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Old 11-12-2011, 05:51 PM   #751
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Digging this....

I just moved home to Boulder after waaay too long elsewhere. I showed this thread to my wife, and she gave the thumbs up. We had a diesel VW camper when we lived in Europe and I had an older poptop aircooled bus "before wife", so I'm not too surprised.

We are looking at a different setup though, since we're a family of four. Need to have a place for the kids to sleep too. But I'm following your build with eager eyes.

If I see you in town, I'll give a wave or if you're stopped, say hello.
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Old 11-12-2011, 06:39 PM   #752
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That's beautiful man!
See? And today I didn't accomplish such beautiful things. Only cruise control & speedometer. Put the two of us together and we'd have one hell'of a beautiful, drivable and cost effective rig!

I love your build. Next one I do will probably be a full-up build: drive line, body & interior...... I'd better enjoy what I've done so far first.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:07 PM   #753
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Does 80/20 make a specific router bit to match their material?
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:29 PM   #754
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Dunno.. good question.

With 15 series the slot is basically about 8 mm wide. With 40 series it is about 9mm wide.
Make your panels less than that width and they'll slide in.

I'm just using the router with a square cut bit on the router table to take enough thickness off the edge so it'll slide in.
It'd be pretty cool to actually be able to route a "t-slot" and lock the panel into the housing!

If your panels are quite a bit thinner than that, 8020inc does sell "panel gasket" which is basically a piece of rubber that goes in the slot to keep your panels from rattling around.


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Old 11-12-2011, 07:52 PM   #755
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What about routering a slot running the length of the board and inserting a peice of T channel to slide into the frame channel, tap and nail or screw from the hidden side to lock in the t-channel. Get this done with a biscuit bit. Let's see if I can present a graphic to explain.


XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX____0
XXXXXXXX0010000000000
XXXXXXXXXX1XXXX''''''''''''0

This should give the best strength and durability and is easier. Set your depth cut so the aluminum channel is flush with the finished side of the board and fine sand to match perfectly. Seal it with lacquer to finish.
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Old 11-12-2011, 08:51 PM   #756
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Lovin' it Storm, good attempt at the graphic representation. I was with you until the screw from the backside, which I don;t understand how you could do. With the router at the correct level, I think you could sandwich the aluminium T bar and the wood tightly enough that the screws would not be necessary.


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Old 11-12-2011, 08:59 PM   #757
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ok.. instead of geeking on stuff I've already figured out.. how about you hoseheads explain to me the best way to do 80/20 openable panel doors and fold-able bed frames

Right now the idea is that the passenger side rear-cabinet has a 90 degree hinge on top with a 27" panel that folds up and clips to the top cabinet when the bed isn't in use (and stores the bedding/bed out of sight)... then folds down across the isle and completes the bed platform (but I'm not quite sure how it connects to the 80/20 on the other side )
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:00 PM   #758
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It'd be pretty cool to actually be able to route a "t-slot" and lock the panel into the housing!



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Old 11-12-2011, 09:04 PM   #759
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That's the opposite Paul... you'd need a male instead of the female in the wood to join the extrusions
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:11 PM   #760
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At the moment.. I think Cheryl & my feeling is that all vertical surfaces will be the maple.
All horizontal surfaces will have carpet (including the ceiling).

We're still debating the carpet color: grey or dark brown.

The other color we're teething on is the accent color; orange or green

Tonight's "in van layout" seems to have the isle width at about 27".
This would mean my 950 will not fit inside although any dirtbike (like my 610; which most are smaller than) would fit easily and mountain bikes will fit fine
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:30 PM   #761
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Go with all appliances being in light yellow, orange walls and green shag.


I was saying put a nail or screw in to be sure the T-channel won't pull loose from the wood if it were to be pulled on. Just the most secure way esp when talking about a lot of temperature and humidity changes along with vibration and such these will be subject to.


As for a fold up bed, have you looked at wall bed hardware and design ques?
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:37 PM   #762
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That's the opposite Paul... you'd need a male instead of the female in the wood to join the extrusions
The bottom two pictures... T-bolts into threaded inserts. How thick are the panels going to be?
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:22 PM   #763
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We are looking at a different setup though, since we're a family of four. Need to have a place for the kids to sleep too. But I'm following your build with eager eyes.
Sounds like you need a full-width bed for the adults, and swing down bunks (one each side) above the main bed for the kids. Or, put the kids above the cockpit. Or modify the sides so the window panels can push outboard when parked and put the kids there.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:07 AM   #764
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:37 AM   #765
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