Building an Adventure Van

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

  1. Mr. J

    Mr. J Banned

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    are they all bumpy like bed liner?
  2. VTvfr

    VTvfr Been here awhile

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    Yup, but not rubbery
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  3. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    Not sure if she would like this. Last girlfriend thought it was stupid, and would rather just squat when camping. But girlfriend before her loved her "Go-Girl"
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  4. NaeKid

    NaeKid Ancient member, eh?

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    You might want to look up "Jeep Underhood Shower" - basically it is a pump that pulls water from a stream, creek or bucket, runs it through a heat-exchanger attached to the motor and sprays very warm water out of a garden-type sprayer ... fairly inexpensive if you build it yourself. At one point in time there were kits for it, but, I haven't seen one advertised for quite a while now ...

    Edit: Found a write-up from 10 years ago online about it -- http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48825
  5. heffe

    heffe #$%^&U*&^%$#@

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  6. Keith

    Keith Slabbing it

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    If the wheels are loose, then powdercoating wins all the time. If the wheels were already mounted to the tires, then paint.

    It is so much more durable then paint.
  7. morini-ford

    morini-ford Adventurer

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  8. rthuey

    rthuey twist your wrist!!!

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    are these usable for the showers you are talking about? plus one of these
  9. OaklandStrom

    OaklandStrom Long timer

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    The cab & chassis Sprinters *suck* if you have legs. You have to move the seat back as far as it will go, and that makes the seat back go vertical. I drove one for a while, and hated it. I never even drove it more than an hour or two at a time. If they added 6" to the cab, it would have been fine. I'm only 6' 2".
  10. NaeKid

    NaeKid Ancient member, eh?

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    Without seeing the inside of the heat-exchanger linked, I wouldn't be able to confirm that it will do the trick. That 12-volt pump from HF would be a bit overkill on the flow-rate - a simple 12-volt RV-based waterpump would be just fine.
  11. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    WOW...great build Geek!!!


    I'm building my own version right now as well.

    Using my 1977 Union City Stepvan.

    It'll have full camping capabilities, (kitchen, full bath, double bed w/ Serta mattress)
    fold the bed up against the wall, and a full length workbench folds down from the top half of the bottom of the bedframe,
    and a full length bench seat (complete w/ seatbelts) will fold down from the lower half, (to bring the grandkids along),
    I'll be able to haul a BIG bike inside, and smaller ones out on the back liftgate.
    Full roof-rack up top, (for the scanoe and other oddities),
    drives wonderfully, and turns like a forklift
    6'+ in headroom
    and MAXIMUM visibility!!!

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/51/10023x.jpg/

    oh...and solar panels are on the horizon :norton


    keep up the good work!!!
  12. ROYAL COACHMAN

    ROYAL COACHMAN Been here awhile

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    So let me get this straight, you will ride down the steps on Black Bear Pass on your 950 but climbing 10 feet to the roof of a van to haul a kayak is scary.............. :lol3:poser

    :wave
  13. RLK

    RLK 4,949

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    :thumb

    How about a diesel water heater? http://www.espar.com/html/applications/automotive_units.html

    Espar Hydronic heaters use a diesel jet to heat water! There a gas version too.

    I love the build Edward!

    Craigslist find today, Powdercoat kit including oven, $150.
    http://cosprings.craigslist.org/tls/2575163046.html
  14. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I was looking at the Espar heater for heating the van (nice that it can use the existing diesel fuel) - Any idea if they make a combo one that can do cabin heat & water?
  15. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I ordered 4 of these for the new wheels today:

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    I also ordered a new windshield because mine got a rock chip in it right between my eyes :patch

    I requested they go through Mercedes for the windshield instead of a cheap knock off... so its going to take it 10 days to come in.
  16. Doc.Snyder

    Doc.Snyder Long timer

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    ESPAR or Eberspacher heaters are great. efficient and reliable. Had one in my Defender 110.
  17. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    ...tell me about it.
  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Cheryl's an accountant as well... but luckily she's in love with the sprinter too :raabia

    That and I'm using my bank account... :hide
    these upgrades are all for my business right? :evil
  19. Hotspice

    Hotspice Satellites not acquired

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    You said you take naps at clients during lunch right?

    It's a business expense!

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  20. tweetie

    tweetie Long timer

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    She also reads this thread. :ddog



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