I set the camper up on the floor earlier, and have the angles cut. Don’t really feel like working on it, but I might start cutting the firring strips later. Until I get piano hinges and window locks progress will be a little slower than usual.
As for elevating the camper 2′, I realize the traditional way to do so would be with telescoping legs, like what you see on folding tables, but with the capability of adjusting height, for uneven ground. If I were to choose aluminum tubing for this, it would cost around $150. If I decided not to make them adjustable it would still cost around $100. If I use 1″ electrical conduit, non adjustable, it will cost $30, adjustable: $40-$45.
Why I’m telling you this, I don’t know. Call it blogging brain storming. I had previously planned on using firring strips for the legs…but not like folding table legs as I’ve described. I planned on doing them this way:
I came up with this because I’m cheap, er, I mean frugal, and at the cost of $3 for enough firring strips to do this…Plus I figured that the triangle is the second strongest shape, and I could easily make these height adjustable using three pivot points and some bolts through the floor. It’ll all make sense when I show the real deal.
I’m considering using electrical conduit for this design instead of firring strips, not because of cost (obviously), but for weight. If 24′ of conduit is lighter than 24′ of firring strips, I’ll spend the $30 or so. I know some people don’t think fir strips are very strong, at 3/4″x21/4″, but I respect the stuff, and it’s not like they’ll be holding the weight that conventional campers do. However, under the weight parameters of the bicycle camper, they may eventually start to warp or crack. And wood is alot harder to weather proof than electrical conduit. So, in short, I think I’ll go with the latter, but with my triangular design as opposed to telescoping folding table legs.
Yep, this was, to coin a phrase, blog storming!
Update: I cut enough firring strips for the largest three parts of the floor and assembled one of those panels…no more doubts about whether or not I’ll be able to walk on 1/4″ plywood. Sadly, I’ll have to resort to 3/8″ ply…NOT!!! IT WORKS!!!! Woo hoo!!!