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Old 01-11-2016, 09:01 PM   #1
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Default Any experience with RB Components headliner shelf?

Anyone have experience with the headliner shelf made by RB Components? I'm sure I could take the time to build one but this is pre made and appears perfectly cut to size.

I need a big space to store pillows, sheets, clothes, etc and the space above the headliner seems to be a good spot that is wasted.

I've also been trying to figure out how to hang a blackout curtain that I bought for when I don't want to take the time to put up the window covers. This would also reduce the need to cool/heat the front when I'm driving.

http://www.rbcomponents.com/van-prod...ner-shelf.html

My primary worry here is banging my head getting into/out of the driver's seat. I'm 6'2"...
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Old 01-11-2016, 10:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: Any experience with RB Components headliner shelf?

600 bucks after shipping? Pretty steep. And is stainless really the right material for a shelf? Functionally and aesthetically failing in my eyes. Does someone sell detailed plans of the sprinter interior dimensions? This is the sort of thing that would be handy for. Sure I can measure but to be able to have templates of some of the curves in here would really make my life easier when fabricating
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Old 01-11-2016, 11:19 PM   #3
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Thats one pricey shelf.
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:16 AM   #4
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Default Re: Any experience with RB Components headliner shelf?

At some point I was contemplating building a cab overhead shelf but decided against it due to ingress and egress (I am 62) besides having a lot of cargo spaces in the rock & roll bed and the overhead cabinets on both sides. I was also considering a soft cargo-net storage, getting a custom net attached in the front to the visors mounting screws and in the back to the MB rib at the rear edge of the front headliner section. The net angled up toward the rear of the van would eliminate cab accessing issue.

http://www.organizedobie.com/categor...FQZsfgodcaIG8g

https://www.usnetting.com/commercial...FcZbfgod1OEAuA

To make net edges stronger you can use interweaved into the net tent poles.
http://www.questoutfitters.com/tent_poles.htm
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:29 AM   #5
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And is stainless really the right material for a shelf?
FWIW, its not even stainless, its 0.100" aluminum. About $100 of aluminum sheet if purchased from onlinemetals.com.

Like @GeorgeRa, I considered this but at 6'3" was also concerned about clearance, and am now intending to do a strap/net/bungie type thing to make some use of the space while leaving the gap between seats open.
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Old 01-13-2016, 01:59 PM   #6
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Thanks all. I played around with the head clearance and, on balance, I think the pros of the extra storage could outweigh the inconvenience of crouching to get in/out of the driver's compartment.

The materials question also made me think and I am hoping that the lightness of the bedding, etc won't be an issue.

I the end, I wound up ordering one that they will powder coat for me in grey to match my van. Will post pics and how it works out once its installed. Gonna be a few weeks for their next powder coat run and I didn't want to pay extra to get mine done right away.

The van is a constant work in progress as I don't have a complete "master plan" but instead add/subtract things as needed with travel/experience. Without L-track and 80/20, I wouldn't have that option and I am thankful for all of the discussions that informed my decision to go that route.
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The cost of the RB shelf was off-putting, but so was the time required to get a decent looking DIY solution in place.

I ended up having a local sheet metal shop craft mine which only cost about $170. I've made the plans available for purchase down below, which also includes the brackets and fasteners.

https://vancillary.com/product/headliner-shelf/
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Old 02-04-2019, 03:13 AM   #8
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Default Re: Any experience with RB Components headliner shelf?

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Anyone have experience with the headliner shelf made by RB Components? I'm sure I could take the time to build one but this is pre made and appears perfectly cut to size.

I need a big space to store pillows, sheets, clothes, etc and the space above the headliner seems to be a good spot that is wasted.

I've also been trying to figure out how to hang a blackout curtain that I bought for when I don't want to take the time to put up the window covers. This would also reduce the need to cool/heat the front when I'm driving.

http://www.rbcomponents.com/van-prod...ner-shelf.html

My primary worry here is banging my head getting into/out of the driver's seat. I'm 6'2"...
Shelf has curtain rod for blackout and they sell curtain too. Essentially very similar to RB. https://vanwifecomponents.com/produc...-for-sprinter/

Less money than direct from RB and free shipping. Probably not hard to get a coupon code for mass market place like jegs. Direct from RB has stupid high shipping. https://www.jegs.com/p/RB-Components...96744/10002/-1


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The cost of the RB shelf was off-putting, but so was the time required to get a decent looking DIY solution in place.

I ended up having a local sheet metal shop craft mine which only cost about $170. I've made the plans available for purchase down below, which also includes the brackets and fasteners.

https://vancillary.com/product/headliner-shelf/
Some questions about your design.

What material is used for the shelf?
What material is used for the brackets?
Is the shelf formed (ie, bent) at the front edge and middle "beam" or is the middle beam an extrusion welded to the main panel?

You claim this will cost $170 to be manufactured, but I'm skeptical. A 27x56 .100" sheet of 5052 alloy from Onlinemetals.com is $180 (local pickup, no shipping). The lowest powdercoating quote I could get was $120. Add $90 for your plans/bracket and I'm at $390 and I haven't even inquired with a shop for cutting/forming.
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I paid a shop $95 for material and CNC fabrication, combined. I emailed the step drawings to fabricator.

The 2019 van has not arrived; unable to confirm fitment of shelf.

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