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Old 08-31-2013, 05:09 PM   #31
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What is okoume plywood?
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:34 PM   #32
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What is okoume plywood?
It's a hardwood based marine plywood widely used for boat building
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:10 AM   #33
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Dave,

You have seen the stuff before. The 2 kayaks on my van at this years Sprinterfest are made from Okoume.

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Old 09-01-2013, 03:07 AM   #34
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I have some 6mm okoume left over from a stitch and glue boat I help build. I modeled the boat in 3D CAD, flattened (undeveloped) the panels and cut fourteen 4x8 sheets worth of pieces on the CNC. I think she's now fitted with a cabin and other fixings. During construction, it was held together with zip ties while the epoxy cured.



At this point I plan to reuse the OEM floor and just plug the 2 slots and 1 hole I don't need. I'll remove all the wood strips and factory matting off the underside and it will lay flat on a full layer of 1/4" thick minicell. I'll retain most of the factory cargo tie downs to re-secure it. Pretty much stock (including the elevation) except insul/isolated by the minicell foam and a coat of Rhinoliner.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:25 PM   #35
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Espar D2 and all the fixings ordered from esparparts.com. Contemplating water heat...

Thinking I can fit a Isotemp Slim 15L under the hood. Might have flop the ecu over and down but looks promising. The heat source is nearby but I have no clue how to plumb it to the engine.

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Under the hood, in lieu of auxiliary battery, should be a very good place, out of elements and close to the heater core. I would assume it should be plumbed in line with MB heater core. The Slim 15 is very well insulated so it should keep heat for hours.

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Espar D2 and all the fixings ordered from esparparts.com. Contemplating water heat...

Thinking I can fit a Isotemp Slim 15L under the hood. Might have flop the ecu over and down but looks promising. The heat source is nearby but I have no clue how to plumb it to the engine.


"Might have flop the ecu over and down" I have considered this also. Can anyone confirm that there are no issues with changing it's location? ( location with respect to it's orientation along it's 3 axis' vs the van)

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I think the harnesses will allow it to be moved forward and down without changing the orientation.
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I think the harnesses will allow it to be moved forward and down without changing the orientation.

I can see that and I agree. What I don't know is if there is any requirement for it to be aligned with the body of the sprinter in any/all three planes. For sensors or whatever. Ross
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I was in a tinkering mood so I moved the ECU. I reused the OEM cradle secured with a bolt and some zip ties. To gain more space for the water heater, I removed the washer bottle and plan to move that to the other fender well. I've ordered a 2 1/2 gal. jug and hope to use it for the reservoir. I'll need a platform for it to sit on and I'll poke some holes for the OEM pump and level sensor.

Moved ECU


Follow up Note: This is not the final mounting for the ECU. Later on, I fabricated a steel mounting bracket that is much more secure and puts the ECU in a better position. -with no zip ties.

If a 5 gallon bucket fits:



Why wouldn't this?

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