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Firstly let's start with my design goals - We spend many weekends away plus trips up to 4 weeks. So 2 persons, weekend warrior, very good insulation, Mogworthy robustness.

Quick stops for lunch are often done inside the camper, selfish of me, but sharing my food with the flies isn't for me. Evening meals are mostly outside so I need access to the fridge from both inside and outside. The same for plates, cutlery, etc.

At least one dinette seat to be available at all times. Internal toilet, shower, permanently made up bed.

Subframe: FGS Composites is doing the design and build for me. Urs is a fellow Mog owner, coachbuilder, fiber glass specialist. Urs pushed me to build a new suframe as cutting up the old one would destroy the Binz box and be just as much work. Good advice as I got to sell the Binz box. Here are some pics.
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We toyed with various ideas for the spare wheel. I have a Reddot on the roof so that's not an option. I'm really sorry that I removed the original Mog spare assembly and didn't leave it in place and arrange the fuel around it. In my opinion it's the perfect place for the wheel. We looked at rolling it upright into the front of the camper, as a frame on the rear of the camper or, as it ended up, in the tail of the camper. The logic for not putting it on the back was that this requires quite a bit more steel/weight and would require that I shorten the camper. The spare takes away a lot of storage, but my design goals don't require a years worth of stuff.

The toolboxes follow the departure angle and house the rear light clusters. Aluminum, powdercoated and double sealed. Now they are powdercoated it's hard to make out the detail in the picture.

More to come once the camper lid is on.
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This makes the toolboxes a bit clearer and shows the spare wheel rack in place.
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Very Nice indeed. Thanks for starting the thread.

I find that I am always outside the box while parked in a camping spot, unless the weather or insects drive me inside. You'd never describe the Head Wound Box as a camper - I've described it as 'An Armored Tent', but as odd as it is, it is functional for me, and the truck camps well for my style. I'm mainly in it to sleep, and no complaints there.

For years in Baja (and wherever else), my buddy and I were Pick-Up truck based, and we just had cab high shells. A bed, with (drag-out) storage underneath, our kitchens were recreated on the tailgates every time we needed a meal. Simple, functional, and flexible. We could pull 2-3 week trips down the Baja peninsula without much planning. Of course, we lived on Coffee, Omelettes, Tacos, and Beer, the typical surf bum extravagance.

I'm looking forward to your build, and I am interested in cross sections of door/compartment seals, just to compare what solutions are out there.

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