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The Toad Pod™ Chaser Conversion


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AA1PR

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#21
(01-21-2015, 07:54 PM) TeamToad Wrote:
(01-21-2015, 03:53 PM) AA1PR Wrote: excellent ideas & what a shop


I normally build BattleBots, so I needed a big shop to house all the dead carcasses.



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Progress has been slow but steady.

Decided to weld the spare tire carrier directly to the frame (I've since adding reinforcing to the point where the tube welds to body):
[Image: progress-feb-7-720-12.jpg]

Got the holes cut for the Heater mount:
[Image: progress-feb-7-720-5.jpg]

[Image: progress-feb-7-720-6.jpg]

I also got the hinged bed frame built and tested:
[Image: progress-jan-25-720-8.jpg]

[Image: progress-jan-25-720-9.jpg]

Here's my wife testing the 34x74x6 inch mattress:
[Image: progress-jan-25-720-11.jpg]

Here's me testing that the edge  of the bed supports my whole body weight:
[Image: progress-jan-25-720-12.jpg]

Here's is a test fit of the lower rear Aluminum panel (0.08" thickness):
[Image: progress-feb-7-720-19.jpg]

Here's the door frame clamped in place so I could test climbing in and out.  The 20x28 inch opening is big enough for me to get in and out comfortably.  There will be a fold down ladder to get me up to the opening.
[Image: progress-feb-7-720-20.jpg]

Here's the door and door frame with the paddle latch shown:
[Image: progress-feb-7-720-26.jpg]

This week I got the "fiddly bits" of the left wing done.  The 0.10" Aluminum plate bolts onto this frame with about a hundred 1/4" flanged button head cap screws. I've welded several tabs where the vertical tubes will be welded.  This is critical for make the trailer water-tight.
[Image: progress-feb-7-720-28.jpg]

[Image: progress-feb-7-720-29.jpg]

I was hoping to be much closer to done, but three things have slowed me down:

1. I'm not a spring chicken anymore, so there's that.
2. Mixing a steel frame with aluminum sheet means lots of drilling, tapping and screwing.
3. Making the whole thing water-tight takes a lot more attention to detail.

So in some ways I really am building a boat... at least in terms of water-tightness.

But I am convinced that the final result will be more than strong enough to handle washboard roads without coming apart.

--Fuzzy

Liberty Hill, TX, February 7, 2015.

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#23
Coming along very nicely, looks like it will be tight quarters, but plenty of room for its intended usage. Yes that is a lot of drilling, taping and sharpening drill bits
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Looks like your having a lot of fun though. Propex makes a great heater be sure to use all of the exhaust and intake hose if you shorten them it will cause flame outs. I think if you roll this one over all it's going to do is scratch the paint. Big Grin  Is it getting very heavy?

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(02-08-2015, 07:12 AM) Jkidd6339 Wrote: Looks like your having a lot of fun though. Propex makes a great heater be sure to use all of the exhaust and intake hose if you shorten them it will cause flame outs. I think if you roll this one over all it's going to do is scratch the paint. Big Grin  Is it getting very heavy?


Once I finished all the lower stuff, I'm going to put the wheels back on and weigh it before finishing the upper shell.

My goal weight is a little over 1,500 lbs, so it will be heavy.

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Damn, that original design didn't exactly seem top-heavy. This makes me nervous about my new setup! Was it just a freak accident of a light load, no dampening, and hitting a rock at high speeds?

That new setup is a giant step forward! Almost, dare I say, luxurious?

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(02-08-2015, 05:37 PM) Wagoneer Wrote: Damn, that original design didn't exactly seem top-heavy. This makes me nervous about my new setup! Was it just a freak accident of a light load, no dampening, and hitting a rock at high speeds?

That new setup is a giant step forward! Almost, dare I say, luxurious?


I flipped the Chaser because the shocks were completely worn.  My own damn fault.  I hit a double washout at a 45 degree angle going 15 mph.  This was just a dirt road, not a trail.  The four bumps came at the resonant frequency of the trailer and over she went.

That's why you need shocks... and you need to make sure they're working.

I've taken the Chaser fully-loaded on some challenging "roads", and the trailer itself is great.

I drive a lot of washboard roads (The Maze, Toroweap, White Rim), and there's a tradeoff between going slow enough to not beat up your trailer and going fast enough that you actually get to the campground in daylight.

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Have you made anymore progress?

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(03-19-2015, 06:22 PM) Jkidd6339 Wrote: Have you made anymore progress?


I took two months off working on the trailer to compete at Robogames 2015 (took 4th place out of 25 heavyweight robots).

BUT... I'm back home and working on the trailer again.

In February I hit a major milestone:  I got the lower half done.

[Image: progress-2015-04-28-1.jpg]

[Image: progress-2015-04-28-2.jpg]

I installed the two 63 pound house batteries:

[Image: progress-2015-04-28-3.jpg]

And I got a total weight on the trailer so far: 1,400 pounds (with fuel and water).  Since my goal is under 1,800 pounds, that leaves me more than enough margin to add the roof and side walls.

And although it's a little early, I have three wall panels that are completely cut, drilled, and fitted, so I decided to go ahead and paint them:

[Image: progress-2015-04-28-4.jpg]

They'll be sitting in a corner for a month or two, but at least part of the trailer is finally Toad Orange.

All the panels have been removed, and the next step is to start building up from this level, adding walls, front compartment, roof, and the roof-mounted components (Electric Vent Fan and 235 watt solar panel).

[Image: progress-2015-04-28-5.jpg]

Here's a photo of the current plan:

[Image: Toad-Trailer-side.jpg]

I will be finished with this sometime this summer, and I will be dragging it around Utah and Arizona later this year.

I will.

I will.

I hope :-)

--Fuzzy

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Congrats on 4th at Robogames. Nice to see activity again on the project.
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