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Old 12-10-2011, 01:50 PM   #1051
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....For now I need to put a cooler, a porta potty and a Mr. Heater in this space. ...
just don't forget which one has the beer in it
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:10 PM   #1052
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:39 PM   #1053
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I don't even want to know what you do with one of those potties when its full while on the road.....
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:07 PM   #1054
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Impressive work, Geek.

Where's this big road trip taking you?
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:14 PM   #1055
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I don't even want to know what you do with one of those potties when its full while on the road.....
Toss it
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:14 PM   #1056
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I don't even want to know what you do with one of those potties when its full while on the road.....
Not too bad if you use the chemicals. For quick trips to the grasslands, or when taking out the RV in the winter, I just take the old porta poti.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:31 PM   #1057
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How many hours does the goo need > 40 degrees?

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Old 12-10-2011, 03:43 PM   #1058
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I don't even want to know what you do with one of those potties when its full while on the road.....
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=747754
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:18 PM   #1059
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Impressive work, Geek.

Where's this big road trip taking you?
Port Orange, FL to visit my Mom, then Key West to watch a sunset, then up to Ohio to visit Cheryl's family.

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Old 12-10-2011, 04:24 PM   #1060
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"Industrial Erector Set".

Indeed!

So I wanted to secure things but I didn't want to make any cuts on any of my existing 80/20 because it is all "spoken for" when I build the kitchen...

So literally using leftovers (and 2 four foot rails which I didn't cut).. I started bolting things together and voila...





literally 10 seconds and one screw adjustment:


...this was one of the main reasons I chose to build the van like I am. I can literally reconfigure things as needed on the fly with an allen wrench.

When we get home and I want to remove everything it is literally two bolts holding the entire structure to the main rail

In theory, I might make the entire kitchen a module that bolts in/out (haven't decided yet...)?
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:30 PM   #1061
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So I had to go for a "squeak test".

We have a washboard dirt road about a mile from us that leads to a lake.




Cheryl & I jumped in the van and headed to the lake. Then we climbed in the back and took a 45 minute nap





When we woke up from our nap and I opened the sliding door.. there was a Boulder County Sheriff beside us (yes really!)

Note to self: take a look out the window before revealing that you are inside.

The Sheriff just waved as we drove away.

The good news? No squeaks!

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Old 12-10-2011, 04:48 PM   #1062
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ive been doing a bunch of sleeping in the ol sprinter these past 2 months.....helps save on hotels. truck stops have cheap showers on the go.....ive put 18k on it since august....darn thin paint on these things too
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:52 PM   #1063
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Preparation for tomorrow... and trying to improve upon something I know nothing about

So tomorrow is the big day.. cutting a 14" square hole in the roof to install the Maxxfan.
I worked for a while this evening getting things ready for tomorrow so that my "exposure" time when the van is cut open is minimal.

Making sure I have all the stuff I need (I'd hate to have to run to home depot with a hole in the roof )
Butyl tape, primer (to prime the metal after I cut it - re-sealing the paint), masking tape (to hopefully keep the primer from getting where I don't want it), OSI sealant (for my second layer of waterproofness) and a caulking gun, Dynaflex 230 (for my 3rd layer of waterproofness:


The maxxfan includes a little plastic lip that goes in the hole, and then that lip bolts to the roof and the fan bolts to the lip. You can see that mounting lip in this photo I've posted before:


The issue with a Sprinter is that the roof is a whopping 1/8" thick. Not thick enough to bolt the fan frame to.
So the solution is to build a 3/4" wooden frame that'll go inside the van and the fan will bolt to it.
I just made this one out of 3/4" by 1.5" pine.


I threw away the woodscrews the fan came with for mounting and got all stainless hardware with nylon lock nuts


The next potential issue is that over time, the plastic frames of RV vents/fans tend to weaken with age and then crack around all the bolt holes.

Despite our joking about trading this thing in for a 4x4, I really do want to (in a perfect world, knock wood) keep this thing for 10+ years... and I don't want to have to redo the roof vent (or develop leaks) in that time.

Solution? An aluminum reinforcement strip all the way around on top of the stock plastic mount

First I cut two 17" pieces and two 12" pieces


Then drill holes 3/8" back to line up with the holes in the plastic. The four corner holes are 9/16" back.




and voila!

This is how things will go on the van.

My aluminum on top, then the plastic stock mount, then my layer of butyl/goop/etc, then the roof of the van, then the wooden box on the inside of the van. Then bolt it all together (I hope!).




I still have to round the corners of the aluminum and make it fit/look nice.

The Plan:

So! In the morning, if everything goes to plan I will...
spray the aluminum strips I made with the white primer.
create a 14" square template out of some light masonite.
use the masonite as a template to get the hole exactly where I want it.
Drill each corner with a small drill bit.
Drill each corner with a 7/8" hole saw to give me nice rounded corners that are tangental @ exactly 14".
Cut the square out.
Lightly sand the edges, tape off, and spray with primer inside & out.
Let primer dry.
Go around the edge of the hole with 320.
Go around the 320 with butyl tape.
Put the plastic mounting frame in the hole.
Go around the mounting frame with OSI.
Put my aluminum strips over the mounting frame.
Squirt some 320 in each bolt hole and then insert the 16 bolts.
Bolt the wooden frame up to the 16 bolts from the bottom.
Squirt some 320 on each bolt head to make sure every bolt is completely waterproof
Let it set up for a while.
Insert and mount the maxxair in the hole.

...then I'll try and figure out how to wire it up and make it work

(sorry.. I wrote all of those steps for myself to reference when I'm doing it ).

Can anyone for see anything I'm forgetting?

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Old 12-10-2011, 04:53 PM   #1064
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..ive put 18k on it since august....darn thin paint on these things too
18k!! I thought I was bad putting 11k on mine since august!

I hope yours is going funner places than mine has been thus far
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:56 PM   #1065
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Can anyone for see anything I'm forgetting?
You forgot to schedule in a couple of beer breaks but other than that I think you're good.
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