Plystream Plans PDF
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Overall length including trailer 360 cm (approx) (11'.81")
Length of Plystream without trailer: 300 cm (9'.84")
Width of Plystream: 170 cm (5'.57")
Height: 225 cm (7'.38")
Unladen weight, including trailer: 300 kilos (approx) (660lbs)
Max payload: 200 kilos (440lbs)
Trailer wheel size: 13"
Headroom: 185 cm (6.06')
Bunk length: 200 cm (6.56')
Single bunk width 60 cm (approx) (1.96')
Double bunk width 170 cm (approx) (5.57')
|The Plystream is a fully insulated and very lightweight and aerodynamic two berth 3 metre long caravan designed to fit on a small unbraked trailer with a gross capacity of 500 kilos. The Plystream weighs just 300 kilos so can be towed by the smallest of cars. It has six foot of headroom throughout, two wide single berths or one large double. It has rear loading to allow the easy carrying of long items such as boats or bicycles. Thanks to its symmetrical design it is an easy task to change any of the dimensions to suit any trailer.
|The step by step illustrated instructions walk you through the entire build process. They include a lot of further information on all aspects of the build, from the materials you need and how to find and modify them. Unlike a traditional caravan, the Plystream is constructed using the insulating layer as a structural element. This creates an extremely light but very strong structure. You do not need much space to build a Plystream as it is built on to the trailer. The Plystream is a bit harder to build than our other designs but still only requires very simple basic tools.
The Plystream plans are metric but allow for the use of Imperial materials. During the build you will learn how to laminate wood, make templates and use epoxy resin and much more. If you buy all new parts to build your Slidavan it may cost about 3000 Euros which is a fraction of the cost of other small caravans available to buy today. The costs can be brought down considerably by using second hand parts.
The bright and spacious interior consists of two settee bunks wide enough to sleep on or by simply dropping in the seat backs, a very wide double bed can quickly be made. There is a good sized table which bolts to the front panel. At the rear of the Slidavan there is a kitchen area with room enough for a small hob and sink. The other side is left open so you can decide how to fit it out. It could be used for a shower or simply as a place to stow extra things when camping.
The Plystream not only looks fabulous, those lovely curves serve to help the Plystream slip through the air with ease. Even at speed the Plystream is never flustered. It is stable and easy to tow and because it only weighs 300 kilos it's so light that you will almost forget you are towing it. The Plystream is one of the lightest caravans on the road and just about any car can easily tow it.
Wherever you go with your Plystream you will be met with astounded people all eager to know more about it. You can personalize your Plystream any way you want. You do not have to varnish it, you could paint in any number of ways and colours. You could even use it as a very cool catering van.
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Frequiently Asked Questions:
Q: How long will it take to build my Plystream?
It will take about 350 hours to build a Plystream. It is not a quick build. There are a lot of materials in it, 20 + sheets of ply and 15 litres of glue for example but it would make a great winter project with the chance to learn about laminating wood, how to make templates and use epoxy resin.
Q: How much will a Plystream cost to build?
Always a very subjective question but if you bought only new parts you might expect a Plystream to cost about 3000 Euros to build but the cost could be reduced dramatically using second hand parts.
Q: Do you sell a Plystream kit?
Sorry no, the Plystream is only available in plan form. But don't let this stop you! All you need is easily available and no special skills are required.
Q: How much weight can a Plystream carry?
This depends on your car's towing capacity and how lightly you build your Plystream. Expect a Plystream to weigh about 300 kilos unladen so with most cars you will have a very respectable pay load of about 200 kilos.
Q: The plans are metric can I build a Plystream using Imperial materials?
The Plystream will still have to be built using metric measurements but Imperial materials can certainly be used. All the info you need is in the plans.
Q: What are the legal requirements for a Plystream?
Because the Plystream weighs less than 500 kilos it is considered a trailer in Europe. Laws may differ in other parts of the world so check first.
Q: How much does a Plystream weigh?
An unladen Plystream will weigh about 300 kilos including the trailer which makes it one of the lightest caravans in the world.
Q: How hard is it to build?
It's fair to say that the Plystream is not the easiest caravan to build but it's more about patience than skill. Every single step along the way is explained and backed up by over 350 detailed pics so if you have confidence there's no reason why you couldn't make one yourself.
Q: How well does it tow?
The Plystream is very easy to tow. A small tow car will notice the weight when pulling away and going up hills but other than that you'll hardly know it is there. It is hardly any wider than the tow car so if the car can get through a gap, so can the Plystream.
Q: Is it hard to manoeuvre?
Not at all but with the Plystream there's really no need to even try. It is much easier to simply unhitch it and move it by hand!
Q: I don't have any woodwork experience, can I still build a Plystream?
The Plystream is probably not the ideal project for a complete newbie but there's nothing very hard or complicated and every single step is described in detail. If you can follow instructions you could certainly build yourself a Plystream and along the way learn a lot of very useful skills.
Q: Tell me more about the plans
The metric Plystream plans have over 150 pages and more than 350 photos and even bonus sections full of useful information. The plans come as a PDF file and are about 15 mb in size.