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Old 07-10-2019, 10:42 PM   #131
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Our Espar D-2 is da bomb. Sounds like the Chinese knockoffs are looking like a great alternative for the price. I'd go that route at this point if I was doing it again. There are others on here who have first hand knowledge of these who might chime in.

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Old 07-10-2019, 11:02 PM   #132
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D2 if staying above zero, D4 with the pop top is better bet. Get the high altitude kit muffler, digi timer control, and be diligent about how you run it and it will be fine. No experience with the knockoffs. There are important considerations on installation and ducting. Ping me, if you like.

Definitely better than propex. In cold temps propane regulators can have issues.

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Old 09-20-2019, 03:22 PM   #133
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Allrighty, happy to see we are moving forward! Been a bit slow going but we've taken our time with the design and challenges in meeting all the needs i wanted for the build out. Pleased to say we are making some headway, design is complete, and parts are coming in...

After a good amount of research Eli was able to find this jump seat that will fit nicely in the back as a third travel seat, great desk, and dinner seat. It'll be a single person deal but we'll incoporate another fold down table from the wall (front runner or similar) for a second person and for use as an additional counter top for cooking, etc.

The walnut is getting planed down and will line the walls lengthwise above and below the shelving.

More to come soon!
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Old 09-21-2019, 04:54 AM   #134
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Looking good so far! That's sure some fancy ass plank flooring going down. Besides being good looking it should be durable too.

The more I deal with the standard van steel walls with their curves, cut outs, recesses and formed-in ribs the more I envy this build---none of the distractions most of us face when building something out.

The CCV top looks good in these latest photos--that adds a ton of room and great sleeping space I'm sure.
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Old 09-23-2019, 05:44 PM   #135
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Tx JWA, yes, the top is great. It provides just a ton of space. It slowed down my ability to spend on the interior but it's taken a while to get that put together anyhow so im quitre pleased with the decision to go pop top.

The walnut tongue and groove is for the walls above and below the shelving. We have marine ply on the floor that will have a rubber mat overlay.
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Old 10-08-2019, 06:43 PM   #136
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Well, I have yet again had a long draft of this reply deleted when trying to 'Go Advanced' to post some pictures so i'll let the pics do most of the speaking.

Two of the external compartments will have these channel slotted boards holding bulk items like groceries, wetsuits, etc.

Galley coming together.

THe long channel along the side will provide the door mount for storage containing the lower bed panels.

Soon to be hard coat anodized or rhino lined sheets on the wall. 1/2" dynamat backing.

Seat and fridge slider allow for easy pass through which is nice. WHen the seat is deployed there's still a comforable walk space to squeeze through.
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:24 AM   #137
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Like your plans for the inside - already looking sharp!

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