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Old 04-07-2017, 07:44 AM   #21
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Old 04-07-2017, 01:14 PM   #22
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Thanks for the tip - they are sealed lead acid batteries, from a bit of reading it sounds like I might not need to vent them - they were given to me by father in law when he upgraded the batteries in his boat ? I have checked them when driving for a while to see if they feel hot but they don't seem to heat up from the charging that is happening when I am driving. Thanks
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Old 04-07-2017, 10:22 PM   #23
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Hi fellow bc van man. Im over in Nvan with traverse westy style van
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Old 04-07-2017, 10:26 PM   #24
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Thanks for the tip - they are sealed lead acid batteries, from a bit of reading it sounds like I might not need to vent them - they were given to me by father in law when he upgraded the batteries in his boat ? I have checked them when driving for a while to see if they feel hot but they don't seem to heat up from the charging that is happening when I am driving. Thanks
If they are sealed they still can vent , Ive seen. Agm's are charge faster, hold mor charge and are safer. Definitely vent yours. Nitric acid gas is very dangerous and toxic.
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Old 04-12-2017, 04:44 PM   #25
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Hi - I had few emails about the Tufport roof so here is some info and also some pictures.

The interior height, from floor to ceiling, inside the barn doors, behind front seats is 72 1/2", at the back of the van about halfway back it increases to 75 1/2". Now my carpeted floor is probably 1/2 thick so for the actual height from bare floor is about 6'1" in front, and 6'4" in the back.

I got it from Tufport in Vancouver BC, cost was about $4400 Canadian installed - they installed it in a day.

They also installed a high quality light, and a roof vent. In hindsight I wish I had got the electric fan roof vent, I just got the vent with a screen and no fan. I did not get any side windows as the van has about 12 windows already !!

I was very impressed with Tufport, they made the whole process easy. They had the exact mold for the E350 extended van so this was an easy choice for me. They do a lot of commercial vehicle work so I knew the quality would be really good.

One other point - you can choose how far back you want the roof to be cut out, I chose the whole roof, but some people might like to keep the back 3 feet as roof, for a solid area for a shelf or cabinets or for 1/2 of a bed. I ended up having to build a shelf anyway so I may have been better leaving some roof !!

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Thanks Mike. If you get the chance, would like to see a wider interior shot looking back and to the front. Looks great.
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Old 04-12-2017, 10:06 PM   #27
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Nice work, did you abandon the rear A/C in the ceiling when the top went on? I also have on 03 e350 passenger and would like a hightop installed, the one concern I have is keeping the kids and dog in the back cool.
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