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Old 10-22-2008, 08:15 AM   #1
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Modified RB-55 Design

Well, after over a year of research and asking a zillion questions, I think I've finally come up with a SMB layout that works for me and my family. It's a DYO design loosely based on the RB-55, except in a Chevy EB van. The outside of the vehicle will be custom as well, with ground effects and nice wheels.

What I'm aiming for is maximum versatility while being able to seat up to 6, sleep up to 4, and have a good sized trunk area. I've done a few unusual modifications to accomplish this.

It'd be great to get input from other SMB owners and what you think about it. Please see the images in my gallery and feel free to leave any comments here.

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Old 10-22-2008, 09:15 AM   #2
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I would be concerned the 3rd seat placement will acutally be further back and the ottoman will remove more of the 6th persons leg room than you think... of course I'm imagining this on a Ford platform.

You might consider moving the galley A and sink further forward to allow the ottoman to be placed next to the sink as an alternative (enough so it fits either spot). In the Ford the steering wheel pretty much prevents more than cocking the driver's swivel seat, so having space behind it to swivel is probably moot.

Can't wait to see it!
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:22 AM   #3
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It will be nice to see some more Chevy-based conversions. Haven't seen many.

Will this be a 2wd or 4wd conversion? I'd be concerned about the ground effects being damaged by the effects of the ground if you're going on anything rougher than a fire road.


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Old 10-23-2008, 01:17 PM   #4
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I would be concerned the 3rd seat placement will acutally be further back and the ottoman will remove more of the 6th persons leg room than you think... of course I'm imagining this on a Ford platform.!
I agree with Jage about the space. We have an EB-71 modified and it seats 7 adults with three captain seats. I can't even imagine having a 4th seat behind the passenger side. With your third captain seat ,set up, you will probably loose the door galley. Good Luck!

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I would be concerned the 3rd seat placement will acutally be further back and the ottoman will remove more of the 6th persons leg room than you think... of course I'm imagining this on a Ford platform.!
I agree with Jage about the space. We have an EB-71 modified and it seats 7 adults with three captain seats. I can't even imagine having a 4th seat behind the passenger side. With your third third captain seat set up, you will probably loose the door galley. Good Luck!

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EB-71 is my favorite layout!

I have almost the direct opposite of it; minus the third seat..

If I had to do it again, I'd have it just like the EB-71 layout...
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Thanks for your input guys. First of all, I think because my comments on the images are hidden, there's a little confusion here. The door cabinet is not installed at the same time as the 3rd captain seat. These are supposed to be one or the other. Secondly, I've spent a considerable amount of time working on the dimensions, trying to figure out what works in real life. Perhaps if I added them, you will see some detail that is not obvious. This setup is actually better in some ways than other Class B vehicles I've looked at recently (Roadtrek, Pleasureway, etc.). I will re-post a better image.
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Wow, that's awesome! How did you do that? Man, I've been telling my brother I wish I could do a 3-D version. So, is this like a CAD program you designed yourself or could somebody like me do this kind of thing? I'd like to see my ottoman idea in there too. Thanks for doing that!
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I use a program called Google Sketchup. The basic program available on the web for free. (Just Google the word Sketchup.) The model is composed of blocks (or components) that are pushed around to make the configuration you want. If you download, install and learn the program I would be happy to share the model and my components with you or anyone else on the Forum that would like them.

If you give me the details on the ottoman (size) I’ll send you some revised views.
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