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Old 04-06-2013, 08:56 AM   #1
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Sprinter Drink Holders Suck! - Resolved!

Hi All,

Anyone who has driven or been in the passenger seat on a long trip quickly finds that the European idea of drink holders just does not jive with the American use of large mugs. The door cavities designed for drinks are large (not large enough) yet they require a certain amount of agility to insert and extract a drink while driving. The dash drink holders work great if you have a small cup but don't fit anything large. Don't even get me started on the silly design of the ash tray / drink holder!

Well, I have designed and fabricated my own solution.

First, here is the ash tray. This is easily removed with a thin trim tool along both sides of the tray to release the catches and pulling the tray out, one side at a time.



Once I had the ash tray in hand, I fabricated a plywood box of the same size with an extended shelf on the top. To this shelf I attached a dual adjustable drink holder purchased from Autozone.

This is what the box looks like (sorry for the blurred photo)


Now I inserted the box into the cavity and used one sheet metal screw to secure it to the dash structure and here is the result! You will also notice that I just happened to find a small pail to use as a trash receptacle.


Now we can cruise down the road with our drinks handy!

JIM
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:16 PM   #2
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Re: Sprinter Drink Holders Suck! - Resolved!

Very nifty! Nice modification!
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:40 PM   #3
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Re: Sprinter Drink Holders Suck! - Resolved!

I hate to be pest, but I have looked at Autozone and did not see any adjustable dual cup holders like the one you used. Can you give me any additional information on how to find one like that? See what happens when you show someone your handy work. I really do like your fix and it is giving me some ideas, but I will need a similiar adjustable dual cup holder as you used to get started. Thank you.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:04 PM   #4
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Re: Sprinter Drink Holders Suck! - Resolved!

http://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-SMT-Twin- ... UTF8&psc=1

Please disregard my request, I believe I found the adjustable cup holder you used at Amazon.com and ordered. Thank you again for sharing your fix with us.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:42 PM   #5
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Re: Sprinter Drink Holders Suck! - Resolved!

Well Jim between you and Llamadave the aftermarket guys have some reverse engineering to do.

Neccessity is the mother of invention here at work.

Now can one of you guys get me a Bluetooth microphone in the van that works for my cell phone?

Thanks.

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Old 05-01-2018, 06:31 PM   #6
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Went with your concept and had a friend make one out of plastic, great idea JayBea!
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I can't believe I'm posting about a cup holder, but for my part I was actually delighted by how they worked out. I first tried to slot the water bottles I normally use in, and they were mostly too wide at the base to fit.

I then tried the Kleen Kanteen 16 oz insulated tumbler I happened to have got for the van, and it fits perfectly. It works better for me than the water bottles I've always used (in my no-cup-holder-having previous cars) because I don't have to open it up to drink. And it's stainless. Simple pleasures. Recommended.

Kudos for your motivation and ingenuity! Your giant mugs look very comfortable...

On another note - anyone have any idea what this little plastic cylinder is? Found it in one of the cup slots, but can't think what it would be designed to hold.
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I think it was some kind of an ash tray it does have a cig lighter. I can give you mine if you want two...
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