Building an Adventure Van

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  1. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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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) :rofl
  2. a1fa

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  3. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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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 :rofl

    Looking for suggestions :lurk

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  4. neanderthal

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    I think you're asking for wind noise there.
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  6. bikepikespeak.com

    bikepikespeak.com Been here awhile

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  7. bikepikespeak.com

    bikepikespeak.com Been here awhile

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    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.
  8. Geek

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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 :freaky

    p.s. thanks for the link to your thread! Subscribed :thumb
  9. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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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
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    ...and diggin through my "random bolts" box to see what I could scrounge
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    I then got to work on mounting the fridge to the rails and floor.
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    ...and then mounting the subwoofer in the gap in front of the fridge

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    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?" :rofl

    I'll let you know if I manage to blow up a beer from vibration :photog
  10. Geek

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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

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    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.

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

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    Actually, it'll probably HELP cool them down faster by active circulation of both air inside the fridge bouncing all around to the beat, as well as circulation of the fluid (as in beer) around the bottle! =)
  12. hyperboarder

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    To Geek et. all:
    What are you using for bed padding? I've got my L track fittings coming in on Thursday and I'm hoping to build the sleeping platform this weekend, waffling between a camping pad of sorts and permanent foam. Thoughts? Hoping to keep it relatively inexpensive.
  13. bikepikespeak.com

    bikepikespeak.com Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info on the fan. Sounds like it will fit the bill. Now I just need more bills to get it to fit...:rofl

    I love the idea you had for the maps. Really gives it that adventure feel! What are your plans for the sides and roof area? I pulled out my entire headliner and am thinking of leaving it out and figuring something different for it. Was yours a full length one?
  14. ian408

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    Things are looking nice!
  15. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    We're going to be doing the ceiling, the side walls, and the bed platform all in interweave fabric (like the outside vans images I posted a few pages back when we ran into the couple in Crested Butte.

    "was yours a full length one?"

    Not sure what you are referring to.. the van? It's a 144.. not the long one?

    ...or are you referring to the headliner? Our headliner ends at the back of the cockpit.
    We still need to pull ours out and sound insulate above it.. I'll probably wrap it in matching interweave as the rest.

    :freaky


    Hyperboarder: until now we've been using an inflatable queen size bed. Works really well. The wood itself I plan on covering with 1/8" foam and then the interweave just to give it an "interior wall" feeling.
    Our long term goal is to go to an upholstery shop and have custom cushions made that make two sofas and backs.. and then all folds down flat and flush to make a bed.

    :freaky

    Ian: thanks! I keep making pieces look good while ignoring the bigger picture... sooner or later all the pieces will add up (I hope :D )

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  16. bikepikespeak.com

    bikepikespeak.com Been here awhile

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    I was referring to the headliner. I had the full length and had to pull the whole bastard out to get at the back so I could mount those panels well. I'm curious about what they look like from the factory if they only have the front headliner. What I mean is how does it transition to no headliner? I am thinking of putting the front back in and doing something else w/ the rear.
  17. Geek

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    It is pretty lame actually.. there are just large foam blocks where the headliner transitions to the cargo area.

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    I suspect the blocks might also have a purpose in certain types of accidents.... :dunno

    I will be running a custom cut interweave wrapped piece of wood along the transition to make it look nice. I know some folks build a "storage area" above the driver and passenger but at this point I'm trying to avoid that as I like being able to stand up getting out of the front seats without hitting my head (and we pivot both front seats to face the rear).

    :freaky
  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Looking back through my pics from when I bought the van.. here's a photo of the foam blocks
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    ...and here is the gap the block hides

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  19. Geek

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    I made the world's longest t-nut :rofl

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    what's that in the back? a wall? :eek1

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  20. Geek

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    Outta here :ricky

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