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12-18v Portable Water Pump

Weekend project #34223.

Today im going to build a portable transfer pump i think would come in handy, mainly for camping but anything really.  Built to the confines of a small weatherproof/impact resistant pelican case and with options for connecting to a 12v power source or using a 18v cordless power tool battery.

2017-06-25 09.27.04_resultHere we have the pump i purchased of ebay. A Seaflow 18 LPM, 12v pump with an internal pressure sensor cut off switch, and the pelican case i had lying around the workshop.

2017-06-25 09.37.45_resultNext was to find some suitable BSP fittings so i can easily connect typical garden hoses/attachments to the pump.

2017-06-25 10.16.05_resultSo we have the inlet up the top, inline gauze filter, through the pump, ball valve, which will also work as an on/off switch (because of the pressure switch) and back out again. The two stainless bushes are there so i can weld a bracket to them and screw to the box, eliminating any stresses from pulling on the hose etc and breaking the pump.

2017-06-27 17.14.33_resultNext was to sort out the power from the makita cordless drill battery. I got this adaptor thing from makita which will work perfectly for connecting the battery. Just need to hack it a bit.

2017-06-27 17.26.42_resultInside it has a voltage regulator and 2 x 5v USB outlets. Im going to bypass that circuit board and connect directly to the battery terminals.

2017-06-27 18.36.53_resultHere it is done, 18v power coming out of the unit and a few little mods and its secured to the lid.

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2017-07-21 17.05.26_resultHere we have the pump mounted, support things fitted  on an angle so the hoses dont have to kink, the 18v supply goes into a step down converter from 18 to 12v, it then links up to a 12v anderson plug for an external 12v supply, through a 10a blade fuse and to the pump. Job done!

2017-07-24 08.29.55_resultInside the compact case fits 2 x 6m hoses, a few garden tap attachments and a spray nozzle.  All packed into a small indestructible box i can just chuck in the back of the ute.

the end,



Ultimate Off-Road Camper Trailer

G’day and welcome to another build.

It seems i cant keep still and since recently sold the slide on camper,  I have decided to turn the trailer into some sort of multi purpose off-road camper trailer. See that build here. 

Its going to have a small simplistic kitchen box on the passenger side and have my new James Baroud pop up tent mounted up top.. Its going to be open in the guts so I can roll on my ATV quad bike for weekends away, thinking a stainless keg welded to the draw bar for some sort of charcoal grill and maybe a box on the drawbar for my 12v fridge. Leaving the trailer empty somewhat, leaves it still a versatile trailer for all sorts.

Lets get cracking!

Starting off with my previously built trailer, and my new James Baroud pop-up bed. Its time to get the show on the road.

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2016-07-09 13.16.22_resultAfter a bit of head scratching, a lot of thinking ahead and some precision welding, I have mounted my James Baroud camper up top. I have left 1350mm underneath for my ATV to roll straight on up.

2016-07-09 14.04.34_resultThere she is popped.  Haven’t even slept in it yet!. Comes free with a ladder and dish washer/bed maker! haha.,  and a pup chucked in for scale reference.

2016-07-17 09.00.56_resultA quick trip out to the farm to check the bike fits before I go any further and she’s in by a mickey whisker. Bit dodgy using planks. Better sort that out when i get back. It would also be a bit liable of tipping if not attached to the truck. Better make some corner stays too.

2016-07-18 16.17.24_resultI’m back at the shop, next was to make the tray accessible for the ATV. Using two fiberglass mesh grates I had lying around, (also used for my 4WD for bridging ladders or sand tracks)  I welded on some type of hooks and some removable chains and its done.

2016-07-18 16.17.43_resultCorner stays done.

2016-07-19 06.55.22_resultSimple, and easy to make.

2016-07-21 09.55.52_resultNow before I get carried away with the kitchen, above that I saw an opportunity to maximize the space up top and extend the platform to accommodate my OZtent / 30 second tent.  The end plan is, is to have an awning stretch out over the kitchen then my Oztent attach to that for a sort of room to use for either somewhere to hang out of the sun or rain, or a second bedroom for kids or guests.  More on that later. So I thought i better make provisions for the Oztent now.

2016-07-20 15.34.28_resultBeing a metal fabricator, what better way to keep your tent clean dry and out of the elements than in a custom made alloy waterproof box!

2016-07-20 15.35.18_resultFits in like a cock in a sock. Even room for fishing rods, tent poles, snowboards/skis, extra awning crap etc.

2016-07-21 11.06.32_resultOztent box installed, new side awning installed. You beauty! Time to start the kitchen!!

2016-08-17 14.39.43_resultSo the kitchen box somewhat resembles a toolbox. Made from 2mm aluminium and made to fix specifically to fit in that area on the side of the trailer.

2016-08-17 17.11.05_resultNow the hard part. The layout.  This thing is a lot bigger than i imagined…

2016-08-17 17.53.01_resultI have decided to put in a divider at the last minute.  I think having a kitchen on one side and storage on the other would be a more practical use of space.

2016-08-17 17.23.56_resultGetting the divider in seemed somewhat impossible, as its bigger than the opening and should of been inserted before the box went together. Lucky for the SKYHOOK 2000! (see the build here). !

