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    Default Lo and behold.... another diy caravan.

    So the 15th of Dec I started this caravan... or should i say that is when I got it back from Getaway. You see,,,, I realised that to license and register a home built is a massive task. That is when I gave my plan to getaway to build the frame for me. Of course fully licensed and on the road. Below is what it looked like.
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    I have had time so the caravan is in a more advanced state now. The 1st thing I did was build a floor on the Caravan.
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    The next I built the front and back panels onto the caravan.
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    Now after the front and back panels were built it was the very difficult task of the side panels.
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    Just some info... The axel is a 1.6ton braked axel with a 1.3ton coupler. For the tail lights I used LED lights. The wood is 18mm plywood.
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    After the sides were built I proceeded to paint the caravan with velvaglo. I used a dark grey colour and used hammerite paint on the galvanizing. The reason why I painted the galvanizing is that the galvanizing is not that great.
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    Default Re: Lo and behold.... another diy caravan.

    Awesome build.

    So the outer will be the ply and the paint only?
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    The number plate has a very significant meaning. I did not choose it , just so happened. My real name is Johannes Marthinus Nel and I tell everybody that for 29 years I have been battelling to get past the age of 30. So it is my name and age on the caravan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Awesome build.

    So the outer will be the ply and the paint only?
    I am considering putting 1mm alu sheeting over it, but for now is only paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe triton View Post
    I am considering putting 1mm alu sheeting over it, but for now is only paint.
    Yeah you're going to have to do something about the plywood. It's not made to withstand the elements, even with a coat of paint. You could coat it with a layer of some sort of waterproofing paint, or perhaps a type of flexible epoxy like used on floors?

    EDIT: It looks brilliant though...
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    The next I proceeded to build the fridge slide. It is 180kg 1427mm sliders. I have a low profile snomaster 92l dual that will fit there. The slider has no base as alu places are closed. The base will be 4mm alu sheeting.
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    I know that plywood is not the ultmate but for info this piece of plywood is 6years old unpainted closing a bad gate. It has some power.
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    After this I proceeded to build the cupboards in the front. They will all get doors when lockdown is past. The 2 bigger cupboards will be hanging cupboards with hangers that I design. Little shelves always causes shirts and so on to crease.
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    This in turn finished I build the bed 1.9m by 1.4m
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    You will notice a split in the bed. This was done so that if there is an electrical problem I can get to the electrics. Also the space under the bed I did not want to waste so I build pull out sliders there for what have you. The bigger slider can take a 32l fridge. I have mounted a wrnd controller under the bed for the solar and battery.
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    Default Re: Lo and behold.... another diy caravan.

    No such thing as another DIY caravan thread. These are the best.

    Really cool to see how each one builds their own caravan, that will have a similar function, yet all the different approaches you guys take. These are great threads and thanks for sharing it.

    Hey, I even want to build one myself now. I don't need it just feel the urge to build one


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    The roof will be a popup alu roof double with foam in between. I will probably lift it about 500 to 600mm. That means any 6 foot guy will stand with ease. However this project must now rest for a little while as material is short and lockdown ensures that I cannot get.
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    The wood is sealed with sika seal onto the metal and then bolted with butthead stainless steel screws. I honestly believe that if this caravan is painted every 3 years it will last forever.
    I have contacted bundutech for there awning with squareback. However it is not cheap and also thinking of my own idee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redman View Post
    No such thing as another DIY caravan thread. These are the best.
    I fully agree. I don't have space for a caravan (not even if I try), but man these threads make me want to build my own!

    EDIT: What's the legalities on building your own caravan like? Hard to register, get on the road, get approved, etc. etc.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe triton View Post
    I know that plywood is not the ultmate but for info this piece of plywood is 6years old unpainted closing a bad gate. It has some power.
    Indeed, I have sailed a number of tubs in excess of 10 years old, one or two older than 18 years and all plywood. (Marine Ply)
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