Originally Posted by Otter
Hey KDB, this is looking great. When you have a minute, it would be great to see a few pics and some detail explanation of that solar rack construction and what you used to connect the Yakima bars to the strut. And looking forward to a pic or two of the Tepui ladder setup. Thanks!
Hi Otter, Thank you... Lots of inspiration from the forum here...had i only known what i was getting into. Budget has been annihilated but it'll be a unique rig for sure.
The solar rack was made using 1" aluminum square bar. Used Renogy flex panels 3m'd to the frames. The frames attached to the struts using a spring loaded channel nut from grainger. This is accessed from a 3/8" hole on top of the square bar (under the flex panel). If it breaks or needs accessing the panel has to come up... which will be a complete pain but we don't anticipate that happening anytime soon.
The Tepui ladder attaches to inside the van with a cam strap that runs vertically between the upper and lower t-track i have running parallel on both the top and bottom of the lower walls. It lives just in front of the driver side rear flip up seats. The ladder allows for easy access to the upper bunk as well as other uses outside the vehicle. They're excellent telescopic ladders that are quite tall and perfect for our kinds of vehicles. For those that haven't had a chance to check them out you should.
I'll send a more detailed pic once i get the rig back from getting the engine work done.