Building an Adventure Van

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Geek, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Danielmoben

    Danielmoben Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2011
    Oddometer:
    27
    Location:
    Spain
  2. pvangel

    pvangel Team AARP

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,652
    Location:
    South Salem, NY

    Geek, can you post up what this material is again? I went back 30 or so pages and couldn't find it. Thanks!
  3. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2003
    Oddometer:
    32,217
    Location:
    8000ft.
    It is called t-slot aluminum.

    The brand I'm using is made by a company called 80/20 - http://8020.net/
    They have an ebay store and an amazon store as well.

    :freaky
  4. djb_rh

    djb_rh Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2010
    Oddometer:
    578
    Location:
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Here's a pic of a bike rack we made out of t-slot aluminum (and a steel frame that bolts to the factory tie-down spots on the sides):

    [​IMG]
    Untitled by djb_rh, on Flickr

    That stuff is awesome.


    --Donnie
  5. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2003
    Oddometer:
    32,217
    Location:
    8000ft.
    So we've finally figured out all the pieces. Now its just a case of doing the work.

    Best part about 80/20 is you can move things around, change things up, and figure out exactly what works best with minimum effort.

    The rear boxes are going to be changing in dimension.. so I'm actually going backwards at the moment (although the cool thing is that one allen wrench and 20 minutes and voila - back to basics!)

    [​IMG]


    I also got the kitchen design started this morning...
    [​IMG]

    Originally I was going to run 6 foot rails from floor to ceiling but once again the van's taper got me. If I put a rail in the stair at the bottom it sticks out of the van at the top :huh So the top cabinet and the bottom cabinet will be independent.

    I've also been playing with the height of the outdoor table. I think I'm going to order some 8020 pivot-nubs so this table is mounted there all the time and you just swing it up when you want. This seems to be a good height when standing outside :thumb

    [​IMG]

    I'm going to finish up the framing before I put this in... I'm trying to think of a way that I can easily see it without having to get on my hands in knees in a dark cabinet like it was before...

    [​IMG]
  6. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2003
    Oddometer:
    32,217
    Location:
    8000ft.
    Got some stuff done this past weekend.. not as much as I'd like.

    As I'm considering this "final assembly" I'm taking more time to do things right as opposed to just throwing things together to see if it works... unfortunately this leads to lots of little side tracks that take time I could be using better on bigger issues so things don't go as quickly as I'd like.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    It turns out our door island might be big enough for the water and the portapotty.. this will make loading/unloading both much easier. I still haven't decided how far forward I want the fridge (knowing I have to build an air tunnel to its compressor and I'd like to put the subwoofer in front of it)...

    [​IMG]
  7. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,718
    Location:
    Now serving just Snohomish County
    You might consider putting something over the tops of those batteries while you have those nice conductive chunks of aluminum perched above them. One bump and holy shit!!

    I have seen first hand what happens when you short the posts together on a 6v and it is quite surprising! :eek1 The noise is impressive as well.

    You van sure looks like it is developing into a sweet setup! :clap
  8. simmersonwheels

    simmersonwheels Asleep at Switch

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2006
    Oddometer:
    116
    Location:
    Canuck Left Coast, Courtenay BC
    Does that include insurance?
    I pay nearly $2000 a year for my F150 pickup, and thats with a perfect record and includes the 40% good driver discount....
  9. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2004
    Oddometer:
    7,706
    Location:
    Kalifornia
    No, That's just to register the vehicle w/ the county. Insurance is a seperate payment. You just have to show proof of insurance when you register the vehicle.

    Colorado is the third most expensive state for vehicle registrations in the USA.
  10. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2003
    Oddometer:
    32,217
    Location:
    8000ft.
    Thanks Dan :freaky

    Good point! I agree 100%
    If you look closely you'll see the restraint brace I built that goes over the battery has 4 l-shaped pieces of aluminum bolted to it. Those brackets are what the protective cover will bolt to during final assembly.

    [​IMG][

    I want no chance of something being in the cabinet and getting jammed between the posts in an accident dead shorting 330amps and catching the van on fire. The batteries will be completely isolated.

    As you probably noticed I over engineered the battery restraints a bit. That's 210 lbs of lead I don't want flying around the cabin in a crash. The double rails at each end let me tie into the factory hard points in the frame so that the batteries are into the frame of the van. With my brace system I'm sure the van could be upside down and those batteries aren't going anywhere. Some RV setups I've seen are pretty scary - yeah I trust that 1/4" sheet of plywood with 1x2 softwood frame and penny nails to keep that 70 lb battery from hitting me in the back of the head when I rear end someone :eek1

    :freaky
  11. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2003
    Oddometer:
    32,217
    Location:
    8000ft.
    Try Canada? I'm Canadian... :rofl

    I spent 11 years getting my greencard so I would NOT have to pay Canadian taxes/registration/insurance fees any longer :D

    :freaky
  12. jjustj

    jjustj cum petris et choris

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2005
    Oddometer:
    5,658
    Location:
    9157 ft Dillon CO
    twice that!:eek1:eek1
  13. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2003
    Oddometer:
    32,217
    Location:
    8000ft.
    First year was over double that... I wouldn't complain if the renewal half'ed every year :D
  14. papalobster

    papalobster With Gusto!

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2001
    Oddometer:
    13,979
    Location:
    FDL, WI
    Stuck "adventure" van:bluduh I should throw a locker in the Dana 60:evil
    [​IMG]
  15. Ratski

    Ratski Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2009
    Oddometer:
    769
    Location:
    Eastern WI
    Or maybe not drive the Nunbus on the Beach? Maybe? :dunno
  16. straightrod

    straightrod Long timer

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,315
    Location:
    SoCal
    ^ Or deflate those tires some and not get stuck?
  17. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,111
    Location:
    SoCal
    ^ or throw some sand under the tires for traction.
  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2003
    Oddometer:
    32,217
    Location:
    8000ft.
    [​IMG]


    Sent from iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. ultane

    ultane sqeezin the bag

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,241
    Location:
    The dry side of the blood brain barrier
    Super nice project Geek!

    I'm only on page 12 of 74. The registration in South Carolina may be cheap, but the state charges you property tax on the vehicle EVERY year, just like it was a house. As the vehicle depreciates, your yearly property tax on the vehicle does also.

    My brand new Chevy G-20 conversion van bought new in 1991 cost me over $500 dollars in property taxes the first year, slightly less each year after that.
  20. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2009
    Oddometer:
    3,321
    Location:
    central IL
    The state gets their money, one way or another. :lol3