2016-08-17 18.18.40_resultNow a nice cover trim to finish off. Also completing the door jambs.

2016-08-26 13.25.16_resultDoors made, decided on a bi-fold design so the bottom half will be a bench top and the top half will have an LED strip light attached. Using packers here to get the gaps all even and parallel before installing the hinges.

2016-08-26 16.59.36_resultDoors on, weather/dust seal on, Starting to take shape.

2016-08-27 09.05.25_resultSlowly everything is finding a home. Trying to make it as practical as possible with everything within an arms reach. With a weekend booked away camping i better get a wriggle on.

2016-09-11-09-59-31_resultWith the drop down door fitted, here you can see i have made some custom internal ribs. This will give the door support and also fill in the inside as soon it will be laminated with a sheet of stainless.

2016-09-11-10-03-28_resultUsing a tube of expanding foam to fill in the gaps, itll be solid and insulated.

2016-09-12-09-22-18_resultAll sanded and ready to glue on a sheet of stainless steel.

2016-09-13-18-47-43_resultBench and LED strip light finished. Note the stainless bench still has the white plastic protective film on it.

2017-02-23 15.52.03_resultFinished the other doors, thus completing the kitchen and storage box. The front compartment i’m just going to leave empty for now until i decide what to put in it.

2017-02-23 13.50.17_resultRamps work a treat.

2017-02-23 13.49.59_resultOutriggers are great for when the trailers not attached to the ute.

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2017-02-24 07.15.40_resultAs you can see, the quad is a tight fit. No ropes are really needed to hold it in.

To be continued…..









Camper Trailer

From the passion of camping and being outdoors it was time i built myself a camper trailer. The concept was to basically have a 4wd style trailer, big wheels, lots of clearance and have everything on it imaginable. The thought of just being able to hitch it on and know straight up you’ve packed everything. No need to fumble around packing this and that, just get it and go. And when you have arrived at your camping spot, everything is accessible easily and quick- beds already made, kitchen already set up. no unpacking or setting up tents etc.  Here is my story.

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Canopy FrameWhat originally  was the canopy and tray off my 4wd ute, I was contemplating building a longer tray so thought about making this tray into a trailer..



IMG_0968And like that, the tray was off.  Now for the fun part…

IMG_1096 IMG_1101First the chassis was built, all suspension and wheels fitted.  After these shots, i decided to change the hubs to electric drums.

IMG_1115 IMG_1114Completed chassis with draw bar done, so are the tray mounts.

IMG_1174A few coats of paint and the tray is fitted.

IMG_1241All new Alco 4wd hitch, heavy duty jockey wheel, handbrake set up and the wiring loom.

IMG_1250IMG_1251Next to build was the two stainless steel tanks. One a 160 liter water tank and a 180L diesel tank. All made from 316 stainless fully TIG welded. I make these sort of things at work all the time so no guess work here.

P1040153The finished tanks.  Ready for install.

IMG_1289The tanks fitted. Note the rear tank is angled for a good exit angle when 4wding. After this shot the rubber strips were inserted between the stainless steel hangers.

IMG_1553 Here we have the aluminium removable false floor, It was made to store 6 of these huge storage containers and still be able to sleep up top.

IMG_1618 IMG_1434Next was the custom box made with duel fridge slides. One side was for a food fridge, the other beer. The top box was a toolbox i had lying around. It worked well as the shape would be good for the wind deflection and this was now going to be the home for the duel batteries.

IMG_2580The duel 12v 75AH sealed gel batteries & switch panel. This is wired to the plug at the hitch. My battery management in my 4wd will register when i plug in the trailer and charge these when we are on the road. I was going to add solar to this project but never got around to it.

IMG_2481Next was the kitchen. I knew what i wanted before i started so this one went pretty smooth. We make boxes and all sorts at work so basically like a toolbox with fold down front. All made from 3mm alloy tread plate with weather & dust seals.

IMG_2581The kitchen finished and installed onto the draw bar.  The taps there are hot (from the gas hot water heater) cold in the middle and the third is to fill the water tank.

IMG_2591The draw finished in the kitchen. There is enough plates bowls pots pans etc for 2 people comfortably.

IMG_2582Next is the gas hot water heater. Running off a 9kg bbq gas bottle this pumps out piping hot water on demand. The stone guard also serves purpose to hold the shower hose and give a little privacy/wind protection.

IMG_2583The water heater cover/stone guard closed.

P1040337The water pump and filter hidden away safely with good access if needed.  All plumbing is done using BSP pipe threaded fittings and Auspex pipe. No hose clamps here!

P1040338Here is the diesel high-flow transfer pump and bowser. works a treat.

P1040342The switch panel which hides and protects the two batteries.

P1040341My dog Jake sitting on the false floor.

P1040310The trundle tray which holds all tent poles, ropes, pegs, awning canvas, hammock and the like..

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After this project was finished we drove from Sydney to Byron Bay via Coonabarrabran/Narrabri , mostly dirt roads for our end of year holiday. The trailer didn’t miss a beat and did everything and much more. Oh, besides a flat tyre. Ill add a few pics of our trip below.

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I hope you enjoyed the read. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below and ill try and reply asap. Cheers.


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