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Flight case components or camper LW ply and trim?

Discussion in 'Expeditions' started by retneprac, Nov 21, 2018.

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    retneprac Well-Known Member

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    That is the question for a Landy camper.

    Seen many DIY fit outs on line, should I use the flight case type aluminium profiles and board or the light weight ply and T type edge trims. I ponder, any recommendations on robustness, ease of assembly or supplier. Difficulty no real issue as ex-joiner so complex woodwork no issue.
     
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    I would use Ali. Won't suffer any damp like wood. Plus Ali easier to clean
     
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    What are you constructing?
     
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    Im thinking of a demountable unit or a few, storage, sink/hob/fridge/bed arrangement. Roof tent possibly.
     
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    If you do lots of pics please...
     
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    Anything further on this project? I tried both and went for 12mm ply in the end, with aluminium boxes integrated to provide storage.
     
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    still in design stage.
     
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    retneprac Well-Known Member

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    Anyone know, apart from a tinternet search, the best place to buy fight case materials, was thinking more of a wholesaler than a retailer. The online stores take the pish price wise.
     
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    If you don't want to use internet site you'll have to buy local...so where are you...not much use me telling you here in Portugal...lol
     
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    Hertfordshire. Loads online, just seems hard work with poor websites. Best seems to be Adam Hall, but cant buy unless you're a retail stockist, there dealer search is so poor you cant tell which components are stocked/sold by who.
     
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    What materials are you looking for as I'm converting metal trunks into slide out drawers. 20170810_170037.jpg 20181116_144522.jpg
     
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    Have you thought about using light weight Poplar plywood? Much lighter than Birch ply (25-30% lighter) and is used a lot by commercial camper Co's. Banova ply is the lightest - by some 50% but a Yank Co has just bought the manufacturer and it's no longer available in the UK. I've been trying to get if for my conversion - no luck. Chinese ply has a Poplar core but Birch outer skins so is heavier than an all Poplar ply sheet. Just a thought.

    I'm going with Poplar ply and lining with Veltrim.
     
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    I've used Phenolic ply, ie Buffalo board. It's a resin impregnated plywood from 9mm upwards. Nigh on waterproof and in a Landy that's a plus.

    I've built 2 removable sections on both sides, 1 houses the sink and cooker with storage and electrics, the other has storage and 2 removable sections to provide seating.I then coated it ( 5 times ) with Speaker paint ( http://www.bluearan.co.uk/index.php?id=TUFFCABPRO5 )

    I did put doors on the cupbaords, but in all honesty i found it a faf and picked up Really Useful Box's of the correct sizes and use them for storage inside the cupboard space after removing the doors. It allows you to pack and stack items alot easier i found.


    Flight case material is plywood coated with an aluminium sheet but you will pay a premium for it, Swan Flight suppy sheets ( https://www.swanflight.com/hardware/flightcase-hardware-laminates.html )
     
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