Originally Posted by HAMvan
Multiple people have said not to pull out the rear HVAC, So I am thinking of shortening the run and might have only 2 vents in the rear. I don't think I need all the vents on the roof. Not there yet in my head.
As far as the rack goes, it might be better to separate the solar and storage into 2 racks. As drawn now, the rack is nearly 12'. 2 racks are an easier fab and will eliminate the upper side bars needed for rigidity.
Huge tip on the rear windows. Thanks
Now that looks fun. Should have had similar thoughts before I "temporarily" did this or that :-D
We're in the Bay and don't go snow camping or similar. So what I'm still thinking about is to remove the bottom heat tubing. The cold AC comes in on the top and warm air comes out down at the floor. We typically don't turn on the heater, so that I could remove it to have the side wall build easier...
You want to screw it on the roof or use brackets? Buy brackets or DIY?
For the brackets you should keep in mind to not exceed 75lb PER CROSSBAR. Just in case of an accident. So depending on what you're planning to load you could perhaps already integrate you "bracket points". And keep the weight of the rack itself in mind :-)
What I have also seen on a Tacoma or so was that the side bars have been "leaned in" 45 degree. What I like on that option is that when mounting something on the outside the rack would carry the load better and not only "hang on the screws". Just thinking about road shower, traction boards, perhaps even an awning...
I don't have a fully build out van as I don't need it. But I used a rubber floor (like coin or diamond flooring). That was the best I could have done: easy to vacuum, easy to wash off, you can slide whatever you have over it without damage.