Sprinter-Forum    
 

Go Back   Sprinter-Forum > Sprinter-Based RV's & Conversions > Sprinter RV's & Conversions Write-Ups


 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-21-2019, 07:46 PM   #111
ranchworld
'06 158 2500 Passenger
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 448
Thanks: 888
Thanked 257 Times in 160 Posts
Default Blooper Buildout Hitch Bike Rack

I mounted up a Curt 13250 hitch.

IMG_5796.jpg
IMG_5797.jpg

My daughter and her friends think of the van as a second treehouse....
IMG_5799.jpg
__________________
*
Manuals and Service Documentation: http://diysprinter.co.uk/reference , Thanks to Jens Moller and Arnie_Oli
ranchworld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2019, 07:58 PM   #112
ranchworld
'06 158 2500 Passenger
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 448
Thanks: 888
Thanked 257 Times in 160 Posts
Default Blooper Buildout Hitch Bike Rack

Now I needed a good way to carry 3 bikes. Almost all the swing away hitch mounts open to the passenger side. I understand this is to get the bikes away from the traffic side of the vehicle but we spend a lot of time camped out of the slider side and use the rear under bed area as a utility storage area. I am constantly moving from the slider area to the back doors. Reading this thread - https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=67695 - led me to Rakattach who make a mount that swings to the driver side. ( https://rakattach.com/large/ ).


I ordered a large driver side and then started looking for a bike rack. Yakima makes an RV specific model, the Longhaul, designed for long term use and stout enough to take the beating of being mounted so far behind the rear axle. Yakima is also having a big sale right now so off to REI I went.

The Longhaul is also real tall so the bikes are high up off the ground.

A real nice surprise was the doors can open with the hitch in place and no swing away mount yet. Of course this only works without the bikes on the rack but it gives me options... The passenger side door cleared by a few millimeters and the driver by a few more.

IMG_5819.jpg

IMG_5820.jpg

IMG_5822.jpg

IMG_5823.jpg

IMG_5821.jpg
__________________
*
Manuals and Service Documentation: http://diysprinter.co.uk/reference , Thanks to Jens Moller and Arnie_Oli
ranchworld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2019, 08:05 PM   #113
ranchworld
'06 158 2500 Passenger
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 448
Thanks: 888
Thanked 257 Times in 160 Posts
Default Blooper Buildout Hitch Bike Rack

Loaded up my cross check and the wife's Voodoo. The girl has a 26" Islabike.

IMG_5826.jpg

The bikes are real high off the ground, the hitch did lower my exit angle but also made a good slider so I'm less likely to tear my rear bumper off. That exit angle is the weak link on the longer vans.

IMG_5828.jpg
IMG_5829.jpg

Test drive to the beach.

IMG_5831.jpg
__________________
*
Manuals and Service Documentation: http://diysprinter.co.uk/reference , Thanks to Jens Moller and Arnie_Oli
ranchworld is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to ranchworld For This Useful Post:
alexk243 (05-28-2019), SD26 (05-22-2019)
Old 05-26-2019, 06:01 AM   #114
ranchworld
'06 158 2500 Passenger
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 448
Thanks: 888
Thanked 257 Times in 160 Posts
Default Blooper Buildout Kitchen

Gathering all the bits and pieces to build the kitchen cabinet.

I ordered these items from England because that was the cheapest option.

SMEV 8821 sink and single burner combo.
From Ebay.

Lagun table leg.
From Marine Teak, https://www.marineteak.co.uk/
They also have a great selection of ready made folding or flat table tops.

A submersible Whale pump, micro switch cold faucet and a template for the stove cutout. The stove is an odd shape and requires sections to be cut and sections with a routed lip.
From Camper Interiors, https://us-camperinteriors.glopalsto..._GB&utm_term=a

++++
From USA

LCI military water cans from LCI, https://www.buylci.com/water-can-5-gallon.html

Dometic CFX50W from Amazon.

++++
Working on the propane system now, I need .5 PSI for the SMEV stove inside and 15 PSI for the campchef stove outside. Inside stove permanent and the outside stove with a quick disconnect. I am thinking a "T" in the propane locker with one leg having two pressure regulators for the stove, a standard 2 stage 11"water column (.5 PSI) and the final regulator at the stove. For the outside setup an additional two regulators - a 30 PSI at the "T" then high pressure hose to the other side of the van by the slider ending in a high pressure disconnect. Then the stoves own 15 PSI regulator. I guess I could just run full tank pressure to the disconnect but it seems safer to lower/control the pressure in the hoses if I can. The people at "Texas Smokers", https://gashosesandregulators.com/Pr...onnect-Hose/50 will make up any hose I can think of.

