"BIG FOOT 28"
"Floor and other
got quiet silent about my camper. The reason was that most of the BIG things
are now ready and I have to go more and more into detail. Furthermore whilst
the more or less 2 years of construction work on the camper our house and
garden was neglected. So I have renovated some of the rooms and spent more
time than normal for garden work.
Big Foot was not left completely unattended. One part of the very first
construction work which I hadn’t respected in all aspects was the floor to
the “cellar”. The covering-plates reached directly to the vertical walls
above them. My idea was to have maximum access to the “cellar” but it
proved to have some unacceptable disadvantages:
only solution to solve this after everything else had already been finalized
resulted in more work. But I have to admit that when I began to construct my
camper I wouldn’t have been able at all to do something similar and even now
I would not be able to do it and by no means with such an accuracy as my
friend – he knows whom and what I mean!
First of all a profile had to be moulded out of a bleach board. To have 100%
enough of this profile 30 meter had been produced of the profile shown below,
than the floor covering was glued onto it and finally painted. The vertical
walls from the cellar are made of a special kind of wooden board which will
not be effected by humidity. The thickness of these boards is 20 mm. The
moulding from underneath in the profile fits exactly onto these vertical
boards. When put onto the vertical boards the level of the floor is not raised
at all (very important!) because the floor plates were laying on the vertical
walls (directly side by side where applicable). The edges to the left and right of the profile carry
the floor plates. Although the thickness of the remaining wood looks quiet
small it is more than enough because bleach is a tough material. This is the
rest of one of the profiles.
those areas where the profiles didn’t need to be for both sides it was
formerly huge plate covering the fresh water tanks was split in two units. The
gap between the edge and the floor plates is now max. 2 mm!
floor plate above the batteries is now in two sections as well. In the very
front you see the top plate of one of the shoe storage compartments.
is one of the opened floor plates of the battery storing area. The upper
wooden strip is where the floor plate rests on. The lower strip (the one to
which the arrow shows) was dump of one of the profiles but it fitted perfectly
to clamp the batteries. The strip is fixed with 4 screws to the vertical wall
and will tie down the batteries even when Big Foot is driven on the roughest
though the furniture is ready since several months still a small issue was
outstanding: mounting of the locking plate. Now I am able to delete this part
of my To-Do-List. Here you can see one of the more than 40 locks. For all
those who have no experience with camper: These special locks – named
“Push-Lock” – are essential for campers to prevent e. g. the stored
items when driving to push against the doors and open them. If they are not
locked it is easily visible by the knob reaching out. This knob is used as
well as a handle.