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Old 03-04-2019, 01:45 PM   #521
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1" vs. 1 1/2".

Found that locally purchased 1/4-20NC carriage bolts do not work in 1" 80/20. The square shank is too long so bolt can not be tightened. Work around was to countersink the hole of the part being bolted to the 80/20.

You can install LED lighting strips in the slot of a 1 1/2" extrusion. Thanks to Hein you can now buy from 80/20 a clear snap in slot cover to hide the light strip. I put light strips in the bottom slot of bottom extrusion of the front face frame of the rear upper cabinets.
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:56 PM   #522
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You can install LED lighting strips in the slot of a 1 1/2" extrusion. Thanks to Hein you can now buy from 80/20 a clear snap in slot cover to hide the light strip. I put light strips in the bottom slot of bottom extrusion of the front face frame of the rear upper cabinets.
Sweet, I was not aware he had a light cover. I think I have purchased every product he makes.
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Old 03-04-2019, 04:24 PM   #523
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Sweet, I was not aware he had a light cover. I think I have purchased every product he makes.
Hein suggested to 80/20 that it would be a good addition to their product line. 80/20 now offers the clear snap in cover for series 15 extrusions as a product on the 80/20 web site. I just ordered two lengths from 80/20 for I think was $3.45 each. I already had the LED light strips installed but the clear cover will improve the looks. Thanks to Hein.
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Hein suggested to 80/20 that it would be a good addition to their product line. 80/20 now offers the clear snap in cover for series 15 extrusions as a product on the 80/20 web site. I just ordered two lengths from 80/20 for I think was $3.45 each. I already had the LED light strips installed but the clear cover will improve the looks. Thanks to Hein.
Great idea. I imagine that led strip lights would fit in the slot of 10 series also.

I have some colored slot trim that I am planning to use to spice up the interior. I wonder how much light will pass through them?
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Great idea. I imagine that led strip lights would fit in the slot of 10 series also.

I have some colored slot trim that I am planning to use to spice up the interior. I wonder how much light will pass through them?
I bought a strip of LED lights that you cut to length with adhesive back that fits in the 10 series.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Tried to use 1/8" thick angle connectors for a couple of magazine 1/4" plywood retainer strips. Strips are 1 1/2" wide by 14 1/2" long between two vertical extrusions. Purpose is to retain maps and a clipboard in the 1 1/2" 80/20 thickness. Did not work. The 1/8" angles deform at the bolt due to the tapered "vibration proof" tabs on each side of the slot. Result is the tab for the plywood is not perpendicular to the extrusion. Has to change the angles to 3/16".
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Old 03-20-2019, 12:42 PM   #527
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One method of thermally isolating a 80/20 structure from the van steel:

https://www.boellhoff.com/us-en/prod...-rivnut-av.php

Aluminum is a very good conductor. When the extrusions are directly bolted to the van steel the aluminum gets close to the temperature of the steel van body.
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How much weight saving does 80/20 have in a typical built out van? Assuming that's the goal. I want a 2500 van instead of a 3500 for an RV and looking for suggestions.

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Old 03-20-2019, 01:52 PM   #529
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How much weight saving does 80/20 have in a typical built out van? Assuming that's the goal. I want a 2500 van instead of a 3500 for an RV and looking for suggestions.
Difficult to determine if there are any weight savings when using 80/20.

IMO the real reason for using 80/20 is the ability of a person with limited skills to build a conversion. Wood is a lot cheaper but requires more skill. The cost of using 80/20 can be substantially reduced if simple connectors are used and the connectors are fabricated instead of purchased from 80/20. No need to have 80/20 cut extrusions to length. All it takes is a chop saw, drill press and deburring sander.

Both my 2008 Sprinter conversion and the 2015 Transit conversions added about 2000 lbs. In both cases I was still 1000 lbs below the weight rating so no need for a 3500.
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One method of thermally isolating a 80/20 structure from the van steel:

https://www.boellhoff.com/us-en/prod...-rivnut-av.php

Aluminum is a very good conductor. When the extrusions are directly bolted to the van steel the aluminum gets close to the temperature of the steel van body.
Great find. Have you used this and if I understand the video there is no installation tool?
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