One question we often get from customers just starting to explore and purchase the BundutecUSA brand of truck campers is, why do we use wood construction and not aluminum?
Wood framing is something that in the past 40 years of experience in the Truck Camper industry Rory Willett, our designer, has spent a lot of time perfecting. He has looked at the pros and cons of many building materials but when it comes to quality, design, repair and maintenance wood has always come out on top.
We work with many customers who are looking for the complete off-grid experience and even send units to remote places such as Australia. When it comes to meeting the needs of a country whose best road is equal to our worst, there is no question that we needed to design and produce a unit that will withstand these elements.
Wood construction fits these needs, what better material to build a truck camper with than to build it using the same materials that our everyday homes are built from. Wood has proven to withstand the hardest conditions and we take extra precaution to help weather these conditions as well. We use a rubberized undercoating on all units to seal the floor of each camper so that it will not absorb any moisture it may come in contact, we continue this undercoating through the “ups” and “outs” or the slide-in portion of the truck camper.
Rory pays close attention to all the wooden materials we get in to make sure they are free of imperfections which could cause issues down the road, this means we use only the highest quality kiln dried boards and multi-ply marine grade plywood we can get.
No matter how many of these extra precautions we take, there is always a chance no matter what material is being used that at some point it may need repairs done. We have found that wood construction makes it easier to fix these issues should they arise. If a unit is subject to a neglected leak resulting in water damage or even break due to an accident, we can easily remove the exterior aluminum moldings and skin, remove the damaged section and replace it with brand new framing making the unit good as new!
Another reason we choose to use wood for our construction is to help with the insulation properties of the unit. Wood is a porous and fibrous structural tissue, when it is processed into framing, it keeps the same porous nature. This porous structure does not allow the material to condensate as you see on aluminum frames. It also reduces the expansion and contraction in the change of temperature from hot to cold. The heat of welded aluminum joints can cause the joint to become brittle and crack in the vibrations of traveling. With wood construction, you do not have to worry about breaking welds or cracked joints where it is held together.
We build by the mantra of staple, glue and screw. This means that all wood framing is always stapled together, the interior wall panels are glued and stapled to the framing to strengthen the framing even more. Then the paneled wall components are glued and stapled in place before they are finally screwed together in the final framing assembly. The custom crafted interior cabinets are built in the same method. This process gives the units an even better bond of support and structural integrity, insuring it will hold up brilliantly in any area of travel you intend to visit.
An argument from others may be that wood framing makes the unit heavier. While in a sense this is true, we are in firm belief that the structural benefits, customizing build requests and ease of repair make up for the weight you would “save” when using aluminum. We take extreme care when designing all our units to use only the framing that is necessary to provide a rugged structure while keeping the unit as light as possible, giving the structural integrity to provide years of camping adventures
We take extra care in every unit we produce because we are designing and producing something that we love. We build each camper as if it was going to be our own plus, there is just something about the smell of wood being ran through a saw that makes the construction process even more enjoyable.
“Wood is universally beautiful to man. It is the most humanly intimate of all materials.”
~ Frank Lloyd Wright.
If you are looking for a unit that will let you travel anywhere you want to go both on and off-grid than look no further, the wood construction of each BundutecUSA Truck Camper is just the beginning of what we have to offer.