long will it take to build my Foldavan?
will depend on your skills and workspace but expect about 50 hours to
build. What takes the most time is the varnishing or
painting, the actual structure is pretty quick to build.
much will a Foldavan cost to build?
It is impossible to say. There
are so many variables but it could be possible to build a Foldavan for
almost nothing if you use reclaimed timber and found parts or you can
spend a fortune and buy everything in.
sell a Foldavan kit?
the Foldavan is only available in plan form. But don't let this stop you! All
you need is a jigsaw, a plane and a few other tools and you can
soon build one. It's great fun.
Isn't the skin easily damaged?
recommend a reinforced PVC cloth for the Foldavan as it is waterproof,
non stretchy and very tough. Looked after PVC has a very long life span.
It is very unlikely that during normal use you would damage it. And even
if you did it is easily repaired.
Of course if you are worried about the skin being damaged you can use a
heavier cloth but naturally this will make the Foldavan heavier. The
design allows for the use of almost any non sretchy fabric.
the Foldavan's carrying capacity?
Foldavan can obviously serve as a covered trailer and has been tested by
carrying 75 kilos in addition to the weight of the Foldavan.
long does it take to assemble?
There are three modes and it takes a few minutes to pass from mode to
mode. So if you were in 'Road' mode and arrived at the camp site it
would take you less than 5 minutes to set up and that includes fitting the
headlining and mattresses etc.
What happens if it's
windy when I am towing?
have two options. You can unzip the side panels so the wind blows right
through or you can extend the Foldavan to Camping mode which will make
it much more stable but the added wind resistance will make towing it
much does the Foldavan weigh?
Foldavan weighs from just 30 kilos including wheels and tow arm.
In order to achieve this low weight it uses some special parts like
carbon fibre tubes and quick release alloy wheels. The use of other
materials may increase the weight.
have any experience, can I still build a Foldavan?
not need to have any special experience, you only need very basic
woodworking skills, and a few tools such as a jigsaw and a plane to
build the wooden structure but you may need help making the wheel and
tow arm attachment. All this is covered in the plans and many
alternatives are suggested
can I get the materials?
are the Foldavan's dimensions in 'Stow' mode?
The Foldavan is a simple design
that uses few materials in its construction. Most of the materials
should be easy to find wherever you are and in varying quality to suit
your budget. The plans include many links to help you find what you
are the Foldavan's dimensions in 'Camping' mode?
are the Foldavan's dimensions in 'Road' mode?
2400 mm (7'10") long. 1500 mm (4'11") high 1150 mm (3' 9") wide (wheels on)
2400 mm (7'10") long. 1500 mm (4'11") high 750 mm (2' 5") wide (wheels on)
2400 mm (7'10") long. 1250 mm (4'1") high 210 mm (8 1/4") wide (wheels off)
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