Terry Holt is a local Albuquerque maker who I met three weeks ago. He’s got an extensive background in engineering, but these days he’s working on (among other things) a portable structure he can tow behind his car and use to camp in relative comfort!
His first version was designed out of foam insulation. He chose it as his material to prototype the design because it is light weight and easy to work, with the plan to eventually make the final design out of plywood. After several months of use he found the strengths and weaknesses in his design. Ultimately he decided to stick with the light weight foam insulation instead of the plywood. This allows for it to be setup and taken down by himself in under 5 minutes and makes for a structure that is probably better insulated than my apartment!
It’s a little rough looking as he has recycled a good bit of his last version into this one. I admit, with a quick coat of latex paint it might look a little less like a disposable cooler, but leaving it how it is does make it plain to see how it all works. He had just finished building it, and I have no doubt that with a little spare duct-tape and care this one will last him a while.
Terry recently demonstrated the structure for Quelab members. He brought it by not to gloat or show off (he’s really not that type), but as an example of the kinds of things he can do if members have ideas they want help making into a reality!
Below is a link to pictures I took of Terry’s project.