Camper (Van) layout possibilities

Camper (Van) layout possibilities

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:19 am

CaTT and I just purchased a 1988 Ford conversion van for ourselves, with the intention of refitting and restoring for long distance trips this summer and beyond.

I recall seeing a short article in an issue of Model Railroader from the 1950's about someone who put a TT layout in a RV. I would like to build a layout that can travel in the van, it will likely be limited to 310mm curves, so our smaller steamers and our PVM 4 wheel diesel and Lock-N-Roll F-3 can run on that.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Right now, it is something that we are considering, but not necessarily going to start on until the fall.
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Re: Camper (Van) layout possibilities

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:47 am

AngrySailor302 wrote:Any thoughts..........?


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Re: Camper (Van) layout possibilities

Postby Arseny » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:52 am

AngrySailor302 wrote:I recall seeing a short article in an issue of Model Railroader from the 1950's about someone who put a TT layout in a RV.


There was "Off'n table top" column in Railroad Model Craftsman, October 1955.
Some guy had a TT-scale layout in his 34-ft trailer. The layout was 36*72 inches.
The scanned article was on the Rob M's site...
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Re: Camper (Van) layout possibilities

Postby TinGoat » Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:50 pm

At the local model train shows I've seen a G-Scale layout that was built in a horse trailer. The sides of the trailer lifted up so that you could view and operate the layout inside.

I think that the trailer is 6 or 8 feet wide by about 12 feet long....

I've always thought that it would be cool to use an old Pop-Up Camper Trailer for a travelling model train layout.
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Use an old Pop-Up Camper Trailer for a travelling Model Railroad Layout.
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You can get old ones really cheap because the fabric sides are rotten. You won't need the fabric for a layout so it won't matter...
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Re: Camper (Van) layout possibilities

Postby LVG1 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:10 pm

:think: It's a very interesting idea!!! :thumbup:
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Re: Camper (Van) layout possibilities

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:19 pm

Here is the van I referred to:
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It is a conversion van that has four captain's chairs, and a rear bench, with a small table inside of it, with provisions to install a second one. That is where the idea of a "micro TT" layout has come from. It could even be something as small as a loop only for our 4 wheeled locomotives and shorter cars, or something that can be assembled when the van is used as a mobile camper.

Aside from some rust and normal powertrain wear and tear, it is in really good shape, and not bad for an $800 vehicle.
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Re: Camper (Van) layout possibilities

Postby TinGoat » Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:51 pm

Nifty van Dude!

I didn't read your first post as closely as I should have...

But...

If you use the van for sleeping, you could pull a trailer with a layout...

A Pop-Up Camper would give you a huge portable layout that you could bring to some of the big train shows like NMRA conventions that use big halls that can accommodate it.

A smaller 4x4 or 6x6 utility trailer could be done up the same way.

A van like that should really have a waterbed in it.
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Re: Camper (Van) layout possibilities

Postby LVG1 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:25 pm

TinGoat wrote:A van like that should really have a waterbed in it.


Do you know how heavy a waterbed is?
I'm not sure if the poor van's chassis will bear it.
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Re: Camper (Van) layout possibilities

Postby CaTTwoman281 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:58 pm

LVG1 wrote:
TinGoat wrote:A van like that should really have a waterbed in it.


Do you know how heavy a waterbed is?
I'm not sure if the poor van's chassis will bear it.


I am quite sure that the van can carry the load of a water bed, but the rear bench already folds down into a bed, making that a moot point.
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Re: Camper (Van) layout possibilities

Postby LVG1 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:42 pm

CaTTwoman281 wrote:I am quite sure that the van can carry the load of a water bed, ...


As far as I know, waterbeds can take in more than 1, some even 2 tons of water (more or less). This should be close to the limit of the payload of a van...
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