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Old 05-21-2018, 09:55 PM   #131
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Wow, big job then.
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Old 05-22-2018, 09:40 AM   #132
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Wow, big job then.
That is not even including the brand new canvas that had to get made which Mark did for me.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:01 AM   #133
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:00 PM   #134
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That is not even including the brand new canvas that had to get made which Mark did for me.
Yes which took forever (seriously) and was a very stressful situation (long story) ... Ben was super cool about it and had faith and I'm very thankful for that... In the end we got it done and I'm glad it all work out.
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Old 05-25-2018, 05:37 AM   #135
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Excellent work and write up guys!!


The giant turnbuckles are a great idea! I hardly ever clamp down the back of the roof.....thinking it will be less likely to crack the back corners of the van roof over time (a somewhat common problem).


SMB glues headliner material in the channels where the springs sit..on all three sides of the channel.
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Old 07-16-2018, 08:55 AM   #136
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Nice job and way to persevere! I wish I had had your experience to draw from when I did mine. Always better to let someone else do the heavy lifting!
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Old 07-20-2018, 03:56 PM   #137
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How much did you spend on the van?
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Old 09-25-2018, 09:58 AM   #138
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Did a little mini project on the van this past weekend. On my last offroad trip my batteries got disconnected due to the bumpy ride and my fridge lost power. Admittedly I didn't have them properly secured under the seat so it wasn't a huge surprise but something that I needed to fix.

I ordered some eyebolts from McMaster (30425T27) and some bungee chords off amazon. Drilled undersized holes through the plywood floor around each battery and then screwed the eyebolts into the floor. Then used the eyebolts for the bungee chords to hook onto and hold the batteries in place. Pretty cheap solution and quick to install.
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Old 09-26-2018, 07:23 AM   #139
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Just an opinion please understand but personally I'd not trust your eye screws and bungee cords to securely hold the batteries in place. The eye screws could easily be pulled loose from the plywood, bungee cords can fail without warning if not carefully and frequently checked.

Your arrangement will work for the short term but I'd re-think how you're going about this. Otherwise good work and I'm sure your van is a lot of fun AND useful on trips!
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Just an opinion please understand but personally I'd not trust your eye screws and bungee cords to securely hold the batteries in place. The eye screws could easily be pulled loose from the plywood, bungee cords can fail without warning if not carefully and frequently checked.

Your arrangement will work for the short term but I'd re-think how you're going about this. Otherwise good work and I'm sure your van is a lot of fun AND useful on trips!
Totally understand your concerns. Prior to the bungee chords and eye bolts I did around 4 trips with them unsecured, so it is at least a step up from there. When the seat is up and the drawer is closed they are pretty snugly contained in their compartment so this was just to keep them from bouncing or sliding.

If one of the eye bolts fails me I will change to something more secure.
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