IMG_5846.jpg

IMG_5847.jpg

IMG_5848.jpg

IMG_5849.jpg
__________________
*
Manuals and Service Documentation: http://diysprinter.co.uk/reference , Thanks to Jens Moller and Arnie_Oli
ranchworld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2019, 04:57 AM   #115
ranchworld
'06 158 2500 Passenger
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 448
Thanks: 888
Thanked 257 Times in 160 Posts
Default Blooper Buildout Kitchen

Got the wood for the kitchen cabinet, 12mm (1/2") Baltic Birch for the cabinet carcass and prefinished 1/2" birch for the countertop.

IMG_5932.jpg

Parts for the propane system are arriving daily. Four regulators... 12V propane solenoid and a alarm.

IMG_5934.jpg

Laying out the parts to determine cabinet size.

IMG_5939.jpg

Started the carcass yesterday.

IMG_5959.jpg

Getting closer today.

IMG_5967.jpg
__________________
*
Manuals and Service Documentation: http://diysprinter.co.uk/reference , Thanks to Jens Moller and Arnie_Oli
ranchworld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2019, 10:30 PM   #116
Nubes
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Ventura
Posts: 20
Thanks: 15
Thanked 9 Times in 4 Posts
Default Re: Blooper Buildout

Hello, I have a 2006 T1N Passenger van and was going to remove the rear AC. Thanks to you and your great pics!!
My only concern is that I might damage my front AC. From the looks of my rear unit it seems completely separate.
Did you notice any issues with your front AC after removal?
Thanks again, Mike
Nubes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2019, 05:19 AM   #117
ranchworld
'06 158 2500 Passenger
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 448
Thanks: 888
Thanked 257 Times in 160 Posts
Default Re: Blooper Buildout

The two systems are not connected. Our front AC still works fine. Good luck with your project.
__________________
*
Manuals and Service Documentation: http://diysprinter.co.uk/reference , Thanks to Jens Moller and Arnie_Oli
ranchworld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2019, 05:33 AM   #118
ranchworld
'06 158 2500 Passenger
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 448
Thanks: 888
Thanked 257 Times in 160 Posts
Default Blooper Buildout Kitchen

Cut a series of notches in the bottom back of the cabinet to run wires, this would have been much easier if I had remembered to do it before I assembled the cabinet....

IMG_5968.jpg


Promptly covered the wire run area where it passes thru the back of the propane locker.

IMG_5969.jpg
IMG_5970.jpg


Made a porthole in the locker door so I can see the gauge without opening the door. I got the tank at Costco and it has a cool magnetic gauge that reads a float in the tank.

IMG_5977.jpg
IMG_5979.jpg
__________________
*
Manuals and Service Documentation: http://diysprinter.co.uk/reference , Thanks to Jens Moller and Arnie_Oli
ranchworld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2019, 02:25 PM   #119
Nubes
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Ventura
Posts: 20
Thanks: 15
Thanked 9 Times in 4 Posts
Default Re: Blooper Buildout

Thank you Ranchworld. Your build is an inspiration and looks fantastic. Keep up the good work!
Getting mine off the roof will be a challenge but I can’t wait to see the van without that big ol box!
Best, Mike
Nubes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Yesterday, 08:32 PM   #120
ranchworld
'06 158 2500 Passenger
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 448
Thanks: 888
Thanked 257 Times in 160 Posts
Default Re: Blooper Buildout

The cabinet in place in the van. Still need to rivnut it to the wall then drill my propane locker vents etc. I am always jealous of those people who design the whole thing in CAD then send off to 80/20 with a cut list. I am a build it piece by piece sort of person. Most of the time this works out great but when I glanced under the van to make sure my propane vent holes would be aft of the diesel tank I did not look as closely as I should have! There is very little space between two beams under the van right where the vents need to go... measure twice, cut once... Should just fit.

IMG_5997.jpg
__________________
*
Manuals and Service Documentation: http://diysprinter.co.uk/reference , Thanks to Jens Moller and Arnie_Oli
ranchworld is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT. The time now is 10:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.