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Advanturetrek 02-01-2012 10:58 AM

Re: New to me QuadVan interior build out about to start.
Thanks for the awesome photos of my van. I look forward to seeing your roof rack installed!

carringb 02-01-2012 08:49 PM

Re: New to me QuadVan interior build out about to start.
Transmission lines don't run anywhere near the muffler, unless some sort of remote trans cooler as been installed.

haywoodphotomaccom 02-02-2012 06:51 AM

Re: New to me QuadVan interior build out about to start.
Not sure myself Carring just what they told me. The parts receipt from Ford calls it an Auto Trans Oil Cooler Tube. Part number 6c2z7r081fa. There was reddish liquid coming from the tube that was leaking that was resting on top of the muffler.

Part is on order and will take a week to get from back East.

Whatever it is I hope it fixes the problem.

BroncoHauler 02-02-2012 07:41 AM

Re: New to me QuadVan interior build out about to start.
Was the muffler moved as part of an exhaust system change or modification? The muffler should be far enough back not to be near a transmission hydraulic line.


haywoodphotomaccom 02-02-2012 07:45 AM

Re: New to me QuadVan interior build out about to start.
Not sure Herb, need to post a photo today for thoughts from you all. Should have taken one yesterday when down in their pit under the van. I'll try to get one shortly.

haywoodphotomaccom 02-02-2012 10:00 AM

Aluminess Roof Rack Installed....
The roof rack has been the most anticipated addition to the van for me. I have needed a platform to shoot from for a long time. The back portion is expanded metal for standing and the front has rails for two solar panels. The installation went great and I have to hand it to Aluminess again. The ladder is being modified right now to reach from the rack to the base and won't be back till next week. Bummer, have the rack and can't use it yet!!

As I was warned the rack makes a fair amount of noise from 50mph on up. Aluminess gave me a few things to try which I will today. I can also feel the extra weight and drag up there. Not really a concern but it's presence if well noted while under way.

More photos of the installation coming soon.

86Scotty 02-02-2012 02:43 PM

Re: New to me QuadVan interior build out about to start.
Lookin' good! Can you tell me what backup camera you mounted up there? That's one thing i'm looking for.


86Scotty 02-02-2012 02:47 PM

Re: New to me QuadVan interior build out about to start.
Brent, i know you've got a lot of $ wrapped up in your ladder already, but try one of these from Amazon, especially if you might need it for around the house as well. Mine was shipped quickly, and i love it. It stows away easily in the van and i can get to any corner of my roof with it, which i mainly wanted to be able to do for quickly loading bikes. ... 102&sr=8-3

Vegasrandall 02-02-2012 05:50 PM

Re: New to me QuadVan interior build out about to start.
If you're going to shoot stills or whatever you might want to think about stabilizer jacks between the rack and stops the shaking from wind and body movements.

haywoodphotomaccom 02-05-2012 07:55 AM

Re: New to me QuadVan interior build out about to start.
Full day with the van yesterday...Started at the weigh station. Not good! 8000 lbs as she sits with nothing inside yet...

Tried out the Staun deflators and they worked great! 3-4 minutes to air all the tires down and about 15 minutes to air back up with the on board compressor. Did a little trail drive later in the afternoon to check lockers etc. Great day. Few images at the link below. ... 0ff258061e

haywoodphotomaccom 02-06-2012 09:34 PM

Re: Van Build about to start....
Spent a few hours driving some easy roads shooting a little video on Sunday....

haywoodphotomaccom 02-09-2012 08:14 AM

Re: Van Build about to start....
Ahhh....finally got the ladder and roof rack done.....time to relax....

Gnarvan 02-09-2012 09:09 AM

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When you wake up from your siesta can you fill us in on the results of your transmission line leak? What was the fix?

Curious minds want to know.


haywoodphotomaccom 02-09-2012 11:22 AM

Re: Van Build about to start....
No fix yet. I bought a new set of lines and the person I took it to could not get the old lines off. Apparently the 15 of so line adapters they had did not work. They did a temp fix on it and moved the lines off the pipes. The came out/off some brackets that are designed to maintain spacing. Spoke with QuadVan and they told me they put a special bracket on for this issue. Somehow it came off. Plan to have it fixed next week by the dealer.

Advanturetrek 02-09-2012 11:41 AM

Re: Van Build about to start....
Love the relaxation photo. :b5:

Gnarvan 02-09-2012 12:23 PM

Re: Van Build about to start....

Originally Posted by haywoodphotomaccom
Spoke with QuadVan and they told me they put a special bracket on for this issue. Somehow it came off.

"Somehow it came off" ?????

Not sure I buy that story.

haywoodphotomaccom 02-13-2012 07:22 AM

5 minute video of a desert run...
Took a half day trip out to the Plaster City area in Imperial County on Saturday. Friend of mine came along with his Series 100 and trailer he is building up. Although we only hit mild roads it was more comfortable than I thought it would be.

