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Old 08-02-2012, 06:25 AM   #2131
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:58 AM   #2132
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KHJPHOTO, what kind of mileage do you get pulling the loaded trailer?
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:19 AM   #2133
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KHJPHOTO, what kind of mileage do you get pulling the loaded trailer?
About 17mpg Speeds 65-70 no headwind.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:53 PM   #2134
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:43 PM   #2135
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So we're ramping up to get some building done before the Colorado winter returns.

It has been a tough summer to get anything done due to the heatwave that seemed to start the minute the snow was gone... we've had record breaking heat and having to work outside because the Van won't fit i the garage hasn't been very motivating. Not that I'm complaining too much because this has given us more chances to go play in the van up high where it is cooler (since it is too hot to work on the van ).

I've began stripping the van for us to make a push putting it back together to what should be our "final design".

The Charging System - Redux:

I own a company that is built upon good customer service.. so I really appreciate when a company goes above and beyond.. and I have to mention that Sterling Power USA has done exactly that.

If you've been reading this thread you know I chose a Sterling Power Battery to Battery charging system for the Sprinter with a remote display. A while ago the thing started letting out a high pitched shrill (almost ultrasonic.. the kind of sound a dog whistle makes) when in one of its charging modes (it is a multistage charger).

I contact Sterling about the problem and they said immediately "no problem, send it back and we will replace it immediately". Big thumbs up.

Before I got around to sending it back it occurred to me that if I had to do it over again I'd actually buy a higher end charger from them - an alternator to battery charger that could take advantage of my Sprinters 220 amp alternator and charge my house batteries even faster. I'd originally shyed away from the alternator versions for fear of dealing with the sprinter's electrical system.. but as I've gotten to know the van better I have realized that fear is pretty much unfounded (at least with how an A2B charger would integrate).

I called Mark back at Sterling and asked that, since I was going to be getting a replacement charger.. could I take advantage of the opportunity and pay the difference and upgrade to a faster charger at the same time?

No problem.

Not only that, Mark didn't charge me the difference in price as he felt bad for the problems I had with the first charger.

I just received the new charger, new remote, etc... at no extra charge.

Two big to Sterling Power for really taking care of its customers!

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Old 08-15-2012, 05:01 PM   #2136
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The hunt for Interweave Fabric.

This has been one of the most frustrating items of the build. Trying to find a source for Interweave Fabric.
We've done all of the google searches... sent off email and made phone calls all over the country.

We've had companies send us fabric sample books...



The closest we've come thus far is "fake interweave". It is a wallpaper that is made to look like interweave fabric. I'm sure it is super robust and would probably last forever.. but I suspect it is a little too "course" to make an interior out of.



We weren't certain about wanting specifically to use Interweave until we met the couple with the OutsideVan in Crested Butte... Outside Vans uses interweave in their vans for a reason... it is good stuff.

Some photos I took of the fabric in the OV van in CB






Sooooo.. if ANYONE knows where I can find some interweave fabric I would really really appreciate it if you could pass the information along?

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Old 08-15-2012, 05:38 PM   #2137
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Sooooo.. if ANYONE knows where I can find some interweave fabric I would really really appreciate it if you could pass the information along?
I'm guessing you called OV, to ask their supplier or brand of fabric(?).
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:49 PM   #2138
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I'm guessing you called OV, to ask their supplier or brand of fabric(?).
And what happened with Frosty's source from the sprinter-source thread?


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Old 08-16-2012, 07:02 AM   #2139
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I talked with Frosty (Alex) on the phone last night (he lives in Portland.. and ironically is coming to Boulder next week so we may be getting together for a beer ).

He gave me all the contact details, address, phone number, email, etc for where he got it from but the website that he bought it from no longer exists. I'll be trying to call them today.. hopefully they are still in business.

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Old 08-16-2012, 08:39 AM   #2140
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What about RV upholstery fabric? http://www.rvfabric.com/index.asp

See various colors under "Solids and Micro Prints" at the left.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:50 AM   #2141
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Hopefully the final load of 80/20 is on its way.
This will be enough to build the other overhead cabinet and both sides of the kitchen.


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1 80/20 Inc Lite Smooth T-Slot Aluminum Extrusion 15 Series 1515-LS x 75
4 80/20 Inc T-Slot Aluminum Rounded Tri-Corner Connector 15 Series 4441 N
7 80/20 T-Slot Lite Smooth Aluminum Extrusion 15 Series 1517-LS x 96.5 N
6 8020 T Slot Aluminum Extrusion 15 S 1515 LS x 48 N
8 8020 T Slot Aluminum Extrusion 15 S 1515 ULS x 96.5 N
1 8020 Aluminum 5 Hole "L" Joining Plate 15 S 4481 10pk
20 80/20 Inc T Slot Aluminum 2 Hole Inside Corner Bracket 15 Series 4302 N
2 8020 Roll In T Nut Ball Spring 15 S 5/16-18 3917 (10pc) Ball Spring issue


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Old 08-16-2012, 09:59 AM   #2142
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You might also try Keyston Bros. They are a wholesale fabric supplier. I worked for them as a wee lad out of High School and they are still around. If I remember correct they have a branch in Denver so might be a hop, skip and a jump for you.

http://www.keystonbros.com/
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:27 PM   #2143
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I have been lurking for awhile. I have to assume that your diesel really is not bothered by several hundred pounds of extra weight. Do you have an idea how heavy the "new" empty van is compared to stock and how much GVWR room do you have left?

Just curious. OBTW, it looks great!
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:45 PM   #2144
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no idea.. I really need to go weigh it again...

The thing has tons of power.. I've never felt a want for more thus far... we'll see if that changes the first time I have the van fully loaded and towing a trailer to boot
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:11 PM   #2145
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no idea.. I really need to go weigh it again...

The thing has tons of power.. I've never felt a want for more thus far... we'll see if that changes the first time I have the van fully loaded and towing a trailer to boot
I've towed a 4500 pound boat with my SWB short roof passenger van. No problem. I've towed a small enclosed trailer that was probably 2k pounds with bicycles on top and with seven dudes inside and a lot of gear, no problem.

I've got a 3500 chassis Winnebago and towed about 4,000 pounds of enclosed trailer to the Rockies. Had some 35MPH hill climbs with that, but on the whole it's done fine. Had some 10MPG tanks coming across Kansas at 70MPH at 108F with a 25MPH headwind, but generally speaking I'm getting 13-14MPG while towing. Which is cool and means it's breaking in more, since I was only getting about 14MPG for a good bit of initial driving *without* a trailer. Should be around 16MPG now without the trailer, and it's a lot heavier than Geek's van *and* has a lot worse drag coefficient since the Winnebago body is a lot bigger.

Basically, in my experience, the van can handle it's 5k of rated towing (2011+ are 5k, earlier is 3500, I believe) just fine.


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