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Old 04-16-2017, 10:00 PM   #1
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Blazer chalet custom

Was going to post pictures but changes have been made that escape my technical background .Will post later if I figure it out . But have a good start to me chalet pop up project that might interest some of you and can assemble on the truck in minutes with hard top, softop or Bimini
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Old 04-16-2017, 11:11 PM   #2
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Re: Blazer chalet custom

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Old 04-16-2017, 11:15 PM   #3
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Wow don't Evan know how I did that let's try again
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Old 04-16-2017, 11:18 PM   #4
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Re: Blazer chalet custom

Still don't know what I did .lol but hey one more pic
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Old 04-17-2017, 01:30 PM   #5
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Re: Blazer chalet custom

I have some familiarity with the pop-top campers on Blazers. I will be watching this as it develops. First thing I notice is that the frame is being made out of pretty big steel bar stock. This could end up becoming very heavy once you add in the rest of the framing, skin, interior, and canvas/vinyl. My FWC is constructed entirely out of 1-inch square aluminum bar stock, skinned in aluminum. With 10 gallons of water, and 10 gallons of propane, it weights approx. 700 lbs. You will be looking at a bit more than that, so be prepared to upgrade your suspension with bigger overload springs or air bag helpers.

Maybe I misinterpreted your project. Are you just building a tent platform that will mount over the hard top? If so, disregard my blabbering above. However, I would highly suggest bigger gussets on your vertical legs, or some diagonal bracing to prevent the whole thing from folding down under load. I built a very similar type overhead rack for my Blazer years ago, and the vibration and shaking and wind loading took its toll on the structure until I added in diagonal bracing in both directions (front to back, and side to side).

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Old 04-18-2017, 05:02 AM   #6
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Re: Blazer chalet custom

Yes I see what your saying but as you say about the gusset being small but this will be ellieveated with a stiffener just behind the roll bar not present yet. This Chalet is intended as you say to be a canvas shell with sleeping bunks on top . The weight although I haven't put it onto a scale yet is under 80 lbs what you see in the picture and built with 1 1/2 inch square tube 1/16 wall thickness. I have ultra strong honey comb carbon fiber panels made for the floor . I think it will be a good idea to get the specific weight going forward . Also the weight of the origional hard top is much heavier than what I've constructed so far which was an important fact for me as I will be using the windshield post to support the front which will at the same time offer some stablisation side to side as the Headers I've been supplying here will also become integral to this application. Just flying by the seat of my pants on this one but I knew if I didn't get started it wouldn't happen . Another issue I had/ have is my garage won't have anything to do with this project as you can see the rack easily is higher than my garage door .LOL . Now I can feel the pitty ! Thanks for looking and comments and I look forward to any suggestions
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