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TomDegn

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#21
No real plans to have a slide out, although that would be nice. I have teenagers that can fit back in there to retrieve things without a problem.

As far as organization, I think I may have a shelve of nets across to stow sleeping bags above the heavier items.

No roof top tent for me. They don't really make them big enough for my family (6 kids), so we ground tent it.

I may put a rack on it to haul bikes and other things around, but haven't decided yet.

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#22
Coming along nicely, is going to be very unique
Scott Chaney - Owner of Compact Camping Concepts
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#23
Crawling along...

Painted frame "Hammered Brown"- matching wheels
Added center caps to wheels.
Added swivel jack.
Fiberglassed all seams, inside and out.
Lots more to do.

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#24
A little filling, sanding and some paint it will be ready to go!
Scott Chaney - Owner of Compact Camping Concepts
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#25
I like the unique look of your build.  
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TomDegn

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#26
Glassed over the entire top half and sealed the entire box with epoxy. Should be super strong and waterproof.

Picked up a Max Coupler off a buddy for cheap. I'll have a HF receiver welded on this week in place of existing hitch. New coupler fits nice and snug in the receiver.

Now the weird stuff starts as I'm going to use xps foam, fiberglass and epoxy to shape the profile of the trailer to be more tortoise-like. I predict disaster, but should be fun trying. I have young kids enthused by the idea, so I have to give it a go, even though it delays getting this thing on the road a bit more.

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#27
Interesting, so the Tortoise build is really going to be a Tortoise. Will it have a head and legs?
Scott Chaney - Owner of Compact Camping Concepts
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#28
I've had very little time to work on trailer, so the ultra slow progress continues. I've covered the upper part of the box with 2 inches of hard foamboard. It has been quite tedious. Around here, the weather is too mild to buy big sheets of foamboard, so I've had to buy 2 Ft x 2 Ft x 1 inch panels and glue them up before attaching to box. My craftsmanship leaves much to be desired but we're getting there.

I plan on shaping the foam to a more tortoiselike form and than covering in fiberglass before painting.

Here's a couple of updated pics.

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#29
I also swapped out the trailer hitch with a receiver from HF. I've bought a fully articulating hitch that should do better off road.

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#30
Patiently waiting to see the final shape and paint job ...
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