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Old 10-29-2015, 06:02 PM   #101
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so there was a bit of a gap between the bumper and the front grill. I was originally going to use this black polymer but it was scratching up easy and wasn't going to look good. So we went with aluminum instead.

















Some people have been asking where I'm putting the awning arms so I took a pic to show how they fit in the box.


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Old 11-03-2015, 07:20 PM   #102
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I painted the grill and light surrounds, as well as put the lightbar on the bumper and ran the wire. It was hot as hell today so more time was spent in the pool than on the van. I also removed the buzzer for when the door is open and a few other little odds and ends.





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Old 11-03-2015, 09:13 PM   #103
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Nice work! It appears someone is a welder in your family...........That sheet metal and welding looks great!
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:15 PM   #104
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Actually I found this guy through work. 40+ years experience in aerospace so low tolerance welding. Guy's awesome. I'll put his information up later. He has all the measurements if anyone else wants to get one built in florida.

So I couldn't find any help to put the rack on today. I'll have to do it tomorrow morning. But I got some stuff done today. I wanted to get the headliner in today.

I'm putting magnets on the edges for the window covers. On the side, I had to cut out some of the foam so the magnet is on the surface.




I used a bit of wood to back the 7" screen mount. Just to make it a bit more stable.


I painted everything black to keep with the theme using dupli-color. Turned out a touch blotchy on the headliner, but on the plastics dupli-color is the best I've found. Super smooth.






I installed the camera as well.




I installed the frame for all the switches as well.




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Old 11-06-2015, 06:07 PM   #105
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Nice! looking at depth of that head unit, you are installing a digital media only unit....Make and Model?
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Old 11-06-2015, 06:10 PM   #106
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That awning design you have just blew my mind all over my face.
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Old 11-06-2015, 07:27 PM   #107
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Nice! looking at depth of that head unit, you are installing a digital media only unit....Make and Model?
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Threw the rack on today... It looks real nice all painted up.




I used some rubber inbetween the rack and all the stuff.






















I put a couple awning arms on to check out what it would look like.


I'll get better pictures when it's light out. Starting to really take shape now..
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:54 PM   #108
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Great work as always, it looks like your box is going to put considerable shade on the solar panels, which could have a dramatic effect on the output.



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Great work as always, it looks like your box is going to put considerable shade on the solar panels, which could have a dramatic effect on the output.



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Old 11-09-2015, 07:26 PM   #110
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Put the led bars on.. All the wire run inside the rack, towards the back corner where the ladder is. It will run through the ladder and underneath the van near where the spare tire was. The battery wires will go up there too.


One for reverse too..


I put up all the arms because the upholster is going to come by tomorrow to test fit the awning. This will give you a better idea of what it will look like.








It's about 6' from the ground to the tip of the arms.
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