So now it starts with the transformation of our Dacia Dokker into a mini camper. First, the question of where the preparations and the necessary work should actually take place had to be clarified. My wife and I live in a city apartment, which includes a parking space in front of the house: that would be the first option. Not a good idea for two reasons. First, the weather has to play along. If it starts to rain, you have to put everything away. Second, the curious questions from the neighbors that would keep me out of the flow. Option two an unused cellar room that could have been used with the facility manager’s blessing. No rain, but a lot of stairs. Third, I was considering the balcony to saw and drill. My wife was not amused.
Then came the saving idea. Our allotment garden. An ideal place for all the preparatory work. Because I don’t have to sit in the Dokker to cut threads and saw wood panels. But stop! I don’t have any electricity in the garden. Except for solar power for the alarm system and in the summer for the fridge. Or the generator, which I would have to turn on again and again if I want to use a power tool. But again! There are battery tools. Sure, I’ve used cordless screwdrivers in the garden for ages. But until recently I didn’t even know that there was a cordless circular saw.
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I chose a modular construction for the expansion. Now it was the turn of the first module. It consists of a base plate on which a frame made of aluminum profiles is attached. The whole thing will later be part of the lying area and offers space for three 40x30x32 Euro boxes. I think a picture says more than a thousand words here:
In order to be able to screw the aluminum profiles together, I first had to cut a lot of threads. Perhaps even self-tapping screws would have gone? I didn’t try it and chose the safe, but time-consuming variant. I found two types of so-called 3D connectors for the corner connections. The one in the shape of a cube and another one:
The one in the picture above was two euros more expensive and in my eyes is not worth a shot of powder because it doesn’t fit perfectly. It is very tricky so that the little noses fit exactly into the guides. If you think that it pulls right when you screw it on, you risk damaging the thread in the soft aluminum. The plastic cover for this 3D variant is just a joke:
If you bump into the corners once or twice, the plastic cover is history. It’s just experiencing that you have to collect first. In any case, my expansion method is not for the impatient. It would be a lot easier to get a couple of battens from the hardware store, plus two dozen of these brass brackets and a box of Spax screws. In no time at all, you have prepared such a box. Depending on the level of craftsmanship, the result then varies between a handsome chest or a rabbit hutch. I also admire people who first create a drawing with a 3D program. That would be too time-consuming for me. The only existing written record that alien visitors from an alien planet would find from my Dokker expansion would be the following:
Because the individual steps are very lengthy to put into words, we of course also have a video up our sleeve. We would be pleased if you looked at this and rated it benevolently. You will soon find out how we proceed here.