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Finally finished our homebuilt RV!
Old 06-08-2015, 08:53 PM   #1
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Finally finished our homebuilt RV!

Today we pulled the garage pod out of our house garage where we had been working on it. We elevated it using the plug in jacks (same as the main pod uses). Everything fit perfectly and I think it looks reasonable.

Now just need to ride our dual sport motorcycles up the ramp, activate the twin 3500 pound winches to close the ramp door and go on some adventures! Oops, forgot, toss in the bicycles, put our canoe and kayak on the garage pod roof rack.

Oh, maybe hook the sailboat up to the trailer hitch too

Here is what we had 2 years ago when we started (a pile of metal and this CAD drawing):





And here is how it looks now:







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Congrats. Are you fully retired, to be able to take off?
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Congrats. Are you fully retired, to be able to take off?
Define retired. We quit working for wages in March 2015 but have been slaving over this RV all of April and May.

We really can't take off though until we sell the house, which is the next big step.
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That is so cool that you guys have the skills to build something like that for yourselves. What a great ER project and future lifestyle.
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Looks very professional, must have taken a slew of work. Did you have some local help, or do most of it yourselves?
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Congratulations!! What an amazing accomplishment.

Do you have a "bucket list" of places you want to see, or will you just travel with the seasons - go where the whim takes you at any given time, that sort of thing?
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Looks very professional, must have taken a slew of work. Did you have some local help, or do most of it yourselves?
No help, we did ALL of it ourselves. Welding, painting, woodworking, cnc machining, and wiring.

And yes, it was a slew of work But hey, I don't expect to see another one on the road...like ever.


Here is an example of how ridiculously custom it is. We wanted small outlet plate covers for the electrical outlets at the garage pod workbench, but the outlets were the GFCI type (squareish) and they don't seem to make small plates for those. Instead of settling for bigger plates, we bought the small plain plates with no holes and popped them on the cnc mill to cut the rectangular holes for the outlets.
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I think that's the neatest RV I have ever seen!

A modern industrial look.

And a configurable pods concept. Cool!
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Define retired. We quit working for wages in March 2015 but have been slaving over this RV all of April and May.

We really can't take off though until we sell the house, which is the next big step.
OK. If you made an announcement, I missed it. A belated congrat on the ER then.
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The best part is the "Not for hire" logo on the door!
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It looks very professional! And it will probably outlast my ordinary motorhome.

Now if there were a car ferry between US and Europe...
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Inside pics?

Is the detachable pod thing a part of the living space, or for toys?

Can/would you pull a toad behind it?
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Wow! Very impressive!
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Fermion,
Very cool. I know you've told about this "little' project before. Have you got a spot where you've collected more details, pictures, etc? What did the final weight of each pod and the flatbed truck turn out to be? Thanks.
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That is really cool, and yes, construction pictures, pictures of the internal structure, wiring, plumbing, etc., please?

And grats on retiring.
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I would so much love to look inside!
Many great advantures with the RV and drive safe!
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Amazing! I've only seen a couple of homebuilt ones and yours is by far the best looking!
Congrats on finishing up and getting ready to get out on the road. That is a massive achievement for sure.
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This is awesome. I wish I had enough mechanical skills to do this.
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Very impressive! Nice job.
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Very impressive! I hope you enjoy it for many years to come and look forward to hearing about your adventures!
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