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Old 08-30-2011, 05:29 PM   #241
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are they all bumpy like bed liner?
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:34 PM   #242
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are they all bumpy like bed liner?
Yup, but not rubbery
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:04 PM   #243
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Not sure if she would like this. Last girlfriend thought it was stupid, and would rather just squat when camping. But girlfriend before her loved her "Go-Girl"
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:04 PM   #244
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I used to have an inline instant hot water heater for washing my horses years ago.. but I haven't heard of any that work well off of 12volts - what have you seen?
You might want to look up "Jeep Underhood Shower" - basically it is a pump that pulls water from a stream, creek or bucket, runs it through a heat-exchanger attached to the motor and sprays very warm water out of a garden-type sprayer ... fairly inexpensive if you build it yourself. At one point in time there were kits for it, but, I haven't seen one advertised for quite a while now ...

Edit: Found a write-up from 10 years ago online about it -- http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums...ad.php?t=48825
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:55 PM   #245
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http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...FUOo4Aodl1DwWA
maybe something simple?

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I'm trying to avoid having a propane system all together. Not sure if I'll succeed yet.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:51 PM   #246
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If the wheels are loose, then powdercoating wins all the time. If the wheels were already mounted to the tires, then paint.

It is so much more durable then paint.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:24 AM   #247
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Check out this Murphy bed in the Sprinter

http://www.leisurevans.com/unity/index.html

http://www.leisurevans.com/murphybed/index.html


don't look at the price
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:44 AM   #248
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You might want to look up "Jeep Underhood Shower" - basically it is a pump that pulls water from a stream, creek or bucket, runs it through a heat-exchanger attached to the motor and sprays very warm water out of a garden-type sprayer ... fairly inexpensive if you build it yourself. At one point in time there were kits for it, but, I haven't seen one advertised for quite a while now ...

Edit: Found a write-up from 10 years ago online about it -- http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums...ad.php?t=48825
are these usable for the showers you are talking about? plus one of these
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:39 AM   #249
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If I had interest i that I think I'd start with one of these...



The cab & chassis Sprinters *suck* if you have legs. You have to move the seat back as far as it will go, and that makes the seat back go vertical. I drove one for a while, and hated it. I never even drove it more than an hour or two at a time. If they added 6" to the cab, it would have been fine. I'm only 6' 2".
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:37 PM   #250
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are these usable for the showers you are talking about? plus one of these
Without seeing the inside of the heat-exchanger linked, I wouldn't be able to confirm that it will do the trick. That 12-volt pump from HF would be a bit overkill on the flow-rate - a simple 12-volt RV-based waterpump would be just fine.
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:12 PM   #251
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WOW...great build Geek!!!


I'm building my own version right now as well.

Using my 1977 Union City Stepvan.

It'll have full camping capabilities, (kitchen, full bath, double bed w/ Serta mattress)
fold the bed up against the wall, and a full length workbench folds down from the top half of the bottom of the bedframe,
and a full length bench seat (complete w/ seatbelts) will fold down from the lower half, (to bring the grandkids along),
I'll be able to haul a BIG bike inside, and smaller ones out on the back liftgate.
Full roof-rack up top, (for the scanoe and other oddities),
drives wonderfully, and turns like a forklift
6'+ in headroom
and MAXIMUM visibility!!!

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/51/10023x.jpg/

oh...and solar panels are on the horizon


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Old 08-31-2011, 05:36 PM   #252
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"as needed"...

I am planning on putting some solar panels up there.. and in the future Cheryl & I have talked about getting some kayaks and putting them up there.

That said.. "up there" is way the f*** up there! I don't know if I have it in me to climb up 10 feet in the air to put a kayak on the roof of this thing


So let me get this straight, you will ride down the steps on Black Bear Pass on your 950 but climbing 10 feet to the roof of a van to haul a kayak is scary..............

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Old 08-31-2011, 05:57 PM   #253
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I used to have an inline instant hot water heater for washing my horses years ago.. but I haven't heard of any that work well off of 12volts - what have you seen?


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You might want to look up "Jeep Underhood Shower" - basically it is a pump that pulls water from a stream, creek or bucket, runs it through a heat-exchanger attached to the motor and sprays very warm water out of a garden-type sprayer ... fairly inexpensive if you build it yourself. At one point in time there were kits for it, but, I haven't seen one advertised for quite a while now ...

Edit: Found a write-up from 10 years ago online about it -- http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums...ad.php?t=48825


How about a diesel water heater? http://www.espar.com/html/applicatio...ive_units.html

Espar Hydronic heaters use a diesel jet to heat water! There a gas version too.

I love the build Edward!

Craigslist find today, Powdercoat kit including oven, $150.
http://cosprings.craigslist.org/tls/2575163046.html

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Old 09-01-2011, 10:52 AM   #254
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I own an Espar heater.

I have installed many of them for other people as well.

I can tell you, they are not cheap.

But they are a quality piece of gear.
I was looking at the Espar heater for heating the van (nice that it can use the existing diesel fuel) - Any idea if they make a combo one that can do cabin heat & water?
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:54 AM   #255
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I ordered 4 of these for the new wheels today:




I also ordered a new windshield because mine got a rock chip in it right between my eyes

I requested they go through Mercedes for the windshield instead of a cheap knock off... so its going to take it 10 days to come in.
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