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Old 03-24-2019, 04:52 AM   #101
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Yeah too late at this point! Maybe on the next van...my wife really hates it when I say that.

The magnetic strip on the bed panels was a mistake so I took it off and ordered some adhesive felt. I think they need to slide easily for moving around. The thumb screws do fine to secure them.

I had made 6mm panels for the upper rear doors. I realized they would be inadequate for the speakers and LEDs so I made some out of 3/4” and routed a nice radius on them. I needed to space the speaker out so I printed an adapter.



The rear LEDs will be switched at the door so I designed and printed a replacement cover for one of the rear pillar openings. It is sized for a Blue Sea Contura switch.







I am currently tacking the upper cabinets together. Hope to have them welded and mounting finalized soon.
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Old 03-24-2019, 05:28 AM   #102
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Would you be interested in making more of those? What would you sell them for?


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Old 03-24-2019, 05:55 AM   #103
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I would be interested in selling some. I can also tailor the opening for other switches or interfaces. Let me check material usage and print times and come up with a number.
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Old 04-06-2019, 01:26 AM   #104
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I printed some gray pillar covers. Color is lighter than the OEM color but looks better than the black.



I am just about finished welding up and fitting the upper cabinets.





We have decided to cover the cabinets with laminate. Wife and I could only agree on one color out of hundreds. Looking forward to getting these cabinets finished.
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Old 04-08-2019, 04:17 AM   #105
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Everything is finally covered!





All of the cabinet frames are welded and mount points installed. Now is the fun part of finishing off the cabinets and installing the remaining equipment.
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Old 04-08-2019, 04:22 AM   #106
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I thought I would share one thing I learned from covering the panels. In the process I used 3M 90 for the first set and then 3M 77 for the rest. I definitely recommend the 3M 77 for upholstery work. I had read that recommendation from somewhere else but had a bunch of 3M 90 to use up. It gets the job done but the 3M 77 spray pattern works better for fabrics. Glad that part is complete.
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:41 PM   #107
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It’s been awhile since I have posted. I have been heads down working on cabinets and integration. We have a big trip coming up so I have been working towards a level of completion.

I finished fitting up panels and cabinet boxes to the frames and got them painted and bolted in.

This weekend I finished up the electrical system and charged up the LiFeBlue battery from shore power. Also verified the refrigerator works!



Then I got to putting in cabinets and countertops. Here are some random pics. Still have work to go to finish plumbing and some details. Getting close. Hoping to get some of the upper cabinets skinned for the trip so we have a place to get stuff up and out of the way.

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Looks great, very professional finish!
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Great stuff!

Can you tell me the size of your lower cabinets (L X w X H)? I'd like to do something similar and am planning on 15" from inner rear sprinter wall to outside of aluminum frame. Probably 34" tall and on cabinet on each side (water tank on passenger side and electric on drivers)
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Great stuff!

Can you tell me the size of your lower cabinets (L X w X H)? I'd like to do something similar and am planning on 15" from inner rear sprinter wall to outside of aluminum frame. Probably 34" tall and on cabinet on each side (water tank on passenger side and electric on drivers)


The narrower unit on the drivers side is about 14” deep. Both are about 36” tall. The passenger side one is about 19” deep. I ended up with water tank on passenger side and most electrical on driver side. I am going to try and weigh it this weekend and get side to side distribution.


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