Saturday, December 20, 2014

Custom, Fiberglass Slide-In Truck Camper for sale. 1/2 ton pickup...700#

My custom made, fiberglass, slide-in truck camper built out of Nida-Core composite panels
is now for sale.  

This unit probably weighs somewhere in the 700 pound range, considering sum of panel weights and resin/cloth used to build. 1/2 ton pickup carries just fine. I have Air-Ride brand air bags installed on the rear wheels of my 1/2 ton pickup and have no sway or any other issues when hauling.

30 amp-120 volt power inlet
30 amp cable supplied (yellow colored outer sheathing) approximately 30-35' long, in great condition
15amp-120 volt power inlet
Water tank fill door on exterior
onboard shower that runs off 120 volt shore power
onboard deep cycle marine battery that serves 12 volt convenience outlet and lights
pigtail to tie onboard battery to truck battery for charging onboard while in transit
backup light on rear that can be activated from cab

Camper shower (never used). I never have installed a water tank simply because I have not necessarily needed one.

The camper is located in the eastern part of North Carolina. 

-Update  The camper has sold- 2015


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Where has the Nida-Core 3M Composite Panel Manufacturer gone to?

It has recently come to my attention that Nida-Core 3M of Port Saint Lucie, Florida has been bought out by Composite Essential Materials.  So if you have been attempting to locate Nida-Core panels directly from the Nida-Core plant you have more than likely landed on a dead end road.  I am not sure if the panels are continually being made in the same plant as before, but it sounds like they are.

According to Composite Essential Materials, they will be opening yet a second distribution location in Elkhart, Indiana for your 'panel location' researching needs. 

Please find the Industry News message below for your convenience in the event the link provided above should ever be broken.

Maritsa Dan, president of startup Composite Essential Materials (CEM, Port Saint Lucie, Fla.), reports that CEM has taken over the core materials business previously known as Nida-Core/3M. 3M (St. Paul, Minn.) had acquired Nida-Core in January 2011, but subsequently decided to exit the core-manufacturing business.
Dan says that Dan Family Holdings, the owner of CEM, has agreements with all of the previous Nida-Core suppliers, including NidaPlast (Thiant, France), the source of Nida-Core materials for plastic honeycombs, PGI Matline for laminating bulkers and Flexokore for balsa products. CEM also will offer polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyurethane (PU) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam core as well as glass-reinforced fiberboard. In addition, CEM will be a North American distributor of resin supplier Nord Composites (Condé Folie, France).
Future plans include expansion of product offerings to honeycomb in low-, medium- and high-densities as well as fire-retardant versions, plus honeycomb designed for use in infusion and resin transfer molding (RTM) processes. Resin products to come include tooling resins, skinning material, transom putty and sprayable print-blocking core. A second distribution site will be established in Elkhart, Ind., where CEM will produce large pultruded panels with several options for core and fiber-reinforced plastic surfaces.
Dan says previous and new customers are welcome to call Maritsa Dan at (772) 342-4991 or e-mail