CPT (Composite Panel Technologies) Slide In Camper Shell Build, AKA "Yes, Dear, I think this will definitely be my last one...."

klahanie

daydream believer
CPT Camper Build - Part 3 and Final


Box Score

Camper Shell - $15K $CDN (insert favourite line here about CDN/US $ difference...)
Stuff – Roughly $9CDN
Rough estimate on dry weight of finished camper - 1100 - 1200 lbs
Time to build – About 6 months with lots of competition from “life in general”
You've done very well. Congrats and looking good !

I know that's a joke on the price but not sure which way it's meant to go... I've seen a low price or two mentioned on this forum for finished campers before but my research never matched them ... if only CPT had those sized shells readiy available.

Even for a basic built it would be easy to spend double your outlay. So, good on you.

I'm with you on hatches thru the walls. Only gotcha might be if ferries wants a visual on the LPG tank being shut off. Have seen it before with other travellers and have been asked myself (but not in BC iirc). I took to carrying an old BC Ferries "checked/shut off" sticker and applying it before hand across the factory LPG compartment door - even though that space had long been converted to shoe storage :sneaky:

Thanks for posting. Enjoy your travels !
 

NOPEC

Well-known member
You've done very well. Congrats and looking good !

I know that's a joke on the price but not sure which way it's meant to go... I've seen a low price or two mentioned on this forum for finished campers before but my research never matched them ... if only CPT had those sized shells readiy available.

Even for a basic built it would be easy to spend double your outlay. So, good on you.

I'm with you on hatches thru the walls. Only gotcha might be if ferries wants a visual on the LPG tank being shut off. Have seen it before with other travellers and have been asked myself (but not in BC iirc). I took to carrying an old BC Ferries "checked/shut off" sticker and applying it before hand across the factory LPG compartment door - even though that space had long been converted to shoe storage :sneaky:

Thanks for posting. Enjoy your travels !
Klahanie

Ah yes, another failed attempt at humour. The story of my life.......... The "joke" was about our Canadian dollar being referred to as a Peso or worse, by many of my American friends and a few folks here as well. The costs cited on the post were in Canadian dollars, very rough estimates aside from the actual shell. I actually did a little shopping in the "It seemed like a good idea at the time" departments of FBMPlace and Kijiji and bought a few things there for this project so that took a bit of the edge off the total cost.

Funny about BC inland ferries and propane. Many here on ExPo will have driven on BC Highway #23 south from Revelstoke (highly recommended if you haven't :) ). Anyway, I happened to be on that road while I was planning this last build. During the busy summer season, the Galena Bay Ferry has a very outgoing and quite fiesty woman who is in charge of the pre-boarding area where one of her duties is checking on propane shutoff valve compliance. During the ferry wait while chatting with her, I brought up the topic of normally closed solenoids in a propane system as at the time, I was planning to install one in my new system. She listened quite respectfully as I blabbed on about the advantages, safety, propane shut off by a remote switch, etc., quite riveting stuff I thought. At the end I asked her if she thought that would work for compliance. Her reply was basically, "sure that will work, just as long you turn off the shutoff valve on the tank"....

I didn't end up doing the solenoid for a variety of reasons but I did put an easy access marine screw hatch in the lid of the propane locker for both a quick shutdown if need be and for anyone else who might need to confirm that I am following the rules. BTW, I have also used the old "red sticker" trick ;)but I would never have a problem with someone physically checking the valve, regardless of where it is located.

Here is a pic of the current set up. Cheers

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klahanie

daydream believer
^ oh, that access hatch is super slick. V nice !

I think I might know that woman... We were once in the queue, the ferry had stopped loading when the attendant walked past our car only to direct a final vehicle behind us out of the queue They got the prized last spot on the ferry.

When the attendant walk back past us I gently gave her the gears about how come they got on and not us when we were so small (our old Escort). She said they were "that much shorter" demonstrating with outstretched hands.

I figured they were locals so no worries.

btw re #23, heading south from Revy one can drive beyond Shelter Bay down the west side of the lake/reservoir all the way to the next ferry (Arrow Park). There's decent camping just S of Shelter Bay.

(BC boy here :cool: )

ps If it happens that I get anywhere with CPT I'll be in touch !
 

Trail Talk

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If you’re OK with this digression I can add a warning about carrying exterior fuel when boarding BC ferries. We too got pulled out of the line by a very dedicated woman while waiting for the Nanaimo to Departure Bay sailing. Not satisfied that our two jerry cans in the rack were empty, she supervised me filling them with water from a spout across the parking lot before letting us back in the queue. First time that had happened in many crossings, and the last since the empties now go out of sight at BC ferry terminals.
 

NOPEC

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If you’re OK with this digression I can add a warning about carrying exterior fuel when boarding BC ferries. We too got pulled out of the line by a very dedicated woman while waiting for the Nanaimo to Departure Bay sailing. Not satisfied that our two jerry cans in the rack were empty, she supervised me filling them with water from a spout across the parking lot before letting us back in the queue. First time that had happened in many crossings, and the last since the empties now go out of sight at BC ferry terminals.
Wow, Dean, that is pretty over the top! Sounds like she had a burr. Like Klahanie mention earlier, I also have never seen our inland ferry folks double check anyone's assurance of compliance.

Out here in the Kootenays, we are what I think you call "chill". Our Ferry Lady generally wears a pair of Dame Edna/Lady Gaga/early Elton John sunglasses (depending on the desired look for the day), has flower boxes on her brightly painted shelter and spends most of her time chatting with aging goateed bikers living the dream with their oversize Harleys. She is vigliant and efficent in her own way though.
 
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ITTOG

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The camper looks good. I like what you are doing. Didn't you have one of the fiberglass campers, bigfoot I think?
 

NOPEC

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The camper looks good. I like what you are doing. Didn't you have one of the fiberglass campers, bigfoot I think?
ITTOG
Thanks. I have had a few of the moulded truck campers. A Bigfoot (8'2") and a couple of Kodiaks (8'3") to be exact. I liked them all for different reasons just that now, I really wanted to get away from the weight and size and with the Bigfoot especially, all the build-ins and "mass produced" RV stuff and dodads (does one really need window valances in a camper...) that I just am not interested in these days. In my opinion, what should be a pretty thermally efficent shell is quickly compromised once they start sawing into it at the factory. You can mitigate some of it by doing a major overhaul and lots of fiberglassing but with the CPT build, I wanted to start with a clean slate.
 
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ITTOG

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ITTOG
Thanks. I have had a few of the moulded truck campers. A Bigfoot (8'2") and a couple of Kodiaks (8'3") to be exact. I liked them all for different reasons just that now, I really wanted to get away from the weight and size and with the Bigfoot especially, all the build-ins and "mass produced" RV stuff and dodads (does one really need window valances in a camper...) that I just am not interested in these days. In my opinion, what should be a pretty thermally efficent shell is quickly comprimised once they start sawing into it at the factory. You can mitigate some of it by doing a major overhaul and lots of fiberglassing but with the CPT build, I wanted to start with a clean slate.
All that makes a lot of sense. I built my own for some of the same reasons. Enjoy the new camper.
 

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