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Old 03-23-2016, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here's a new company at least trying to make a aero camping trailer



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From near Seattle. I think they could do a little better then the sharp corners from side to roof, and maybe do a sharp cutoff on the tail. The price is high but maybe they are paying that $15/hr min wage LOL. The tongue length looks tighter then average which is good, and the width is good at under 7' with no wheels sticking out. I bet the height behind a minivan would be just right.
I guess not, that is a Tiguan at 1/2 in lower then my Grand Caravan.


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Old 03-24-2016, 03:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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$25K doesn't sound too bad for an 18' travel trailer; but $535 for a three-day rental does.

They are using cedar lap siding on the outside of a plywood box. It's so home-brewed looking they missed a bet not using corrugated metal on the top.

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It's so home-brewed looking they missed a bet not using corrugated metal on the top.
Isn't corrugated metal not so good aerodynamically-wise? Anyway, eventually its higher strenght compared to plain sheetmetal might be advantageous requiring fewer structural reinforcements.
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$25,995 isn't too bad for "94 square meters of floorspace".
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Jayco makes a box camper that size for $10,000 brand new (although the MSRP is probably $15k) and it has all the normal RV stuff, A/C, 3 way fridge, full bath, etc. They use insulated panel construction.
This looks like not a final version yet with some pics showing hard popup and some canvas. I think it should be closer to $15k like the Jayco.
The solar setup is probably worth $1000 more then the Jayco and the composting toilet probably $750 more then a traditional RV setup.

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cRiPpLe_rOoStEr -- I wasn't thinking of practical issues so much as build quality. Cedar lap siding requires sub-siding. You can see the uneven shadow line in pictures where the sun is low. No mention of insulation, what is the siding glued to? Cedar is light but that much adds up. The job could be done with .014" aluminum.
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Isn't corrugated metal not so good sanity-wise during a storm?
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I used to live in a little red cabin in the woods, next to a shed with about 1/8th acre of corrugated roof. It was like a water chime, I looked forward to the rain.

Now I live under a 1 1/2" thick flat aluminum roof w/ a membrane overlay. Muffled a little, it an audio rain gauge.
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Hugo Junkers has a history of manufacturing corrugated metal aircraft.The stiffness of the skin reduced the need for weight-adding internal bracing.
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Hugo Junkers has a history of manufacturing corrugated metal aircraft.The stiffness of the skin reduced the need for weight-adding internal bracing.
That was a common approach among early aircraft makers. Those Ford Tri-Motor aircraft also used corrugated aluminium skin.

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