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Old 08-28-2011, 01:31 PM   #196
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Definitely a different direction than you are leaning, but you might want to check out some of the programmable flat-panel switch systems out there...

Definitely more expensive, and not really on/off tactile, but they work great in certain applications and can greatly simplify wiring as well.

One company making them is Wired HDH just around the corner in Loveland...



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Old 08-28-2011, 02:09 PM   #197
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Very cool Paul... I didn't even know such a thing existed. I might end up using something like that in the back to control all the "rv" functions

10x the cost... my switches costs $45. Hmmm.. but after watching the video it sure is cool! Hmmmmmm...




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Old 08-29-2011, 08:43 AM   #198
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Hmm, where is he gonna find room to store the bombs with all the other stuff in there?
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Old 08-29-2011, 12:04 PM   #199
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Time to get started on the 8020 framework...

I was going to draft this out on paper (which would take me maybe an hour) but instead (like an idiot) I decided to use this as an opportunity to get to know google sketchup inside out.... so I'm going to waste a huge amount of time modeling the thing in 3D before I get frustrated and end up drawing it all out on paper.

so far... so good

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Old 08-30-2011, 08:27 AM   #200
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Geek/Tweetie,

Not sure if you plan on adding more bug controlled space (instead of just the awning), I found a source here over on the Sprinter Forum. The US doesn't have many tall options.




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Old 08-30-2011, 08:35 AM   #201
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Thanks for the link e.b ; we've been debating. One of the things we like about the sprinter is NOT having to setup a tent. That said.. there are times more room would be nice...
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:20 AM   #202
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That's a good point. Looks like you tend to overnight here and there. That would be a hassle with the setup/teardown.

I think our approach will be a little different. We'll tend to stay longer and have a kid and a couple of puppies with us, so the extra space won't be an option. I'm trying to avoid a complete interior buildout so I can have bike space and take off by myself when I want, without a trailer or hitch rack.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:36 AM   #203
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I'm trying for similar... trying to make it so I can stick a bike down the center isle.

I'm not sure if I can do it.. but using 8020 I'm wondering if I can make a queen size bed frame that also comes apart modularly and turns into a loading ramp

Sketchup is taking way more time than it is worth.. I already have the entire thing designed in my head but I was hoping to do this and make sure I'm not neglecting anything...






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Old 08-30-2011, 09:57 AM   #204
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:02 AM   #205
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:17 AM   #206
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They didn't have a Husqvarna

Here you can see the bed in its 3 80-20 components. These components happen to be exactly the same length as the right side lower cabinet so they clip to it (8020 to 8020 clips) to store out of the way.





I have a feeling this sketchup is far prettier than what I'll endup with
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The bed panels should double as a bike ramp.

You're gonna limit yourself to only carrying one bike inside?
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:18 AM   #208
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I'm not sure if I can do it.. but using 8020 I'm wondering if I can make a queen size bed frame that also comes apart modularly and turns into a loading ramp
How are you going to explain the mud and sand in the sheets?

Awesome sketchup work. Looks like the chain is kind of tight on your bike, you might want to check that or the counter shaft is going to leak for sure.

So, the bed panels rotate 90 degrees and stack on top of each other on the right side cabinet for transport? You're going to use an inflatable mattress from what I remember?

Thinking aloud...

Have the aft ends of the cabinets open or drawer to the rear. That will allow you to use them easier when setup. Any consideration for making the rear cabinets bench seats and having the bed panels lay across to the tops of the seat backs? (then where do you stow the panels... maybe clip in to the underside of the upper cabinets?) I always need a seat with a work surface. Good for reading, lounging, working, eating, playing games.

Do you plan on only setting up the bed in the evenings, or leaving it?


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Old 08-30-2011, 11:45 AM   #209
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The bed panels should double as a bike ramp.

You're gonna limit yourself to only carrying one bike inside?
Yes, one inside is sufficient.

With a back bumper mount I can carry two without a trailer.
If I want to carry a trials bike as well (3 total without trailer) I'll put a front hitch mount and stick the trails bike on the front.

With my existing trailer I can carry a total of 5.. or 6 with the front mount.

Of more interest to me is carrying 2 motorcycles and two mountain bikes at the same time... which I'll make this setup double for without a trailer.

comfort in the van is priority 1. It'll be rare a bike goes inside. I *love* having a queen size bed in the back.. I've been going and taking naps in it between clients at lunchtime

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Old 08-30-2011, 12:02 PM   #210
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That's a good point. Looks like you tend to overnight here and there. That would be a hassle with the setup/teardown.

I think our approach will be a little different. We'll tend to stay longer and have a kid and a couple of puppies with us, so the extra space won't be an option. I'm trying to avoid a complete interior buildout so I can have bike space and take off by myself when I want, without a trailer or hitch rack.
Hmm, this sounds familiar.
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