Camping Interior

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Camping Interior

Post by WolfgangK » Sat Jul 25, 2009 11:09 am

After some positive reactions to my camping interior in another thread
I though it might be a good idea to introduce the concept in a new,
separate thread.

The idea was to build a car that can be used for occasional multi-day trips
with basic comfort. So here are some details:

- Power is supplied by a 12V batterie that is charged through a 20A
24V/12V device. It feeds a roof light, a transistor light for the 'kitchen',
a pump for the water supply, the 25l compressor fridge and 2 sockets
to charge camera batts and the GPS system.

- The furniture is built from lightweight (and rather affordable) 15mm birch-
plywood covered with grey foil. In total ~8 sqm of wood is used to build
some storage on the left side, a cabinet from left to right, the kitchen
block and a cabinet for the clothes. The table is made of the same
material with two plates which are used build the bed (1.2m x 2.0m).
There is comfortable seating and sleeping for 2.

- The kitchen includes a small sink and a water tap that switches the
water pump on/off. Under the sink there are 2x 13l fresh water and
another 13l grey water canister. At the outside of the car I have 2x 20l
water canisters exactly the size of the petrol canisters for more supply.

For cooking I use a swedish ORIGO 3000 2 flame spirit stove which is
very popular for boat owners.

- For 'urgencies' a small chemical toilet found it's place in the original
aisle in the cabinet. You need to remove the table, but since we don't
plan to use it regularily that's ok.

- The bed is built from the 2 table plates which are supported by
aluminium parts bolted to the sides. The cushions are stored on the side
and used as a backrest when not in place for the bed.

- At the rear door I have a folding table for picknicks. You can also take
the stove out and cook on this folding table.

- 2 sliding windows and a dormer provide fresh air. The whole rear part of
the car was isolated with 20mm X-Trem isolator, but there are of course
still plenty of thermal bridges. We don't have a heating (yet), but since
the car is for summer use only we can live with that. You can still
use the stove to warm it up a bit (but with open windows for fresh air).

So after some trips we are still finetuning it, but in general the concept
works very well for us. It may not be everybody's taste, but since the
car is flat black outside some fresh color inside does not hurt.

The next trip will be one week to the swiss/french alps on old gravel
roads built during the war. And we end it with an event held from a swiss
Pinzgauer dealer where most propably 50-80 Pinzgauers gather again.

And here are some pictures:












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Post by Erik712m » Sat Jul 25, 2009 11:43 am


Does any one know ? foil what we call formica?

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Post by WolfgangK » Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:04 pm

Hi Eric, this is not as hard and robust as fornica, it's more a thin adhesive film on both sides.

We have a supplier nearby who manufactures the boards for RV and Caravan companies. They sell surplus for bargain prices.

The benefitof this material is that you get all the bandings, hinges, push-locks... easily. Building these pieces of furniture is not too difficult, but still looks rather professional.

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Post by Denis » Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:17 pm

Thank you very much.

I could not ask for more. 8)

Now I got to get back to the drawing board. :wink:


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Post by David Dunn » Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:17 pm

Very nice Wolfgang. I have an appreciation for the European approach to coach building. Keep it light, and use every inch of space. :D

Just because you have a payload capacity, doesn't mean you need, or should use it all.

Erik, maybe now, you can appreciate what the rest of us go through.... and English is suppose to be your native language :roll: :wink: :lol:
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Post by M Wehrman » Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:43 pm

Nicely done! Who would have thought so much could go in such a small space. It makes me rethink my Volvo project,and adapt some of your ideas. Thanks
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Post by norcal pinz » Sun Jul 26, 2009 4:00 pm

this is awesome! i love it.!
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Post by Ugo » Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:10 am

Hi Wolfgang,

Very nice job indeed!!!
I'll steal some ideas out of it. I'm just thinking to prepare my 716k for occasional camping (1 or 2 nights max). I am a radio amateur and would use the Pinz for ham radio contests on mountains, and for emergency radio operation in events such as earthquakes or floods. I will use the stock table of the truck as radio table (just like Swiss army 710k's) and am planning to make rear (table) seats and bank seats in such a way that they can be converted in a bed in a minute. I want that these thinks
have a plausible military look, and so my pieces of furniture will be quite "spartan".

Congrats again for your neat job!
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