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Project by flashlightman posted 06-27-2019 11:30 PM 1435 views 5 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was a huge undertaking. If I’d known it would take me fourteen months just to get this far, I would have bought one instead. It’s all marine grade maranti plywood, which is a lot more dense than normal. It’s seven feet long, eighty inches wide, and about fifty five inches tall including the hatch. The overall height on the truck is 7’7”. It has two bunks 27” x 76” or one across the front for any width mattress by 75”. The windows are Arctic Tern double layer lexan with integrated screens and blinds. I have yet to build the full length drawer for under the passenger side bunk. With the back wide open the opening is 48” wide for carrying plywood. For the joinery, I used West System G-Flex. Exterior coatings are marine polyeurethane paint or Epiphanes varnish over West Systems Epoxy with a layer of fiberglass cloth over the top, front, sides, and the hatch.
The tub is built from two layers of half-inch with overlapping corners, by layer. And each butted joint has dominos every 6 inches along each layer of each butt joint. I haven’t weighed it but I’m estimating it to be under eight hundred pounds, and hopefully closer to seven hundred. I’m currently entertaining suggestions for a name.





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fivecodys

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#1 posted 06-27-2019 11:45 PM

That’s pretty cool.
How heavy is it?

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#2 posted 06-27-2019 11:47 PM

looks nice. did you paint the top white?

Yep, you could have bought, but many people will talk to you about your home built unit, and very few about your production bought unit.
So enjoy…

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 06-28-2019 12:52 AM

You are going to have a lot more fun and satisfaction with that than a bought. like everybody else has, one. You will get a lot of conversation with a lot of nice people..

You did a beautiful job and it looks well thought out. I envy you.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 06-28-2019 01:44 AM

Very cool I like it. Sorry it is taking so long, but a good project nonetheless.

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#5 posted 06-28-2019 01:58 AM

First Class Nice! Has the charm of a caboose!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 06-28-2019 02:04 AM

Very cozy!
Love the cambered roof and the filigree on the eaves, it has the look of a little Caravan. Maybe that’s a name? Little Caravan?
What a neat project.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#7 posted 06-28-2019 02:31 AM

This is pretty nice. I had a 1951 chevy truck I wanted to do something like this with ot.

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#8 posted 06-28-2019 02:32 AM

Also, you may want to add a 3rd brake light in there somewhere

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ChokingOnSawDust

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#9 posted 06-28-2019 02:37 AM

You can name it Sumu Japanese word for abode.

Use google translate to find a japanese name since is a japanese truck

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#10 posted 06-28-2019 02:48 AM

Certainly not a Toys & Joys model that I am currently familiar with… Great job flasher.

While nowhere similar… it does remind me of my disfunctional Sandman memories of the 1970s.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#11 posted 06-28-2019 03:00 AM

I thought more of a Gypsy wagon….

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#12 posted 06-28-2019 03:25 AM

That is one sharp looking camper. Excellent job and happy camping !!!

-- MEL, Kansas

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#13 posted 06-28-2019 05:13 AM

I’m from a construction background, I’d go with roadbed.

My only concern is eating a diet rich in MacDonalds, there isn’t a pooper arrangement. Or are you a camp stove toting guy? Eating real food?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 06-28-2019 05:27 AM

flashl’m’, form my nostalgic memories, I need to apologise for not keeping my life’s experience in abeyance….


I m from a construction background, I d go with roadbed.

My only concern is eating a diet rich in MacDonalds, there isn t a pooper arrangement. Or are you a camp stove toting guy? Eating real food?

- therealSteveN

stevie boy… did you ever experience a Sandman... Though MacKas was just invented back then, it would have been the last food group on a young pecker’s mind!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 06-28-2019 11:12 AM

On every corner here, and if you go to a food court situation, it’s the only place that will have a line. I don’t ever eat it, but someone sure is. Safe assumption someone on the road will see plenty of them. Also a safe assumption that many here will stop at them. An accumulative of all the other places with folks sitting in a drive through line wishes they had the traffic Mikkie D’s has. There are some like myself who never eat it, which is why I wondered if a camp stove was going under one of the bunks. Also plenty of places to buy food, often just not ready to eat.

No idea what a “Sandman” is, you folks in Aus, have some jargon, not often spoken in Ohio. Google, and my memory of the term are about a guy who visits you in your sleep. Not sure how he fits into this?

-- Think safe, be safe

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