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Old 10-21-2012, 04:51 PM   #2236
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Worked on the bed platform for a while but didn't get it done



I did get some cut (man cutting 4x8 ply by yourself is a PITA)



All of this wood will be wrapped in 1/8" foam and then covered in interweave fabric eventually...

On Cheryl's side I added 6 inches of leg room bringing it to 6 feet (a cutout into the forward counter)


On my side I added a full foot of "footwell" into the forward cabinet for my feet to have some extra space.

I.started sticking the other side in with duct tape and bailing wire (since I'm out of fasteners)



...but then I got distracted and decided to put the cart in front of the horse again

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Old 10-21-2012, 04:53 PM   #2237
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I got sidetracked again...

Ended up putting the San Juans (our favorite place in Colorado) in the door way....



...and then Colorado's front range in the fridge (where we currently live)



I couldn't bring myself to hack up $200 in maps.. so I only hacked up the Colorado one.




As I think I've mentioned... one of the big motivations to our wanting an island was "privacy".
Whether we're snowboarding or in a parking lot at the grocery store.. every time we open the side door with someone nearby they want to come over and check things out.
By having a big "obstacle" in the way.. I'm more comfortable with someone taking a look without seeing our private bed, pillows, etc.



Due to the height of the van, this works well. I'm 6' tall and I cannot see into the back half of the van whatsoever with the island's positioning. Perfect.

They way it is looking we might not make it out of here until Wed. morning.
We'll probably camp/ride the San Juans on Wed night and ride there Thursday and then Moab Thurs night thru Monday.

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Old 10-21-2012, 05:08 PM   #2238
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Looking at the photos.. I really need to make an effort to get some walls and ceiling up... it'll have a huge "visual impact" for when people look in.

When I look in all I see are connectors and joints and the things I've been figuring out.
Stepping away and trying to see it not through my eyes I'm sure it looks like a real mess to others -
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:59 PM   #2239
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Today I passed a guy who just bought a Sprinter in Kentucky and was on his way back to San Diego. He is going to have fun in that thing! I wish new sprinters were in the low 20s.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:00 PM   #2240
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I got sidetracked again...

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...and then Colorado's front range in the fridge (where we currently live)



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are you purposely blurring out your location so none of us stop by and sidetrack you even further?
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:07 PM   #2241
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You can drop by anytime... just drop me a PM for directions.

You can't slow me down any more than my neighbor's son.. Peyton. He's 8 years old and I'm convinced he's going to be either an engineer or a foreman.

He keeps dropping by to see if "I'm doing a good job" and then proceeds to climb all through the van analyzing every joint & connection

At one point today I was cutting wood and I went out to the van and he was laying down under the bed (which was assembled)
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:32 PM   #2242
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Where you hiding candy? He knows.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:39 PM   #2243
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Awnings.

I've decided I want a real one. The Noah tarp is a PITA and sucks in the wind (or should I say.. I don't have the patience to make it wind-secure).

One that doesn't require ropes and tie downs and stuff.. something mounted on the outside of the van that I can pull up, unroll and be done - almost-instant-shade.

Anyone know if you can get Hannibel Awning's in Sprinter Size? (I wish)
I'm almost tempted to make one out of 8020

Looking for suggestions



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Old 10-21-2012, 10:48 PM   #2244
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I think you're asking for wind noise there.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:51 AM   #2245
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You can drop by anytime... just drop me a PM for directions.

You can't slow me down any more than my neighbor's son.. Peyton. He's 8 years old and I'm convinced he's going to be either an engineer or a foreman.

He keeps dropping by to see if "I'm doing a good job" and then proceeds to climb all through the van analyzing every joint & connection

At one point today I was cutting wood and I went out to the van and he was laying down under the bed (which was assembled)
You're being a positive influence, in that young man's life.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:16 AM   #2246
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:20 AM   #2247
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Fan question

Hey Geek,
Would you say that your fan works well enough to get the fumes out of the van if you're sleeping in it with your motorcycle? I know you have said it works well while driving etc, but if you ran it all night and were sleeping in there w/ a bike what's your thoughts? Here's my thread on my bed build. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=834972 As I mention in there I am sure it probably won't be real often that I actually sleep in it w/ the bikes still in the van. But I certainly wanted to build it with the option to do so. Was thinking I'd eventually get one of those fans and hopefully that would allow me not to wake up drunk on fumes.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:36 PM   #2248
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I would say it has plenty of power.. it has 10 speeds in and 10 speeds out.. on 10 it is like a 12" diameter hair dryer in force (i.e. it is moving significant volume).

When the van's been sitting in the sun with a dirtbike in it and I get in and it is full of gas fumes, I turn the fan on 10 for about 30 seconds to flush the air in the van.. then knock it down to 1-3 to maintain.

Hope this helps

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Old 10-22-2012, 01:42 PM   #2249
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So I had some stuff that I had to get done today but I don't have any connectors and very few fasteners left (UPS tracking is saying they won't arrive until after we've left).

So my day started with making connectors on the miter saw


...and diggin through my "random bolts" box to see what I could scrounge


I then got to work on mounting the fridge to the rails and floor.






...and then mounting the subwoofer in the gap in front of the fridge



I'm leaving a 3" gap all the way around the fridge in which I'm going to insulate to make it more efficient.

The thought occurred to me just now while I was driving with Awolnation's SAIL thumping on the stereo... "I wonder if having the subwoofer that close to the fridge is a bad idea?"

I'll let you know if I manage to blow up a beer from vibration

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Old 10-22-2012, 01:45 PM   #2250
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I finished building out the basic framework to the left side cabinets and then I took the other old carpet covered bed-bench and mounted it temporarily for this week's trip.

It was a happy coincidence that my old bed benches happened to be the right size for cabinet tops... I just cut the one off with the table saw for the island... the other one happens to be sized perfectly and didn't need trimming



I then finished in the end of the cabinet in front of the fridge that the subwoofer is behind. Eventually this will be halved in height and a drawer or two will go in the top half above the sub.



Eventually I'll fill in above the fridge when I build the cabinets to the left of it.
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