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Old 03-19-2017, 02:16 PM   #31
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Nice. Going to be fun to follow this thread. Enjoy this stage!
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Old 06-14-2017, 06:37 PM   #32
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Build underway

We're finally well into the build, have some progress pics!





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Old 06-14-2017, 08:01 PM   #33
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Looking good DWTx! Is that Denim insulation?
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:16 PM   #34
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Build pictures! Progress! Congratulations, keep 'em coming!!!
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:46 PM   #35
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Looking good DWTx! Is that Denim insulation?
Unsure, it's the base level insulation used here in Austin, not the upgraded insulation. Sorry for lack of details there.
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Build pictures! Progress! Congratulations, keep 'em coming!!!
Ok, fine, here are the others I can't wait until the floor is uncovered, everyone in the shop keeps telling me how good the laminate looks.











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Old 06-16-2017, 04:15 AM   #37
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Way cool, very exciting! I have a one year old and planning another one soon. Watching your build with great interest. We live in Alaska so cold will be a factor for sure. I will opt for a much more sparce build myself.

The reason for the captain chairs vs the bench I assume is for pass through ease? I too really want to be able to seat 5 min, preferably 6. You started with a Cargo van, yes?

I need to learn more about the D5, airtronics and what not. Did you get any of the factory options regarding heat? (I imagine the diesel pickup at least).

You must be very excited about all this. Hope it all keeps on keeping on without hitch for you!
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The reason for the captain chairs vs the bench I assume is for pass through ease? I too really want to be able to seat 5 min, preferably 6. You started with a Cargo van, yes?
Pass through is one reason, but another is that we foresee wanting to have a third or fourth adult fairly often on road trips. This layout will have the ability to sit 5-6 comfortably, even with the two car seats we'll have to haul for the next several years taking up the captain's chairs. Adults on the gaucho probably wouldn't do 10 hours back there, but easy enough to trade with someone up front.

With an RB50 layout, the rear bench would be a tight squeeze for a 5th passenger in between the carseats. You could opt to widen the bench to be full-width of the vehicle, at the cost of storage.

I'm pretty sure it was a cargo van, it was a bare metal box with no seats other than the front two..however it did have rear and sliding door windows from the factory. Being in Texas, I honestly didn't pay a lot of attention to the colder weather options from Mercedes, although I think some of them got bundled in to the options package we went with (heated mirrors? I'd have to check). I'm not even sure we got the diesel pickup, but perhaps SMB just does that by default. I guess it has been over a year since we ordered it so the details have gotten foggy
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I can't quite make out the tire size of those KO2s. What are they?
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I can't quite make out the tire size of those KO2s. What are they?
pretty sure they're 265/75/16
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