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D4D's new slide on camper- Now for sale!!

Postby D4D for ME on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 1:00 +0000

I wanted to build a camper for my new hilux. I had a canvas canopy on my old rig that was great for trips away but I thought the new ute should be something a little better that could be set up at home then just dropped on the tray with a minimum of fuss. We're planning a cape york trip next june so I had to organise something. I'm pretty happy with the out come (so is the wife fortunately) so much so that I thought I'd share it with you all. Thanks should go to Quinny for organising the 13-15 NewVember trip that was the inspiration to get it finished, even if in the end I couldn't go. Still shitty 'bout that.


Any how this is what I had with the old ute. Worked well but took an hour or more to set up and unpack at home.
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After scanning some magazines I saw this. Basically what I'd wanted but I didn't like the price tag.
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I was doodling on the back of an envelope and drew this when the wife saw it she said 'why don't you build it?'. So it started.
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Planning began in ernest with a white board marker on the inside of the shed, works well!
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Then the work began. Obvious place to start was the frame.
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I had local metal mob, B&W Welding in Orange (great guys) bend some 1.6 sheet steel for my door surrounds which I then mitred and welded into place. Then ground and flapdisc'd all the welds to smooth them. Long slow job!
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Test fitting the frame.
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Next all the ally sheet was ordered and cut. Careful planning was required because this stuff is expensive and I didn't want to buy any more than I had to. Gas struts came from the local wreckers and are EF/EL Falcon bonnet jobbies. Only $28 cheaper each than through Blackwoods!!
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Test fitting again with ARB tent on top. Starting to come together.
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All the ally was then removed and the frame painted with a hammer tone charcoal grey to match the tent.
The ally then was refitted but this time I used sika flex and over 350 pop rivets. Word of warning: if any one else is gonna build one like this dont be a tight ass like me. Go and buy an air rivet gun off ebay. Your fore arms will thank you for it!!
Then to fit the tent.
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Tent annex is a bit too long for my application but we will get some velcro sewn into it so it can be tucked up then lowered again for use on the wifes prado (she wants one for when the rug rats come along in a coupla years).
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Next step was the wiring. Done with three 12v fluros and a 12v water pump off ebay. Gotta love ebay! It came to the rescue with a 1000w inverter and some LED strip lights for inside the tent too!
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Next I installed the swing out kitchen top for the cook and the home made fridge slide to keep the beers handy. I found bought one to be dear as so made my own. Also mine can hold my 80ltr Rubbermaid esky and the 40ltr engel can then just go back behinds the seat for roadies!
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Spare wheel carrier went on.(still have one under the tray also).
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And it is just about done!
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I'm pretty happy with it. I'll stick up some more pics (maybe better quality ones, not off my phone) after it's inagural run in a few weeks time. Can't wait![color=#FF0000][/color]
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby boycee on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 1:06 +0000

Nice work. Looks like a great touring bus. 8-)
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby 9W6VX on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 1:19 +0000

Nice......
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby Alby on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 1:21 +0000

Very impressed D4D, quality work, you have done a very nice job.

Another thing you should be proud of. I have looked carefully at all of your images and I did not see any Slippers, Doylies or Mixmasters etc gotta be happy with that ;) :) :lol:
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby jamiecracker on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 1:27 +0000

wow excellent work mate
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby MADDOG on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 1:28 +0000

Bloody brilliant work D4D. Very tidy
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby Triggy03 on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 1:42 +0000

Great little build article there D4D, and it looks like you done everything in a tradesmen like manner. Well done.
I have one question: Why have the "chequers" on the outside. I would've thought they would create unnecessary drag?
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby jamiecracker on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 1:52 +0000

Triggy03 wrote:Great little build article there D4D, and it looks like you done everything in a tradesmen like manner. Well done.
I have one question: Why have the "chequers" on the outside. I would've thought they would create unnecessary drag?

mor importantly whats with the xxxx :D
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby felix on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 2:04 +0000

i'm thinking your wife must be pretty tall to be able to look into that fridge
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby Possum on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 2:34 +0000

Very clever
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby Dave on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 3:23 +0000

Top work I like it...

Looks like you need h/duty suspension in the back now ?
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby Luxury on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 3:46 +0000

makes me wish i could weld !!!
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby D4D for ME on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 5:06 +0000

Looks like you need h/duty suspension in the back now ?

Yeah dave you're right. A set of 2" shackles from Superior Engineering are on the christmas wish list but I reckon I might be pushing shit up hill considering the wife just agreed to let me take up the 'ARB twin lockers and get a free compressor' deal. I've got air bags under the back just didn't have them pumped up when I took the last pics. The whole thing prob weighs about 250kgs tops empty tho so it's not too bad. Doesn't take long to double that tho when you start adding a bit of gear in to it. Nick
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby D4D for ME on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 5:13 +0000

Thanks for the great feed back guys. Took a bit over 3 mths to build but i'm happy with the out come. Cheers again, I'll be sure to try and make the next big get together!
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby Drew on Thu, 19 Nov 2009 5:44 +0000

Very nice mate... makes me want another trayback
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby Quinny34 on Thu, 19 Nov 2009 6:16 +0000

Im in awe.... I was thinking of making a a canopy and had a good look at both Alby's and ssidebes (Sibs or Sam's, ;) ) ... With what I've just seen I reckon you just put the best of both worlds together with what would suit me. I'd only want a set of Jack-Off's with it so I could unbolt it at the campsite to go get wood and 4x4....

Mate, Next time your down this way give me a buzz... I'd love to check that out in real life...
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby premier on Thu, 19 Nov 2009 6:16 +0000

Nice work mate.....and thats coming from someone who has owned a metal fabrication business for the last 11yrs. Well done
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby hilux xcab on Thu, 19 Nov 2009 9:39 +0000

well done d4d nice job i had a look at a heaslip slide on they want around $25000. :shock: your one is just as good :D
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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby Glenn k on Thu, 19 Nov 2009 10:17 +0000

nice work,
i like how you have kept it the same height as the cab,
good if you need to get into a carpark, garage etc
very handy!!!!!!!!



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Re: D4D's new slide on camper

Postby Horse on Thu, 19 Nov 2009 4:47 +0000

Love it! Looks pro !
Im in awe.... I was thinking of making a a canopy and had a good look at both Alby's and ssidebes (Sibs or Sam's, ) ... With what I've just seen I reckon you just put the best of both worlds together with what would suit me. I'd only want a set of Jack-Off's with it so I could unbolt it at the campsite to go get wood and 4x4....


Hey Quinny seen these removable ute top campers
by 3 dog camping sound like what your thinking of.
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http://3dogcamping.com/dogcatcher/images/2007-05-1517-15-42_000.JPG

Saw them in a camper trailer mag cost $9000 weighs 230kg unladen and has a 80 lt water tank.
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