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    Default Cab to camper access

    Hope somebody on the Forum can assist me.

    I recently bought a secondhand Nissan NP300 with a camper body.
    We would like to have access from the cab to the camper.
    We have seen photos of two similar Nissans with this facility, but canít see how they did this modification.

    As this a 4x4 there will definitely be an amount of flex between the cabin and camper panels.
    The best solution so far that my research has found is to fit an accordion rubber to absorb the flex.
    Unfortunately something like this does not seem to be available locally.

    Up to date I have not found anybody who knows how to do this, or who can supply me with something workable.
    We only want a small crawl-through connection, I donít want to cut away the roof like some campers do.
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    Default Re: Cab to camper access

    Something I have looked at before.

    Airport buses and some trains have stainless steel bellow type contraption, between the two sections.

    Otherwise, as you said a rubber pipe type seal, it would have to be dust and water proof. And take lots of flexing.

    All my double cabs had two windows, one on the cab the other on the canopy, which allowed my kids to crawl through.

    Interesting to see what you find.
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    ń Dikwiel fiets se tjoep rondom die opening.

    Opgepomp seŽl hy alle stof en gemors.
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    Bike tube or thin motor bike tube - that would work and easy to fit when required and to replace.

    When my kids where little, most cars and 4x4's did not have a aircon, so we need the air flow.
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    * 1975/8 SHREK Land-Cruiser FJ40 DIESEL P/U, BFG 31x10.5 muds. 2 x 1.6 ton tirfor winchs
    * 1994 Land-Cruiser J70 DIESEL P/U, my truck recovery vehicle. 15000 warn winch. And 3.5ton tirfor winch. Back full of appropriate sized recovery gear. BFG31x10.5 muds
    * 2014 Land-Cruiser LX V8 76 DIESEL STATION WAGON, BFG's 285 all terrain.
    * 1988 HILUX TOYOTA 4x4 D/C.
    SOLD 2020 Jan.
    * 2011 HILUX 4X4 P/U, BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 1999 PAJERO 3.5 V6 Mitsubishi (sorry not a Toyota), BFG 31x10.5 all terrain
    * 2006 FORD ranger 2.5 diesel. 4x4, (what was I thinking, also not a Toyota!) I have a spare 5000 warn winch I might fit.
    * 2011 Isuzu bakkie 4x4
    * FIONA - Rhino Yamaha 660 4x4. Warn winch. Mud tyres
    * 4x4 trailer, 1987, BFG all terrain
    * GSA 1200 BMW ADVENTURE LC 2018, the closest motorbike to a land cruiser
    * A Massey Fergusson 375 tractor. Not BFG's and not a 4x4




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    From your description I presume you would like a permanent access between the cab and camper.

    In the 70's I had a Chev C10 with canopy and I wanted to join them. The back window in the cab and the canopy window were not aligned so when I took the glass out I just put some beading around each aperture. I then made 2 frames the same size out of aluminium angle large enough that they could be aligned and bigger than the apertures. I cut a strip of PVC groundsheet to fit around the frames and a bit wider than the gap between the cab and canopy. This was PVC welded to make a waterproof sleeve. A frame was then riveted to both the cab and canopy with sealer to make them waterproof. The sleeve was then attached to the frames with sealer and secured with aluminium flat bar and rivets. I then had a waterproof flexible joint.

    Hope the above makes sense.
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    Thank you guys. I will research each suggestion.

    Pete, it makes sense, I might come back to you when I start the project.
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    Chat to Allan at Aloe Caravans in Boksburg. He bought quite a bit of the stretch rubber used on the interlink buses used at the airports, sealing the flexible gaps. I have that sealing my camper cab access hatch - works well


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    Thank you Mike. Much appreciated.

    That is exactly what I had in mind. Talking to him will be my next stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danie Malan View Post
    Thank you Mike. Much appreciated.

    That is exactly what I had in mind. Talking to him will be my next stop.
    I will pm you his details


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    Hi Danie, you can also speak to Fred at Custom Campers, he builds these and has done what you want to do.

    www.customcampers.co.za

    Kind regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesV View Post
    Hi Danie, you can also speak to Fred at Custom Campers, he builds these and has done what you want to do.

    www.customcampers.co.za

    Kind regards
    Thank you James, I already contacted him and he said that he doesn't work on our type of camper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeml View Post
    Chat to Allan at Aloe Caravans in Boksburg. He bought quite a bit of the stretch rubber used on the interlink buses used at the airports, sealing the flexible gaps. I have that sealing my camper cab access hatch - works well
    I spoke to Allan today - he is the right man for our camper job.
    It will be very difficult not to go overboard with up-grades/changes and over-capitalize the camper.
    I first wanted to do the job myself, but that is going to take time. And then it might still leak water/dust.

    Another thing I am interested in is a bigger fuel tank. He is going to have a look at that as well.

    Thank you Mike.

    Will post photos once the job is done.
    Last edited by Danie Malan; 2020/02/20 at 07:56 PM.
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