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Old 02-13-2014, 06:07 PM   #11
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Re: Bought another Van!

So just an update... I have ATS springs working on getting together a 2" front and rear lift for me, hopefully they come through for me. The guy I spoke to seem very sure that he would be able to find 1.5-2" front coils and a rear add a leaf. My plan is to fit 31" tires on the van with more clearance than the last van I built. So I will keep everyone informed!
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:03 AM   #12
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Very nice beginning, love the versatility and dual purpose feature---totally tax deductible since you're self employed.

I did something similar to a '69 Chevy van I had back in the '70s. A bed or platform built above a multi-function space---it worked out very well for my needs at the time.

Will you be adding anything to black out the windows when parked over night?
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:28 AM   #13
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The windows have pull down curtains, but our plan is to also cut some reflectix to fit over the windows when camping overnight.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:02 PM   #14
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Re: Bought another Van!

Quick question... I am going to buy the wood for some cabinets tomorrow morning and was wondering what everyone uses, 1/2" or 3/4" plywood? Recommendations tonight would be much appreciated! That way I don't buy the wrong stuff tomorrow.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:59 PM   #15
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Re: Bought another Van!

You might want some of each.
3/4" if your sitting on it, or bolting to it, and 1/2" for drawer separators , for example.

1-1/8" plywood is great for making things! just an FYI

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Beware that 1/2 flexes a lot. Even used as a cabinet side it's hard to get a piece that isn't warped.
Many are using birch ply for its looks, strength and lighter weight.
Warning, it's expensive.
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:36 PM   #17
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Got some work done on the van today. I am just building some basic cabinets for storage when we are out camping, without taking up too much room on the platform we will be using for our bed. Still need to sand down all the edges, add some flush handles and stain the outside, but here it is for far. I ended up using 3/4" oak plywood.


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Old 02-15-2014, 04:37 PM   #18
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Tried to get the grain in the wood to match up as good as possible! I think once I stain the cabinets it should look real nice.

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Nice looking cabinet work!
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:40 PM   #20
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Got the cabinets stained and sealed. I am pretty happy with how it turned out, nothing to fancy but useful! Next I need to find a roof rack and add a awning to it. Also want to add some sort of water container and possibly a spray nozzle on the end. Thinking about some sort of sealed PVC pipe on the roof rack that has a fitting on the end that I can connect a hose and spray nozzle for a shower. Any ideas would be appreciated?!


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