Video at below link and photos at the one below that.

PHOTOS at Below Link:

haywoodphotomaccom 03-15-2012 08:52 AM

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Finally got a chance to use the roof rack for what I built if for.....a landing ramp!

Also shot some of these images from the top of it too.

haywoodphotomaccom 04-11-2012 08:44 PM

Interior update...
With a change of plans and a crazy work schedule I have not had time to do much to the van until this last week. Putting a few things in the van temporarily to check out placement and spacing. Just put the fridge, couch and Propex heater in this week. When I say I or we I really mean my dad is doing most of the work. Kind of a father son project but mostly father.

Everything is loose and will have basic cabinets built around it once we are happy with placement and function. The Isotherm fridge has been working great and seems to draw what it stated it would. If I did it over again I think I would just go with a top load Engel etc. Propex heater was finished up today and works great. It throws a huge amount of heat compared to the heater in my last RV.

Threw in a porta potti and makeshift shower for the Desert gathering a few weeks ago and they worked out fine but will do a more substantial build as time permits. Just these few additions have increased my enjoyment of it as a daily driver already

Floor, walls, and roof installation is next.

Then sink, stove and water down the other side.

haywoodphotomaccom 04-16-2012 07:55 AM

Winter weather testing the Propex Heater.
Took the van to the local mountains to test out the Propex heater. I was curious to see how it would perform without any insulation in the van. Well, it did not go so well. It was 30 or so outside and the wind was blowing 30-50 all night with heavy snow. Still had a great time creating a small cocoon area above the bed to trap as much heat as possible. Used all my photography backdrops and 10 clips to drape the cloth as tight as possible around the fold out couch. That brought the temp up to about 65-70 in the small area. The heater itself worked great and I am sure once I put some insulation in it will make a huge difference. The inside temp is not that big a deal to me but when my Lady comes along it's needs to get in the 65-70 range or she is not coming along.

Litte video of the drive home yesterday below.

Installed the battery and Magnum mm1212 Charger/inverter yesterday. Works great but there is a loud hum when under any load. Going to check with the company this am to see if this is normal for this model. If so I may return this one. I have a 3000 watt pure sine wave Xantrex I use for my photo biz that does not make any noise. To big to use in the van but interesting that it does not make any noise.

Pics coming soon.

BajaSportsmobile 04-16-2012 10:17 AM

Re: Van Build about to start....
I love driving that exact loop, Jan and I were there the weekend before and it was 75 degrees. I'm suprised there wasn't a CHP Chain Control set up at the south end of the Sunrise Hwy and a lot more people.

haywoodphotomaccom 04-16-2012 11:50 PM

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There were not many people but there was chain control at the 8 connect.

haywoodphotomaccom 04-23-2012 04:07 PM

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I have to give Isotherm a big hand. Ordered a Cruise 130 ASU from a local vendor and when we pulled it out of the box it had a long scratch on the door. Needed to use it that weekend so I installed it for use and called the local vendor on Monday to discuss. Drove down and showed them and they said they would call Isotherm for a response. I asked if they were to replace the door if they could send the reverse opening as I decided to move the fridge to the other side of the van.

One week later a new door arrived in reverse opening format.

There could have been many different outcomes to this but the best possible ending occurred.

Gnarvan 04-23-2012 05:44 PM

Re: Van Build about to start....
Its always nice to hear about a company that still believes in customer service.

haywoodphotomaccom 05-29-2012 06:03 PM

Re: Van Build about to start....
Finally got the back windows put in on both sides. Wish I would have done it earlier. Really like what they add to the view while inside the van.

The inside is slowly coming along and will post more photos soon. Waited till Expo to see what else I wanted to add before finalizing the interior.

Ultrasport12 05-29-2012 11:25 PM

Re: Van Build about to start....
You van looks better and better all the time... I am sure your decision to do the interior based on you camping needs is a good idea...
I have really enjoyed your build and your fantastic photos...thanks for taking the time to share them with all of us...

Gnarvan 05-30-2012 07:11 AM

Re: Van Build about to start....
Adding the windows shure helps break up all that white paint. I'm really amazed how often I look through the rear drivers side window when I'm changing lanes. My work trucks dont have side or back windows so I'm used to using the mirrors for everything. Having the rear side windows is nice.

haywoodphotomaccom 05-30-2012 07:24 AM

Re: Van Build about to start....
I am thinking about one more window on the driver side now. Even though it will be partially covered up by the fridge the any extra window is important to me.

Side Story: Window install people used a grinder to cut the windows out. Grinder dust landed all over the outside of the van and rusted over the weekend. Some of the sparks landed on both front seats and burned holes in them and destroyed one of my side mirrors. Met with the company yesterday and they stated they will take care of everything. We will see how it plays out.....

