which will be ideal for your purposes, he also has lots of fuse boxes and other ancillary stuff.
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    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...ffroad-Caravan

    Don’t know if this ever got finished but there may be some useful info for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperR View Post
    Been working non stop on this now for a while. This is what I've got so far.

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    Very nice. You will always need shade,shelter on the outside and especially over kitchen area. Can you add an awning to your drawings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Register your plans and market them commercially. There are a lot of manufacturers of these types of trailers who have the overheads required to manufacture but there are a lot of handy DIYers like yourself who would love one of these but dont know where/how to start.

    You should be rewarded for the IP you are putting into this so package the plans, equipment and supplier lists and or keep it small and stock various components/sub-assemblies for sale to those who purchase the plans, like wiring harnesses for example.

    I havent found a ''kit car'' camping trailer manufacturer so why not start a new niche. Easy to export plans too for Dollah

    I think you have something marketable here so do it
    I'll definitely think about it. For now I'm trying all sorts of options to see if the trailer can accommodate such things. Also want to see how user friendly this camper would be and if it is adaptable for different people's needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan View Post
    I bought Automotive Wiring from Diesel Electric in Wynberg, they will charge it to a Cash Account.

    Also try Bushpower in Midrand he carries all ripcord which will be ideal for your purposes, he also has lots of fuse boxes and other ancillary stuff.
    Thanks, I will contact them.
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