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Old 08-21-2009, 03:59 PM   #1
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Swiss Build V.2

Hi all ye SMB fans!

OK here goes... Greatly daring I am posting pics of my "SMB" inspired layout... I know I should have been using Sketchup but I am just too impatient to learn and as far as measurements are concerned I like to see with my eyes rather than loads of plans...

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The idea is to have a 2 meter gaucho with just shelves for storage alongside... I like the idea of a small folding table near my side sliding door as it is there that we always seem to be under the awning when on trips...

I will retain a table near the gaucho for rainy day meals, and need to retain at least one bench seat for kid seating... I will be preserving the original passenger van seat "slots" so I can always revert the set-up...

I will be retaining the rear door mounted sink too but it is not on the plan... water storage and other technical/electrical parts will probably go under the gaucho bed... but this still has to be thought of...

I have figured out my own gaucho mechanism which you shall discover when I come round to building it. But first is first I will start a proper floor...

More photos to follow.
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Old 08-21-2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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Re: Swiss Build V.2

I fully understand wanting to retain as much forward facing seating as posisble for kids, but it looks like the bench seat will make it hard to walk from the forward seats to the rear of the van, and it also looks like you might have to open both side doors each time you enter the van from the outside and want to get to the areas behind the bench seat.

Don't know how much rear seating you need, but maybe an aftermarket 2 person bench seat?


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Old 08-21-2009, 04:28 PM   #3
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Re: Swiss Build V.2

The side door is a sliding door therefore access to the rear is fine... and don't really need to access from the front as we manly access from the rear when camping... as far as seating is required 3 kids 2 adults...
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Hi everybody!
Ok here is part 1: the floor!












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Old 09-11-2009, 03:27 PM   #5
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Floor looks really good. Why don't you come and do mine?
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Old 09-11-2009, 04:33 PM   #6
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What a great start! Are you keeping the standard seat mounts, covering them w/flooring pieces, using them as attachement points for cabinets?
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Old 09-11-2009, 04:54 PM   #7
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Thanx for encouragements
the standard seat mounts are preserved so I can use the seats if I so whish... The custom gaucho and cabinetry will be bolted to floor and sides thus removable, preserving that convertible idea I have had ever since V.1 I will be covering the holes of unused mounts with same flooring material... more photos to explain better when I get round to it... Currently measuring out cabinetry and ordering electrics (battery separator and lighting), water equipment (not sure yet how much I need but will see...
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I'd be willing to bet you never pull the floor plugs once they're in place. Doesn't it feel good to have everything out of the way and be started on a full buildout?
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jage I will once every 2 years have to pull the plug for inspection... it is very strict here... But it is great to start with a clean sheet you are right

Here are the beginings of the sides, with a 2 inch gain although not amazing it is precious space gained... and original sides had built in arm rests that stuck out at least 4-5 inches.... the sides have been insulated in a similar way to the floor and will be covered with beige carpet almost exactly the same colour as oem!!!




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Old 09-20-2009, 09:44 PM   #10
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Looking Good! Keep up the good work & have fun.

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