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Old 07-01-2012, 07:26 PM   #1
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Simple step for NCV3 with OEM trailer hitch. Just bolt a 1/4" thick x 6" wide x 10" SS plate to top of hitch tube. Picture shows existing 4" wide step but I will change it to 6" wide. Drawing shows 6" wide step. Been using it for a couple of years and it works well. Locate it below the door you first open.
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:32 PM   #2
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I used a plastic exhaust muffler for a pneumatic valve as an air vent for my fresh water tank. Ran a plastic tube from top of tank and terminated it with the muffler. The muffler is a 3/8" NPT Norgren "Porous Plastic Type Quietaire Muffler" part # C/S3.
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:38 PM   #3
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My structures are fabricated out of 80/20. I needed a place to hang clothes so added a handle under the overhead cabinet behind the wider refrigerator cabinet. I also added a clip on the vertical 80/20 behind the clothes so a snap end strap from REI can hold clothes tight against the cabinet. The medium handle is 80/20 part # 2061.
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:45 PM   #4
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Since I did not want any exterior indication that my van is an RV, my fresh water tank is filled by opening the sliding door to access the fill opening. I needed a hose end with a control valve. Being old I remembered the old valves used at gas stations to fill the radiator. Bought it from Benford Fueling.
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:54 PM   #5
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An easy way to add a tie down anywhere along the 80/20 slot is to use a 1" long "drop-in T-slot stud" part # 3295 from 80/20. There is a 5/16" flat washer against the female eyebolt and a 1" dia x 5/16" plastic spacer to prevent marring of 80/20 extrusion. Just use a flat screwdriver to tighten or loosen the eyebolt.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:02 AM   #6
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That 80/20 seems like nice stuff and you seem to have figured out some good ways to adapt things for use. Thanks for the tips. Great looking results. vic
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80/20 or an equivalent is ideal for a conversion. It makes nice structures and is easy for the semi-skilled to install. I will definitely use it again if I do another conversion. First I need to finish this one.
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Passenger Handle. Bought 80/20 medium handle part # 2061. Drilled hole in center of passenger cup holder. Installed PEM 1/4-20NC prebulbed insert # ATEAES25P280PB-ZYR. Made 1 3/4" thick wood spacer with hole through the center. Made a aluminum angle made from 1/8" x 3" angle that bolts on top of the wood spacer. Bolted a 1 1/2" x 3/16" angle to the vertical face of the first angle. Bolted the handle to the horizontal surface of the second angle.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:50 PM   #9
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Electric reel. Bought 18' 14/3 Retactable Reel from APC Group Model # AL-181314-M Mounted it under van in left rear corner. Punched hole through floor to bring cord into van. I can feel under van for the plug which is hooked to a metal strap with a twisted rubber ring. Do not have to get on knees to unhook. I did buy a bright red velcro strap from REI which I put on the steering wheel every time I plug in.
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Paper towel holder. Used 11" long 1 1/2" dia. x 16 ga. 304 SS tube. Bought two tube ends from Solus (Systemplast). (Tube ends are made to fabricate conveyor legs) They are part # VG-550-B38. Unfortunately they do not come with 5/16"-18NC threads. The smallest threads are 3/8". So to bolt the tube to the 80/20, I modified a 3/8" carriage bolt to fit in the 80/20 slot. Ground two flats on the head and filed the square shank down to fit the slot. Drilled a hole in a large mouth 3 5/8" dia. black plastic lid to support bottom of roll.
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