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Old 05-17-2018, 08:42 PM   #1
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Fumbling through an E350 build......

Hey all,

Evan here in OKC. I'm a rock climber, I've always wanted to do a van build (a highly respected lifestyle among us climbers) so when my buddy let me know he was selling his 2003 E350 for a steal I jumped on it.

I'm planning do a pretty simple build, tuned toward 7-10 day road trips to climbing/mountain biking destinations. Bed, small galley (camp stove), I do want to plumb it for drinking water and add a single house battery charged off the alternator for lights, water pump, phone charging (no solar for now).

Van is the passenger version, rear windows, rear AC, extended length. I put some bedliner on the outside, and I'm in the process of gutting/insulating now, I'll be asking questions I'm sure as I try things and get stuck.....

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Old 05-18-2018, 04:39 AM   #2
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Welcome and congrats on the new van and beginning the process by cutting a hole in the roof. As I'm sure you know, there is a lot of information on the forum and very knowledgeable people who can/will answer specific questions.
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Old 05-18-2018, 04:41 PM   #3
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You won't regret having a van out west!
House batteries are nice. Use a VSR and a good quality battery. The battery will make all the difference in the world. I got a couple of AGM's from Sam's Club and they suck.
I built a water heater for the top of my van using a 5' piece of 6" PVC and painting it black, it'll heat water hot enough that you have to wait til after dark to shower.
I built a roof rack out of a bifold ATV ramp, total of $250 into a 50"x91" rack.
I put together a couple of videos on stuff if you're interested.
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I built a water heater for the top of my van using a 5' piece of 6" PVC and painting it black, it'll heat water hot enough that you have to wait til after dark to shower.

...not to hijack this thread, but have you posted any details of that? Sounds very interesting...
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I love the hot-water system idea! So damn simple!
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Old 05-21-2018, 04:27 AM   #6
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I’ll do a video when I get back state side. It’s worked great so far for hot water.
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