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Old 08-16-2011, 06:15 PM   #91
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I'm going to order that more ergonomic knife and that small roller.. it looks badass
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:16 PM   #92
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Oh come on! You could sell at least 3 or 4 of them...




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Old 08-16-2011, 06:19 PM   #93
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You'd laugh if you saw what I did with the "reverse" sensor for the backup camera Marc... I don't know how but I ran black wire for the positive & red wire for the negative. Maybe a reverse sensor should be reversed? You'd have been proud (yes, it is still wired this way.. I'm waiting on the 8 fancy LED toggle switches I ordered to show up before I pull it out and rewire it again).

Before I started I bought a big spool of red AND of black.. so the PeePee Van doesn't have any "Loser'isms"
(I also bought a spool of blue wire for running amp tripwires for the stereo).
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:37 PM   #94
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Between the bed and the window netting, the Sprinter is the perfect mountain camper.

It is weird that the sills taper. My 2006 window van don't taper and all the lumber cuts were the same. I used a Futon mattress and it is as comfortable a bed as I have ever traveled with.
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:43 PM   #95
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Bonnie Abbzug is the luckiest person I know...

She could sleep sideways in a Sprinter

A lot of people configure their sprinter's so their mattress lines up with the widest part of the van.. which is almost exactly 6 feet.

I'm 6 foot tall, but unfortunately I like to sleep with arms above my head ( ) so unfortunately I take up 7+ feet to sleep comfortably. I tried to convince Cheryl that I could sleep diagonally if we built the bed sideways and she could just curl up in a ball beside me...


Hence our bed is long ways.

If you are "close to being comfortable" with 6 feet of room.. there is a company out there that makes "sprinter pod flares" they are called "Flare space". Essentially they are fiberglass inserts that go where the back windows would go and then add a few more inches in width for you to sleep.



I wish I could get comfortable in this amount of space.. I'd have some on order if I could...


and by popular request.. Tami's favorite song

Mr. Newman needs to remake this song:
"Short people fit in Vans better... short people fit in Vans better!"
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:45 PM   #96
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Oh, and last year on our travels to the Indy MotoGP round from Austin... Under the bed we had 1 Moriwaki MD 250 GP bike, six 125 GP racing slicks, two sets of spare 125 GP wheels, three five gallon barrels of VP race fuel, luggage and gear bags for four people, four RS 125 expansion chambers, enough tool chests to support a MD 250 team for the weekend, four folding chairs, an air tank, and two ice chests...

I still had the front seats and the first row of passenger seats installed for the peoples.

neat huh?
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:24 PM   #97
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Thanks Otis!

I'm going to order that more ergonomic knife and that small roller.. it looks badass
Your Welcome! Happy to help.
The (special) blades for that knife are a little pricey, and hard to find anywhere but a Flooring Supply Store, but well worth it.

I did do a couple of "Hippie vans" back in the late 70's for friends, then said "Never Again!".

Best modification I saw? Electric Power-Operated Curtains!
Oh, and a powered vent fan for the Pot Smoke.

Thanks for sharing the Build.
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:29 PM   #98
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"Self-basting" was the term that came to mind when I read the part about painting it black.
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:36 PM   #99
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Kickem' with your good foot for me Cheryl!!
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:58 PM   #100
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Edward,

Maybe consider superstrut/unistrut for the bed framing instead of that dimensional lumber. Sort of an industrial-strength but lower precision type of 80/20. But relatively inexpensive and available at home depot/lowes.

I know the wood was just for prototyping, but for things like that bed platform, unistrut might just be the ticket. It could easily handle that span with less deflection than lumber, no warping, less volume taken up by the structure.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:20 PM   #101
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Edward,

Maybe consider superstrut/unistrut for the bed framing instead of that dimensional lumber. Sort of an industrial-strength but lower precision type of 80/20. But relatively inexpensive and available at home depot/lowes.

I know the wood was just for prototyping, but for things like that bed platform, unistrut might just be the ticket. It could easily handle that span with less deflection than lumber, no warping, less volume taken up by the structure.
And you could make it in two or three panels that could be easily stowed and re-purposed as table / workbench tops when not on bed duty.

Quit stealing my ideas Paul
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:33 AM   #102
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wots unistrut?
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Old 08-17-2011, 05:24 AM   #103
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wots unistrut?
U channel steel rail with lips for holding clips, commonly use for suspending conduit and plumbing from ceilings in industrial buildings.

8020 is really nice stuff using T-locks

Looking at some of the pics, I think having the bed raise up to the ceiling for day use and lower for the night would conserve a lot of space.
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:57 AM   #104
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Kickem' with your good foot for me Cheryl!!
No worries, Tami. I got you covered.

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Old 08-17-2011, 07:00 AM   #105
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Geek really did a great job with the bed. And I'm excited to get to sleep on it this weekend.

I finished the driver and passenger door screens last night with the help of a friend with a sewing machine. A domestic goddess, I am not.
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