Hello everyone! Today we are going to tell you how we built Romeo's living cell, what materials we used and what suppliers we turned to.

First of all, we want to make it clear that we are not sponsored by anyone, so we say what we think without any filter, for better or for worse!

We are Marco and Cristina and we built our Romeo in 2 years with the aim of making it our home to travel around the world.

If you have any questions, please email us! 😊

Here is the list of suppliers we turned to and the materials we used to build the structure of Romeo's housing celulla

Dismantling, stripping, removing unnecessary parts and components, cleaning, treating, priming, painting and reassembling the chassis with two-component paint - we did not do that.

We decided to have it done in Germany by a company that has been doing this for 20 years. The company is called Häckl Omnibus by Christian and is based in Bavaria, this is the link to their website www.haeckl-omnibus.de

Consider that the costs we incurred were exactly one third of the estimates we received in Italy!

That's why we turned to them, to save money!

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Cellula abitativa Pannelli e telaio fai da te Come abbiamo costruito Romeo in giro in giro blog Häckl

When we left Germany to take Romeo to Italy, we were actually halfway there!

Because in the 6 months leading up to Romeo's arrival, we bought and implemented everything we could, with some fear of possible mistakes, but in the end those fears turned out to be unfounded.!

So when we arrived with Romeo at Massimo's workshop - our blacksmith friend - we already had the frame (or cage) structure, the garage structure, the cube to lower the door, the sandwich panels and the door and windows.

While we waited for Romeo to be picked up, we had Massimo, our blacksmith friend, build the supporting structure of the living cell out of structural steel.

Blacksmith in Cerveteri RM

Email: massimobattarelli@yaoo.it

Our reasons for choosing a container-style structure were very much dictated by our previous experiences with conventional means, where we often realised how fragile conventional structures are, which is a far cry from our vision of solidity and robustness.

In addition, both during the study phase and in discussions with the structural engineer, it became clear that for our needs to support external structures such as the garage with the extendable platform for loading/unloading our ATV and spare wheels, we needed a solid structure to which we could anchor ourselves, not just walls with aluminium or fibreglass boxes inside.

In conclusion, the structure we have chosen is the most appropriate for our needs and provides us with a self-supporting living cell.

Finally, this solution allowed us to install corner blocks, which are useful for anchoring and repositioning if necessary, for example in the event of a tipping over.

Of course, we also looked at the weaknesses of this solution, namely weight and thermal bridges, and by studying and observing, as others had done before us, we realised that these could be easily avoided by using materials used in the aeronautical and nautical fields.

We purchased it on www.aliexpress.com

Then we had the bender make the cube for lowering the door.

There was never any doubt in our minds that we wanted easy and quick access to the living cell, and once we had studied the exact location, distances and dimensions, Cristina (me) gave the drawing to Bender to have it made, after which I treated and painted it.

We purchased it on www.berger-camping.it

Another thing we prepared in the six months before Romeo arrived was the sandwich panels.

We ordered them from T-Pan, who supplied them in the sizes we needed; these are the drawings Cristina made using Visio Professional. So when the panels arrived, all we had to do was open up the window and door holes and file down the corners that would touch the weld bead.

Against rust, the combination of electro-galvanising and painting

Before mounting the structure on Romeo, we had it given a special anti-corrosion treatment consisting of 150 micron electric arc galvanisation and 2 coats of epoxy paint.

This combination allows it to resist corrosion caused by severe weather and environmental conditions, as well as the aggressiveness of road de-icers, for at least 50 to 60 years.
The company we have contacted is VER.ZINC. in Rome and these are the contacts:

Email info@verzincsrl.it
Phone: +39 06 6190 5268
Website www.verzincsrl.it

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We had custom sandwich panels made for our Romeo by T-Pan of Padua, Italy www.t-pan.it

At the time, we turned to them because they also deal with nautical constructions and this gave us the feeling that we could get more guarantees (for the humidity part) than from other suppliers, and time - for the moment - has proved us right (it's been two years and everything is perfect).

Cellula abitativa Pannelli e telaio fai da te Come abbiamo costruito Romeo in giro in giro blog T-Pan

So, with Romeo in Massimo's (the blacksmith's) yard, all we had to do was place the self-supporting structure on the platform with the help of a crane, assemble and weld the door cubes with the additional removable steps, and then glue the panels together with the legendary and irreplaceable SikaFlex 252 single-component structural adhesive.

By contacting the various suppliers we have compiled a list of all those who sell Sikaflex, a list we are happy to share with you.

We chose Net Coatings because they gave us the most competitive quote, they guaranteed a delivery time for the entire duration of the work and their customer service is really knowledgeable and timely.

These are the materials we requested:

  • Sika 252 white 600ml pouches
  • Sika 252 black 600ml pouches
  • Sika primer 206 G+P
  • Sika aktivator – 100
  • Sika Butyl Tape

All of these products have a relatively short shelf life, so it is important to ask for a minimum of 6 months. It is also important to ask about the cost and delivery time.

Supplier List

Website https://www.autoricambisanmauro.it/it/  E-mail info@autoricambisanmauro.it  

Website https://www.astorispa.it/  E-mail astori@astorispa.it francesco.petruzziello@astorispa.it

Website www.ideaverdecamper.it  E-mail camper@ideaverdecamperrent.com camper@ideaverdecamper.it

Website https://bricocamp.it/  E-mail info@bricocamp.it

Website https://www.tecnipro.it/  E-mail info@tecnipro.it baroniocesare33@gmail.com

Website https://proximatape.com/  E-mail fm.massetti@proximatape.com

Website http://www.fra.it/  E-mail claudio@fra.it

To complete the assembly of Romeo's body structure, the roof was installed using a crane. The roof was fixed using Sika 252 sealant, obviously preceded by the application of primer and activator. In the video you can see how relatively easy it was to place the top panel.

We would like to express our gratitude to our friend Massimo, the locksmith, whose constant commitment and support made the management of the entire project smoother, intervening even in situations that were not directly his responsibility.

Continuing with the roof, we applied Sika's Butyl Sealant Tape to protect the seals for additional protection against the elements.

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Cris, Marco & Romeo

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