Advanturetrek 05-31-2012 05:10 PM

Re: Van Build about to start....
Nice window, Brent! Was great to see you and Mary Ellen at the Expo. Thanks again for the hospitality.

haywoodphotomaccom 06-03-2012 06:23 PM

Battery and Pulley system installed.
The battery and pulley system was completed today making it much easier to service and remove the battery. Place a block of wood under the tray when it's in the full down position and the battery lays right on top of it.

haywoodphotomaccom 06-04-2012 01:12 PM

Re: Van Build about to start....
Installed two Sanyo double sided solar panels for a total of 460 watts. Working great so far. Installed a TriStar controller to handle the juice from the solar panels and a Xantrex Inverter/Charger.

billwilson 06-04-2012 02:31 PM

Re: Van Build about to start....

how many batteries?
how many amp hours each?

have you gone to LED only or will be?


my WHOLE rig now draws less
than ONE puck light did........

haywoodphotomaccom 06-04-2012 02:44 PM

Re: Van Build about to start....
Hey BW,

One Lifeline 210 AH battery right now. Thinking about a second one but testing the single setup first. Don't want to add the extra weight if I can avoid it. Installing the battery temperature sensor and Voltage Sense wires today. Should squeeze a little extra out of everything.

The panels together produce 60-70 volts. Had to go with a higher rater controller.

On average the fridge pulls about 1amp. The inverter pulls 1amp just sitting.

The 4 day Flagstaff Expo we had plenty of power on trip.

Going LED where possible.

Working on the shower setup next.

haywoodphotomaccom 06-12-2012 11:39 AM

Re: Van Build about to start....
FWIW.Random info about the van.

Been using the SPOT device as much as possible on trips to test it in as many conditions as possible. The wife used in hiking a few weeks ago for two days in the mountains. Asked her to send as many messages as possible in various locations and conditions. All messages sent were received within a few minutes of sending. Feeling good about the product so far.

Been having issue with our Isotherm 130ASU fridge not being cold enough or to cold. Installed a small computer fan inside and now I had to turn the controller way down to stop everything from freezing.

Gnarvan 06-13-2012 12:49 PM

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When you decided to add the extra batteries to your van did you look into mounting them on the frame rail on the passenger side of the van? I'm thinking about adding batteries to my van and am trying to find the best place to mount them. I hadn't considered the location you put yours. That may be where I end up putting mine. The only drawback I can see is the length of run from the alternator charging system. I like the hinged system you came up with. It sure would make battery maintenance easier.

You are going to paint all that bare metal aren't you?

haywoodphotomaccom 06-13-2012 01:16 PM

Re: Van Build about to start....
We looked at every square inch under the van and decided to put the weight as close to the rear axle as possible. We moved the air compressor and tank on each side in the back to make space for the battery.

Ran a hose size wire to the alternator to limit voltage drop.

Will be painting all metal under there. May be putting another battery so been holding off to do it at once.

Putting a great water tank where the spare is for the shower and sink water.

carringb 06-13-2012 10:49 PM

Re: Van Build about to start....
One downside of aft-axle batteries is then there's no space for an aft-axle 2nd fuel tank.

I don't think charging from the alternator is an issue there. I have no problem charging trailer batteries uses the stock trailer connector.

haywoodphotomaccom 06-14-2012 07:22 AM

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Considered the extra tank behind the axle idea but for us the 46g that we have installed will be enough for our needs. Saw a van the other day that had customs tank in every square inch of space under the van. Owner was not around to ask how many gallons he had. Like to know.

I am no expert on wiring (Dad did all of it) and we probably went overkill on it with my setup. Installed the TriStar Solar controller with monitor and Xantrex inverter with charger/remote meter and all extra sensor wires. Temp sensor on the battery and extra Voltage sensor wire on the batt terminal. I have meters to watch meters now which I enjoy looking at. Putting them in the visor.

Don't quote me on this (Trying to recall what pops said) but I believe installing the larger wire from the alternator to the house battery brought the charge voltage up to near perfect/peak voltage for the battery.

I frequently look through the data logs on the controllers/monitors and things appear to be at or near peak so far.

Also been having a good time installing inline Astro flight meters to measure current etc on each of the things in the van to check/monitor true energy use per 24hrs.

Shower install project is next.

Good times....

haywoodphotomaccom 06-21-2012 08:24 AM

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The rig hard at work. Packing up from a photo shoot with Schubach Aviation photographing the interiors and exteriors of their fleet. The van is really working great as my office.

BroncoHauler 06-21-2012 08:30 AM

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A 4x4 van as a business expense (tax write-off). One of the best options you ever installed.


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