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  • sylfest.muldal commented on dtextor's instructable SUV MicroCamper - Fat Berta 3.02 months ago
    SUV MicroCamper - Fat Berta 3.0

    Hi DominikI've got a question about the slider mechanism and how the frame is supported. I've found that the two assembled sections aren't parallel, so the weight bears on the bolts, preventing the sections from sliding. Even with the front legs at minimum length, it seems that the structure only touches the car at the back corners of the kitchen box and the curved points marked with arrows (first photo). This causes the frame to ride forwards a couple of centimetres (last photo). (Note also that the maximum sliding distance has turned out to be little more than half the slot length (2nd photo) - do you think that's a problem?)There are various ways I might fix this, but where was the frame supposed to have been supported?Sylfest

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  • sylfest.muldal commented on dtextor's instructable SUV MicroCamper - Fat Berta 3.03 months ago
    SUV MicroCamper - Fat Berta 3.0

    Thanks again Dominik. I'm glad the error was in the side length - simpler to correct. I'll probably re-cut some wood to make a proper fix, but I think the other would do as well. I thought one other measurement might be a typo? (see pic) It's very close to the edge anyway.Good to hear about your trip to Scotland, though a roof-top tent on top of a gas-guzzling Land Rover just isn't as smart as that nice Yeti! What I really enjoyed about your post was "I ... went straight to the car to measure it before work". It seems that you keep your micro-camper conversion permanently installed!

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  • sylfest.muldal commented on dtextor's instructable SUV MicroCamper - Fat Berta 3.03 months ago
    SUV MicroCamper - Fat Berta 3.0

    Thanks so much for the 'blueprint' with marked dimensions for the platform/kitchen box construction. I've cut the parts to size and it doesn't seem to fit quite fit. Can it be true that the length of the middle section side pieces is 500 mm and the angular top piece that fits over them is 495 mm? That 5mm difference isn't enough to allow for the middle section's 18mm-thick cross wall, surely?Hard to describe in words! I enclose some photos that might help a bit. Figuring out which pieces to alter to make it fit is mighty confusing I find. Which measurement is marked wrong, or have I missed something?As you suggested, I chose to use metal brackets to join the sections, though I don't think that should affect those particular measurements. I attach some photos of the platform loosely fitt...see more »Thanks so much for the 'blueprint' with marked dimensions for the platform/kitchen box construction. I've cut the parts to size and it doesn't seem to fit quite fit. Can it be true that the length of the middle section side pieces is 500 mm and the angular top piece that fits over them is 495 mm? That 5mm difference isn't enough to allow for the middle section's 18mm-thick cross wall, surely?Hard to describe in words! I enclose some photos that might help a bit. Figuring out which pieces to alter to make it fit is mighty confusing I find. Which measurement is marked wrong, or have I missed something?As you suggested, I chose to use metal brackets to join the sections, though I don't think that should affect those particular measurements. I attach some photos of the platform loosely fitted in my Yeti. (The overall bed length seems okay for me and the missus. We're not very long.).Hope your Scotland trip went well. Our Berta's maiden trip will also be to Scotland, next month.

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  • sylfest.muldal commented on dtextor's instructable SUV MicroCamper - Fat Berta 3.07 months ago
    SUV MicroCamper - Fat Berta 3.0

    Started? Not sure - but so far for £355 I've got the roof bars, roof box (Thule Ranger 80 foldable), Waeco 21-l peltier cooler, the spider bag (came with the Yeti?), the battery guard, the tunnel tent, the foam double mattress, the upholstery fabric and zips, the neodymium magnets, the thermal foil, the magnetic roll, the cupboard lift hinges, the adjustable feet, the buckle tethering straps, the backflap hinges, wood for legs, some metal brackets, and some of the hardware. I'm not sure about the bolt gauges and T-nut usage yet, and I won't buy the plywood until I'm ready to saw. I won't be free from work and a charity commitment until mid-June.Then I'll build it. You'll see.

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  • sylfest.muldal commented on dtextor's instructable SUV MicroCamper - Fat Berta 3.07 months ago
    SUV MicroCamper - Fat Berta 3.0

    Thanks for the measurements! I'm hoping to build this thing and take my first microcamper tour to France in the late summer. By then I expect to see fleets of Betis all over Europe!

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